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South Africa Tour SAT2302

Monday, November 20, 2023 | Marko Bauer | Africa

The final highlight: Cape of Good Hope

Spring in South Africa: time to ride. The bikes are ready to go, our international group is arriving - South Africa, here we come!

Day 1: Johannesburg - Misty Mountains

First riding day - welcome to South Africa and its left-hand traffic.

But we all enjoyed the scenic ride up into the misty mountains, with interesting stops on the way. Very memorable: lunch in Middleburg and the coffeestop in the fly-fishing capital Dullstroom.

The bikes are ready to go!
Martina found a new passenger
Long Tom Pass

Day 2: Misty Mountain - Kruger Park

The day started as the last one ended: with a great ride over Long Tom Pass. The old golddigger town Pilgrim's Rest was the next stop, before we enjoyed our first picnic prepared by master cook Christo.

A long ride along the gorgeous Blyde River Canyon brought us to our destination - Kruger Park.

(Not really) Misty Mountain
Bob meets the locals
Michael and the Jacaranda-trees
God's Window

Day 3: Rest day Kruger Park

Rest day - the chance to explore Kruger Park! And we were very fortunate: we saw the Big 5 before lunch already! And of course a lot more....

Number 1 of the Big 5
A very rare sight
Not quite as pretty...

Day 4: Kruger Park - Mbabane

After the early start yesterday it was great to be back to our normal times. At 9:00 we departed, crossed through gigantic banana plantations, tasted these bananas at South Africas friendliest fruit stand - and then we reached the Eswatini border. Fortunately the formalities didn't take too long, so that we could soon enjoy our first miles in this wonderful country. Before reaching our destination for today, Mbabane, we had one last stop at a glass factory, for shopping, sightseeing - and good coffee!

South African fruitstand
Marko and Martina in Eswatini
Michael needs a break
Eswatini forest
Beautiful Eswatini scenery

Day 5: Mbabane - Mkuze

After an informative visit at the famous Swazi Candle Factory we returned to South Africa. We enjoyed a great lunch in Pietretief and then explored the beautiful Zulu region with its rolling hills and endless fields of sugar cane.

Freddy, Monika, Bob, Becky and Manfred watching Eswatini candle production
It‘s essy to make people happy
George in Eswatini
Traditional Zulu-Dance

Day 6: Mkuze - Hilton

Today we reached the Indian Ocean for the first time - breathtaking views! After lunch we rode up into the hills until we reached Pietermaritzburg, where we visited the famous Gandhi-statue and the city hall, Africas largest brick building.

Christo, Kalypso, Sully and Becky at the Indian Ocean
Pietermaritzburg city hall
Gandhi statue in Pietermaritzburg

Day 7: Hilton - Mthatha

Another long day lay ahead of us, 260 miles... We started with a visit of the impressive Howick Falls and then continued the site where Nelson Mandela was arrested by the police in 1962. Next stop were the Drakensberge, an impressive mountain range that reaches up to 3500 meters. With a few drops of rain and some serious lightning, we reached our destination Mthatha.

George, David, Becky, Kalypso and Martina in front of Nelson Mandela
Martina, Kalypso, George and Sully in the Drakensberg mountains
Drakensberg mountains
Bob is making to kids very happy

Day 8: Mthatha - Mpekweni Beach

Today we all had agreed on one goal: to reach our beautiful hotel on the Indian Ocean as early as possible. That's why we only made a short stop in East London to visit the German Settlers Monument and to grab a quick bite to eat. And then we followed the R72 all the way to our hotel - and it was worth to get here early, the beach is just to beautiful to be missed!

Becky and Stephan at Nelson Mandelas birthplace
Manfred, Bob, Martina, Michael and Joachim at the German Settlers Monument
The Indian Ocean
On the beach
Time for a swim

Day 9: Mpekweni - Port Elizabeth

Waking up to the waves of the Indian Ocean - a good start to a great day. We followed the Indian Ocean today, with a little sidetrip into the pineapple plantations and the beautiful city of Grahamstown. For lunch we were back on the Indian Ocean, and then we hurried to arrive in Port Elizabeth - there is a lot to do and see here.

Group foto in Mpekweni Beach
Joachim, Martina and Manfred on the Big Pineapple
Beautiful bikes
Monika, Manfred, Joachim, Martina and Michael waiting for lunch

Day 10: Port Elizabeth - Oudtshoorn

Today was a day full of highlights: Port Elizabeth, the world's highest bungy bridge, where two brave members of our group, Sully and Michael, did actually jump, the famous Garden Route, Knysna with its oysters - and fiinally the desert-like ostrich region around Oudtshoorn.

George in front of the King Edward Hotel
Kalypso, Martina, Bob and Becky at the bungy bridge
Knysna Oyster
Stephan‘s first oyster

Day 11: Oudtshoorn - Montagu

The ride up the Swartbergpass is definitely one of the big highlights of this tour - and 9 of us were up to the challenge. Just as special was the visit of an ostrich farm - a very unique experience. After a great and typical South African lunch we continued on Route 62 to Montagu, where we enjoyed a great wine tasting!

South Africa‘s national flower: Protea
On top of the Swartberg pass
Manfred, Martina and George in 104 degree heat

Day 12: Montagu - Franschhoek

Today we reached the end of the (African) world: Cape Agulhas, the southern tip of the African continent. Hermanus would have been our second highlight, but this time unfortunately the whales did not show up in the bay. The little disappointment was quickly forgotten when we reached our destination, Franschhoek - one of the prettiest towns in South Africa.

Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of Africa
Another beautiful picture spot
Extra safe, Bob on Franschhoek pass
Becky, Martina, Joachim, Monika and Freddy on Franschhoek pass

Day 13: Rest day in Franschhoek

Rest day in Franschhoek: as there are so many things to do in this little town, only 6 riders (and one brave passenger) headed out for the rest day ride into the surrounding mountain ranges. They were rewarded with great views and excellent and twisty roads - while the others were rewarded with great wine at one of the many vineyards of the region.

Joachim, David, Becky, Manfred and Martina on the Dutoitskloof-pass
Pass #2: Bains Kloof Pass
Ride carefully…
Becky and Martina on top of the pass
Joachim, Stephan, Marko and Manfred
Monika and Freddy enjoying Franschhoek

Day 14: Franschhoek - Cape Town

The last riding day has arrived, it's another day full of "once in a lifetime" sights: penguins, the Cape of Good Hope, Chapman's Peak Drive - and finally: Cape Town! Our memorable tour ends with a walk through the famous Waterfront and a very tasty farewell-dinner. The tour has ended - but the memories will stay!

At the penguin colony
Heidi and Stephan
Simon‘s Town
Bob and Michael on Chapman‘s Peak Drive
Table Mountain
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Michaela Achatzi
Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at 06:44

Marocco Bob !!!
Nice to see you again on tour.
Is not so fare to Australia from Sued Afrika
Lars Valentin
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 18:27

Erinnerungen werden wach. Danke für die Bilder und die Möglichkeit die Reise so zu begleiten . Weiterhin gute und sichere Fahrt.
Marko Bauer
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 21:04

Hallo Lars,
schön dass Du uns „verfolgst“!
Auch dieses Mal bin ich wieder mit einer tollen Gruppe unterwegs - und Südafrika ist schön wie immer…
Grüße an Nicole!
Monday, November 20, 2023 at 15:18

Lieber Marko
Danke für deine „Mittnahme“ auf diese Reise.
Lars Valentin
Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 12:27

Ich wünsche eine gute und tolle Reise. Ich kann allen versprechen, es wird eine unvergessliche Reise.


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