The Cape Classic – Garden Route, Cape Town & Route 62

The Cape Classic – Garden Route, Cape Town & Route 62

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This tour is far more of a holiday than an 'adventure', with plenty of time to savour the views and smell the penguins, as we take in all the great sights of South Africa's Western Cape at a relaxed pace. From the glories of Cape Town we head out following the coastal road through super-scenic Chapman's Peak to Cape Point at The Cape of Good Hope. More beautiful coastal riding will take us to Cape Agulhas (the most southerly point in Africa), before we move on to the famous Garden Route, which we will track to its end in the Eastern Cape. Following a safari destination, we will next pick up Route 62, another world-class touring route, which carves its way into the Klein Karoo semi-desert and on into the Cape Winelands. On our return to Cape Town there is a day to explore, or relax before the holiday ends.

There will be a maximum of eight bikes available on this tour. The bikes used will be Suzuki DL650 V-Stroms (2014-models), BMW F700/800GS, or the top-spec Triumph 800 XCX. For further information on BIKES and the terms and conditions of hire, please go HERE..

 

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As a participant in this tour you'll fly to Cape Town, to be met by Blazing Trails staff and transferred to your accommodation, where there will be some paperwork to complete and where we will give you a briefing on the trip ahead. The following day we will collect the bikes and head out into unfathomable riding bliss.

When riding there will be a lead rider and a sweeper vehicle travelling at the rear. Riders will navigate using a 'marker' (also known as a 'buddy') system, whereby the rider behind the leader drops off and waits to guide those coming behind.

The riding on this tour is nearly all on tarmac, and this tarmac is generally very good, with little traffic and generous speed limits.

For more general information on South Africa, please see About South Africa.

Cape classic – itinerary

Ibis1Day 1: Fly

Fly to Johannesburg International Airport and on to George the following morning.

 

Knysna  2897Day 2: Arrive in the garden route

You will be met at George Airport in the Western Cape for the short transfer to Mossel Bay, where at Blazing HQ, overlooking the Indian Ocean, you will also be introduced to your bike and any necessary paperwork will be dealt with. A sunset barbeque will be provided, with a few drinks to wash it all down.

wildenessDay 3: Mossel bay to storms river

Today is Garden Route all the way – and at 250km a very leisurely exploration. Will will leave the 'new' garden route to ride the old passes, meander through Nature's Valley and pop in at a cat sanctuary, where there will be the chance to view most of South Africa's cat species – and even get in the enclosure with a cheetah! Before parking up for the evening in Storms River Village, we will visit the Storms River Mouth National Park for its amazing scenery. 

 

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DAY 4: Storms river to addo

Again following the coast, we will head out from Storms River, making for the village of Addo, set in the wild scenery of the Eastern Cape. We will pop in to Jeffrey's Bay for lunch on the beach, before heading inland, avoiding the town of Port Elizebeth in favour of the countryside. As we approach the National Park the landscape changes, with low-growing forest and succulent scrub all around. The next two nights will be spent at a delightful country house, with fine dining, pool, bar etc.

AddoLion day 5: In Addo

Park Safaris can be booked for the morning, afternoon, or a full day. You can expect to see plenty of elephant up close, various antelope species, warthogs, zebra and lots of birds. The park also contains lions, cheetah, buffalo and seldon-seen black rhino.

ostrichDay 6: Addo to Oudtshoorn

Today is a full day's ride (420km) and a very beautiful one. Leaving Addo we return to the coast, before heading inland on the famous Route 62. Carving through the mountains, the road carries us along the Langkloof, the rich agricultural valley floor contrasting with the barren, cloud-capped mountains above. By the afternoon we are in the Klein Karoo, a mountainous semi-desert of stunning beauty. Cruising the curves we will arrive in the market town of Oudtshoorn, centre of South Africa's Ostrich farming 'industry'. We will spend the night at a beautiful resort outside town.

