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             Cape Fun Tour           
20 - 30 November 2019


                      Share Passion & Pride
             Join Johan Kriek & Michiel van Dam

                     on their Cape Fun Tour 

   Cape Town Waterfront - Mountains - Karoo Desert - BBQ under African Sky - Big Five Game Drive - Ostriches & Whales- Legendary Roads - Culture & History   Coastal Pearls - Southernmost Point of Africa - Exclusive Wines & Food - 4* Equivalent Accommodation - Single Rooms & En Suite Bathrooms - Small Group & Two Guides - Easy Royal Enfield Motorcycles-  Relaxed Rides - Competitive Price - Guaranteed Departure - Book with Certified SA Tour Operator

   
Day 1 (155 km)
In the morning we pick up the motorcycles in Cape Town. From Cape Town we first ride along the coast with stunning views on the Atlantic Ocean on the right and Table Mountain and Signal Hill on the left.
Via Chapman’s Peak, past Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Simon’s Town (famous for its penguin colony) we head into the Cape Winelands towards the second established town in South Africa (after Cape Town). Stellenbosch is known for its university, wine farms, old colonial buildings and relaxed atmosphere.
After visiting Stellenbosch we continue towards Wellington, dubbed the Heart of the Cape Winelands. On the way we pass the monument in Paarl  dedicated to the Afrikaner language. After checking into our accommodation and changing our riding gear into more comfortable clothes we can visit a wine tasting venue.
OV Hartebeeskraal at Wellington

Day 2 (190 km)
From Wellington we head towards Bainskloof Pass, loved by motorcyclists and named after engineer Thomas Bains who build a series of legendary mountain roads and passes in the Cape provinces.
After the pass we head further inland to Ceres, fruit capital of South Africa. Protected by towering mountains on all sides, the Ceres valley offers a true Sangri La.
From Ceres we ride deeper into the barren, dry hinterland known as Karoo desert (Karoo means “great dry place” in the language of its first human habitants, now known as Khoikhoi). Through landscapes dotted with mountains that seem to have witnessed the dawn of creation we continue towards Touwrivier, where we join the N1 highway towards today’s final destination.
Matjiesfounein is synonymous with the Lord Milner Hotel. In the dry and healthy Karoo air Matjiesfontein provided a welcome destination and stopover for well-to-do train travellers in the past. The old splendour has been preserved and augmented by modern amenities.
In the evening we have sundowners and a Braai under the Sky.
OV Rietfontein at Matjiesfontein
   
   
Day 3 (235 km)
Today is a riding day. The engines hum through the seemingly endless Karoo landscapes that play their magic on us as we roll along.
At Prince Albert Road we trade the N1 for the R407 towards Prince Albert. Via Meiringspoort pass and its waterfall we continue towards De Rust where we will have a well deserved rest after a long but enchanting ride.
OV House Martin at De Rust

Day 4 (245km)
From De Rust we loosely follow the Olifants River that flows between the Swartberge and Kammanassie Nature Reserves. The by now familiar Karoo landscapes keep lifting our spirits as we ride via Uniondale Heights Pass onto the famous Route 62, the South African equivalent of Route 66 in the USA. Same history, same attraction for motorcyclists. The dry landscape gets dotted with fruit plantations underneath the mountains as we continue east.
At Kareedouw we turn towards the coast where we head east via the Garden Route towards Tsitsikamma National Park that stretches for about 80 km’s on the Garden Route. Tsitsikamma(“place of much water”) is well known for its indigenous forests and breathtaking coast line. We spend the night at Storms River Village.
OV Tsitsikamma Village Inn at Storms River Village

Day 5 (95 km)
From Tsitsikamma we continue on the Garden Route for a short ride towards Knysna. The Knysna lagoon, used for oyster farming, is undoubtely one of the most beautiful sites on the South African coast. At entrance of Knysna Lagoon stand The Heads, two rock formations that like watch towers seem to guard Knysna against the rough Indian Ocean. Landinwards a river winds through the jungle-like vegetation of Knysna Forest, famous for its tropical hardwoods.
OV The Turbine Hotel at Knysna
   
