South Africa
South Africa

Cape Classic

The ultimate tour, either self-guided or guided, of the Western Cape, leaving Cape Town behind travel through lush landscapes and vineyards before ascending into the Karoo, a semi-desert region and home to many ostrich farms. Continue to the historic village of Graff Reinet before searching for the ‘Big 5’. The Garden Route is up next with its striking coastal scenery and forests. Your loop back to Cape Town ends with a journey through the Winelands. A magical tour that offers scenic diversity, fantastic riding and a little something for everyone.


— Learn more about the history of Cape Town
— Explore the beauty found in the Winelands
— Go in search of the ‘Big 5’
— Ride along the popular Garden Route
— Visit Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of Africa

  • Day 1

    Arrive Cape Town

    Your tour starts with a short orientation tour of Cape Town and a visit to Table Mountain (weather dependant!). Expect to see the Castle of Good Hope, City Hall, District 6, Company Gardens, the Cathedral and the Cape Malay Quarters. Relax this afternoon before the welcome dinner at the gold restaurant, which serves traditional South African delicacies and showcase some of the country’s diverse cultures.

    Day 2

    Cape Town

    Make the short trip to Cape Town Harley-Davidson to pick up the motorcycles. After a short introduction depart for a day ride including Camps Bay, the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive, the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point, Simon’s Town and its penguins, and Ou Kaapse Weg. This ride takes you along some well-known passes and to all the major attractions giving you a chance to get acquainted with your bike.

    Day 3

    Cape Town – Montagu (190 km)

    Start today heading East via the N1. The route takes you through the winelands of Wellington and Paarl to the Drakenstein Mountains and you will spend the day riding several passes until reaching the overnight stop.

    Day 4

    Montagu – Prince Albert (310 km)

    Today begins exploring the semi-desert region known as the Karoo, along rugged mountains and through barren landscape, ride to Matjiesfontein. This old historic railway village of just a few houses, a hotel and railway station was once home to 14,000 British troops, but has remained unchanged since the early 1900s. After lunch, continue to Prince Albert, an idyllic little Karoo village built in the Cape Dutch style.

    Day 5

    Prince Albert – Graaff Reinet (350 km)

    The dry and arid landscape continues to surround you as you cross the Swartberg Mountain on the Meiringspoort Route with its many bridges. Stopping along the way in some of the enchanted villages continue to Graaff Reinet, probably the best-preserved Cape Dutch village, still steeped in Anglo-Boer war history. Before dinner ride up into the mountains to watch the sun set over the Valley of Desolation.

    Day 6

    Graaff Reinet – Kareiga Game Reserve (320 km)

    Today it’s a ride into the Eastern Cape Province, a land of rolling bushy hills, solitude and wild animals. In late afternoon you reach Kariega Private Game Reserve. Boasting the ‘Big 5’, this reserve has 2 river valleys offering a diverse habitat.

    Day 7

    Kariega Game Reserve (free day).

    After Breakfast take a guided game drive through the park, can you spot the ‘Big 5’? The afternoon can be spent relaxing or hunting for further pictures in the support vehicle. This evening enjoy the old South African tradition of the “Braai & Dop” (barbecue & beer).

    Day 8

    Kariega – Knysna (380 km)

    Back on the bikes and ride along the Garden Route into the great coastal forests of South Africa. Make a few stops along the way to admire the giant trees in the Tsitsikamma area until reaching the lagoon city of Knysna, capital of the Garden Route.

    Day 9

    Knysna (free day)

    A day at leisure in Knysna. Use today to relax by the pool, get some shopping done or go sailing on the lagoon, Knysna also offers an incredible variety of outdoor entertainment: mountain biking, abseiling, kayaking, scuba diving and many more options are on offer.

    Day 10

    Knysna – Oudtshoorn (120 km)

    Ride along the famous Garden Route, through Wilderness and Mossel Bay until the Outeniqua Pass leads you over the Langeberg Mountains to meet up with the R62, known as the longest wine route in the world and cutting east to west through most of the country – South Africa’s equivalent to Route 66. Tonight you overnight on an ostrich farm, so you can check out your jockey skills on a racing ostrich.

    Day 11

    Oudtshoorn – Hermanus (410 km)

    Travel through Montagu, before heading south, crossing the Langeberg again. After taking some time to discover the little gem that is Swellendam, continue down to the coast. Visit Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of the African continent, before settling into your accommodation in Hermanus.

    Day 12

    Hermanus – Stellenbosch (100 km)

    Spend today riding some fascinating mountain passes in the Hottentots-Holland Mountains, ending up in Stellenbosch, a pretty university town where you have the chance to sample some of the world-renowned wines the region has to offer at the farewell dinner.

    Day 13

    Stellenbosch – Cape Town

    A short ride brings you back to Cape Town where you drop off your bike. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure: explore Cape Town on foot or on the sightseeing bus, do some shopping for souvenirs or join up for a township tour.

    Day 14

    Depart Cape Town

    Spend the day exploring Cape Town before your evening flight home. Or why not stay a little longer?!

    Total Distance c. 2000 km

  • For motorcycle rental information please see our South Africa Motorcycle Rentals page.

  • Cape Classic
    Dates Rider Passenger Single room supplement
    27 Feb - 11 Mar 2020 TBC £2,995.00 £2,075.00 £500.00
    Self-guided Tour (year round) £2,205.00 £1295.00 £500.00
  • What's Included & What's Not - Guided Tour
    Guided Price Includes Guided Price Excludes
    13-nights standard accommodation including breakfast
    12 days’ BMW or Harley-Davidson motorcycle hire
    Airport transfers
    Welcome pack
    Welcome & farewell meals
    3 dinners
    Comprehensive motorcycle insurance (excess ZAR15,000)
    All tolls
    Expert local guide on H-D motorbike
    Support vehicle and driver for luggage and non-riding passengers
    Spare Harley-Davidson motorbike
    Petrol and oil
    Meals not stated above
    Personal items and expenses
    Additional activities
    Riding gear
    Flights, stopovers and additional accommodation which can be arranged through H-C Travel
    What's Included & What's Not - Self-guided tour
    Self-Guided Price Includes Self-Guided Price Excludes
    13-nights standard accommodation including breakfast
    12 days’ BMW or Harley-Davidson motorcycle hire
    Comprehensive motorcycle insurance (excess ZAR15,000)
    Petrol and oil
    Personal items and expenses
    Additional activities
    Riding gear
    Flights, stopovers and additional accommodation which can be arranged through H-C Travel
  • Mike, one of our guides, happy in his work

    Joerg Vogel is originally from Germany, and after living in England he moved to Cape Town in 2002. His background is in hospitality, so he knows that it is the little things that make the difference between a good tour and an unforgettable experience! He developed tours firstly with Cape Town Harley-Davidson, then with BMW. Joerg was even a customer of ours once, hiring a bike from us back in 2000!

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