Africa Due South - Lowveld Legend

Johannesburg, South Africa, Africa


 "The Legend" is a superb weeks motorcycle adventure taking the rider from the plains of the Highveld (highlands) descending down the Northern Drakensberg Mountain range into the warm lush lowveld (lowlands) region via it's myriad of un-congested passes. The week is paused for a day as you are taken into the World famous Big 5 game habitat Kruger National Park for a rest day. The tour is aptly named as the region lends itself to the quixotic at heart who yearn back to bygone days when gold diggers sought their fortune and transport riders hunted for their daily meal.    

Organised by Due South Motorcycle Tours

Africa Due South - Lowveld Legend


Itinerary

Day 1 - Johannesburg Arrival and overnight in Guest Lodge

Day 2 - Hearty Breakfast before riding east to the Drakensburg, descending down into the warm lowveld via two mountain passes. Overnight in Barberton Guest House  

Day 3 - Day begins with a superb two direction ride to the Swazi border post at Bulembu, then we follow the old transport riders route via Pettigrew's Nek to White River. After a lunch stop the ride follows superb roads to Hazyview and on up the Graskop.  Overnight in a quaint local hotel.    

Day 4 - God's Window is a our first stop today for incredible views, then down to Pilgrims Rest and an early lunch stop and walkabout in this preserved mining village. A long but enjoyable ride takes us up Robbers Pass and through a farming region before once again descending down the Abel Erasmus pass which will cause you to gasp in awe of its rugged beauty. Overnight at the rustic but comfortable Bush Camp. 

Day 5 - Kruger Park Excursion (day event - rest day)

Day 6 - Leaving the Bush Camp we head through Banana Plantations and millions of acres of forest on our way to the Sabie '22', 22 kilometers of twisties through the forest and indigenous bush (about 100 corners) before stopping in Sabie for a coffee. Then we ride Long Tom Pass stopping on the pass for a few viewing /photo opportunities and a lunch stop on the pass. Then its a lovely relaxed afternoon cruise. Overnight will be in the Schoemanskloof valley with a candle lite dinner and superb wine on offer.

Day 7 - Leaving our spot in the "kloof" we ride to the Sudwala caves for a visit, the Sudwala Pass will then start us out on a days continually litterd with special roads, we will touch down for a lunch stop for a traditional Pancake meal in Graskop (famous for pancakes and bikes alike) before continuing the special riding and stopping for afternoon tea/coffee and home made chocolate cake in the quaint village Kaapsehoop, famous for the hundreds of wild horses roaming the mountains side. Yes.. wven more great riding as we complete the day back at our spot in the kloof.

Day 8 - Sad but true all good things do come to an end. We ride back up to Johannesburg stopping for a walk through the old NZAR railway tunnel outside Waterfal Boven and stopping again to view the monument at the final battle site of the Boer War.  A last lunch before cruising back to Johannesburg and your overnight lodging.                

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Joe from Due South organized this tour for me and a friend in June 2010, just ahead of the kickoff of the World Cup. The tour was amazing! My first organized riding experience abroad... and one of the best riding and vacation experiences I've ever had. First off, the organization of the tour was fantastic. Joe, the owner of Due-South and our guide on the tour, had booked two great motorcycles (R1200GS for myself; F650GS for my friend) and all accommodations for us. Picking up the bikes and dealing with the rental agency was easy and pleasant. WE had absolutely no problems with the bikes. We stayed in a variety of accommodations, local B&Bs and lodges, the Graskop Hotel, and a bush camp outside of Krueger NP. All of them were spotless, very accommodating and had a local (rather than corporate) feel. The scenery on the tour was spectacular... steep mountain passes, canyons, God's Window (an absolutely awe-inspiring sight!), incredible vistas and beautiful roads. We rode the "Sabie-22" (22 kms for flawless roads with about 100 curves of varying degrees, angles, in-/declines) trice... just because we could. :) Joe was wonderfully hospitable and accommodating... making sure that we saw and experienced the best sight and roads, and at the same time adapting to our pace. We only once felt in a rush... after a long day of riding and trying to get to our accommodation before sunset. He is also just a great guy... easy to get along with. I highly recommend this spectacular tour. It inspired me to do more riding in other parts of the world. What a great way to get to know a country.
Ingo Holzinger



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