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December 4, 2017

Epic Ride with two night safari

Written By Tanya Ritchie

OPEN ROAD SAFARIS AND HARLEY SAFARIS/BORN BIKING

 

THE CAPE TO KWA-ZULU NATAL EPIC RIDE

Cape Town – Stellenbosch – Cape South Coast – Route 62 – George – Tsitsikamma National Park – Addo Elephant National Park – East London – Eastern Cape – Southern Drakensberg – KwaZulu Natal Midlands – Umhlanga
15 Days / 14 Nights

16 March 2018 – 30 March 2018

 

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Accommodation Destination Arr. Dep. Nights Basis Room Type
Commodore Hotel Cape Town 16 Mar 17 Mar 1 B&B Standard
Protea Hotel by Marriott Stellenbosch 17 Mar 18 Mar 1 B&B Standard
Agulhas Country Lodge Cape South Coast 18 Mar 19 Mar 1 B&B Standard
Karoo Art Hotel Route 62 19 Mar 20 Mar 1 B&B Standard
Protea Hotel by Marriott King George George 20 Mar 21 Mar 1 B&B Standard
Tsitsikamma Village Inn Tsitsikamma National Park 21 Mar 22 Mar 1 B&B Standard
Kuzuko Lodge Addo Elephant National Park 22 Mar 24 Mar 2 FB+ Standard
Southern Sun Hemingways East London 24 Mar 25 Mar 1 B&B Standard
Tsogo Sun Umthata Garden Court Eastern Cape 25 Mar 26 Mar 1 B&B Standard
The Old Orchard South Africa 26 Mar 27 Mar 1 B&B Standard
Moorcroft Manor Hotel Southern Drakensberg 27 Mar 28 Mar 1 B&B Standard
Protea Hotel Imperial KwaZulu Natal Midlands 28 Mar 29 Mar 1 B&B Standard
Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Umhlanga 29 Mar 30 Mar 1 B&B Standard

 

Key:- B&B: Bed and breakfast, FB+: Dinner, bed, breakfast, lunch and activities daily

Included

Arrival and departure transfers, Harley Davidson rental with full road insurance (Riders must leave a deposit to cover any excess), luggage vehicle and bike trailer back-up, one spare motorcycle on trailer, twin shared accommodation for fourteen nights, fourteen breakfasts, five dinners, entry fees throughout tour, excursions and activities as per itinerary, guided game drives and cultural experiences.

Excluded

International flights and internal flight from Durban to Johannesburg, visas, personal travel insurance, gratuities, all other meals not listed in the itinerary, all drinks, fuel, toll fees, refundable deposit for motorcycle, curios and any other activities and services not listed.

Day 1:            Commodore Hotel, Cape Town – (Friday, 16 March)

 

Arrive into Cape Town International airport (own arrangements or book through Open Road Safaris at additional cost).

You will be met by your tour guide from Open Road Safaris/Harley Safaris and transferred to the Commodore Hotel, near the Waterfront.

At 2:00pm your guide will return to the Commodore to collect you for an afternoon tour of the colourful Bo-Kaap neighbourhood on Signal Hill (also called the Malay Quarter). Here you will hear the stories of the Cape Malay slaves of the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as their descendants who built this district.

Return to your hotel to freshen up. Meet your tour guide in the hotel restaurant at 7:00pm for a welcome dinner and introduction to the tour, as well as meeting you’re travelling companions.

Cape Town

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breath-taking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.

Overnight: Commodore Hotel

Activities

Bo Kaap Museum

The Bo Kaap Museum showcases local Islamic culture and heritage.  Initially a house that depicted the lifestyle of a nineteenth-century Muslim family, the building has become a social history museum which tells the story of the local community as they went through colonialism and apartheid.

Included

Transfers, accommodation, tour of Bo-Kaap (including entrance fees) and welcome dinner.

Excluded

International flights (own arrangements or ORS can quote for flights at extra cost), lunch, all drinks and any other activities and services not listed.

 

Day 2:            Protea Hotel by Marriott Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch – (Saturday, 17 March)

 

Today is the official start of your bike journey from Cape Town to Durban.

