- Twelve dramatic mountain passes
- Stars of the Great Karoo
- The infinite vastness of the Karoo
- Safari drives
- Unforgettable Garden Route
- Portuguese seafarers and Feather Barons
- French Huguenots and famous Cape wines
- From Cape of Good Hope to Table Mountain
- Cape Town “Mother City"
Day 1: Flight to South Africa
Your trip starts with your flight from home to Cape Town, South Africa.
Day 2: Welcome to South Africa
At the Cape Town airport you will be greeted by our local tour guide. From here you will be driven to your cosy guest house in downtown Cape Town, where you can freshen up. Just before sunset we take a drive up Signal Hill, where we will enjoy a spectacular sundowner to celebrate your welcome to South Africa.
Day 3: Cape of Good Hope And the African Penguins
This morning after breakfast we set off to the Cape Bike Rental shop where we will be collecting the motorbikes for the trip. After the formalities are completed you will leave to explore the entire Cape Peninsula with all its fascinating highlights. A drive over the most spectacular mountain pass of the Western Cape, the Chapman's Peak Drive (weather dependent) will take you through the rural coastal village of Noordhoek to the outmost south-western point of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. Driving along False Bay you will reach the old South African marine base Simon's Town in the afternoon, where you will visit a rookery of African penguins nesting on Boulders Beach. Shortly before returning to Cape Town, you will also visit the breath-taking Botanical Garden of Kirstenbosch. The gardens display the variety of the local vegetation on more than 500 ha and are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
116 km / B, D
Day 4: The Whole Universe in the Great Karoo
Early in the morning after breakfast you will leave in a north-eastern direction towards the semi-arid Karoo. “Karoo” is an old bushman word for “land of big thirst”. The road will take you over spectacular mountain passes to a “Big 5” game drive in a private game reserve. You will then continue to Sutherland, South Africa’s “stargazing capital”. Stargazing with an astronomer at night – including a look through his telescope – will provide more exciting insights about the incredible dimensions of the universe!
326 km / B, L, D
Day 5: The Great Mountain Passes of the Karoo
In the morning, you will visit SALT (Southern African Large Telescope), the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere. A fascinating tour will introduce you to the exploration of the stars on this side of the world. The road will then take you further through the Great Karoo along karoo-typical gravel roads, past towns completely lost in time, where you will experience the quiet life of this semiarid region. A stunning variety of more than 9,000 identified succulents, bushes, shrubs and other plants as well as antelopes still roaming free will mark your way. All together you will be crossing four exceptionally beautiful mountain passes today, the Komsberg Pass, the Rooinek Pass, the stunning 17 kilometer long Seweweekspoort Pass that crosses all the way through the Swartberge and ultimately the Huisrivierpass. The last pass is already on the famous Route 62 winding its way through the Little Karoo towards the “Ostrich Capital of South Africa”, Oudtshoorn. Here, on a beautiful farm at the foot of the majestic Swartberg mountain range you will be staying overnight for the next two nights.
306 km / B, D
Day 6: The Feather Barons and the majestic Swartberg Pass
In the town that was home to the “Feather Barons”, you will visit one of the typical local ostrich farms and learn more about the animals, their history and economic importance for the region. You will then continue to one of the Seven Wonders of South Africa, the world famous Cango Caves. After lunch you will embark on yet another awesome trip over the Swartberg Mountains ("black mountain' in Afrikaaans), this time over the spectacular Swartberg Pass. The Swartberg is amongst the best exposed folded mountain chains in the world, and the pass slices through magnificently scenic geological formations. To the north of the range lies the large semi-arid area in South Africa, the Great Karoo, where you will visit the quaint little town of Prince Albert. Much of the Swartberg is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Pass was built using convict labour by South Africans famous mountain pass engineer Thomas Bain and was opened on 10 January 1888. The drystone work supporting some of its picturesque hairpin bends is particularly noteworthy. The dry-stone retaining walls are still in place and over 120 years old. The pass is not tarred and can be a little treacherous after rain, but offers spectacular views over the Little Karoo to the south and the Great Karoo to the north. The plant life along the pass is very interesting, many hundreds of species being found on the Swartberg. In the late afternoon you will be back on the guest farm in Oudtshoorn.
