South Africa

South Africa

Our fly-ride motorcycle tours to South Africa offer a truly unique experience. The Western Cape, where we run our motorcycle tours, offers quite simply the best motorbike riding in South Africa with over 20 spectacular mountain passes within a day’s ride of Cape Town providing vast empty beaches, cliff roads, deserts, the winelands and an ever-changing landscape of shapes and colours.

Additionally whether you’d like to explore South Africa by car, train or motorhome,  or just relax on the beach or enjoy a spot of game viewing, we can arrange the perfect itinerary to coincide with your motorcycle tour or rental.

One of our aims with all of our tours is to change your life in some small but significant way – a big aim, but surprisingly successful. Try it and see!

Why tour South Africa?

  • Ever changing scenery, contrasting agriculture with rugged mountains and deserts.
  • It’s a LOT safer than you think
  • The colours, both natural and man-made
  • Excellent value for money
  • Undoubtedly some of the best motorbike riding anywhere on the planet on excellent, quiet roads!
  • Beautiful summer weather during our northern winter
  • No jet lag and direct overnight flights

Why tour with H-C Travel?

  • Our experience, we’ve been operating here since 1995
  • Small tour groups, personally prepared self-guided tours and rentals
  • Personally selected, quality accommodation
  • Itineraries designed to show you the very best of what South Africa has to offer
  • Rest days included in itineraries to allow you to explore or just relax by the pool
  • Flights, and pre- and post-tour travel can be arranged. All part of our commitment to service.
  • Our Guided Motorcycle Tours
    Our guided motorcycle tours of the Cape provide a spectacular holiday for those of you who enjoy the social aspects of touring and appreciate the benefits of an experienced and knowledgeable local guide, or who are perhaps unfamiliar with overseas touring.
    In designing all of our tours, the philosophy has been to create a motorcycling holiday which will appeal equally to motorcyclists who want to explore, have contact with, and travel through a new country, and those who want the opportunity of riding a motorcycle in a different environment. Routes have been chosen for their touring potential, both paved and gravel. We want you to experience the countryside, people and places, not have to concentrate purely on riding.

    Cape Classic

    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

  • Our Self Guided Motorcycle Tours
    Our self-guided tours can start on any date you wish providing it doesn’t clash with any of our guided tour dates. Our self-guided motorcycle tours in South Africa offer the same itineraries and accommodation as our guided tours, so you get the benefit of our local knowledge without the organization of a guided tour. Ideal if you prefer the freedom of riding to your own timetable. Tours can start on any day of the year except public holidays and preprogrammed GPS is available for all road tours!

    Cape Classic

    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

  • Month Jan Fed Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Ave Temp(c) 21 21 20 17 15 13 12 13 14 16 18 20
    Sun/day (hr) 11 10 9 7 6 6 6 7 8 9 10 11
    Rain/month (mm) 14 17 19 39 74 92 70 75 39 37 14 17
    No. Days rain/month 5 4 5 8 12 12 11 13 10 8 5 5

    Weather
    Cape Town, our main South African destination, enjoys a Mediterranean style climate. Further inland, desert temperatures can climb considerably higher in summer and fall considerably lower in winter, with of course much less rainfall. Temperatures given above are average so daytime temperatures will be considerably higher, probably by about another 30-60%.

    Safety
    Despite rumours to the contrary, we have found the Cape a safe place to tour. We and our customers have never experienced anything but friendliness and warmth in the 16 years we have been offering tours and hire.

    What do I need to bring?
    We recommend you bring suitable motorcycle clothing, such as motorcycle leathers or an enduro suit as well as a helmet, gloves and motorcycle boots. Remember daytime temperatures from November to March will be high. Usually the climate in the region doesn’t require heavy rain protection, but we recommend lightweight waterproofs just in case. A warm sweater or fleece is recommended as the nights can be chilly. Sun block is essential. Laundry service is available en route. Helmets, gloves and goggles can be hired locally if prebooked.

    Health and Malaria
    The medical infrastructure in South Africa is generally of European standard. Our itineraries don’t cover any malaria risk areas (the last known incidence of malaria in the Kalahari was in 1923!). Malaria precautions are not indicated. Comprehensive travel and health insurance is required, available through H-C Travel for UK customers. Please be aware that AIDS/HIV is widespread.

    Riding experience
    Roads in South Africa are generally good and traffic relatively light (or sometimes non-existent!), so we place no restrictions on experience. For our self-guided adventure tours, offroad experience is not required (if I can do it two-up on a Tiger then so can any experienced road rider) but encouraged. South African gravel and dirt roads are regularly graded and generally in good condition – you will probably see more potholes in London than on the road through the Cedarberg. There are sections that can be more challenging, but we will always offer you an alternative.

    Accommodation
    We try and use small hotels and guesthouses wherever possible, as we believe this gives you a much better experience of life in the Cape. Occasionally we have problems with availability, so the actual accommodation may differ if the given accommodation is fully booked. This applies particularly to late bookings.

    Is South Africa expensive?
    NO, NO, NO! It probably offers the best value for money dining and shopping anywhere. You can often eat a tasty 3-course steak dinner for less than the price of the steak from the butcher in the UK.

    Can I stay longer?
    Yes, tell us what you would like to do and we’ll be happy to arrange it. Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula are well worth a few extra days if you have the time.

    What else can H-C Travel arrange?
    As an ATOL bonded tour operator we are also able to arrange flights and travel insurance. And we can also arrange extensions to your tour to include game viewing in the Kruger National Park, rail journeys, accommodation only or car hire anywhere in South Africa as well. Just tell us your plans, however big, however small, and we’ll be happy to advise, we pride ourselves in our flexibility!

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