You guide will meet you at the Commodore Hotel and transfer you to the start point of the trip. Collect your Harley Davidson and ride to Table Mountain, via the coast road through Green Point, Sea point and Bantry Bay and continue to the Cable car station. Take the cable car up to Table Mountain to take in the magnificent view of the Fairest Cape. Return to your bikes and continue, via Chapman’s Peak, to Cape Point, (where the two oceans meet). Call in at The Cape of Good Hope for a group photo before continuing your ride to Stellenbosch where you enjoy wine tasting and dinner at the Love Wine Studio. Overnight at the Protea Hotel Stellenbosch.

DISTANCE – 85 KMS

Stellenbosch

A blend of historical architecture, student life, epicurean delights and oak-lined avenues, Stellenbosch is a picturesque university town surrounded by mountains and vineyards. A walking tour of the town centre allows visitors to take in its beautifully preserved Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture, as well as the many enticing art galleries, craft shops, clothing boutiques and gift stores, while foodies may prefer indulging in mouth-watering cuisine and fine wines at one of the chic restaurants or buzzing bistros. Stellenbosch is also the ideal base from which to explore the renowned local wine route, boasting a high proportion of the country’s leading wine estates.

Overnight: Protea Hotel by Marriott Stellenbosch

Activities

Table Mountain Cableway

A trip up Table Mountain is quite rightly one of the first things a tourist wants to do when arriving in Cape Town. Once on the top, a 1000m above the city below, you are rewarded with spectacular 360 views. Take your time and enjoy this unique environment, go for a walk or have a bit to eat at the restaurant with arguably one of the best views possible.

Cape Point

At the tip of the Cape Peninsular 60km south-west of Cape Town, lies Cape Point, a Nature Reserve within the Table Mountain National Park; a World Heritage Site.

Cape Point encompasses 7750 hectares of rich and varied flora and fauna; abounding with buck, baboons and Cape Mountain Zebra as well as over 250 species of birds, Cape Point is a nature enthusiast paradise.

Rugged rocks and sheer cliffs tower more than 200 metres above the sea over the ocean providing a spectacular background for the parks rich bio-diversity.

Further along the coast at the Southernmost point is the famous CAPE AGULHAS / Cape of Good Hope where the currents of the Indian Ocean meet the currents of the Atlantic Ocean.

Included

Breakfast, entry fee up Table Mountain, accommodation and dinner.

Excluded

Funicular train at Cape Point, all drinks, wine at wine tasting and any other activities and services not listed.

 

Day 3:            Agulhas Country Lodge, Cape South Coast – (Sunday, 18 March)

 

Today we head off to Franschhoek and enjoy a stroll around the quaint town, stopping for a coffee. We then take the R45 leading out of Franschhoek over the Franschhoek mountain pass, looking down back into the valley, enjoying the scenic ride looking over the fruit farms and wine farms all spread out in the valley below, with photo stops along the way on the Du Toitskloof Pass on the R101 to Worcester. We then continue the ride to the beautiful Hermanus, where we stop for lunch. Hermanus is a South African seaside town that is a popular whale-watching site. Continue onwards to Cape Agulhas where we overnight at Agulhas Country Lodge.

DISTANCE – 235 KMS

Cape South Coast

The fynbos of the Cape meets the cold seas of at the southernmost tip of Africa.  Highlights include the quaint fishing village of Arniston and spot where all of Africa is behind you, Aghulas.

Overnight: Agulhas Country Lodge

Activities

Du Toitskloop Pass on the R101, connecting Paarl and Worcester may be 11km longer than the newer Huguenot Tunnel (N1) but it makes for a stunning, scenic road trip regardless of the season and time of day.

Stopping at the beautiful views overlooking the Paarl valley below look out for troops of baboons that patrol the region! And, please don’t feed them.  The pass is named after Francois Du Toit, a French Huguenot Waldensian, who settled in the Cape after fleeing religious persecution in France.

Included

Breakfast and accommodation.

Excluded

Any other meals, all drinks and any other activities and services not listed.

