South Africa

Guided, Self Guided, Off-Road adventures.

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.

For those of you who like touring as a group, with the benefits of a guide and an instant social circle, we offer guided motorbike tours from Cape Town, on either BMW or Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

If you are already familiar with South Africa or want to find out for yourself about the country, then we’ll be happy to arrange just motorcycle hire for you.

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 South Africa 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
  • ATOL licensed
  • SATOUR approved specialist staff in the UK
  • 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.

Custom road tours are available for groups of five or more riders, on request. Please call for further details.

whether travelling by car, train or motorhome, just relaxing on the beach, or game viewing, we can arrange this for you 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!

Our motorcycle tours

All of our tours are offered as guided and self-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. Our tours include activities such as game viewing, surfing, swimming in the Indian Ocean, ostrich and crocodile farms and African villages and wine tastings – we want to offer you a holiday to remember. Accommodation is in 2-4* hotels, often with pools.

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. Equally, in a country the size of South Africa, mile after mile of effortless travel soon becomes boring, so wherever possible we have routed you on the most scenic roads, over mountain passes, and on occasional challenging and minor roads.

Our Cape Classic Tour take in as many as 19 mountain passes, some riding along the coast, across desert and through farmland, offering you the whole range of road riding experiences in one holiday. Add in excellent hospitality, riding on the left, a great climate and low prices, and you must be close to the perfect tour.

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!

Our team in Cape Town

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!

Mike, one of our guides, happy in his work

Cape Classic (14 days)

I can’t speak too highly of the guides …

David Sykes, UK, 2011 (3rd tour with H-C Travel, returned to ride the Cape Classic again in 2015)

The Cape Classic – the ultimate South African tour – lots of interesting roads, landscapes, sights and people, including Cape Town, the Garden Route, Addo and Route 62.

Like all of our Cape motorcycle tours, we start and end in Cape Town, giving you the opportunity to extend your holiday by a few days to explore the jewel of South Africa. From the Cape metropolis you ride along winding mountain passes, through lush landscapes and the wine region of the Western Cape. Then ride the high plateau that is the interior of South Africa. Called the Karoo, this arid, semi-desert region is home to the R62, the African equivalent to America’s Route 66. Take some time to explore this area including the ostrich farming in Oudtshoorn and the historical Village of Graaff Reinet before reaching Addo Elephant National Park. Famous for its elephants, it is also home to lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino, making it a complete Big 5 destination. Having spent a day on safari, head off to Port Elizabeth to start riding the famous Garden Route, a long stretch of coastal forests including the towns of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna from where you will finish your loop though the Cape with a visit to the Winelands.

Highlights

Historic Cape Town • Explore Winelands • Search for the ‘Big 5’ • Ride along the Garden Route • Visit the Southernmost point of Africa at Cape Agulhas • Scenic countryside

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Cape Town

You will be picked up in an air-conditioned minibus which will take you on a short orientation tour of Cape Town and visiting 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 this evening 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 tour to the Cape of Good Hope including Camps Bay, Hout Bay, the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive, Scarborough, the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point, Simon’s Town and its penguins, and Ou Kaapse Weg. This ride takes you along some of the well-known cape passes and to all the major attractions and gives you a chance to get acquainted with the bikes.

Day 3 Cape Town – Montagu

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

Today begins exploring the interior of South Africa, a semi-desert 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 build in the Cape Dutch style.

Day 5 Prince Albert – Graaff Reinet

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 – Addo Elephant National Park

Today it’s a short ride into the Eastern Cape Province, a land of rolling bushy hills, solitude and wild animals. In late afternoon you reach Addo National Park. Having started as a small elephant sanctuary, this is now the third biggest national park in South Africa, boasting all the ‘Big 5’.

Day 7 Addo Elephant National Park (free day).

After Breakfast take a guided game drive through the park, famous for its Elephants. 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 Addo Elephant National Park – Knysna

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

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 America’s 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

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

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?!

