Garden Route Tour – 9 days

What to expect...

Departing in Port Elizabeth, via Graaff Reinet, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Prince Albert, Damse Drift to Cape St. Francis and back to Port Elizabeth will complete this bike journey.

Day 1 - Port Elizabeth to Addo – 250km

Departing Port Elizabeth we head straight to Addo Elephant Park. It’s a great warm up ride as we head out into the town of Uitenhage and onto the orange orchards of Addo and Sunland.
Our 1st big beautiful dirt pass awaits, namely the Zuurberg Pass and we have a lunch at the Zuurberg Inn. Its down past Anns Villa and into Scotia where a Big 5 game drive awaits. We overnight at the park and experience supper under the stars in a 4 star tented village.

Day 2 – Addo Elephant Park to Graaff Reinet – 270km

Departing Addo on the way to Graaff Reinet. One of South Africa oldest towns founded in 1786. Our journey takes us along the Fish River with Cradock being our overnight stop.
The lush vegetation that contrasts with the little Karoo desert offers one a real mixed bag of adventure riding and some great off roading on the Africa Twin. The town aptly known as the Jewel of the Karoo is classified as a national monument and is a highlight of the trip.

Day 3 - Graaff Reinet to Knysna – 400km

It’s an easy traverse through the desert as we make our way through the towns of Aberdeen and into Willowmore. We can taste the world heritage site of Baviaanskloof as we skirt our way through a provate farm on Jeep track to Uniondale.

Our adventure awaits as we do some off roading into Prince Alfreds Pass. This is a roller coaster ride of note as we descend on twisty gravel roads all the way through indigenous forests into the Indian ocean “Monaco of South Africa” … Knysna. We dine out at one of the many restaurants overlooking the beautiful estuary.

Day 4 - Knysna to Oudsthoorn – 320km

The best day by far on a bike. We leave Knysna and tackle 7 of the finest dirt passes including Phantom Pass, Karatara pass, Homtini Pass to name a few. It’s an awesome 100km’s till we descend into the city of George for lunch.
It’s not over as we climb the Outeniqua pass and take a back road via Calitsdorp into Oudtshoorn.

Day 5 - Rest Day

A visit to the Kango Caves, Ostrich Farm or a ride out into the Swartberg can be decided on the day

Day 6 - Oudtshoorn to Prince Albert - 480km

It’s a long hard day in the saddle as we start heading North and into the Gamkaskloof and the “The Hell” via Prince Albert Pass. Today is certain to be one of the tour's highlights as we ride through one of the most isolated areas in South Africa.

After a good lunch and lazing out in the valley, and possibly a swim in one of the rock pools, we'll head back out of the Hell to Prince Albert, for a great night at the Swartberg Hotel.

Day 7 – Prince Albert to Damse Drif - 253km

It’s our turnaround point as we start heading east to Willowmore and the gate way to the World Heritage site … The Baviaanskloof. A quick lunch at Willowmore and then we head into the kloof and an overnight at Damse Drif some 100 kilometers in.

Day 8 – Damse Drif to Cape St Francis – 170km

It’s a tough start to the day with many river crossings that are guaranteed to get your feet wet. It will be a stop start day with lots of stops for pics and just enjoying the beauty of the Baviaans. It’s over the top and down BergPlaas pass and we exit at Kondoma. The citrus area of Patensie awaits and our lunch stop. It’s an easy afternoon as we head to Cape St Francis resort on the coast and if time allows .. a dip in the warm Indian ocean.

Day 9 - St Francis to Port Elizabeth – 221km

We head through the coastal surf town of Jeffreys Bay, home to Supertubes .. one of the finest waves in the world. Its then inland through the Longmore Forests and down to Elandsrivier and a lovely offroad single track into Port Elizabeth. A beachfront hotel awaits and a celebration of a great 9 day adventure

Tour Cost – ZAR 52 000 pp

Package includes
- Rental of 2016 Honda Africa Twin for 9 Days
- 10 nights accommodation
- All meals
- Back up Luggage Truck and spare bike
- Tour Guide on Bike

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