Good Hope Tour (South Africa) - Motorbike tour

Day 1: Travel to South Africa/Cape Town

We offer a scheduled overnight flight with Air Namibia departing from Frankfurt/Main that takes you directly to Cape Town via Windhoek.

Day 2: Cape Town

Arriving in the late morning at completely modernised International airport in Cape Town, we meet and greet you. The way to our hotel already provides a great view of dreamlike setting of Cape Town. Table Mountain, city center and the harbour allow pretty impressions before reaching the Winchester Mansions Hotel, one of the best adresses that South Africa has to offer located at Beach road in Seapoint. Once you’re booked in we have a short welcoming meet up. The afternoon then is yours to relax and perfect to acclimatise or discover Cape Town. Take the „Hop on and hop off“ double-decker bus, or visit the amazingly restored Waterfront at the harbour nearby, or the Green Market Square with its many African street traders/hawkers – or Robben Island, the prison island where Nelson Mandela was held captive for more than twenty years - there is a lot to discover… until we meet up again to visit an interesting restaurant all together.

Day 3: Discovering the Cape peninsula

After a heartful first class breakfast we meet for a general briefing about our tour and today’s stage. An introduction to the GPS device and the motorbikes is given, then we start for a first excursion all around the Cape peninsula. Although just a 140km trip, but almost all coastal roads and full of highlights: beginning with the world famous "Chapman’s Peak“ drive with its 114 curves that is an outstanding adventure anyway, we cruise along the districts of Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Simons Town at the False Bay where we also stop at Boulders Beach for the worth seeing penguin colony, and come along the beaches of Scarborough, Hout Bay and extravagant Camps Bay on the Atlantic coast side. We visit „Signal Hill“ from where we have stunning views over the city and the Table Bay. In the evening we meet up again for dinner. – 100% tar

Day 4: Cape Town – Paarl
Pontac Manor Hotel (1 Night)

The today's stage leads us through well known wine growing areas around Stellenbosch to Paarl. As it is so stunning, we leave Cape Town once again via Chapman's Peak Drive and "Ou Kaapse Weg" towards the Falsebay heading Sommerset West and Strand following the N2 up onto Sir Lowry`s Pass. After that we turn into the inlands and along Eucalyptus- and fruit plantations via Elgin and Grabouw. From Theewaterskloofdam and Theewaters Nature Reserve we come through Hottentots Holland Natur Reserve across La Rochelle Pass into the picturesque Franschhoek, an old french style winery village. Various small street cafés and boutiques invite to stop. From there you follow Helshoogte Pass until we pass Stellenbosch and finally reach the tranquil wine village of Paarl. – 100% Good tar road

Day 5: Paarl – Cederberg Mountains

A great day on relaxing route awaits us today. It leads us to marvelous Cederberg Mountains. We leave Paarl towards north passing the picturesque village of Wellington and its famous winery of Boschendal, we go ahead for dreamlike Bain's Kloof Pass through Hawequas Nature Reserve. We stop for a tasty lunch under old oak trees in quaint Tulbagh's famous Church Street, a little wine growing village in the Breede River Valley. We then follow the "Cape Scenic Route 62" across the Mitchell's Pass to Ceres, the heart of cape fruit-growing. The route continues through that huge valley and suddenly vanish from cultivated landscape up north via Prince Alfred Hamlet over the Gydo Pass into the vast barren Karoo landscape which has a very unique charme. Finally wonderful gravel roads lead over Blinkbergpass with its stunning mountaineous scenery embracing our next destination Mount Ceder Lodge. – 70% Tar / 30% Gravel

Day 6: Cederberg Mountains – Montagu

We leave this wonderful valley same way back over Blinkbergpass and along the striking sandstone formations until it takes eastern direction onto Katbakkies Pass which runs through the Kouebokkeveld, a plateau on 1000m ASL with breathtaking outviews. The Peerboomskloof Pass leads downhill before we turn onto R355, the longest gravel road in South Africa at all. The 40km in absolute monotony is soon forgotten when relaxing tar roads connect us to Nationalroute N1. But not for long as we soon turn off again to wonderful gravel routes towards the south. Ahead of us are the amazing Rooihoogte Pass and Burger's Pass and eventually we come through lovely sceneries of agricultural and fruit-growing landscapes of Koo Valley. Montagu is our next destination, we stay in a picturesque antique hotel in town. – 40% Tar / 60% Gravel

