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Royal Enfield Motorcycle Tour in South Africa

Welcome to this exhilarating Coast to Karoo motorcycle tour! Get ready for a remarkable journey filled with breathtaking landscapes, unique experiences, and unforgettable memories! This tour will take you from the windy and coastal region of Cape Town and Hermanus all the way to the dry desert area of the Klein Karoo! Experience the rich diversity of South African culture and landscapes!

Key information

  • Terrain: 100% tar, on request 10-15% gravel can be included
  • Bike: rental bike (Royal Enfield Classic 500cc with pillion seat)
  • Mileage: 1500 kilometers / 932 miles
  • Daily rides: 150 - 320 kilometers / 93 - 199 miles
  • Riding gear: not included, please bring your own riding gear
  • Meals: all meals included

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Cape Town
  • Cruise along Clarence Drive - where the Ocean and Mountains meet
  • Ride Chapman's Peak, one of the world's most beautiful coastal roads
  • Take a photo at the southernmost tip of Africa: Cape Agulhas
  • Take an iconic picture at Ronnie's Sex Shop on the famous Route 62
  • Travel back in time to Matjiesfontein, a historical town locked in a past era
  • Ride through beautiful gravel passes in the Klein Karoo
  • 8 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

7 days with instruction
Group size: 6-10 participants
Airport transfer included: Cape Town International Airport
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Accommodation

During the tour, you will stay at 3 or 4-star accommodations. Twin shared accommodation is included. Upgrade to single room stay is available at an extra cost.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town

Welcome to the vibrant city of Cape Town! Upon your arrival at the airport, the friendly team will be waiting to escort you to your accommodation. Those of you arriving early can spend the afternoon visiting the colorful Bo-Kaap or take the cable car up to Table Mountain.

In the evening, join others for a delightful welcome dinner at the iconic V&A Waterfront. This is an opportunity to meet your fellow adventurers and get a taste of the excitement that awaits.

Day 2: Cape Peninsula exploration (approx. 200 kilometers / 124 miles, 5-6 hours riding)

Today marks the beginning of your motorcycle adventure! After a hearty breakfast, you'll receive your Royal Enfield bike, a faithful companion for the journey. You meet at RETZA at 8:30 a.m. where you'll complete all formalities and receive the route briefing for the day.

Then it's time to start your adventure! Embark on an awe-inspiring Cape Peninsula tour, tracing the coastline along Boyes Drive. Visit the historic Simon's Town, home to a charming naval base, and marvel at the adorable African penguins on Boulders Beach.

Continue your ride to Cape Point and the legendary Cape of Good Hope, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans converge. Along the way, enjoy the breathtaking views from Misty Cliff and navigate the winding roads of Chapman's Peak.

Your day concludes riding through the picturesque Hout Bay, and finally, the trendy beachfront of Camps Bay, before the tour leads you up on Signal Hill for stunning views over Cape Town.

Day 3: Cape Town to Hermanus via Clarence Drive (approx. 280 kilometers / 174 miles, 6 hours riding)

Bid farewell to Cape Town as you journey along a 150km route, experiencing the stunning Clarence Drive and its panoramic mountain-ocean views.

En route, stop at Rooi Els, home to a free-roaming penguin colony. Your day ends in Hermanus, renowned for its whale-watching opportunities. Enjoy a coastal walk and keep your eyes peeled for sightings of these magnificent creatures.

Day 4: Hermanus via Cape Agulhas to Barrydale (280 kilometers / 174 miles)

Today's ride continues to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, where the two oceans meet in a fierce embrace. From here, you cross the Malgas Ferry and navigate gravel roads, immersing yourself in the rugged beauty of the landscape.

Traverse the captivating Tradouw Pass after which you reach your destination for the day: the charming and artsy village of Barrydale. Don't miss the chance to visit the famous Ronnie's Sex Shop, a quirky and iconic roadside pub.

Day 5: Barrydale to Oudtshoorn (approx. 320 kilometers / 199 miles, 7 hours riding)

Today's route will take you on Route 62, a famous route renowned for its scenic beauty. As you ride through the winding roads, you'll pass through rolling hills, vineyards, and quaint little towns like Ladismith and Calitzdrop, known for its hot springs.

Enjoy the picturesque landscapes and keep your eyes peeled for photo opportunities. You will stop for quaint pad stalls and occasionally take you off the tar road for some gravel adventures.

Day 6: Oudtshoorn to Matjiesfontein (approx. 270 kilometers / 168 miles, 6 hours riding)

Wake up to the call of the wild and embark on an early morning game drive, surrounded by the natural splendor of the region. After this exhilarating safari, you will get ready for the day. Today's ride takes you to Matjiesfontein, a charming village frozen in time. Your journey is a blend of gravel roads and smooth tarmac, offering a diverse riding experience.

After lunch, you will ride through Seven Weeks Port, a beautiful gravel pass that will lead you through stunning mountains on either side.

Day 7: Matjiesfontein to Franschhoek via Montagu (approx. 250 kilometers / 155 miles, 6 hours riding)

Bid farewell to Matjiesfontein and set your course toward Franschhoek, a picturesque valley surrounded by vineyards and mountains. You leave the dry desert area of the Karoo and head back to the lush and green area of the Winelands, riding partially on the N2, before you turn inland into smaller farm roads and gravel roads.

The route leads you via Theewaterskoof Dam, one of Cape Town's main water reservoirs. From here, encounter the captivating Franschhoek Pass, a winding road that offers panoramic views of the valley below. You stop on top for a picture opportunity and to take in the mesmerizing view over the valley.

Upon arrival in Franschhoek, indulge your senses in a delightful wine-tasting experience, savoring the rich flavors of the region. Later, enjoy a dinner, pairing exquisite wines with French cuisine.

Day 8: Franschhoek to Cape Town (approx. 150 kilometers / 93 miles, 5 hours riding)

As your incredible adventure draws to a close, embark on a 130-kilometer ride back to Cape Town. Traverse the Helshoogte Pass, pass through Stellenbosch, and reach Philadelphia.

Before arriving in Cape Town, you explore the West Coast, a region offering a striking contrast to previous landscapes. Enjoy the iconic view of Table Mountain from Bloubergstrand as you reflect on your incredible journey.

The day ends back in Cape Town, where you return the motorcycles and check into your hotel for the last time. To celebrate this adventure, you conclude the day with a sunset sail and a dinner before you bid adieu.

Day 9: Departure

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel. We've arranged an airport transfer for your departing flight. If you have some extra time, you can explore Cape Town city. RETZA will be happy to assist you with any add-on bookings.

Skill level required for this tour: Intermediate

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

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Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Royal Enfield motorcycle rental and fuel
  • 8 nights at 3 to 4-star accommodations
  • All meals
  • Certified tour guide
  • Entrance fees for included activities
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Wine tasting, sunset sail, Table Mountain
  • For more than 6 riders: support vehicle

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Entrance fees to attractions and activities other than specified
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Refundable security deposit 3,000 ZAR
  • Anything else not specified under inclusions

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Cape Town International Airport Airport transfer included: Cape Town International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

Availability

Arrival: Saturday September 28, 2024
Departure: Sunday October 6, 2024

Tour information
  • Prices are for a minimum group size of 6 riders. Send an inquiry for prices for smaller groups and solo rides. For tours with fewer riders, the luggage will be carried by each rider on the motorcycle.

 

  • Private tours are available, dates on request. Fixed departures as per schedule.

 

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