 

Day 4:            Karoo Art Hotel, Route 62 – (Monday, 19 March)

 

Today we ride to Barrydale, a small town with big character, through the new Houw Hoek Pass which covers some beautiful mountainous terrain. This middle section was known as Coles Pass – so named after the very same Sir Lowry Cole. The name Houw Hoek translates into ‘Hold Corner’ and is derived from the need to hold back, or slow down the ox-wagons whilst negotiating the steep descent down the pass.

We stop at Ronnie’s Sex Shop, a legend in its own time and a great place to meet other bikers and international tourists alike because it is a pub!

Further along we traverse Cogmanskloof Pass on the R62, with its towering rock formations and enclosing mountain range, this wonderfully scenic 6.5km drive along the famous Route 62 links lesser known towns Ashton and Montagu. (Due to its close proximity to the Kingna River, the pass is sometimes closed due to flooding). Look out for the iconic tunnel – which is the only solid, unsupported rock tunnel in South Africa – and the Old English Fort, which you can climb up to.

For those keen to buy souvenirs we visit Hardy’s Memories of Africa for African Art and Curios. Shipping of larger items and orders by surface mail to most countries are facilitated.  Barrydale Hand Weavers is an interesting place to visit and browse for hand-made woven articles. The prices are certainly attractive, and we can transport your purchases in the luggage vehicle. Enjoy the night in Barrydale, fabulous architectural style and gorgeous design, staying at The Karoo Art Hotel.

DISTANCE – 185 KMS

Route 62

Route 62 might market itself as the longest Wine Route in the world, but that’s definitely not all there is to it. Lush greenery and fertile valleys form a stark contrast against the semi-desert of the Klein Karoo while towering mountains and their rivers and streams provide an awe-inspiring backdrop throughout. Some of the renowned attractions visitors will spot as they follow the route are the wine lands of the Breede River Valley, the majestic Swartberg mountains, the Cango Caves and ostrich farms of Oudtshoorn, and the fruit orchards of the Langkloof Valley.

Overnight: Karoo Art Hotel

Activities

Ronnie’s Sex Shop

A group of friends, their pranks and casual suggestions are what led to the establishment of the famous pub in the Little Karoo known as Ronnie’s Sex Shop. Now the bar, with its provocative title and graffiti, is a popular, colourful stop on Route 62 with both locals and international visitors.

Included

Breakfast and accommodation.

Excluded

Any other meals, all drinks and any other activities and services not listed.

 

Day 5:            Protea Hotel by Marriott King George, George – (Tuesday, 20 March)

 

Today our ride takes us to Oudtshoorn travelling along the Tradouw Pass. Found along the R324 between Barrydale and Swellendam, this 17km drive takes you through some of Langeberg’s most beautiful, natural terrain. It ranks as one of South Africa’s best-tarred passes. Look out for The Buffelsjags River Gorge, with its stunning rock pools and waterfall.

Tradouw, derived from the Khoi word tradau, loosely translates to “the way of the women”. Oudtshoorn has much to offer from ostriches to caves and ranches. The Cango Ostrich Farm offers a first-rate tour.  Our next stop is the Cango Caves and Cango Wildlife Ranch – where you can bravely go where no man has gone before – into the perilous gaze of a Nile Crocodile from a steel cage lowered into their watery domain! These excursions are included in the price of your tour, although lunch and drinks are not.

Please note this is an ethical ranch and a significant percentage of all proceeds go straight back into the conservation initiatives. Please note we will NOT be riding the ostriches. We continue riding south to George staying at the Protea King George Hotel.

DISTANCE –  243 KMS

George

George is the sixth oldest town in the country and although it started as a remote woodcutters’ outpost it is now the business centre of the Garden Route. Nestled between the majestic Outeniqua Mountains and Indian Ocean, it’s picturesque and lush with a rich and varied history. George is also well-known as an excellent golfing destination.

Overnight: Protea Hotel by Marriott King George

Activities

Cango Caves

The spectacular Cango Caves are a subterranean wonderland of magnificent stalactite and stalagmite rock formations that attracts thousands of visitors annually. They extend more than two kilometres into the Swartberg Mountains and visitors can take guided tours that wind through narrow passageways and steep stairways linking the massive caverns.

