Join Triple S Harley-Davidson for an incredible 14-day you in South Africa and Swaziland. The tour features stunning roads and landscapes, premium accommodations, meals and activities. Highlights include Cape Town, South Africa’s Wine Route, Garden Route, and two nights at a luxury game lodge inside Kruger National Park, where “on safari” you’ll experience Africa’s “Big Five”.
The Southern Cross is the first part of our three-trip African Trilogy. The trip through South Africa and Swaziland offers an unforgettable Adventure for motorcyclists who wish to incorporate Africa into their globe-riding plans. This 14-day Adventure could have been named “Best of South Africa”; we’ve incorporated more of South Africa’s highlights into our Southern Cross Adventure than you’ll find in any other South African tour. Why fly all the way to Africa and miss any of the following highlights?
- Upscale accommodations, starting with Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Hotel on the Pierhead at the Waterfront.
- Overnight accommodations in an upscale but rustic lodge at the southernmost point of the African continent – where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Each of the lodge’s eight rooms features a private balcony overlooking the ocean.
- An overnight stay at a working wine and ostrich farm in the setting of a 4 star Cape Dutch Country House.
- A two-night stay at a premium hotel on the waterfront in Knysna – a small South African town that for several years 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 in the midst of the Kruger National Park. Multiple game drives, including evening game drives, are an important part of this exceptional experience. Some competitors offer a game drive through the park, but only Ayres Adventures offers two nights inside the park in a luxury tented game lodge.
Our Southern Cross Adventure includes plenty of the country’s most popular motorcycling roads, coupled with an opportunity to truly enjoy the wildlife and cultural aspects of this fascinating area of the world.
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 many others.
At a Glance Your Southern Cross Adventure
Arrival Cape Town.
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.
Cape Town to Cape L’Agulhas, 280 km.
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.
Cape L’Agulhas to Oudtshoorn, 325 km.
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.
Oudtshoorn to Knysna, 150 km.
Spectacular riding through various mountain passes and valleys. Highlights: Swartberg Pass, Meeringspoort Pass, Outeniqua Pass, Four Passes, and numerous smaller mountain passes.
Free Day in Knysna.
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.
Knysna to Fort D’Acre, 439km/ 275miles.
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.
Fort D’Acre to Port St. Johns (~ 427km/267 miles).
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.
Port St. Johns to Himeville (~ 281km, 176 miles).
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.
Himeville to Dundee (~333km/208 miles).
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.
Dundee to Piggs Peak, Swaziland ( ~ 348 km, 217 miles).
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.
Piggs Peak to Kruger National Park ( ~ 100 km, 62 miles).
Spend two nights in one of the most popular game parks on the African continent. Spending the nights ‘IN” the park (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 guest are able to spot all five of Africa’s “Big Five” during their stay (Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhino, and Cape Buffalo). Enjoy luxury game lodge accommodations and dining under the African skies.
Free Day in Kruger National Park.
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. Enjoy you favorite drink as you enjoy the sun setting over the African bush.
Kruger National Park to Sandton ( ~ 480 km, 298 miles).
Enjoy an easy ride to Johannesburg and, on to Sandton. We’ll have a final celebration dinner at one of the many fine restaurants in the Sandton area.
Departure from Johannesburg.
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.