Longest Day 350km

Shortest Day 50km

Total distance c. 2750 km

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Price includes:

  • 13-nights standard accommodation including breakfast
  • 12 days’ BMW or Harley-Davidson motorcycle hire
  • Airport transfers
  • Welcome pack
  • Welcome and goodbye dinners at local restaurants
  • 3 dinners
  • Comprehensive motorcycle insurance (excess ZAR15,000)
  • Entrance fees
  • All tolls
  • Expert local guide on H-D motorbike
  • Support vehicle and driver for luggage and non-riding passengers
  • Spare Harley-Davidson motorbike

Price excludes:

  • Petrol and oil
  • Meals not stated above
  • Personal items and expenses
  • Additional activities
  • Riding gear
  • Insurance
  • Flights and additional accommodation which can be arranged through H-C Travel
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Questions & Bookings

Motorcycle holidays can be as simple or as complex as you want them to be and here at H-C Travel we’re happy to make whatever arrangements you want. We’re here to make organising your holiday as simple as possible.

Highlights of the Western Cape (7 days)

If you want to sample the delights of the Cape, but don’t have the time for a longer stay, then this is the motorcycle tour for you – a real ‘highlights’ tour. And I promise it will leave you wanting to come back for more.

Highlights

Historic Cape Town • Ride sweeping bends around False Bay • Discover the arid Karoo • Spectacular Swartberg Pass • Visit the Cango Caves and Cango Wildlife Ranch

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Cape Town.

You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your Cape Town hotel. This afternoon you’ll be picked up in a mini bus, issued your bike and guided on an ‘orientation’ tour of Cape Town. This evening your guide will join you for dinner and a relaxed ‘tour briefing’.

Day 2 Cape Town – Montagu

Your first morning’s ride is heading for the exhilarating and spectacular drive round False Bay via Gordon’s Bay, Betty’s Bay and on to the historic coastal resort and former whaling town of Hermanus. From June to early November Southern Right whales can be seen from the shore here. Leaving Hermanus your route continues inland through rich fruit growing areas to the wine making Hex River Valley and Worcester. It is then a short ride to tonight’s accommodation.

Day 3 Montagu

Montagu is an attractive spa town with natural hot water springs hidden in a mountain cleft, and a nice place for a relaxing stroll. Today ride the ‘7 Passes Route’: some are fast and perfectly engineered, some tortuously twisting, others over 1200 m high. During the day you will circle the Hex River mountains (where there is a ski club!), always on good tar roads.

Day 4 Montagu – Oudtshoorn

Leave Montagu with its incredibly contorted and distorted rock formations and enter the arid semi-desert region of the Little Karoo. Via Barridale and Calitzdorp you arrive at Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world and before checking into the accommodation visit an ostrich show farm.

Day 5 Oudtshoorn (rest day)

Either visit the world famous Cango Caves, the Cango Wildlife Ranch (cheetahs, lion tigers, crocodiles and alligators), explore locally on your bike or just laze round the pool. If the weather permits and you are on a BMW GS then you might tackle the huge Swartberg and picturesque Meirings Kloof passes. Descend once again to the coastal plain via the huge Outeniqua pass to arrive on the ‘Garden Route’ at its most attractive point visiting Knysna and its beautiful lagoon, the Tsitsikama indigenous forest and a diversion off the main road through two old tortuous passes. 

Day 6 Oudtshoorn – Cape Town

The last stretch in the Klein Karoo takes you to the Langeberg mountains and the rugged Tradouw Pass. You are now back in the coastal lowlands, passing through the picturesque town of Swellendam and rich farming country to the coast at Mossel Bay. Then head inland for Robertson Pass, and the final ride into Cape Town, taking in the pretty ‘wine’ towns of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

Day 7 Cape Town

In the morning tour the picturesque Cape Peninsular with the Atlantic Ocean on the one side and Indian Ocean on the other, visiting the penguin colony at Simonstown and taking lunch at Cape Point (don’t let the baboons steal it!). After returning your motorcycle later in the afternoon, your tour is over and you’ll be whisked back to the airport for your evening flight home

Longest day 500

Shortest day 300

Total distance c. 1500 km

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Ready to book?

Please give us a call 01256 770 775.