KKaroo DAY 7: OUDTSHOORN to montagu

The day can begin with an optional tour of an ostrich farm, before more super Route 62 riding commences, through the desert scenery, with long straights broken by curvaceous passes. There is plenty of time to stop for cold drinks and views along the way – including the famous Ronnie's Sex Shop (which is actually a cafe). The night will be spent in a delightful country hotel.

Uniondale  2898Day 8: Montagu to cape town

On leaving Montagu, we will travel through the stunning Kogmanskloof Pass to join the R60, riding through South Africa's famous wine country. After some 90km, we turn onto a lesser road, which traverses an incredibly beautiful landscape and crosses the Rooihoogte Pass before we descend from the DuToitskloof Pas to Franschhoek for lunch. Leaving Franschhoek via the stunning Franschhoek Pass, we will continue through the vineyards to Stellenbosch and on to our Cape Town accommodation and a fine dinner.

VADay 9: in cape town

Some time to enjoy a truly world-class city. Explore the shops and performers at the vibrant Waterfront harbour, stroll Long Street, take a boat trip to Robben Island, or just around the bay, viewing seals and dolphin. There's also the cable car up Table Mountain, the aquarium and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens to be visited, although you won't be able to do all this in a single day!

CapePoint1Day 10: Cape town to hermanus

This should be a ride you never forget – one of the world's finest. Leaving Cape Town we ride out through the Cape Peninsula National Park, following the spectacular cliff-side road through Chapman's Peak and on to the Cape of Good Hope to be greeted by ostriches, baboons and the most south-easterly point of Africa. Next we ride around False Bay and join the coastal R44, yet another of South Africa's classic rides. Then we ride through Gordon's Bay and Betty's Bay, where we stop to view a penguin colony. We end the day in Hermanus, a seaside town, where from June to November southern right whales can be seen close to shore. Hermanus is the only place in the world to have a 'whale crier' to alert visitors of their presence.

AgulhasGroup - 1Day 11: hermanus to point agulhas

A short riding day that ends on Cape Agulhas, the most southerly point in Africa. After a leisurely start, we will roll along the coastal road to Struis Bay, where will will lunch on the harbourside. Having eaten we will ride to Point Agulhas, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. We will be in our accommodation by mid-afternoon, so there's plenty of time to take a walk around this beautiful location.

DL-onboard - 1Day 12: agulhas to mossel bay

From Agulhas we head north through flat farming country to meet National Highway Two. We have some distance to cover today, around 300km, but the going is easy and the views pleasant. We will arrive in Mossel Bay in good time to enjoy a drink overlooking the bay, before settling in for dinner.

mosslebDay 13: in mossel bay 

Mossel Bay is ideal for adventurous activities like shark diving, boat trips and 'walking with lions' as well as being a great place to relax, eat and drink. This is also a very historic town – where Europeans (Diaz) first set foot in southern Africa – and there are museums and historic sites to explore.

sealDAY 14: fly away home

"Bye, bye," says Mr Seal... Time to board the 'plane with a head full of wonderful memories.

cape classic – What the Tour Price Includes

Included

  • International Flights (when booked as full package)
  • Ten Days of Bike Hire
  • Luggage-carrying Support (four-plus riders)
  • All Internal Transfers
  • Twelve Nights Accommodation
  • Meals: 12 breakfasts; 2 dinners

Not included

  • Other Meals
  • Tolls, Entry Fees and Excursions
  • Fuel
  • Damage Excess on Bikes

cape classic – Flights & Timings

Tickets will be emailed to you on the address provided when booking.

 

cape classic – useful information

Documentation

You will need a passport and appropriate travel insurance. Currently UK citizens (and those from many countries) will be granted a tourist visa upon arrival. It is, however, your responsibility to check that you can legally enter the country. Most 'western' driving licences are also valid (with photo and written in English), but please also check your status before travelling. You will need a credit card against which to secure your deposit on the bike, or make a refundable payment before you fly.

