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The best of Southern Africa
Starting in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, the Ayres Adventures Cape Town to Victoria Falls tour takes you on an incredible ride along some of the most beautiful and scenic roads in South Africa. The tour ends with a visit to one of the seven wonders of the world, the impressive Victoria Falls known also as the Smoke that Thunders.
In addition to the iconic start and end locations, this 18-day 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 National Park and a wildlife cruise on the Chobe River are included.
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
- Tradouw Pass, South Africa’s wine route, The Klein Karoo (semi-arid region), 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 Victoria & Alfred 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 ocean-front 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 Tradouw Pass into the picturesque Tradouw Valley before stopping 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 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.
For those wishing to add additional miles we will take you over the amazing Swartberg Pass toward Prince Albert. The Swartberg Pass consists of hard-packed gravel and offers breathtaking scenery of the valley below. From there the route continues through the beautiful Meiringspoort valley as you make your way back towards Oudtshoorn and on to Knysna via the Outeniqua Pass.
Knysna is a small coastal town that has consistently been voted “the most popular vacation destination in South Africa”. During the free day you can visit the Knysna Heads – the most striking geological feature along the entire southern African coastline. Other options include riding the gravel Prince Alfred Pass, visit the Knysna elephant sanctuary, or the more courageous can jump the world’s highest bungee jump at the nearby Bloukrans River Bridge. Or stay in town and enjoy the interesting shops and cafes in Knysna.
Today we will ride into the Eastern Province of South Africa as we make our way towards Port Alfred. An early departure from Knysna will allow time for an enjoyable full day’s ride as we make our way to tonight’s destination.
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 Ciskei areas, two of the former African “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 Dundee where we will spend the night. On our way we will pass through the town where Nelson Mandela was captured by the police in 1962 and where a monument and museum have been established in his honor. If time allows, we will also visit a few of the battle sites where the Zulus and Boers fought.
After riding through the farming areas and the town of Piet Retief, we will cross the border into Swaziland where we will enjoy some spectacular riding as we ride through the Swazi Mountains. On our way to tonight’s hotel we will visit a local glass-blowing factory that uses recycled glass to make beautiful sculptures and glassware.
At the Swaziland border we will stop to see a traditional Swazi dance show performed by local dancers and singers. From the border will ride through the bustling town of Hazyview before making our way to our hotel where we will be spending the next 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 National 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 Pilgrim’s Rest. Be prepared for a great day of riding on very twisty and scenic roads.
Today will be a full day of riding as we make our way to the border and cross into Botswana. Tonight we will stay just outside the bustling town of Palapye, a popular stop for visitors heading to Northern Botswana.
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.
We will have an early departure from Nata to ensure that we get to Kasane by lunch time. 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.
We will leave the bikes in Kasane and take a van to the Botswana border. There we will be ferried across the Zambezi River to the Zambian Border. Once our passports are stamped, a van will take us to our luxury hotel located next to the Falls. We will arrive early enough for a walk around Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
After a relaxing breakfast, the tour leaders will arrange for your transfer to the airport for your flight home.
TOTAL MILES: ~2815 MILES
The route is entirely paved, with a variety of road features including several twisty mountain passes.
Please contact us about low frame and/or low seat options for our bikes.
- 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
- 16 dinners
- Safari game drive in Kruger National Park
- Game viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River
- Entrance to Victoria Falls
- All National Park fees
Deposit per person: $800
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