5 days
Duration
5 stars
Rating

This Tour is particularly appealing to the motorcycle rider who revels in exploring the environment on unpaved roads, as two full days are spent riding off-road. Following the route through the magical Cederberg mountains you will be awestruck by the vast open expanses of semi-desert terrain which is characteristic of the Karoo region.

The route meanders through the rugged yet beautiful mountains of the Cederberg region, a favourite area for all South African adventure riders, before we arrive at our overnight accommodation at a game lodge for a truly unique African experience. Riders are greeted by vast open plains, endless skies and stunning mountain passes as they enter the Karoo.

This memorable tour ends with a long ride through the beautiful Cape Winelands region before our arrival back in Cape Town.

If you require accommodation in Cape Town before and after the tour, we can arrange this for you.

Tour Schedule

Day 1 Day 1 – Cape Town to Cederberg
Day 2 Day 2 – Cederberg to Clanwilliam
Day 3 Day 3 – Clanwilliam to Karoo
Day 4 Day 4 – Karoo to Ceres
Day 5 Day 5 – Ceres to Cape Town

Tour Detail

Item Detail
Dates
Route Difficulty 3/5
Asphalt / dirt road 40 / 60
Pillion suitable Yes, if experienced
Days riding 5
Total distance 1172 / 728
Average days distance 234 km / 145 miles
Longest riding day 353 km / 219 miles
Shortest riding day 136 km / 85 miles
Support vehicle Yes
Price per Rider $3400.00
Price per Pillion $2000.00
Anthony B
Anthony B
April 8, 2020.
If you're after a truly unforgettable experience riding through stunning scenery and in great company this is a must do trip. I convinced my wife to join me on this tour as part of our 2 week holiday to Cape Town and surrounding areas. Having never been pillion off road before, at the outset she was more than a little apprehensive, but by the end of the first day she was literally blown away by the whole experience. Gavin rode at speeds suitable for us and on the occasion that the route became more challenging (or she, or I fancied a change of pace) she hopped in the back up truck and kept Renn company. Well organised, with superb accommodation, food and drink, I recommend anyone who likes getting off the beaten track (from new to off-road, to experienced) to include an Africa Twin tour as part of their itinerary. Gavin even gave us some great tips on where to stay for the rest of our holiday. We are already planning the next one. Thanks again Gavin (And Renn).
Erik L
Erik L
May 21, 2019.
Gavin organized a 3 week circular route through four Southern African countries (S. Africa, Namibia, Botswana & Zambia) for 9 of us. We had a little bit of everything one could have expected in that part of the world. Spectacular scenery ranging from moonscape Namibian desert to mountains in South Africa to San people villages and wildlife preserves. Not to mention the bucket list sights on the Zambezi River including Victoria Falls as well as excursions around and over the Okavango delta. The 7 Africa Twins performed perfectly on the 4,300 mile journey. Immaculate preparation was evident. The group had mostly off road enthusiasts and I had the least off road experience amongst our riders. But we all made it through some interesting and sometimes challenging sand roads and river beds. Lodging was the best you could expect in this part of the world and made for many memorable nights including a few braais (barbecues) along the way. Extra fuel was brought and utilized due to the remote country we explored. Gavin was cool under pressure and kept our group on track and well organized. Gavin will tailor your African adventure to suit your interests and abilities and I highly recommend his company. In fact, I returned home to the US and promptly ordered an Africa Twin as we were to a man impressed with the reliability and capabilities of this machine.
JimandJanAsutralia
JimandJanAsutralia
May 15, 2019.