Currency

You should be able to get by on around £400 spending money if you don't do a lot of shopping. Cash and travellers' cheques can be changed at the airport and in the larger towns. Cash points are widespread and most vendors accept credit/debit cards. Cash is best for fuel stations as it speeds up what can otherwise be a lengthy process. Depending on what bike you choose and how you ride it, expect to part with £100-£150 for fuel.

Climate

At the time of year we will be visiting, South Africa should be nice and sunny, but not too hot, even at the coast. Obviously, though, we can't guarantee this and you should be prepared for the possibility of a couple of wet days. If it does rain in the mountains it can be a bit chilly, but not really cold. The maximum temperature is likely to be around 30ºC on the coast; the minimum 5ºC (at night in the mountains, if it has been overcast during the day).

Bike Kit

We advise riders to consider their kit in terms of layers, so you can adjust to be comfortable during the course of a varied day. Clothing as you would wear on a tour of Europe is perfectly suitable, whether leathers, or textiles. Some kind of waterproofing is a very good idea. Good gear can also prevent a minor spill causing a trip-ruining injury, so we require that you ride with no exposed skin (except your face).

Luggage

While your main luggage will be carried in a support vehicle, you may wish to bring a small rucksack, tank-bag, or tail-pack in which to carry articles you need on the road. Your main bag must be 'soft' and not a suitcase.

Fitness

You need not be any more fit on this tour than if you were riding in Europe. However, if you have any existing medical condition that may affect you during the tour, please consult your doctor and Blazing Trails before booking.

Riding Skills

While we insist those joining us have a full motorcycle licence, and recommend a minimum of a year's riding experience, time in the saddle and miles ridden are of more relevance to a tour like this. There are a couple of longer days in the saddle, up to a maximum of around 300km (185 miles) in a day. We do, though, try to design the tours so you get an easier day, or down day, after a long ride.

Health & Hygiene

South Africa is a very clean and hygienic country (we'd say more so than the UK), with clean ablutions in abundance, and safe tap-water, so the chances of getting even a 'holiday tummy' are low. The Western Cape has no malaria risk. 

Eating & Drinking

South African restaurant food will be familiar to those coming from the West. Food is of a high standard and is very good value (especially meat and seafood dishes), being around half the equivalent cost of the UK. One of the world's great wine producers, South Africa is a great place to sample the grape, which is also great value for money. Decent beers (mainly lagers) are available everywhere.

On our tours, food other than breakfasts will only be inclusive where there is little or no choice, or where we have arranged something special (barbeques etc). For the number of meals included in the trip, see 'What The Tour Price Includes' (above). We have arranged the tour like this so participants can choose the what, wheres and explore for themselves. Not everybody wants to eat in a group every night, eat the same thing, or at the same time. We will, however, be happy to advise on eateries…

Excursions

As with eating, we do not want to prescribe what non-riding activities you choose to participate in. In many places there are several options, so we will be happy to advise, put you in touch with the right people and let you decide.

Personal Safety

While South Africa has had some pretty bad press in recent years for violent crime, very little of this nature happens in the tourist areas through which we will be travelling. And, as ever, the media tends to sensationalize the bad and ignore the good. Being guided through the 'right' areas in a group greatly mitigates the chances of encountering unpleasantness. Petty crime – pick-pocketing and theft – happens, as it does in virtually all tourist destinations with a wide gulf between rich and poor. A few simple precautions, like keeping your wallet/docs in an inside pocket and leaving nothing unattended on the bike, should mean a trouble-free tour.

Medical facilities

Unlike our Asian tours, we feel South Africa has developed enough emergency services and an efficient private health-care system (along with European standards of driving) to mean that we don't need to travel with a fully-qualified medic. Travel insurance, including medical cover, is compulsory on this trip. 

Frequently Asked Questions - South Africa

 

ARE FLIGHTS INCLUDED?

Yes, (if you are booking from the UK) all flights, international and domestic, are included in the price of your tour.

 

How do I book?

The tours can be booked online, by email, or over the phone on: +44 (0)5603 666788. To secure a place you will be asked to put down a deposit of £700.00 and payment can be made by card, cheque, or bank transfer.