162 km, B / D
Day 7: The Knysna Lagoon on the famous Garden Route
Today you will have a complete change of scenery as you will leave the inland plateau of the Karoo to descend down the exceptionally beautiful Montagu Pass (over 2 600 ft) to the Indian Ocean. As you are following the coast among the famous Garden Route, you will travel through the small village of Sedgefield and Wilderness, before you arrive at the awesome lagoon-town of Knysna. Here you will spend the next two nights in a relaxing hotel close to the famous Knysna Waterfront. In the afternoon you have time to take a stroll along the stunning Knysna Waterfront, or you may decide to take a boat trip to the renowned 'Knysna Heads' (optional extra). On the 1½ hour trip you will slowly sail towards the sunset; a plate of the famous Knysna oysters and a glass of champagne are included! For dinner you will have a delicious meal at a restaurant at the Waterfront.
235 km, B / D
Day 8: Portuguese Seafarers and the “Bahia Famosa”
On a trip to the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay in the morning, you will visit the Robberg Marine and Nature Reserve. A very rewarding hike taking approximately 4 hours will lead you around the peninsula along high cliffs and through a wide variety of indigenous fynbos vegetation. The view over the bay called “Bahia Famosa” by the early Portuguese Seafarers will be just unforgettable. On top, you may spot endless numbers of seals and dolphins and even whales (season dependent). The afternoon, back in Knysna, can be taken at leisure. We offer a range of additional trips and excursions. There is also time for more adventurous activities, such as an optional skydive from 10 000 feet, a free-fall over one of the most scenic drop zones in the world. Enjoy a 20 minute plane flight over the Knysna forests and Plettenberg Bay coastline, exit the plane with your Tandem Master and experience the rush of a 35 second free fall at 200 KPH! A great experience which can be booked through African Kombi Tours.
84 km / B, D
Day 9: On Safari in a private Game Reserve
This morning you will be heading in a westerly direction towards Mossel Bay along the Garden Route. Arriving at your comfortable guesthouse lets you soak in the warm sea breeze of the Indian Ocean. Today you are booked for a safari drive through a stunning private game reserve, very close by to Mossel Bay. Situated between the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains and unspoiled beaches of the Indian Ocean, in the heart of the Garden Route, this Game Reserve ensures its visitors a unique South African Safari experience. This malaria free, family owned and privately operated Garden Route game lodge is home to an abundance of animal and bird life including four of the Big Five. On a game drive in the parks own vehicle you will experience close encounters with Rhinoceros, Lion, Buffalo, Giraffe, rare Black Impala, Mountain Zebra, Eland, Elephants and more. The game reserve is 3 000 ha in size and comprises of over 26 different species of animals and more than 200 bird species.
113 km / B, D
Day 10: On the Beach
This day can spent at leisure at the warm Indian Ocean. You can either go for a swim, explore the magnificent beaches or even take the motorbikes for a leisurely cruise along the coast. In this cosy town you will also have the chance to visit the Bartholomew Diaz museum to learn a bit more about the life of the early Portuguese Seafarers. Very interesting is the replica of the original ship Diaz arrived on here in Mossel Bay in 1488 or the old post office tree. Alternatively you can explore more of the Outeniqua Mountains and its fantastic mountain passes.
Day 11: Beautiful Mountain Passes and the Route 62
This morning you will leave Mossel Bay to travel further west along the N2. After a few kilometers you turn of in a northerly direction over the scenic Garcia's Pass. Garcia's Pass isn't a well known pass, despite its beauty and its claim as an incredible example of pass builders' craft. The pass today has been widened in places and a lot of the sharp curves have been softened and supporting walls, some of them as high as 15 metres, constructed by the convicts under Thomas Bain. It climbs the slopes of the Mosambiekkop, also known as Sleeping Beauty. It takes you along a beautifully scenic tar road via Grootvaders Bosch and the Garcia Nature Reserve. All together the Pass is roughly 80 kilometres long and is magnificent, with wonderful views over the valley. Explore the pass at your leisure as you will most likely have much of it to yourself. At the end you will link up with the famous Route 62 and go past the picturesque Klein Karoo artist town of Barrydale, a good place for lunch. Driving on, you will have a beautiful drive through rugged terrain as you take the 14 kilometre long Tradouw Pass between Barrydale and Swellendam. It is so craggy and arduous that the mind boggles as to just how the pass originated. This breathtaking Pass, completed in 1873 also by Thomas Bain, was built with the help of a large gang of prisoners. The Tradouw Pass perches some 315 metres up in the mountains so that most of the trip winds within a series of undulations of the Cape Folded Mountains. After you have reached South Africa’s third oldest town of Swellendam you will check in into your comfortable guest house for the night.