Cango Wildlife Ranch

The Cango Wildlife Ranch promotes awareness and conservation of endangered species, while encouraging supervised interaction – making this a wonderful destination for children of all ages. Housing the oldest and largest cheetah contact centre worldwide, visitors can view these powerful, speedy cats in a natural bushveld environment from elevated walkways. From predators of the land to predators of the water, visitors can then move on to the crocodile and alligator enclosures to study more of the world’s most dangerous beasts.

Included

Breakfast, accommodation, entrance fees to Cango Caves and Cango Wildlife Ranch.

Excluded

Any other meals, all drinks and any other activities and services not listed.

 

Day 6:            Tsitsikamma Village Inn, Tsitsikamma National Park – (Wednesday, 21 March)

 

Today we ride along the Garden Route. Shortly after arriving at Storms River Village we depart into the indigenous forest. Our 2-hour tour includes a visit to the Big Tree. The tour is fully guided and refreshments are served halfway. For the more daring amongst us there is the Tsitsikama Canopy Tour, a unique eco-wilderness adventure that takes place in the magnificent Tsitsikama indigenous rainforest. The canopy tour involves traversing from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended up to 30 meters above the forest floor. Helmets are provided. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes as well as sunscreen. This excursion is included in the price of your tour, although drinks and lunch are not.

We pass the night in Storms River’s quaint Tsitsikama Village Inn.

DISTANCE – 110 KMS

Tsitsikamma National Park

Much of the indigenous forest in this eastern part of the Garden Route falls within the Tsitsikamma National Park. The park is not only a breath-taking haven for indigenous flora and fauna but also for marine life. A marine conservation belt forms part of the park, stretching five and a half kilometres out into the ocean.

Overnight: Tsitsikamma Village Inn

Activities

Tsitsikamma Big Tree

Out of all the beautiful yellowwood trees that flourish in the Tsitsikamma Forest, there is one that has special status. Known as the Big Tree, this towering specimen is 36,6 metres tall and takes eight adults holding hands to circle it fully. The tree is between 600 and 800 years old, but it once had sisters that were over a thousand years old before they were destroyed.

Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours

Storms River Adventures is a rurally based Eco adventure Company situated in the heart of the majestic Tsitsikamma Forest region aptly named “THE GARDEN OF THE GARDEN ROUTE”.

The company boasts adventure activities which include the world renowned Tsitsikamma Treetop Canopy Tour, Tsitsikamma Forest Tour (Woodcutters Journey), Hiking Trails, Team Building, Local Crafting Facility and a Catering Facility / Restaurant. The Tsitsikamma Treetop Canopy Tour is the first of its kind in Africa.

Safety is paramount and the system has been built to civil engineering standards.  Imagine the Tsitsikamma Forest 30 meters above, as you gently glide on 10 slides to 10 platforms high up in Giant trees.  The platforms provide an unbelievable view of this enchanting New World.  Spend a few minutes relaxing while your Guides enthusiastically explain the ecology of the forest – pointing out different trees and magnificent giant ferns way below.  You may even sight the Knysna Loerie and Narina Trojan.

The region Tsitsikamma lies between the sea and the Tsitsikamma Mountains and stretches from the Bloukrans River in the West to Clarkson in the East. Beautiful indigenous forest, protected by the State, is home to centuries old trees such as Yellowwood, Stinkwood, Hard Pear, Ironwood, Kamassi and many others.

Tsitsikamma is a Khoi word meaning “place of abundant or sparkling water”. The region stretches from the Bloukrans River in the west to Eerste Rivier in the east, is bordered on the north by the imposing Tsitsikamma Mountains and in the south by the Indian Ocean.

Included

Breakfast, accommodation and Forest Tour with refreshments.

Excluded

Any other meals, all drinks and any other activities and services not listed. Optional Tsitsikama Canopy Tour.