 

CAN I BOOK FROM OUTSIDE THE UK?

Yes. If you are booking from outside the UK, please contact us and we will provide you with a non-flight price.

 

CAN I TAKE A DIFFERENT FLIGHT?

You can, but we may have to add a surcharge if you are not on the group flight. Please contact us for details.

 

Where do I get a visa?

For most nationalities, including EU citizens, a tourist visa is issued free of charge at your port of entry. It is, however, your responsibility to check current regulatuons.

 

What other paperwork do I need?

You will need a valid certificate of travel insurance.

 

WHERE DO the bikes come from?

We own and manage our own fleet of bikes.

 

WHat happens if i damage the bike?

If you damage the bike, you will be charged for the damage up to the amount of your excess. On all our bikes, the excess is £1000, so in the event of a mishap you will not be charged more than this amount. If the damage is less than this amount, then you will only be charged for that damage.

If you have damaged the bike near to this total, we may ask you to place a further deposit before continuing.

 

DO I NEED INSURANCE?

Yes, you need travel insurance to cover you for the period of the tour. This insurance must cover you to ride the bike you have booked. Blazing Trails has an agreement with Endsleigh Insurance who provide reasonably priced policies with the requisite cover.

 

Where should I change money?

We would advise that you change some money on arrival at the airport. ATMs are widespread and an efficient way to get hold of cash. Credit and debit cards are accepted nearly everywhere.

 

why did the mexican push his wife off the cliff?

Tequila.

 

How much spending money will I need?

About £300-£400 should cover food, drink, petrol and sundries.

 

Will I have to share a room?

Yes, unless you pay a supplement. Even then, single rooms may not be available at some stops as the hotels we use are popular, or in some cases small, and we have to book our accommodation some time in advance.

 

What standard is the accommodation?

It varies widely (and tour-to-tour), but is always clean and the best we can find in the area for a reasonable price in a suitable setting. We are always in clean, comfortable hotels and guesthouses.

 

Will we have electricity?

Yes, but you may need a travel plug adaptor.

 

How much riding experience do I need?

We would recommend only booking a tour with us if you have a full licence (compulsory) and have at least a year's recent riding experience. The main criterion, however, is confidence.

 

Is riding in south africa dangerous?

Riding anywhere carries with it a degree of risk, as does riding in South Africa. However, with light traffic and good roads, we would suggest that riding in South Africa is no more dangerous than a tour in Europe. For more information on the riding side of things see 'Riding' in the 'About South Africa' section of this site. If any rider joining us rides in a manner we suspect will endanger themselves, or others, or indeed displays antisocial behaviour, they will receive one warning. If they continue to display a threat to the safety or enjoyment of others on the tour, they will be excluded from the remainder (with no refund given, see terms and conditions).

 

How fast will we be riding?

We will be riding 'progressively', at or around the speed limit and according to conditions. Most South African roads outside built-up areas have a 75mph speed limit - fast enough on the twisties. There are fixed cameras and mobile speed traps in towns...

 

Do I have to book my own flights?

No, we do that for you and forward the ticket by email.

 

Can I use the bike in the evenings?

No, you can't ride independently of the tour group, sorry.

 

How fit do I need to be?

No fitter than you would have to be to tour Europe.

 

Can I take a pillion?

Yes.

 

How much luggage can I bring?

You are limited by most airlines, so check with the carrier. However, we suggest you pack as lightly and in as compact a form as possible. Space may be tight, we insist you bring soft luggage.

 

How much luggage should I bring?

Keep it minimal. One set of riding kit for the tour and a couple of sets of clothes for the evening. You can always pick up cheap clothing locally and there are laundry facilities at two-night stops. Leave some space for shopping you do in SA.

 

Isn't south africa A Dangerous crime hell?

