The South African Grand Tour

Tour duration – 15 days (14 nights) and 13 days motorbike rental

Rating: Easy paved roads only

Our Grand South Africa Motorcycle Tour starts in Johannesburg, the beating financial heart of Africa, and ends 13 days later with a triumphal entry into the Mother City, Cape Town. After collecting our motorcycles, we travel east to the province of Mpumalanga, meaning “Place of the Rising Sun”. We enjoy a full day’s safari through the iconic Kruger National Park, covering some of the 21 500km², in search of the Big Five. Our ride includes the Panorama Route, with natural wonders such as the Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window and the potholes at Bourke’s Luck. We explore the historic mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest before heading south across the rolling hills of Mpumalanga to the Swaziland border for a one-night stay in this tiny monarchy.

Lake St Lucia, a World Heritage Site, welcomes us to KwaZulu-Natal and the Zulu Kingdom. From the coastal plains we head for the Southern Drakensberg. Here we relax for two nights, with an optional 4x4 tour of Sani Pass, which ascends the mountains, briefly entering Lesotho. This is not for the faint-hearted! The majestic mountain range with its awe-inspiring basalt cliffs – dubbed the Drakensberge (Dragon Mountains) by the early Dutch pioneers and uKhahlamba (Barrier of Spears) by the Zulus − is another of South Africa’s listed World Heritage Sites. We continue south into the Eastern Cape province through the region formerly called Transkei. This is where many of the Xhosa people have their ancestral roots, including Nelson Mandela, who was born and grew up here. We ride past his home en route to Cintsa on the rugged Wild Coast, where we spend the night before riding into East London. From here we follow the R72 to Port Elizabeth, where we briefly visit the Addo National Park before heading to Knysna. Effectively the capital of the Garden Route, Knysna serves as a hub for an exciting network of activities. We continue along the Outeniqua mountains and cross into the semi-desert Karoo region. A motorcycle offers probably the best way to appreciate the stark beauty of this arid, sometimes unforgiving, terrain.

Our next stop is Oudtshoorn, ostrich capital of the world, where we visit the Cango Caves and a working ostrich farm. Then to Cape Town along Route 62, stopping briefly at Ronnie’s Sex Shop (so-called – it sells plenty of beer, but no sex). We ride through the Breede River Wine Region to the Cape Winelands. We spend the tour’s last days in Cape Town, the Mother City, enjoying the many and varied treasures of the Cape Peninsula.

The Grand South Africa Motorcycle Tour covers some of the best routes in South Africa, in just 14 days. The thrill is immediate, but you’re left with a lifetime of memories to share.

  2017 Price

Rider only R 75 800.00 | Pillion only R 25 000.00

  2017 Departures

09 September 2017 | 28 October 2017

  2018 Price

Rider only R 81 700.00  |  Pillion only R 27 700.00

  2018 Departures

14 January 2018 | 09 September 2018 | 28 October 2018

Important information about the above rates:

  • The rate quoted above is a net ratebased on a minimum of six participants. Swartberg Biking reserves the right to cancel any tour if we have not received bookings for the minimum number of participants.
  • The above rates are subject to change if any unforeseeable price increase or currency exchange rate occurs.
  • The rates quoted above exclude the use of a support vehicle on the above package.

Swartberg Biking Motorcycle Tours is a registered tour operator affiliated with the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association ( and insured with Safari and Tourism Insurance Brokers (

Swartberg Biking is a proud partner in the 2017 Rhino Ride awareness campaign, supporting conservation efforts across Southern Africa.


Day 1 – Meet in Pretoria
Day 2 – Ride eastwards to the foot of the Long Tom Pass
Day 3 – Explore the Panorama Route and Blyde River Canyon
Day 4 – Enjoy a Kruger Park safari
Day 5 – Enter Swaziland
Day 6 – Continue to St Lucia
Day 7 – Leave the coast behind and venture into the Drakensberg Mountains
Day 8 – Sani Pass 4 x 4 optional tour
Day 9 – Ride Mandela country to the Wild Coast
Day 10 – Enjoy the R72 along the Eastern Cape coast
Day 11 – Enter the Garden Route to Knysna
Day 12 – Traverse the Outeniqua Mountains and ride into the Little Karoo
Day 13 – Explore Route 62 and arrive in Cape Town
Day 14 – Enjoy the Cape Peninsula route
Day 15 – Leave for home


  • Tour days – 15
  • Riding days – 11
  • Rest days – 2
  • Mileage – 3800km
  • Accommodation – 14 nights (3 and 4 star)
  • Meals – Breakfast x 14 and dinners x 6
  • Motorcycles – BMW GS range or Harley Davidson
  • Group size – 6