This trip through South Africa and Swaziland offers an unforgettable Adventure for riders who wish to enjoy the unique experience of traveling in Africa by motorcycle. This 14-day Adventure could be named “Best of South Africa”, as it includes more of South Africa’s highlights than you’ll find in any other South African tour. Why fly all the way to Africa and miss any of the following highlights?
- Cape Town Waterfront – the most popular destination in this beautiful city
- Overnight accommodations in an upscale boutique featuring private balconies overlooking the ocean at the southernmost point of the African continent – where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet
- An overnight stay at an ostrich farm in South Africa’s Klein Karoo
- A two-night stay at a premium hotel on the waterfront in Knysna – a small South African town that has been recognized as South Africa’s favorite vacation spot
- An overnight stay in Swaziland, with a ride through the beautiful Swazi Mountains
- The “Grand Finale” – two nights in a luxury game lodge located within Kruger National Park which allows for evening game drives. Some competitors offer a game drive through the park but only Ayres Adventures offers two nights inside the park allowing for this exceptional wildlife-viewing experience.
Although our route is totally paved and ideal for two-up riding, this tour offers exciting off-pavement alternate routes as well. Off-pavement opportunities include South Africa’s Swartberg Pass, Prince Alfred Pass, Montague Pass, Swaziland’s Saddleback Pass, and others.
Multiple game drives, including evening game drives, are an important part of this exceptional Kruger experience. Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa and covers more than 7,000 square miles – larger than the state of Connecticut. The Southern Cross is the only motorcycle tour that features overnight stays within the park, allowing for evening game drives.
Our Southern Cross Adventure combines many of the country’s most popular motorcycling roads with an opportunity to truly enjoy the wildlife and cultural aspects of this fascinating part of the world.
At a Glance Your Southern Cross Adventure
Airport transfer, motorcycle handover, kickoff meeting and our first dinner together! Accommodations at the luxury V&A Hotel and dinner at a first class restaurant on the Waterfront. Riders arriving early can visit Table Mountain, take a city tour, or enjoy the cafes, restaurants and shopping that the Waterfront has to offer.
Ride the beautiful coastal route through Gordon’s Bay, Betty’s Bay and Hermanus to Cape L’Agulhas. After a gourmet dinner, enjoy the ocean view from your private balcony.
Highlights: Visit the southernmost point on the African Continent, where the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean meet.
Ride South Africa’s famous wine route, enjoy beautiful mountain sweepers, and enter the Swartberg Mountains. Highlights: Tradouws Pass, South Africa’s wine route, The Klein Karoo (semi-arid desert), Oudtshoorn (the ostrich capital of he world). Enjoy an overnight stay at a working wine and ostrich farm in the setting of a 4 star Cape Dutch Country House.
Spectacular riding through various mountain passes and valleys. Highlights: Swartberg Pass, Meeringspoort Pass, Outeniqua Pass, Four Passes, and numerous smaller mountain passes.
Knysna is a small South African town that has consistently been voted “the most popular vacation destination in South Africa”. Highlights: Visit the “Knysna Heads” – the most striking geological feature along the entire southern African coastline. Other options include riding the gravel Prince Alfred Pass, a leisurely train ride along the Indian Ocean to the railroad museum in George, the Knysna elephant sanctuary, or 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.
An easy, picturesque ride as we ride along the East Coast past the city of Port Elizabeth to the beautiful little town which is home to Rhodes University.
Highlights: Beautiful roads as we leave South Africa’s Garden Route and head for the Wild Coast. Tonight we will stay in a Country Club Hotel in the heart of the Eastern Capes popular sunshine coast, a short distance from the Indian Ocean.
See traditional South African life as it exists in rural areas of the country. Pass through the former Transkei and Siskei areas, which during the apartheid years comprised the black “Homelands”. Landscapes are very pretty, with deep valleys and many scenic overlooks. Our destination is Port St. Johns where we will be staying at a wonderful resort and spa for the evening.
Today we will head inland through Kwazulu Natal Province, home to the Zulu people. We will have several opportunities to see the 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 to the small town of Himeville where we will spend the night at a beautiful Manor.
After riding along the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg, the capital city of Kwazulu Natal, we head through the sugar cane growing areas towards Dundee where we will be spending the night. Located near the famous battlefields we will have the chance to learn about history of the battles between the Zulu’s and the Boer’s.
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.
We will spend two nights in one of the most popular game parks on the African continent. Staying in Kruger (as opposed to visiting it for a few hours during the daylight hours) provides the unique opportunity to do game drives after dark as well as during the day. Most of our guests are able to spot all five of Africa’s “Big Five” during their stay (Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhino, and Cape Buffalo). We’ll enjoy luxury game lodge accommodations and dining under the African skies.
The free day in Kruger National Park is certainly one of the most important highlights of the Southern Cross Adventure. You’ll enjoy both morning and evening game drives, including a “sundowner” game drive. Sip your favorite drink as you watch the sunset over the African bush.
We’ll enjoy an easy final ride into the Johannesburg area where we’ll have our final celebration dinner at one of the many fine restaurants in Sandton.
After a relaxing breakfast at the hotel, the tour leaders will arrange your 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
- Upscale 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
- 12 dinners
- Several lunches
- Two night stay in luxury lodge within Kruger NP
- Multiple game drives including evening drives
- All park entry fees