 

Days 7-9:       Kuzuko Lodge, Addo Elephant National Park – (Thursday, 22 March to Saturday, 24 March)

 

Today we travel, via Heldehof, to Nature’s Valley taking in the Grootrivier pass, to Kuzuko Lodge, near Addo Elephant National Park, a malaria free area. This pass is a perennial favourite and a joy to drive with its tortuous corners and stunning scenery amongst very old forests of the Tsitsikamma. Its ‘sister’ pass, the Bloukrans Pass which has now deteriorated so much it has been closed to vehicles.  At Kuzuko we enjoy four game drives to look for the Big Five and night drives in to the Bush to discover a whole new world. The lodge offers guided bird watching.  The wellness centre on site provides relaxing treatments for guests who want to relax after a day of outdoor activities (extra cost). All meals are included as well as two game drives per day at Kuzudo Lodge.

DISTANCE – 311 KMS

Addo Elephant National Park

As South Africa’s third largest national park, the Addo National Elephant Park offers a truly unforgettable safari experience. This finely-tuned ecosystem provides a sanctuary to large numbers of elephant, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, antelope, zebra and over 400 bird species – to name but a few. The park is unique as it is the only park in the world to boast the “Big 7” – the Big 5 as well as the southern right whale and great white shark off the coast of the Algoa Bay. Spend your days marvelling at the extensive knowledge of the park’s experienced guides who offer exhilarating 4×4 safari adventures, exciting horse riding excursions, and wonderful night drives where you are likely to spot some fascinating nocturnal wildlife. Famed for its large herds of elephant, Addo provides an ideal, tranquil retreat for those looking to escape the stresses of big city living.

Overnight: Kuzuko Lodge

Included

All meals, accommodation and game activities.

Excluded

All drinks, spa treatments and any other activities and services not listed. Optional night drives.

 

Day 9:            Southern Sun Hemingways, East London – (Saturday, 24 March)

 

After a relaxing and rejuvenating couple of days, we continue to East London for some time on the beach in the scenic coastal city of East London.   Stopping for lunch in Grahamstown, this amazing historical town is known by many as the “Settler City”, or the “City of Saints”, due to the many churches in the town.  Its Victorian charm and beautiful unspoiled countryside is a retreat from the awe-inspiring N2 route from Port Elizabeth.

 

Arriving in East London The Hemingway Hotel takes its inspiration from the Key West home of renowned author Ernest Hemingway, a blend of classical architecture and tropical flair. The nearby Hemingway’s Casino and Entertainment Centre provides great gaming, a number of restaurants, movies and many other attractions.

DISTANCE – 229 KMS

East London

Located at the northern end of the gorgeous Sunshine Coast, known for its beautiful, non-crowded beaches, East London is the only river port in the country. The city’s sub-tropical climate, friendly atmosphere and pleasant coastline lapped by the temperate waters of the Indian Ocean, make it one of the Eastern Cape’s top destinations.

Overnight: Southern Sun Hemingways

Included

Breakfast and accommodation.

Excluded

Any other meals, all drinks and any other activities and services not listed.

 

Day 10:          Tsogo Sun Umthata Garden Court, Eastern Cape – (Sunday, 25 March)

 

Today we continue north to the old Transkei along the N2, to Mthatha, via Coffee Bay to see the remoteness of Hole in the Wall. Many of South Africa’s black leaders — including Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela — come from Mthatha and it is the home of one of the three Nelson Mandela Museums.

We spend the night hotel, in Mthatha at the Tsogo Sun Garden Court Hotel where dinner and breakfast is included, planning our journey north towards Durban.

DISTANCE – 382 KMS

Eastern Cape

As South Africa’s ‘wild’ province, the Eastern Cape features magnificent stretches of untouched beach, peaceful river estuaries, lush forests, breathtaking mountain vistas, and the arid Karoo Desert landscape. Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth) serves as the province’s primary commercial and industrial centre as well as a gateway to the popular Garden Route where visitors can enjoy ancient forest walks, surfing in the world-renowned surf spot of Jeffrey’s Bay, and even bungee jumping from world’s highest bridge bungy above the Bloukrans River. Beyond the Garden route lie some spectacular malaria-free wildlife reserves including the remarkable Addo Elephant National Park, now the only place in South Africa where you can see the Big Seven – elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, leopard, whale and shark. Don’t miss the Wild Coast region which, as it is far less developed than the rest of South Africa, offers visitors a glimpse of rural African village life. For travellers seeking an authentic, off-the-beaten-track, African experience, the Eastern Cape makes an unforgettable vacation getaway.

