About Swartberg Biking
Swartberg Biking is a dedicated South African motorcycle tour operator based in Cape Town. It was born out of a passion shared by founder Gavin and his friends, who collectively pursued their “forever young” dreams through motorcycle travel.
After more than fifteen years in the corporate world, Gavin decided it was time to follow his dreams. Already a keen parachutist and scuba diver, now he took to the road on his BMW motorcycle. A series of exhilarating and unforgettable motorcycle trips with friends led – inevitably, somehow − to the birth of Swartberg Biking Motorcycle Tours in 2004. Gavin had already scuba-dived his way around the Southern African coastline, but found a new passion exploring the interior on two wheels. The wide open Karoo landscape and the endless plains of the Namib Desert, with their ever-inviting passes and gravel roads, became his road less travelled.
Today, Gavin is a registered tour guide. He is accredited nationally, but also has specialist qualifications for the Swartberg, Klein Karoo and Gamkaskloof (“The Hell”).
As a responsible motorcycle tour operator, Swartberg Biking is insured with Safari & Tourism Insurance Brokers (SATIB). SATIB are the leaders in tourism insurance and risk management services, with over 25 years of dedicated service to the tourism, hospitality and wildlife industries in Southern Africa.
Swartberg Biking is also a proud member of SATSA, the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association.
Why should you choose Swartberg Biking?
With us the client is number one! They say the devil lurks in the detail, but we believe that detail also underpins quality − and the detail that goes into our planning proves our commitment to quality motorcycle tours that give you value for your money.
What you see is what you get – literally: we’re proud to say that all the photos on this website were taken by Gavin or his colleagues on tour, not by an ad company or photo agency. There might be cheaper motorcycle travel packages on the market, but we won’t compromise on your comfort, safety and happiness.
Our Swartberg Biking motorcycle trips aren’t faceless: Gavin hosts most of them himself. He has personally handpicked all our suppliers and accommodation venues. You’ll be given a choice of restaurants and activities, and we’ve included some “must do” activities based on client feedback.
As a proudly South African motorcycle tour operator, we avoid places and activities that you could find anywhere else in the world. We want to give you a uniquely African and South African experience. We go out of our way to find truly unique venues by taking you as far off the beaten track as we can. We want you to taste everything South Africa and its people can offer – and we make sure you can do that securely. Swartberg Biking has spent years creating something that is as safe as it is enjoyable.
To make your trip as memorable, unique, comfortable − and safe − as possible, we at Swartberg Biking keep our groups to a minimum of six and a maximum of ten, excluding pillions.
We invite you to enjoy the motorcycle travel experience of a lifetime – and to bring your friends along. Affordable group motorcycle travel packages are also available – just ask us!
Your enjoyment is paramount … Expect, Experience and Explore!