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Cape West Coast & Desert

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Activities

    Adventure, Off Road Motorbiking

  • Price
    Custom Price
  • Duration

    7 days

  • Avg Distance

    2630 km

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Any time except July - Sept

  • Starting Location

    Riebeek Kasteel - 90 km North Cape Town (free lift)

  • Price Includes

    Motorcycle Rental, all accommodation - 3 or 4* (B&B), tour guide, free collection and drop off, free motorcycle luggage. Cheaper, self guide options are available. Please enquire.

  • Notes

    Prices are variable depending upon the number of people joining and the size of motorcycle you rent. Also, sometimes the venues change. Average price per person, per day is $446 USD.

Highlights

  • Extreme, wide open space and freedom.
  • Zero traffic for days!
  • Experience the traditional corbelled houses by staying in one! Electricity and WiFi free for a night.
  • See the Augrabies falls with its game area.
  • Meet the folk and fishermen who live along the tough Cape West Coast.

Trip Info

The Cape West Coast & Desert motorbike tour route takes you through a semi-arid desert, along the seaside, over mountain passes and past game reserves. Along the way, you’ll meet some very interesting hospitable people.

This tour traverses more than 20 passes and will give you that feeling of serious wide open spaces and nature. It is also not for beginners as we hit sand in places. We advise this trip for experienced gravel road riders only.

We leave from just outside Cape Town and head through the Cederberg Mountain range to the Nieuwoudtville desert flower area. From there, we will go into the Namaqualand and stop over at a tented camp overlooking the Namaqualand reserve. Afterwards, its on down to Hondeklip Bay, past the diamond mines along back roads and multiple passes to the Springbok area, where we will arrive at a luxury lodge. From here, we move through the Riemvasmaak Reserve towards the Augrabies Falls Reserve, where we will stop for the night, having traversed some sandy roads and seen many quiver trees, arid, dry and desolate. The following day, we will head through a vast salt pan called Verneukpan (like Bonneville), to Carnarvon area for the night.

We will ride past the new MeerKAT (square kilometer array) radio telescope, down more passes and windy deserted gravel roads, into the Tankwa Karoo, where we will water those parched lips again at the local lodge. On the last day, we will feel the difference as we had back through the Tankwa via a game reserve. We will have lunch and ride into the lush Cape Town area over one of the best and twisty passes in South Africa, the Bains Kloof Pass.

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