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Seashore, Safari and the Smoke that Thunders
Simon and Lisa Thomas of 2Ride the World have teamed up with Ayres Adventures to design an African tour especially for their friends and followers. Simon and Lisa wanted a tour that would start in arguably the most beautiful city in the world – Cape Town – and end at one of the most famous natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls. In between they wanted an authentic sampling of the African safari experience and, of course, fabulous riding. Result: Cape Town to Victoria Falls.
In addition to the iconic start and end locations, this 16-day Club Class tour features invigorating mountain passes, sweeping coastal highways, and roads that lead through wine country, fertile valleys and along rural landscapes dotted with traditional African villages. To complete the African experience, a full day on safari in Kruger NP and a wildlife cruise on the Chobe River are included. The tour ends with a visit to one of the seven wonders of the world, the impressive Victoria Falls known also as “smoke that thunders”.
Cape Town is a great place to spend a couple of extra days prior to the start of the tour. If you decide to arrive early, some of the activities you might enjoy include walking up Table Mountain, taking a city tour, touring Robben Island or just enjoying the numerous cafes, restaurants and shopping diversions that the waterfront has to offer.
- A night in the beautiful city of Cape Town
- Tradouws Pass, South Africa’s wine route, The Klein Karoo (semi-arid desert), Oudtshoorn (ostrich capital of the world)
- Overnight accommodations in an upscale lodge at the southernmost point of the African continent – where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet
- Full day game drive in Kruger National Park – home to the African Big Five
- A river boat safari on the Chobe River in Northern Botswana
- A visit to Victoria Falls – “the smoke that thunders”
At a Glance Your Cape Town to Victoria Falls Adventure
The tour leaders will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel where you can spend the day relaxing or exploring the waterfront. Later in the afternoon, the tour leaders will hand over the bikes before hosting a group briefing with more in-depth information about the tour. After the briefing we will enjoy our first dinner together at a wonderful local restaurant.
Our first riding day will take us along beautiful coastal roads and through the small seaside towns of Gordon’s Bay, Betty’s Bay and Hermanus to our destination at Cape L’Agulhas, the southernmost point of the African continent where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. We will stay at a boutique oceanfront lodge where we will be served a wonderful gourmet dinner.
The route to Oudtshoorn offers beautiful sweepers through rugged mountains and fertile valleys. We will enjoy a scenic ride over the stark and semi-arid Tradouws Pass into the picturesque Tradouw Valley before we stop in the friendly village of Barrydale. From Barrydale we will ride Route 62 – the longest wine route in the world. Tonight we will stay at a small privately-owned Cape Dutch Country House in the heart of the Ostrich farming region of the world, Oudtshoorn.
Oudtshoorn is the principal town located in the Klein Karoo between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains. Taking the direct route to Knysna will make for a short but beautiful ride over the Outeniqua Pass, Four Passes and numerous smaller mountain passes. A short riding day allows us to enjoy a late breakfast and to visit an ostrich farm where we’ll have an opportunity to test our ostrich-riding ability.
A second option for those wishing to add additional miles with an incredible ride, is the route that goes over the amazing Swartberg Pass toward Prince Albert. Swartberg Pass consists of hard-packed gravel and offers breathtaking scenery of the valley below. From there the route continues through the beautiful Meiringspoort Pass.
Tonight we will stay in the well-known and popular seaside town of Knysna and enjoy a delicious meal at the harbor.
Today we will ride into the Eastern Province of South Africa as we make our way to Port Alfred. Just after leaving Knysna, the courageous members of our group will have the opportunity to bungee jump at the Bloukrans Bridge in Tsitsikamma National Park. This is the world’s highest commercial bungee bridge at 216m and is located at the mouth of the Groot River, set against a sprawling and unspoiled natural landscape.
Once the adrenaline has worn off we can enjoy a picturesque and scenic ride to Port Alfred where we will spend the night and enjoy dinner at a nearby local restaurant.
