Grand Tour of South Africa - 15 days

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Our South Africa motorcycle tour starts in Johannesburg, the financial heartbeat of Africa. Thirteen days later we ride into Cape Town. After collecting our motorcycles, we travel in an easterly direction to the province of Mpumalanga - meaning “Place of the Rising Sun”. We enjoy a full day safari in the Kruger National Park (21500sq km) in search of the Big 5. Part of the route we ride is known as the Panorama Route and its natural wonders such as the Blyde River Canyon, Gods Window and the potholes at Bourke’s Luck attracts visitors from afar. We explore these and others like the historic mining town, Pilgrims Rest, before we head off to Swaziland. Traversing the rolling hills of Mpumalanga we ride in a southerly direction towards the Swaziland border for a one night stay in this tiny monarchy. Lake St. Lucia, a world heritage site, welcomes us to Kwa-Zulu Natal, aka the Zulu Kingdom. We bid the coastal plains farewell as we head for the Southern Drakensberg Region. Here we relax for two nights with an optional 4x4 tour of Sani Pass to be enjoyed. This is not for the faint hearted as you ascend the mountains to briefly enter Lesotho. These mountains were named the “Barrier of Spears” by the Zulu’s and the Dragon Mountains by the Voortrekkers respectively. These majestic mountains with their awe-inspiring basalt cliffs are one of South Africa’s listed World Heritage Sites. We continue our journey down south via Mandela Country, or the Transkei as it is still known. This former homeland is where the Xhosa people live and where Nelson Mandela was born and spent his youth. We drive past his house enroute to Cintsa. We spend a night on the rugged Wild Coast before riding into East London. From here we follow the R72 to Port Elizabeth where we briefly visit the Addo National Park before we head to Knysna. Knysna is the unofficial capital of the Garden Route and it has a variety of activities and things to do. We continue along the Outeniqua Mountains and cross over into the Little Karoo region. Traversing this vast semi arid Karoo region by motorcycle, one appreciates the beauty of this arid, sometimes unforgiving, terrain. Our next stop is Oudtshoorn, ostrich capital of the world, and here we visit the Cango Caves and a working ostrich farm. We head for Cape Town along our own Route62 (R62)…but our journey will not be complete without stopping at Ronnie’s Sex Shop. From here we continue along Route 62 through the Breede River Wine Region to the Cape Winelands. Our last days will be spent in Cape Town, the Mother City, where we enjoy the treasures of the Peninsula whilst we prepare for our journey back home. After 14 days of traveling some of the best routes in South Africa we should take some time to reflect back on the experiences we have lived and the memories which we will treasure as we head back home. Highlights - • Panorama Route • Kruger Park safari • Zulu cultural experience • Cango Caves • Peninsula day route • Boulders Beach penguins • Chapman’s Peak Drive • Sani Pass 4x4 Tour • St. Lucia boat trip • Whale watching • Table Mountain trip • Addo National Park Safari Total Kilometre's - 3800km Ave daily KM'S - 350km

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Grand Tour of South Africa - 15 days

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