What to expect...
Starting in Port Elizabeth this 7 days trip is for the braver and more adventurous. Longer Days, tougher terrain combined with climbing 2 escarpments is what the South to North tour is all about. You will be exposed to all types of terrain and in no uncertain terms…. Adventure Bike Heaven!!!!!!!!!
Day 1 - Port Elizabeth to Hogsback - 355 km
Departing Port Elizabeth aka PE, we head North past Addo Elephant Park and up the mighty gravel Zuurberg pass. We stop at the hotel on the summit for a quick bite and then back on bikes through Anne’s Villa and into the little Karoo following twisty gravel Roads and Jeep Track with the awesome Mitchells Pass taking us into the village of Fairies .. Hogsback.
Day 2 – Hogsback to Maclear – 340Km
Back down Mitchells pass and into the Katberg Mountains. It’s a 4 wheel drive track out on the Katberg pass and then we are truly on Top of the World with an awesome jeep track all the way into Queenstown. It’s into tribal lands now as we wind our way through Cala , Elliot and finally into Maclear.
Day 3 – Maclear to Malealea – 310km
This is a big day as we summit Naudes Nek at well over 7000ft. From the neck one can see the Indian Ocean some 200km’s to the South. We then have a choice to do a 4 x 4 section all the way to South Africa’s only ski resort Tiffendale along the Karantul Trail. We descend into Wartrail and over our second big pass for the day Lundeans Nek and onto border control. We finally arrive at the pony trekking station at Malealea.
Day 4 – Malealea to Aliwal North – 290 km
This is a great day as we run along the Makhaleng River and Ribaneng Gorge all the way into Ramabanta for lunch. This is our turnaround point and we head south to exit out of Van Rooyens Gate and all the way into the town of Aliwal North.
Day 5 – Aliwal North to Graaff Reinet - 440 km
A relatively easy day as we take back roads through Burgersdorp, Molteno, Steynsberg, Hofmeyer and Cradock. This day is remote to say the least as we tackle the semi desert region of the Karoo. The historical and beautiful town of Graaf Rienet awaits.
Day 6 – Graaff Reinet Knysna to Damse Drif - 320 km
Our second last day is important as we need to get some way in to the world Heritage site of the Baviaans. We pass through the Karoo towns of Aberdeen and Willowmore before turning left and arriving at the Guest house of Damse Drif in the heart of the Baviaans.
Day 7 – Damse Drif to Port Elizabeth – 220 km
What a great way to spend the last day as we tackle the countless river crossings and capture the magnificent vista and views of this Baviaans. We finally summit Bergplaas and head down into the Gamtoos River Valley which is rich in its Citrus growings. It’s not over as we stay on the dirt through Grootrivier Pass and into the city of Port Elizabeth.
We drop the bikes off at Cherry Place and check in to the lodge. A great party on the last night and airport transfers in the morning.
Tour Cost – ZAR 42 000 pp
- Rental of 2016 Honda Africa Twin for 7 Days
- 8 nights accommodation
- All meals
- Back up Luggage Truck and spare bike
- Tour Guide on Bike
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