Day 7: Montagu – Prince Albert
Swartberg Hotel (1 Night)

This day is exceptionally full of highlights, hence we start from Montagu early. We head for north-eastern direction, through mountaineous landscape coming along Anysberg Nature Reserve and emerge on elevated plains of Klein Karoo. The road then leads across a couple of dreamlike passes, e.g. the impressive Seweweekspoort (which had been built by Thomas Bain in 1862 like most of our driven passes). A short passage on tarred Route 62 connects us pleasingly across Huisrivier-Pass with Calitzdorp, where usually a lunch is taken in a small street café before we submerge into narrow and djungle-like valleys through idyllic farmland and passing along the Great Swartberg Mountain range to Matjiesrevier. But the last lap today is still the most stunning one: the famous Swartberg pass that leads us to Prince Albert. Various gigantic outviews invite to stop. And because the day ist still not over, we finally end up home for dinner and an enjoyable evening with musician Brian Finch, who also created our Gravel Travel song ... – 20%Tar / 80% Gravel

Day 8: „Die Hel“ (The Hell) / day trip OR rest day
Swartberg Hotel (1 Night)

"Die Hel" or translated as "The Hell", is also known as the fertile valley of Gamkaskloof – the inhabitants had been isolated for nearly 130 years. The ‚kloof‘ is reached via the scenic Swartberg pass (Thomas Bain, 1888) before turning off. The enchanted road meanders along mountain vistas, incredible rock formations through wonderful fynbos vegetation and finally descends through a series of hairpins a 1000 meters down to the valley floor. Here you can take in the history and enjoy a light lunch before returning via the same route – there is no thoroughfare through the kloof. Road conditions 100% gravel – all moderate gravel, but the trip to ‘The Hell’ will need some negotiating for everyone. Although ‘The Hell’ is certainly an unforgettable adventure ...

... alternatively for those who like to have a resting day – you may stay at the hotel and/or enjoy lot of sightseeing in an around the artist's town of Prince Albert. Visit an olive or fig farm, see well preserved architecture in town, have a cheese tasting from the local Guernsey dairy or take a mountain bike for a ride.

Day 9: Prince Albert – Tsitsikamma

Our destination today is Tsitsikamma at the Indian Ocean. Leaving Prince Albert towards east we soon turn off southwards onto stunning Meiringspoort. A little crystal clear waterfall with a natural rock pool invites for a cool refreshment. Afterwards we come through small farmer's town De Rust where the landscape is characterised by typical ostrich farming. Passing through the Klein Karoo we'll reach Uniondale for a light lunch and fuel-up before we turn off onto gravel road taking the amazing Prince Alfred's Pass. There we come through large forest, little rivercrossings, the seemingly forgotten valleys and a little village called De Vlugt that reminds somehow of gold diggers and lumberjacks in Alaska at one time. On roads through thick forest we finally reach Plettenberg Bay on the seaside and follow the N2 Garden Route direction towards Tsitsikamma NP. The hotel Tsitsikamma Village Inn is situated close to Stormsriver. The famous Cadillac Pub next door is stuffed with great classic cars and Elvis memories invites for a dip into. – 50% Tar / 50% Gravel

Day 10: Tsitsikamma – Knysna

For those who like to experience African jungle out of birds eye view may join a "Canopy Tree Tour" in the Tsitsikamma's rain forest in the morning time, before we then start off for Knysna. The route first leads on the Gardenroute N2 to the west passing by world highest bridge Bungee Jump – the Bloukrans Rivier's Bridge. We then head for Grootriver Pass (Thomas Bain, 1880) through dense primeval forest of Nature Valley where a view point will reward us with a gorgeous outlook over the turqouise Indian Ocean. We rejoin the Gardenroute up to Plettenberg Bay, where we turn off to coastal hinterland. Lonely passes meander through farmland, mountaineous landscape and fascinating dense forests until we emerge from this green hell on the hillside of Knysna. In this little tropical green town, we round off the day with a famous local Mitchells beer and best seafood in a very unique jungle-like guesthouse. – 50%Tar / 70% Gravel