Overnight: Tsogo Sun Umthata Garden Court

Activities

Hole In the Wall is a geological phenomenon shaped by the Mpako River that runs into the sea right at that spot. Among the local Xhosa inhabitants, this region is inhabited by mythical “sea people” – one of whom fell in love with a local Xhosa maiden. Her father forbade this relationship and prohibited the sea man from seeing his daughter. The sea people then asked a giant fish to ram a hole into the wall of rock, where after they abducted the maiden to their sea world.

Included

Breakfast, accommodation and dinner.

Excluded

Any other meals, all drinks and any other activities and services not listed.

 

Day 11:          The Old Orchard, South Africa – (Monday, 26 March)

 

Today we enter Kwa-Zulu Natal, to Kokstad, further along the N2. There are many attractions and interesting sites for us to explore. Museums display the history of the town and the Griqua people.  Kokstad is a town filled with natural wonders and a proud and exciting heritage that is most definitely worth the visit.

We spend the night in Kokstad at The Old Orchard hotel ready for an early morning start.

DISTANCE – 188 KMS

Overnight: The Old Orchard

Included

Breakfast and accommodation.

Excluded

Any other meals, all drinks and any other activities and services not listed.

 

Day 12:          Moorcroft Manor Hotel, Southern Drakensberg – (Tuesday, 27 March)

 

Today our journey takes us along the South Coast of Natal passing through several coastal towns such as  Port Shepstone,  onwards to Umzinto from where you head north to Ixopo. Continue on to Himeville,  for another exciting day.

The route to Underberg and Himeville may be subject to change subject to weather conditions.

DISTANCE – 239 KMS

Southern Drakensberg

The Southern Drakensburg is a wonderland of woodlands, forests, lakes and rivers, all set against the dramatic backdrop of this spectacular mountain range. Several nature reserves fall into the area and protect a wide variety of flora and fauna, including some rare antelope species and, at Kamberg, a network of beautiful hiking trails lead to caves decorated with ancient Khoisan art. Trout thrive in the region’s reservoirs and waterways, making it a magnet for fly-fishermen, while horse riding and mountain biking are also popular pursuits in this scenic part of the world. The ultimate highlight of the Southern Drakensberg, however, is the Sani Pass, which – at almost 3,000 metres above sea level – is South Africa’s highest pass, leading all the way to the Lesotho border and offering magnificent vistas along the way.

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Overnight: Moorcroft Manor Hotel

Included

Breakfast and accommodation.

Excluded

Any other meals, all drinks and any other activities and services not listed.

 

Day 13:          Protea Hotel Imperial, KwaZulu Natal Midlands – (Wednesday, 28 March)

 

This morning we will be collected from our hotel in 4×4 vehicles for an exciting day at the Sani Pass and the highest pub in Africa. Our direction through the beautiful Khomazana river valley steepens as the road gains altitude and the views become expansive. There is one specific sharp left-hand bend, where there is parking for four or five cars with a lovely view site – and if the skies are clear, you will have the opportunity to take beautiful photographs from this vantage point. The Sani Pass is the third steepest pass in the world, which is why we are going to use 4X4s through beautiful mountain scenery into Lesotho where you can meet some of the Basotho people and experience their culture and way of living. The route, called the ‘Roof of Africa’ has a nerve wrecking final climb of over 800 metres in just 8 kilometres.

Bumping our way over a short, but very poor quality road to the Sani Mountain Lodge we can enjoy a rest at the highest pub in Africa. With a roaring fire and walls adorned with history and graffiti, you can while away a few lazy hours and get a meal as well. The Highest Pub in Africa lives up to its name at 2873 meters above sea level. The Pub is situated at the top of the Sani Pass, a steep 4×4 trail with 27 corners and a number of them are tight switchbacks. Only 4×4 vehicles are permitted to use the pass.

