DAY 1: The arrival in Johannesburg
Our bikes arrive at the start hotel in Johannesburg
all our bikes straight in line ready to go!
DAY 2: From Joburg to the Misty Mountains
When we got over the long tom pass towards our hotel called "the misty mountain hotel" the weather changed in order to honor the name. Anyway we visit the canon the burs used in the war trying to defeat the English.
the "long tom" canon
The amazing view from our hotel terrace
DAY 3: Towards Kruger national park
the day starts with a group picture after the briefing
another one with "the germans", not all germans but the ones who speak german on god´s window at the blyde river canyon
The day ends on the gate of Kruger park. Already from the hotel bar you get the chance to see some animals on the other side of the fence and you have to watch your things because monkeys are siting in the trees waiting for a opportunity to grab some food or other things.
DAY 4: The rest day in Kruger national park
Well it is called a "rest day". Anyway we wake up at 5 am to go for a safari ride. We get rewarded for our ambitious start into the day by seeing all the big 5. At least some of us say they saw the last, most difficult one, the leopart.
Day 5: From Kruger to Swaziland
We had to leave Kruger again, but a beautiful day lay ahead of us. Swaziland was the destination today, a beautiful country with incredible scenery!
La Faye and the future fruit-stand-sales-manager!
Day 6: Swaziland to Mkuze
After a night in the wonderful Ezulwini valley, we continued our exploration of Swaziland. Our first stop took us to the famous Swazi candle factory. After many more twisty kilometers through the mountains of Swaziland we reached the border to South Africa again. Lunch in Piet Retief, and then we continued into the land of the Zulus.
Stefan, Nicole, Marlies, Marcel and Bruno at Swazi Candles
The journey through Swaziland continues
Bryan gets a traditional Zulu birthday song
Day 7: Mkuze to Shakaland
Like every day in South Africa this day had something new for us: the Indian Ocean! We visited the beach, had a great lunch and then continued deeper into Swaziland. We spend the night in an old Zulu village - exciting!!
Bryan acting like a German (building sand castles)
Jassir, Anthony and Ibrahem at the Indian Ocean
Jörg and his South African sized burger
Jörg and Jassir meeting the locals
DAY 8: Shakaland to Hilton
The morning starts with some cultural program. We get to see how you flirt successful in Zulu
The Hotel with the small roud huts in Zulu style
Marco gets trained in traditional fighting
We visit Pietermaritzburg, the place were Gandhi got thrown out of the first class train and his non violent active proteste started
DAY 9: Along Lesotho border
Nic on the way to the Howick fall
The monument on the Nelson Mandela capture place. Very worth to visit this interesting place and the museum. The rest of the day we spend on the road making kilometers to get to the south of this big country
Day 10: The Indian Ocean!
Today we left the Transkei and continued south. As we have some Germans in our group, we had to do the mandatory stop at the German Settler Monument in East London aka Buffalo City. And then we headed to the next big highlight of this motorcycle tour through South Africa: our hotel on the shore of the Indian Ocean!
Jörg, Bettina, Nicole and Bruno in Buffalo City
The Indian Ocean
DAY 11: Along the coast to Port Elizabeth
Well just that we didn´t bring our rain gear for nothing it rained all day long. Because noone wants to see us riding in the rain we don´t have pictures of this day.
DAY 12: The day of big jumps and ostriches
For lunch we have a nice pic nic
Alison still laughing even she decidet to jump from the 216 meters high bridge
That´s the bridge... 3 of us are going to jump
Our brave and happy jumpers
The sunset on the way to our hotel in Oudtshoorn
DAY 13: Going off-road
The day starts with the ride over Swartsberg pass a 35 km long graveld mountain pass road. The landscape is beautiful and the view breathtaking. For lunch we stop at a restaurant on a lake with hippos. Then we go back to the highways to get clother to our destiantion Cape Town.
A little bit of everything. Gravels, dust, dirt, mud and water. It doesn´t get boring
DAY 14: Cape Town we are coming!!!
We are really lucky during our tour. As mentioned before we have seen all the big 5 and the last riding day we get to see whales and Pinguines as well.
False Bay on the last kilometers to Cape Town
DAY 15: Cape of good hope
On our last day we do a day trip to the famous cape of good hope. We have luck and the weather is beatiful. To make the day perfect Tabo whaits for us on the beach with another picnic and in the afternoon with a boot beer at the hotel.
View down from Signal Hill to Cape Town