   
Day 6 (130 km)
We continue along the Garden Route until George. There we head inland via the Outiniqua Pass back into the Karoo and towards the town of Oudtshoorn on the R62. Oudtshoorn is enclosed by two mighty moutain chains and famous for its ostrich farms that provided an economic boom in the early 20th century. Grand buildings are remnants of that bygone era.
North of Oudtshoorn we park the motorcycles at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge. No motorcycling is allowed when the Big Five are around.
So we can book game drives with specially adapted game drive vehicles to spot buffalo, lion, leopard, elefant and rhinoceros. These five animals were most dangerous in the days when hunting was on foot with rifles instead of in game drive vehicles with telelenses.
OV Buffelsdrift Game Reserve

Day 7 (65 km)
After an optional early morning game drive we can visit an ostrich farm and have lunch in Oudtshoorn with its Victorian style buildings. Oudtshoorn also holds the annual Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, which focusses on the culture of Afrikaans speaking people in South Africa and beyond.
After a relaxed lunch we ride out of Oudtshoorn on Route 62 towards Calitzdorp, dubbed the Port Wine Capital of South Africa. Calitzdorp is a traditional South African hinterland towns and offers, apart from wine and port farms also decent restaurants for those who prefer to have a good meal to accompany their wine tasting.
OV Soeterus at Calitzdorp

Day 8 (265 km)
After all the rest & recreation of the past days we set out for a riding day in the saddle. Route 62 takes us via Ladismith to Barrydale, where we pause at Ronnie’s Sex Shop- which on closer inspection is nothing worse than a decent roadhouse café with an interesting story. We might hear that story from good old Ronnie himself, if he’s not to busy serving customers or signing hats, t-shirts or other RSS-memorablia for sale.
After Ronnie’s we turn south via Tradouws Pass through some of the most beautiful and rugged mountain scenery on offer in the Langeberg. This pass is undoubtedly one of the top tarred passes in the Western Cape. After the picturesque coloured settlement of Suurbraak we turn onto the N2 towards Swellendam, third-oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town and Stellenbosch. Swellendam’s main street is lined with old buildings in Cape Dutch style.
From Swellendam we let the tires roll south to the coast. Bredasdorp’s Shipwreck museum offers a fascinating insight into the perils seamen faced and still face along the South African coast. More martime atmosphere in the fishing villages of Kassiesdorp and Arniston, where we will spend the night after a meal that will undoubtely feature fresh catch of the day.
OV Hotel Arniston at Arniston
   
   
Day 9 (185 km)
Back to Bredasdorp, where we take the turn-off towards Cape Agulhas for photo opportunities at the Southernmost Point of Africa.
Then we turn back towards Bredasdorp and point our front wheels towards Hermanus, also known as Whale Capital of the World. In peak season (September, October and November) we hope to spot Southern Right Whales from terra firma.  An optional boat ride can bring us even closer to these gigantic sea creatures in thier natural habitat.
OV 78th on 5th at Hermanus

Day 10 (150 km)
After another optional boat excursion and a relaxed morning we mount our iron horses for the last day of our Cape Fun Tour. Adrenaline and euphoria peak once again on the coastal R44 with Atlantic grandeur on port and the steeply sloping Kogelbergen on starboard. We know that our odyssee is approaching its destination when we see Table Mountain looming ahead. A memorable motorcycle ride comes to a good end at the Waterfront in Cape Town harbour.
OV Village Life Waterfront at Cape Town
   

Cost per person
EUR 3500

Included:
- 4* Single accommodation (no sharing)
- Dinner & Breakfast
- Royal Enfield motorcycles
- Fuel
- Guide on Royal enfield motorcycle

Excluded:
- Lunch
- Alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks
- Laundry
- Gratuities