After returning to the hotel we collect our bikes for a more sedate ride to Howick. The little village of Howick – a great place to find antiques, arts and crafts, and part of the Midlands Meander – was named after Earl Grey, the British Colonial Secretary who started out in life as the Viscount Howick. It remains fundamentally a farming town with the Karkloof Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday morning. Time permitting, we will see the  many attractions on this Midlands Meander Route, such as Terbodore Coffee Roasters, Howick Falls’ and the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, the monument is in honour of his efforts and multi-faceted influences and the nature of a single human being that had an enormous effect on the identity of a nation.

We stay the night in the Pietermaritzburg Protea Hotel.

KwaZulu Natal Midlands

The KwaZulu Natal Midlands form the temperate zone between the subtropical coast and the Drakensberg Mountains.  A favourite of the early colonial settlers their mark still remains in the names and the areas agricultural legacy.

Activities

Sani Pass 4×4 Trails

Sani Mountain Lodge

Sani Pass is the mother of all South African mountain passes. Statistically and in every sense, it out distances, out climbs, and out performs all its competitors with consummate ease to have become the most iconic gravel pass in SA. Situated between KZN and Lesotho the pass was built circa 1950 and remains a challenging drive in 4×4 vehicles with all the drama, scenery, bad weather and treacherous conditions expected of a pass with a summit altitude of 2876m ASL

Overnight: Protea Hotel Imperial

Included

Breakfast, accommodation and 4×4 Sani Pass trip to the highest pub in Africa.

Excluded

Any other meals, all drinks and any other activities and services not listed.

 

Day 14:          Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Umhlanga, Umhlanga – (Thursday, 29 March)

 

Today is our last bike riding day – we ride east to Greytown, where we stop for lunch. Continue south arriving at the Indian Ocean we experience Durban at the Protea Hotel Durban Umhlanga. Ideally located, it is your gateway to golden beaches, lush surroundings and stunning views overlooking the KwaZulu-Natal coast. Centrally located in the heart of Umhlanga Rocks, the hotel is 18 km from King Shaka International Airport and conveniently situated minutes from the protected beach and 10 minutes from Durban. We say goodbye to our bikes here.

Although this marks the end of our tour please do not rush off, there are many local attractions not to be missed. Local attractions include; Ushaka Marine World; City View Shopping Centre; historic Durban City Centre; The Pavilion and  Sun coast Casino  to name a few.  At our farewell dinner we get the opportunity to exchange photos and addresses as we tick our tremendous journey off our bucket-list.

DISTANCE –

Umhlanga

Just outside of Durban is the seaside resort town of Umhlanga Rocks. The tropical weather and lush vegetation make this an enticing holiday destination, attracting visitors from all over the world. It is the perfect location for ocean enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers alike, with great opportunities for diving, swimming, scuba diving, whale watching, dolphin viewing, deep sea fishing and kite boarding. Umhlanga Rocks also offers some excellent golf courses for the avid golfer.

Overnight: Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Umhlanga

Included

Breakfast and accommodation.

Excluded

Any other meals, all drinks and any other activities and services not listed.

 

Day 15:          Departure – (Friday, 30 March)

 

Say farewell to sunny South Africa. We will be collected from our hotel and transferred to Durban airport for our flight to Johannesburg. On arrival at Johannesburg we connect with our international flight to London Heathrow, travelling under our own flight arrangements (ORS can quote for these flights at additional cost).

Included

Breakfast and transfers.

Excluded

Any other meals, all drinks and any other activities and services not listed. Internal and international flights.

 

 

 

Transport

 

Flight Information

Date Flight Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time Class Ref
24 Mar Scheduled Kuzuko Lodge Southern Sun Hemingways

 

Transfers

Date Pick Up Drop Off Time Vehicle
16 Mar Cape Town International Airport [CPT] Commodore Hotel
30 Mar Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Umhlanga King Shaka International Airport [DUR]

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Tanya Ritchie

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Special Interest tours in southern Africa: -women only tours -golf tours -over 50's safaris -art safaris -cultural tours -Harley Davidson safaris Tailor made tours

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