While South Africa has had some pretty bad press in recent years for violent crime, very little of this nature happens in the tourist areas through which we will be travelling. And, as ever, the media tends to sensationalize the bad and ignore the good. Being guided through the 'right' areas in a group greatly mitigates the chances of encountering unpleasantness. Petty crime - pick-pocketing and theft - happens, as it does in virtually all tourist destinations with a wide gulf between rich and poor. A few simple precautions, like keeping your wallet/docs in an inside pocket and leaving nothing unattended on the bike, should mean a trouble-free tour. You will be briefed on sensible measures prior to setting off.

 

Do I need a towel?

If you're wet, yes. They are provided throughout the tour.

 

Is food included in the price?

Only some meals (check your tour for details). We prefer that where there are choices you make your own on what and where you eat. You will find South African food of a very high standard and good value.

 

Is it safe to enter a cage full of cheetahs?

Not really, but it's quite exciting and they are very pretty.

 

Are laundry facilities available on-tour?

They are, but not every night. Check the itinerary of your tour - you will be able to get clothes cleaned at two-night stops, so consider this when packing.

 

Do I need waterproofs?

Yes. If your riding kit isn't waterproof, then bring some light waterproofs.

 

I want to see a lion, will I, will I, go on, please?

Maybe, maybe not, but if you take part in a safari at Kruger, St Lucia, or Addo Elephant Reserve you will certainly see some interesting wildlife and landscapes.

 

Will there be a mozzie problem?

Not really. There may be a few around, but you won't be plagued. Bring some repellent. South Africa is mainly malaria-free, but for advice on anti-malarials consult your doctor (take the itinerary with you).

 

what's the difference between a gnu and a wildebeest?

You can't paddle a wildebeest.

 

Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?

No.

 

IS IT SAFE TO swim in the sea?

Depends on whether there are any great whites around. We would advise you to ask locally - and then go and get a beer instead.

 

What medication should I bring & what inoculations are required?

Consult your GP/travel clinic for immunisation and malaria advice. Bring enough of any prescribed medication you take regularly. A basic first aid kit is useful (plasters, antiseptic cream, bite/sting relief, plus insect repellent).

 

Should I bring a seat pad?

Gel or air pads add comfort on long days in the saddle, but are not necessary.

 

I HEAR THAT ELEPHANTS ARE THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL IN NEPAL - IS THIS TRUE?

Yes, but you're going to South Africa.


How To Make A Booking

Holiday bookings can be made by phone, via email, or over the internet.


Contact us by any of the means above.

Upon deciding to book, please pay a deposit of £700.00 into our bonded account (or the full balance if within two months of the departure date). This can be done by credit/debit card through our website or over the phone, by bank transfer, by over-the-counter payment, or by sending a cheque to our UK representative.

Having booked with Blazing Trails, you will be sent all the necessary information on timings and meeting points. You may also like to use our website, or Facebook group, to liaise with others.

PLEASE NOTE: A maximum of one week (seven days) will be allowed for your deposit payment to reach and clear in our bonded account. Should this not happen, we can suspend your booking and may have to give your place on tour to somebody else.

 

 

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Tour Overview

In ten words

Gorgeous easy-going riding, places, food, wine and top accommodation.

Riding Level

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All paved roads, bar one or two drives. Generally we're on very quiet roads that are in very good condition. A real mix of cruising and twisty passes.

Tarmac: 99%; dirt 1%.

The Adventure

Overall: approx' 2200km

Shortest day: 125km

Longest day: 420 (easy) km

2 days travelling

8 days riding

2 off-bike days


Pillion Rating

Superb tour for pillions and couples with smooth tarmac roads all the way and a support vehicle to carry luggage. Pillions can also rest in the Hilux if needed. Lots of short days allows for exploring, dining, swimming etc.

Accommodation & Meals

The accommodation is a minimum of three-star rated – which is pretty damn smart in SA. Super food and wine everywhere.

Highlights

The Cape coast, Cape Agulhas (most southerly point in Africa), Route 62, Addo Elephant Reserve, Langkloof, Cape Town... and many more. There just isn't the room here!



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Departure day

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 25th February 2018  (Sunday) George 3545 GBP (2895 GBP)