Our route today takes us through rural areas of the country where we will get a glimpse of traditional African life. We will pass through the former Transkei and Siskei areas, which comprised the black “homelands” during the apartheid years. These rural areas also include beautiful landscapes with deep valleys and many scenic overlooks.
Today we will head inland through the province of Kwazulu Natal, home to the Zulu people. We will have opportunities to observe traditional ways of living as we pass through several small Zulu villages. From Kokstad we will ride through rural farmland as we head towards the foot hills of the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains. Our destination is just outside the village of Himeville, where we will stay at a beautifully converted farm manor house.
Today is a full day of riding through several African towns as we make our way to Piet Retief where we will spend the night at a privately-owned guest house. On our way we will pass through the town where Nelson Mandela was captured by the apartheid police in 1962 and where a monument and museum has been established in his honor.
By taking the most direct route to the Kruger Gate, we will have a great ride while also ensuring an early arrival at the hotel where we will spend two nights.
We’ll board our open-air safari vehicle for an all-day game drive in Kruger National Park, including lunch inside the park. Kruger Park is South Africa’s flagship national park and one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Teeming with wildlife, this diverse game park is home to numerous mammals, reptile species and hundreds of bird species! The African Big Five are found here – elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo, as well as a dazzling array of other mammals such as giraffe, zebra, cheetah, hippo, hyena and numerous antelope species.
Today we will have a great day of riding through man-made forests, past fruit farms, waterfalls and into rugged country with mountain passes. Our ride will include such popular and iconic destinations as God’s Window, the artsy town of Graskop and the historic mining town of Pilgrims rest. Be prepared for a great day of riding on very twisty and scenic roads.
A full day of riding is on schedule as we cross the border into Botswana. We will arrive in the gold rush city of Francistown in the afternoon, where we can relax with a cold drink at the hotel before meeting up with the rest of the group for dinner.
Today’s route is on two-lane paved roads through the countryside of Botswana. We’ll enjoy rural landscapes and picturesque native villages along the way. There is a good chance of observing wildlife crossing the road, including elephant, giraffe and ostrich.
The lodge is a great place to kick back and relax.
In the afternoon, we have scheduled a game-viewing sunset cruise on the Chobe River where we will observe the wildlife up close including hippos, crocodiles, and elephants.
For those who would like additional game viewing, the tour leaders can arrange a morning game drive into Chobe National Park.
From Kasane, it is a short ride to the ferry which we will take over the Zambezi River into Zambia. We will arrive at the hotel early enough for a walk around Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. We will be staying at a stunning hotel right next to the Falls, where we can listen to the “smoke that thunders” from our rooms.
After a relaxing breakfast, the tour leaders will arrange for a transfer to the airport for your flight home.
The route is entirely paved, with a variety of road features. The route over the Swartberg Pass consists of 30 kilometers of gravel and is optional.
- Late model, low mileage motorcycle
- All accommodations
- A’ la carte dining
- Two Ayres Adventures professional tour leaders
- Airport arrival/departure transfers
- Luggage handling
- Comfortable support vehicle for non-riding companions
- Comprehensive pre-trip planning and assistance
- Customized trip booklet with day-by-day itinerary and attractions
- Two commemorative shirts
- Adventurer Club travel award credit
- All breakfasts
- 15 dinners
- Safari game drive in Kruger National Park
- All National Park fees
- Game viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River
- Entrance to Victoria Falls
Deposit per person: $1600
Single room supplement
Cancellation fee and refunds
|FROM DATE OF |
|More than 60 days||50% of deposit
|60 days or fewer but more than 45 days||100% of deposit
|45 days or fewer but more than 30 days||50% of full tour payment
|30 days or fewer||100% of full tour payment
Private Tour Inquiry
We are happy to book any of our motorcycle tour as a private tour. For most tours, we require a minimum of 8 bikes, or 12 participants (riders plus co-riders). We can provide a private motorcycle tour for smaller groups, but a surcharge may apply. We can also customize any of our regular tours for a private group.