Wild Coast and Lesotho – 14 Days

What to expect...

Day 1 - Port Elizabeth to Kariega Game Reserve - 187 km

Departing PE we head east and traverse the coastline of Woody Cape with its massive dunefields. It’s through Alexandria and onto the coastal resort of Kenton on Sea for brunch. Back inland and arrive at Kariega Game Reserve just after lunch and all ready for a Big 5 Game Drive.

Day 2 - Kariega Game Reserve to Wavecrest Hotel – 319 km

A great day awaits as we head through the reserve on dirt tracks and into the town of Port Alfred. We then enjoy the R72 all the way into East London … the home of Mercedes Benz. The adventure takes us onto Morgan Bay and then Kei Mouth where we cross the mighty Kei River by Ferry. This is where the fun starts as we are now in the Wild Coast and beautiful jeep track, single track and plenty of river crossings till we arrive at the awesome Wavecrest Hotel.

Day 3 - Wavecrest Hotel to Haven Hotel - 159 km

This is a day of many rivers to cross and requires us to travel inland to cross the Qora, Mbashee and Nqabara rivers. We head back to the coast on a few occasions and the highlight is the mighty Shixini point. The Haven Hotel is nestled in the Dwesa game Reserve. Don’t look at the distance ..it’s a long day of gravel roads, jeep tracks and some technical rocky river beds.

Day 4 - Haven Hotel to Coffee Bay – 134 km

This has to be the most beautiful coastline in the world and we hug the coast past Xora, Mpame and the great fishing spot, Mbolompo point. The view of the Hole in the Wall will get the cameras clicking and then its 14km to Coffee Bay and the Ocean View Hotel.

Day 5 - Coffee Bay to Maclear – 250 km

This is where we head North and we climb 2 major escarpments. It’s a great twisty tar road leaving the Wild Coast. You need to be on the lookout for animals as they laze all over the road. Once we cross the N2 we head up the Bashee valley on dirt track till we arrive at Clarkebury Mission. This is where Nelson Mandela attended school. We then climb over 3000 feet up Langeni Heights into the foresty town of Maclear.

Day 6 - Maclear to Reedsdell - 156 km

Another day of climbing 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. If we’re lucky we could do a quick Ski before we descend into Wartrail and a private farm called Reedsdell where we overnight.

Day 7 - Reedsdell to Semonkong – 263 km

Get your passports ready as we head into Lesotho. Before we get to the Kingdom of Mountains we have to navigate Lundeans Nek… a tight and twisty dirt track over the escarpment. Its back on a new tar road that has recently being built and the surface combined with the ups, downs, Right and left makes this a section that the Isle of Man TT riders would love.We finally arrive at the Place of Smoke close to 9000 feet.

Day 8 - Semonkong to Malealea – 116 km

After breakfast a visit to the Maletsunyane waterfall which is 192 meters high. Its then a ridge ride as we descend the Maluti mountains all the way to Ramabanta for a mid morning tea stop. As we leave Ramabanta we head onto a 4 wheel drive track and twist and turn all the way to the Pony Trekking Station of Malealea Lodge.

Day 9 - Malealea to Aliwal North - 256 km

We depart onto the Makhaleng river and follow a old gravel road for 40km till we reach the town of Mafeteng. We exit Lesotho at Van Rooyens Gate and head through Wepener on district roads till we cross the Orange River and arrive in the Eastern Cape town of Aliwal North.

Day 10 - Aliwal North to Cradock – 320 km

A relatively easy day as we take back roads through Burgersdorp, Molteno, Steynsberg, Hofmeyer until we arrive at the fast flowing Fish River. We cross over the Grassridge dam and some 20km later arrive in the beautiful and historical town of Cradock.

Day 11 - Cradock to Willowmore – 318 km

We travel south on the N10 and then head west through Bruintieshoogte pass all the way to Graaf Rienet. We are now in the heart of the Karoo and a visit to Nieu Bethesda is a must. We then hit the dirt to Steytlerville and finally arrive at Willowmore,the Gateway to the Baviaanskloof, which is a World Heritage Site and our mission for day 12.

Day 12 - Willowmore to Damse Drif – 109 km

It’s a relatively easy day as we descend into the Kloof. It’s a morning filled with photo opportunities. We should be in by lunch and we can relax all afternoon.

Day 13 - Damse Drif to Cape st Francis – 160 km

Let the fun begin as we now tackle the tough Baviaanskloof. Your feet will get wet as you navigate the rocky river crossings before summiting Bergplaas. Its up and over and into Patensie with its thousands of hectares of orange orchards. We then track south back to the coast to the beautiful Cape St Francis.

Day 14 - Cape St Francis to Port Elizabeth – 190 km

The last day and its back into Patensie and through the Grootrivier pass onto Elandriver before arriving at Rocklands . Were into the heart of PE around Skoenmakerskop before handing the bikes back and settling into a beachfront hotel. A night on the town and a great way to end this 14 day roller coaster ride on the unbelievable Africa Twin 1000.

Tour Cost – ZAR 65 000 pp

Package includes
- Rental of 2016 Honda Africa Twin for 14 Days
- 15 nights accommodation
- All meals
- Back up Luggage Truck and spare bike
- Tour Guide on Bike

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