Through late April and early May my mate Andrew and I from Australia, along with an American friend, joined Gavin from Africa Twin Adventures with a few of his South African friends on AT bikes plus another couple of guys with a support vehicle on a fantastic adventure. The route, north through the Western Cape into Namibia/Zambia/Botswana/Namibia and back to Cape Town was meticulously planned. Having done similar trips, but self-planned, in Australia with friends, I realise how much ground work and planning goes into making a troublefree trip for 9 guys. Accommodation: we stayed in a great variety of well appointed and mostly self contained cabins with good meals and importantly, plenty of drinks! Every day Gavin said maybe don’t expect the same standard, but each nights accommodation was different and enjoyable and of high standard. We did the major tourist attractions on the Zambezi at Victoria Falls and the Okavango Delta in Botswana but with Gavin’s local knowledge we travelled off the main roads and every day had new experiences, meeting the San Bushmen and visiting local villages. Quite a privilege. Not to mention the up-close meetings with elephants/giraffe/zebra/warthog etc. The Africa Twins were very well presented with new tyres all round and performed well the whole trip. These are a great all round bike ..comfortable and predictable on all surfaces. A pleasure to ride. Our 20 days on the bikes was over too soon, which is the hallmark of a good trip.
Konstantin
Konstantin
March 24, 2019.
When it comes to motorcycling in South Africa, most people immediately say "BMW GS". But if you're really into motorcycling and want to explore the country, the only answer is "Honda Africa Twin". I was on a one-day trip with Gavin and it was fantastic. I saw as much as possible of the more remote adventure riding areas and mountain passes like the wine producing area of Paarl, Bainskloof Pass with 205 corners over 28km, the beautiful Mitchel's pass and then head up Gydo Pass. The views from the top of this pass over the Ceres valley were fantastic. Then we turned off onto the gravel of the Cederberg with twisty gravel roads and mountain passes for 150 km with amazing views. Honestly it was the biker's paradise. Gavin and I met the day before and discussed all the details. I always felt in good hands and we could ride together perfectly. Gavin has planned enough time for photos and breaks. The bike was in a great condition and maintained by Gavin himself. I can recommend everyone to do a tour with Africa Twin Adventures, no matter if for one day or for a tour of several days. I will definitely return and book a tour. Greetings Konstantin
Tom Holt
Tom Holt
March 19, 2019.
I recently had a chance to spend some time in South Africa and came across Africa Twin Adventures. Gavin put together a custom trip that blended perfectly with my business trip. I have wanted to tour the western cape since throwing a leg over a bike and it was worth the wait! The Honda Africa Twin provided for my riding pleasure was in pristine condition with new tires ready for adventure. Gavin did an excellent job of balancing the sites I wanted to see with a daily mileage that made the trip relaxing. After the first day I felt like I was riding with my old friends Gavin and Ren. Two days on the coast and then we headed inland to the Karoo with plenty of dirt to put a smile on my face. The stunning scenery, excellent accommodations, mingling with the locals and a top notch motor bike made this a trip difficult to best. I would recommend Africa Twin Adventures for anyone from new riders to hard core adventure riders. Gavin can put a package together for you that you will not forget.
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Day One - Cape Town to Cederberg Lodge (338 km / 210 miles)

We collect the bikes in the morning and head East on a short stretch of highway/freeway before turning onto a road that takes us through serene countryside and beautiful vineyards towards a small town called Stellenbosch. From here we climb and wind our way up and over the scenic Helshoogte mountain pass before stopping for a well-deserved break in the picturesque town of Franschhoek. We make our way onto the Franschhoek pass, and follow this road, stopping where we can to admire and photograph the magnificent views. From here we follow a few twisting and turning roads all the way to our lunch stop near the town of Worcester. After enjoying lunch we continue and wind our way through the stunning Michell’s pass and its incredible rock formations, towards the farming village of Ceres. Ceres produces the finest collection of deciduous fruit in South Africa. Our next port of call is Gydo pass, gateway to the area known and referred to as the Cederberg. Famous for its incredible and twisted rock formations and biodiversity, we get our first taste of an unpaved road surface through this remarkable mountain pass, before arriving at our accommodation for the night.
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Day Two - Cederberg lodge to Clanwilliam (136 km / 85 miles)