Day 11: Knysna – Oudtshoorn

We leave the Lagoon of Knysna at the Indian Ocean behind and soon disappear in dense forest on the Phantom Pass northwards. We take the older route – 7 Passes (Thomas Bain, 1883) – a scenic route crossing clear streams, drive through forgotten indigenous forest stations and deep gorges before we reach the seaside town of Wilderness. Afterwards we take gravel roads through open farmland until Montagu Pass and climb up into the marvelous landscape of Outeniqua Mountains. The breathtaking Outeniqua Pass leads down to George where we follow the route around the Outeniqua Mountains on its western side through idyllic farmland on pleasant gravel roads until Robinson Pass. By reaching its peak with 900m ASL we leave behind the coastal back country towards little town of Oudtshoorn. The scenery again turns into ’Little Karoo’ where an Ostrich Guestfarm awaits us. – 20%Tar / 80% Gravel

Day 12: Oudtshoorn – De Hoop

From the guestfarm we set off for today’s destination De Hoop. Off the beaten track of worlds longest wine route R62 that runs parallely, we follow the lonesome relaxing tracks through Karoo landscape up to the spectacular Rooiberg Pass. Endless views rewards the sometimes quite hot trip in that heights. Only after Vanwyksdorp the gravel road turns to tarred R62 again, reaching Ladiesmith and Barrydale, where we turn off for Tradouw Pass that leads to idyllic village of Swellendam for a great lunch break. Finally a gravel road towards south takes us through smooth grazing lands and we come across the Breede River using the only manual operated ferry/pont at Malagas and eventually turn off to Africa's most southern "De Hoop" Nature Reserve. Riding along Zebras and Bonteboks in unique fynbos vegetation, our next accommodation is found under giant fig trees at a very romantic scenery ... – 50% Tar / 50% Gravel

Day 13: De Hoop – Hermanus
Windsor Hotel (1 Night)

In the morning we make a short detour to "Koppie Alleen" at amazing bright white dunes and beach where dolphins can be seen sometimes before leaving this protected nature area. We then head for the southern most tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas where Indian and Atlantic Ocean geographically meet. The route meanders through open farmland via Bredasdorp and seaside villages like Arniston and Struisbaai, where a little fish restaurant serves excellent lunch. Watch out for wonderful giant stingrays in the harbour. On our way to Hermanus we further crisscross farmland where you may spot endangered blue cranes and storcks between flocks of sheep. We pass the small but well-known village of Elim, a Moravian mission with its still original facades. Further west, we finally reach Walkerbay, the "whale watching capital" of Hermanus. You might be lucky spotting whales right from our seaside hotel. – 50% Tar / 50% Gravel

Day 14: Hermanus - Cape Town

The last stage of this tour leads back to Stellenbosch, Sout Africa's oldest university town. But before we're going to join the wonderful coastal passes we first head inland on Hemel en Aarde-Pass meandering through farmland to the picturesque artists village of Greyton close to forest reserve Riviersonderend for a lunch under shady oaks. Following gravel roads we head back to the coast at Kleinmond and further to Betty's Bay where we may see world-famous colony of threatened jackass penguins from quite close. The scenic coastal road goes along Falsebay with its amazing clear colours of turquoise blue where dolphins are to be seen. Further along the promenade of Strand we turn inland towards Summerset West and via Stellenbosch back to Cape Town. Our last evening will surely take place in another interesting restaurant.

Day 15: Cape Town/Return Flight

After we have had a last good nights’ rest and enjoyed a relaxed breakfast we will unfortunately have to leave the hotel and prepare for the return flight from Cape Town International.

Day 16: Arrival in Germany

Arrival in the early morning at Frankfurt (Main) and your individual onward journey via train or flight to your home town.