Ultimate African Experience

Swaziland, South Africa, Africa

12 Days of riding pleasure through Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa

This exciting motorcycle tour focuses on riding the best roads in the world. We twist our way through spectacular mountain passes, traverse spectacular Kingdoms and ride our way through african savannah, stopping only to take in the sights, view african wildlife and learn more about ancient African Cultures.

Organised by Sama Tours

Ultimate African Experience


Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in South Africa


Distance: 0-50km
Highlights: Day Tour of Pretoria

You will be met at JHB International Airport by a Sama representative who will transfer you to your Pretoria Lodge, where your motorcycle awaits. For those arriving early, a tour of Pretoria on motorcycle will be arranged. There will be a welcome dinner at the lodge and after the Tour briefing, the evening will be spent making new friends and enjoying the African evening.

Day 2: Pretoria To Hazyview


Distance: 400km
Highlights: Scenic mountain passes, Long Tom Cannons

After a delicious breakfast we leave for Hazyview taking the scenic route via De Berg Pass (highest tar road in Mpumulanga) and the Long Tom Pass. Hazyview is right in the heart of Mpumulanga and makes an ideal base for exploring the magnificent surrounds. Tonight you have the choice of either dining at the hotel's excellent restaurant or many other excellent restaurants in Hazyview.

Day 3: Panorama route


Distance: +- 250km
Highlights: God's Window, Moholoholo Rehab Centre, Bourkes Luck Potholes, The Three Rondavels, Waterfalls, Magical Views Sites

Waterfalls, magical view sites and Winding Mountain passes will make today one of the highlights of the tour - Gods Window- Berlin & Lisbon falls- Bourkes Luck Potholes- Animal Rehab Centre etc. Tonight you will enjoy an Evening festival at the Shangaan Cultural Village, a truly African experience which includes dances and a delicious traditional meal.

Day 4: Kruger National Park


Distance 0-50km
Highlights: Safari, African wildlife

Today we will bid goodbye to the motorcycles and board a game viewing Safari vehicle which will transport us into the Kruger National Park. This world famous wildlife reserve is home to the BIG 5 and is roughly the size of a small country. The vastness of the park allows ample opportunity to view wild animals in their natural habitat. We will have a full day to spot lions, elephants, birds and many different species of animals.

Day 5: Hazyview to Swaziland


Distance: +-300km
Highlights: Kingdom of Swaziland

After breakfast we depart for the Kingdom of Swaziland - the home of the friendly Swazi people. After border procedures (passport and possibly visa required) we weave our way along winding country roads and mountain passes. Today we will visit Swaziland's own glass factory (Ngwenya Glass) and see the world famous Swazi candles being handcrafted at Swazi Candles. There are many excellent restaurants, pubs and craft markets in the Ezulweni Valley where we will overnight at an excellent country lodge, with its own magnificent restaurant on a wooden deck with spectacular views.

Day 6: Swaziland to St. Lucia


Distance: +- 350km
Highlights: Relaxing drive through African Countryside

Today we make our way through Swaziland to South Africa's Zulu Kingdom, homeland of the proud Zulu nation. In the late afternoon we arrive in St. Lucia, a world renowned natural heritage site, with its beautiful secluded beaches, hippos, crocs, whales, endangered turtles and other wildlife, our home for the next two nights. This afternoon we embark on an exciting sunset river cruise where we see hippos , crocodiles and other estuary wildlife . Tonight you can explore the many restaurants, pubs and cocktail bars that St Lucia has to offer..


Day 7: St. Lucia Rest Day


Distance: +- 0-50 km
Highlights: Many Exciting Optional Activities

St Lucia has so much to offer that we suggest an action packed day undertaking one of the many optional activities on offer e.g. Whale watching & turtle tours (in season).Full and half day game drives are also available into the magnificent Umfolozi/Hluhluwe game reserve. You can also visit a Zulu cultural village . As all activities are extremely popular, to avoid disappointment, Sama prefers to pre-book activities for you.

Day 8: St. Lucia to Battlefields


Distance: +- 200 km
Highlights: Tour of famous Anglo Boer and Zulu battle sites

Time to head inland to the battlefields of South Africa, an area of huge historical significance during the famous Boer-Zulu- British Wars. We arrive at our lodge early in the afternoon, and embark on a tour of the battlefields with a knowledgeable guide who will make them come alive!

Day 9: Battlefields to Golden Gate


National Park
Distance: +- 450 km
Highlights: Drakensburg mountain range, Breathtaking passes

After Breakfast we are on the road again, making our way to Golden Gate National Park, just outside of Lesotho. En-route we stop off at some tourist attractions with lots of photo opportunities. As we pass through the Drakensburg Mountain range, you will notice how diverse South Africa's landscape is. The roads along this stretch are very enjoyable! In the afternoon we will arrive at our hotel where you can enjoy a sundowner while you watch the sun set over the spectacular Golden Gates Rock (Sentinel rock)


Day 10: Golden Gate to Lesotho and back

Distance: +- 350 km
Highlights: Lesotho Mountain passes, Katze Dam

On this day we will experience a very exciting ride to Katze Dam in Lesotho. After an early start, we enter the Lesotho border and make our way towards Katze Dam (a huge man made dam that forms part of the Highlands water project which supplies water to South Africa in times of drought) The road to the dam has more turns within 80km than any other road in Africa. A motorcycle riders' dream.The condition of the road is excellent with very little traffic. The Katze Dam is truly eye opening! After lunch we return along the same road arriving back at the hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 11: Golden Gate to Pretoria


Distance: +- 400 km
Highlights: Relaxing drive back to Pretoria

Time to head back to Pretoria. After breakfast we start the journey back! It is a nice ride through the interior of South Africa. The bikes will be returned in the late afternoon and in the evening we will have a get together where everybody can reminisce about the previous days riding.

 

Day 12: End of tour


Those of you flying back home will be taken to the Airport compliments of our shuttle service!

Please note that we can book any post/pre tour accommodation and activities for you. Click here for add-on tours.

 

Pricing:


Prices are quoted on a per person basis in South African Currency (ZAR). For up-to-date exchange rates please visit www.xe.com

*Please note that the 2010 pricing now includes 14% Vat*

Price includes:

•11 Days motorcycle rental
•11 nights Accommodation in 3-4 star lodgings
•Tour guide on a motorcycle
•Back up vehicle
•9 lunches
•11 Breakfasts
•3 Dinners
•Day Safari into Kruger National Park
•Shangana Evening festival
•Hippo and croc sunset cruise in St. Lucia
•Free shuttle service to and from the Johannesburg international airport


Price does not include

•Petrol and toll fees
•Visas and cross border fees
•International and local flights
•Items of a personal nature
•All items not mentioned in "Price includes"
•All meals other than those specified in "Price includes"
•All Entrance fees other then those specified in "Price includes"
•Drinks

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