Cape Town – Windhoek - 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. Great is a „Hop on and hop off“ trip with the double-decker bus, or visit the amazingly restored Waterfront at the harbour nearby before 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 intense: we take almost all coastal roads and it's 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 – Hermanus
Windsor Hotel (1 Night)

On our way to legendary “Cape of Good Hope” and the „Cape Point“ we just start highlighting it again with another ride over spectacular “Chapman’s Peak” drive, the absolute bikers dream. Although the “Cape of Good Hope” meanwhile has become one of the most popular destinations in South Africa, one still has to have at least seen this place. We then continue on fascinating 200km along the coast and enjoy cruising in sea breeze on lovely tar roads towards east. Our destination is the famous whale watching town Hermanus. The hotel is located directly in the old harbour area flanked by the seaside. Apart from the stunning views over the Walker Bay, a delicious Cape cuisine awaits us in the evening.

Day 5: Hermanus – Stellenbosch

Today’s stage continues further south-east and soon on smaller gravel roads across remote countryside via Elim and Bredarsdorp to “Cape Agulhas”, the southern most point of the African continent. “Cape Agulhas” is also the geographical border between the Indian and Atlantic ocean. A marvellous place for a midday break before we head back inland passing the tiny artists town of Greyton, where houses and ancient trees remind you of times long gone by – and “Theewaterkloof Dam”, a massive water reservoir for Cape Town before the “Franschhoek Pass” serves us a wonderful view over the famous cape wineland region. Frome here we take the last lap to our destination, a pittoresque guesthouse inmidst the old University town of Stellenbosch.

Day 6: Stellenbosch – Clanwilliam

We today continue towards the north. Passing Paarl and Wellington we further ride across the enourmous fruit plantations of Ceres and come along the wonderful passes into and through the Cederbergs, and eventually pass the massive “Clanwilliam dam” before we reach our next destination in the afternoon, the small town of Clanwilliam, which is known for its fruit and rooibos tea plantations. We stay at the ‚Saint du Barry’s Country Lodge, a small colonial style guesthouse which is known not only for its unforgettable dinners.

Day 7: Clanwilliam – Strandfontein

Our stage today leads us towards the Atlantic coast. We once again enjoy the beautiful  scenery of the Cederberg mountains, whose sensational viewpoints consistently motivate us to stop and take a deep breath. Further on we travel through another well-known wine growing region around the Olifants river. We head for Strandfontein a quaint holiday spot, which is located at the mouth of the Olifants river (known for its massive irrigation projects) and is situated right on the coastline. We spend the night at the cosy guesthouse “Seabreeze”. The rooms provide you with a fascinating view across the ocean and the kitchen cannot deny its close proximity to the Atlantic…

Day 8: Strandfontein – Namaqualand

The peaceful, infinite hills of the Namaqualand determine today’s impressions. Once we have passed the mouth of the Olifants river, quickly refuel in Lutzville and leave behind that kind of civilisation around Strandfontein very soon to submerge into a quiet lonesome region of deserted farms und seemingly extinct towns. On our way north we travel on smaller, relatively unstable roads always parallely to the Atlantic coast through this wonderful landscapes of Namaqualand until we reach our destination ‚Die Houthoop‘, a remote guest farm on the edge of the Namaqualand. The fish specialities prepared on the open fire are out of this world.

Day 9: Namaqualand – Orange River

After breakfast we start our next stage on worn gravel roads past large diamond mines reaching the tiny harbour town Port Nolloth. Enjoy a short coffee-break and head further north towards Namibian border. The journey continues along smaller more remote tracks that lead us through the rocky deserts of the Richtersveld and follow a track then eastwards along the river bank of the amazing Orange river valley. Eventually we reach Vioolsdrift/Noordoewer, the Namibian borderpost, where the formalities usually are not that complex and we can soon carry on for the Felix Unite River Lodge, where we stay in cosy cabanas directly on the other side of the Orange river banks in a beautiful atmosphere.

Day 10: Orange River – Luderitz

Enjoy an early golden glamour of sunrise over one of the only two permanent flowing rivers in Namibia and off we go for the longest stage on this tour. First along the green oasis of the Orange river stream towards west, we then pass Rosh Pinah for a fuel stop and take northern direction on the commonly used and partly tarred mining road to Aus, where we have a nice coffee-break at the Klein Aus Vista Desert Lodge. An almost 120km tar road takes us across the desert towards the small dreamy harbour town of Luderitz. We spend the night at the “Nest Hotel” at the waterfront overlooking the Luderitz bay. It seems as if time has come to a standstill here. The majority of houses stem from the German colonial era. The Benguela Current by the way causes the coastal temperatures to be significantly colder than inland temperatures.

Day 11: Luderitz – Helmeringhausen

Before we leave the seaside again, we have a fascinating stop at deserted diamond town of Kolmanskoop close to Luderitz, with its well preserved buildings almost taken from the desert dunes, which scenery is a somehow surrealistic impression of the past. The one and only tar road through the „Sperrgebiet“ takes us back inland and the route leads through desert plains and scenic landscapes around the Tiras Mountains. Our destination today is the desert town Helmeringhausen, which brings back memories of the “wild west”...... we stay at Helmeringhausen Hotel, a charming old place in town tastefully and quaintly restored.

Day 12: Helmeringhausen – Namib Desert
Namib Desert Lodge (1 Night)

Today we experience the extreme landscapes of the central Namib Desert. The route continues from Helmeringhausen along and between the bizarre range of Tiras and Naukluft Mountains and the rim of Namib Desert passing red dunes, which are visible on the other side. Finally this stunning stage leads through open plains around the Naukluft Mountains where Zebra, Springbock and Oryx antelope roam. Our today’s accommodation is reached then on the edge of the famous fossile dunes – the Namib Desert Lodge.

Day 13: Namib Desert – Auas Mountains (Windhoek Mountain Lodge)

After breakfast we start for the last but not least impressive lap to our Gravel Travel homebase in Namibia, the Windhoek Mountain Lodge. Soon after having left the Lodge, we head north-eastwards and approach the massiv step of Great Escarpment dividing the Khomas-Hochland from the Namib Desert plains. We take the Spreetshoogte Pass up to a level of a 1.000 m higher in only 4km dwindling gravel road with partly paved sections. We reach the gigantic lookout point on top and then submerge into the hilly Khomas-Hochland traveling along wide and fairly solid gravel roads across this central highlands. In the afternoon we reach the Windhoek Mountain Lodge and are already expected by our team to enjoy a refreshing sundowner drink. A great BBQ under stars is the final highlight this day and to pass the tour and impressions in review.

Day 14: Return Flight from Namibia

This day is almost completely available for whether relaxing at the lodge or to make a trip to the city of Windhoek. The Air Namibia flight is departing in the evening only. So, it is possible to visit some sights and to go to a bazaar or to the curio shops where you can buy a lot of traditional handcrafted things. In the later afternoon our shuttle then brings you to the airport.

Day 15: Arrival in Germany

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