282 km / B, D
Day 12: Along Cape Wine farms to Montagu
Today’s tour will take you past majestic mountains on the one side and the ever-flowing Breede River on the other. With beautiful fruit and wine farms lining the way, the awe-inspiring surroundings brings you past Bonnievale, which is situated on the banks of the Breede River. Surrounded by the Langeberg Mountain Range in the north-east, and the Riviersonderend mountains in the south-west, it is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Western Cape. After driving over the stunning Kogmanskloof Pass you will reach your destination of the day by lunchtime, the quaint little town of Montagu, where you will be staying for the night. A stroll through the village will introduce you to its fascinating architecture and historic buildings. You can enjoy some of the best preserved homes from the ox-wagon days just along Long Street where you will find more national monuments in one street than any other town in the country. In the afternoon you can enjoy one of over 45 different wine cellars that offer some of the finest wines money can buy. There are also many scenic walks, nature trails and mountain hikes in and around Montagu. The healing waters of the magical hot springs, that have kept Montagu famous for well over 150 years, are well worth a visit too. In the evening, you will have dinner at a good restaurant in town.
76 km / B , D
Day 13: The Cape Winelands
After breakfast you will be heading further south-west, past vineyards and over yet another spectacular mountain pass, the Franschhoek Pass. The pass was completed in 1825, linking the two towns of Villiersdorp and Franschhoek and goes through stunningly beautiful nature reserves. It offers breath-taking views of the mountains, gorges and valleys. The view of Franschhoek from the top of the pass is simply astounding. In Franschhoek, the famous gourmet capital of the Western Cape, you have time to stroll around this tiny but beautiful and arty town and to enjoy a delicious lunch in one of the famous restaurants or cafés. As a valley Franschhoek, founded by French Huguenots immigrants, is cradled between mountain ranges that display a spectacular view over the luscious vineyard region. A few kilometers on you will reach Paarl in the afternoon where you will stay on a beautiful wine farm at the foot of Paarl Rock for the night.
174 km / B, D
Day 14: From Stellenbosch back to the “Mother City”
In the morning you embark on a short tour through the leafy university town of Stellenbosch, where you can visit the Village Museum among other things, and there will be time for a picturesque stroll. Today you will be closing the circle and returning back to the “Mother City” of Cape Town, a mere 60 kilometers further from Stellenbosch. After having returned the motorbikes back to Cape Bike Rentals you will be driven by taxi back to the Cape Town guest house at the foot of Table Mountain in the afternoon. If you like, you can end the day by booking a short, but absolutely spectacular helicopter flight around Cape Town (weather permitting! Optional, not included in trip price).
86 km / B, D
Day 15: Farewell on Table Mountain
Another unforgettable highlight awaits you this morning: an optional trip up Table Mountain with the cable car (3 650 ft). Its spectacular views on Cape Town are unforgettable (weather permitting, optional, to be paid on site). The rest of the day is reserved for relaxation in one of the prettiest towns on this planet. You can go shopping at the Waterfront for those last minute souvenirs or take a stroll through the harbour while you think back on the wonderful tour you have just had. A fantastic final dinner awaits you in a good restaurant in town.
Day 16: Transfer to Cape Town International Airport
A transfer brings you to Cape Town International Airport where you will embark on your domestic flight to Johannesburg International. From here you will say farewell to South Africa.
Day 17: Welcome home
Arrival at your home destination
Prices and Tour Dates
Tour Price: on request
Tour Dates: on request
* Price valid for a booking of min. 4 adults.
* Price does not cover general increases in travel cost and currency fluctuations.
* The tour program may be subject to changes.
- Rental BMW 700GS by Cape Bike Rentals day 3 until day 14 (bigger motorbikes on request)
- Full comprehensive insurance (excess of ZAR 12 500.00 in case of damages, an additional excess of ZAR 5 000 if you have not held an appropriate divers license for 5 full years), including mileage and taxes (subject to availability and confirmation after deposit payment only)
- Personal transfers by local tour guide on day 2 and to Cape Bike Rentals Shop on day 3
- 14 nights in selected guest houses and lodges (three stars)
- Meals as per tour description (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
- All mentioned activities (excluding optional activities)
- Comprehensive personal travel hand book including detailed itinerary, distances, road map, touristic tips and restaurant recommendations
- Local African Kombi Tours emergency hotline number available 24/7
Price does not include:
- Long distance flights to and from South Africa
- Rental car on day 2, fuel costs, tolls, administrations fees for additional services on site if applicable, accidents or offences
- Rental Motorbike deposit (to be paid by credit card on site), fuel costs, tolls, administrations fees for additional services on site if applicable, accidents or offences
- Meals and beverages, except breakfast and dinner as per tour description
- All entrances for optional trips (to be booked directly with African Kombi Tours), Park fees, conservation fees, entrances for museums etc., service tips and personal expenses
- Top Case
- Travel insurance