Price includes:

6 days BMW motorcycle hire, insurance, unlimited mileage, 6 nights 2-3* hotel accommodation with breakfast, airport transfers, winery tour, maps and daily information packs; guide on motorcycle; luggage storage. 

Price excludes:

Petrol, meals other than those specified, personal items. Security deposit ZAR 22,385-27,830. Flights, Travel insurance and tour extensions can be arranged through H-C Travel.

Price includes:

  • 6-nights standard accommodation including breakfast
  • 6 days’ BMW motorcycle hire
  • Airport transfers
  • Welcome pack & Welcome dinner
  • Winery tour
  • Comprehensive motorcycle insurance (excess ZAR15,000)
  • Entrance fees
  • All tolls
  • Expert local guide

  Price excludes:

  • Petrol and oil
  • Meals not stated above
  • Personal items and expenses
  • Additional activities
  • Riding gear
  • Insurance
  • Flights and additional accommodation which can be arranged through H-C Travel

Any questions?

Please give us a call

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Questions & Bookings

Motorcycle holidays can be as simple or as complex as you want them to be and here at H-C Travel we’re happy to make whatever arrangements you want. We’re here to make organising your holiday as simple as possible.

Motorcycle Rental Rates

If you are looking to hire for 3 weeks or more, please ask for our special rates.

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Rental Terms and Conditions

BMW

Included: LDW insurance, excess see pricing table; 3rd party liability insurance; 250 km/day except models marked ** which are unlimited; Garmin Zumo bracket, not on models marked **; lock; taxes; luggage storage; hard panniers and topbox

Not included: Short term rental charge for 1-3 day rentals, £10/day; riding gear

Optional extras: Jacket £6/day; additional km ZAR3.00/km; Garmin Zumo 550 hire £11/day (security/damage deposit ZAR5000)

Deposit: Same as excess, see table

Restrictions: National parks; off-road; Transkaai; abroad, including Lesotho and Swaziland

One-way: Within South Africa £250, to Namibia £425

License/Min. age: 25 yrs + 1 year’s experience

Harley-Davidson

Included: LDW insurance, excess ZAR15,000; 3rd party liability insurance; 250 km/day; Garmin Zumo bracket; lock; taxes; luggage storage

Not included: Short term rental charge for 1-3 day rentals, £10/day; riding gear

Optional extras: Jacket £6/day; additional km ZAR3.00/km; Garmin Zumo 550 hire £11/day (security/damage deposit ZAR5000)

Deposit: ZAR15,000

Restrictions: National parks; off-road; Transkaai; abroad, including Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland on request only

One-ways: Within South Africa £250, to Namibia £425

License/Min. age: Full UK or other national, 25 yrs + 1 year’s experience

Motorcycle Descriptions

BMW 700 GS

Comfortable two-up provided you don’t want to push too hard on gravel. Expandable panniers and topbox; tankbag on request. ABS. Seat ht 780 mm

Harley-Davidson Dyna

Popular with solo riders, feel the freedom of the road with this timeless classic. Factory T-bag luggage. Garmin GPS bracket.

BMW F800GS

As above, but more so. Smooth, torquey and comfortable. Expandable panniers and topbox (tankbag not available); ABS.

Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail

Harley’s great all-rounder. Low seat suits all sizes. Factory soft panniers, passenger backrest and luggage rack. Garmin GPS bracket.

BMW R1200GS

The UK’s most popular bike. Even more of what went before – more comfortable, more durable, better handling. Expandable panniers and topbox, tankbag on request. ABS.

Seat ht 840 mm.

Harley-Davidson Road King

Harley’s standard tourer. Factory panniers, passenger backrest and luggage rack. Garmin GPS bracket.

Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster Custom

Great for solo riders, ideal for day trips or short tours. No luggage. Garmin GPS bracket.

Harley-Davidson Electraglide Ultraclassic

Harley’s flagship tourer. Smooth luxury. Garmin GPS bracket

Rental Terms and Conditions

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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. Debi is our expert on all sorts of travel and holiday arrangements in South Africa, so please give her a call. 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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