On day two we ride mostly on unpaved roads, while there will be many opportunities to stop and stretch the legs, take photographs of the surroundings (guaranteed to take your breath away). You will be riding through the only place in the world where the famous Rooibos Tea is grown and produced and exported to the world. We continue through two mountain passes after which we snake our way down to the Olifants river, following her course all the way to a dam in a town called Clanwilliam. First class accommodation facilities and service with the added bonus of a game drive in an open safari vehicle on a game farm near Clanwilliam, bring this memorable day to a close.
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Day Three - Clanwilliam to Karoo (187 km / 116 miles)

Day three and still in unpaved road territory – we continue our journey and enter the semi-desert region known as the Karoo. Wide open plains make it possible for us to witness spectacular views as we enter the Tankwa Karoo National Park. This unspoilt area offers the opportunity to spot antelope in their natural habitat. Another impressive mountain pass awaits that we follow while ascending the escarpment The views from the summit are too magnificent to describe, nothing short of breath-taking. The extraordinary clarity of the cloudless, pollution-free night skies, combined with the high elevation above sea level makes this area a prime star-gazing destination and the perfect site for the nearby South African Astronomical Observatory and the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) in Sutherland. Genuine South African hospitality and a great meal at our lodgings ends yet another fantastic day on the Africa Twin.
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Day Four - Karoo to Ceres (353 km / 219 miles)

The day’s ride starts where the previous ended, on a high – descending down yet another scenic mountain pass, from where we make our way to the plains of the Karoo, known for sheep farming as well as being the host to the annual Africa Burn festival. Long flowing unpaved roads with never – ending views take us southwards, through changing vegetation and twisty roads, finally greeted by the Theronsberg pass, before we arrive at our overnight stop in Ceres.
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Day Five - Ceres to Cape Town (158 km / 98 miles)

The last day of our tour but one which offers much in the way of enjoyment. We are back on paved roads, and meander our way through the very beautiful Cape Winelands region, heading back to Cape Town. In addition to stopping at the many scenic viewpoints along the way, we will visit a wine estate to enjoy a hearty lunch before a leisurely cruise back to our beloved Mother City.

01/09/2020 – 05/09/2020

02/10/2020 – 06/10/2020

28/10/2020 – 01/11/2020

23/11/2020 – 27/11/2020

10/12/2020 – 14/12/2020

04/01/2021 – 08/01/2021

01/02/2021 – 05/02/2021

01/03/2021 – 05/03/2021

29/03/2021 – 02/04/2021

26/04/2021 – 30/04/2021

24/05/2021 – 28/05/2021

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Africa Twin Adventures Ouberg Pass View
Africa Twin Adventures Cederberg Rock Arch
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Africa Twin Adventurs Bikes at Tankwa Padstal
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Africa Twin Adventures View 2 Gannaga Pass
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Africa Twin Adventures Gannaga Lodge Bar
Africa Twin Adventures View Gannaga Pass
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Africa Twin Adventures Adjusting GoPro at Bushmanskloof
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Africa Twin Adventures Ouberg Signpost
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Africa Twin Adventures view from Gannaga Lodge
Africa Twin Adventures Vehicles at Tankwa Padstal
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Africa Twin Adventures drinking water on Ouberg Pass
Africa Twin Adventures Stadsaal Cave
Africa Twin Adventures Skittery Pass
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Africa Twin Adventures Elandsberg Shower View
Africa Twin Adventures Back-up Vehicle on straight Karoo road

Tour Reviews

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7th July 2016

This 5 day tour was immensely enjoyed by myself and my riding companion also astride his Honda Africa Twin. We were delighted to undertake such a tour on the recently launched and long awaited Honda AT. The bikes in the tour group were all virtually brand new and in spotless condition and all performed faultlessly throughout the 5 days. The route chosen was very diverse and stimulating from an adventure rider`s perspective and the daily distances were comfortable with just the right number of photo stops along the way. Accommodation and meals exceeded expectations with high levels of service. All in all a very slick operation and very good value!