BAVIAANSKLOOFGarden Route Adventure
KTM1090 /Yamaha 660z
An added bonus would be to schedule a zipline tour with Cape Canopy Tours for a breathtaking two-hour canopy tour suspended high above the Hottentots Holland World Heritage site, voted second best new attraction in the world 2015 by The Lonely Planet.
Day 2: A network of gravel roads lead us past Moravian fishing villages to Cape Agulhas, southern most tip of Africa and official meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. We cut inland, crossing the Breede River on the hand drawn ferry at Malgas, taking the back road to Suurbraak, which then takes us over the beautiful Tradouws Pass, ending in Barrydale.
A bonus would be an extra day spent on a luxury safari at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve or a shark cage dive at Gansbaai.
Day 3: Back over Tradouws Pass, we follow mountainous farm tracks that ascend Gysmanshoek, an old wagon pass linking us to the Klein Karoo. Great adventure riding tracks lead us to the Attaquas wagon and Bonniedale 4×4 trails. The descent of the Montagu Pass into the city of George is spectacular, as is the Old Seven Passes Road that leads us down to the picturesque town of Knysna.
Day 4: We traverse the gravel road of Prince Alfred’s Pass before heading for the hidden paradise of Baviaanskloof, with its endless river crossings and challenging mountain passes. Beware of free running buck, especially buffalo and rhino. We spend a magical night in the valley and dependent on the level of riding skills in the group, we’ll decide on the route back to Willowmore.
Day 5: Out of the kloof, we follow the Kammanassie River up over the Wapadsnek Pass to De Rust, along the magnificent road through Meiringspoort and finally Prince Albert, prettiest town in South Africa.
Day 6: After a leisurely breakfast we climb Swartberg Pass, considered one of the finest passes in the world, before taking a detour down the many twists and turns of the road leading to Gamkaskloof Valley, otherwise known as ‘The Hell’.
Day 7: We retrace the gnarly twisting narrow road climbs out of The Hell before descending the Swartberg Pass towards the famous underground limestone caverns known as the Cango Caves. We recommend a short tour of these magnificent caves before joining the stunning Groenfontein gravel road that takes us to our guest house, nestled beneath the Swartberg Mountain range.
Day 8: This scenic ride continues past the Nels Dam to Calitzdorp, the port wine capital of South Africa and an ideal coffee stop. We follow the scenic Route 62 to the Seweweekspoort, 17km of narrow meandering gravel road between high cliffs that cross the same stream twenty three times before exiting into the dry scrub of the Klein Karoo. Dusty farm roads lead us to the exhilarating jeep tracks of the Anysberg Reserve and onto our lodgings in the Robertson wine valley.
Day 9: Our route takes us past fruit farms and vineyards to the tranquil artists retreat of McGregor before crossing the Breede River at Robertson, en route to the vast Theewaterskloof dam. Up and over the breathtaking Franschhoek Pass we stop for lunch at one of Franschhoek’s many renowned eateries. If time allows, a visit to the Franschhoek Motor Museum is a treat even to an unseasoned petrol head. Finally, we head for Cape Town and the end of our journey together.
We recommend some off road riding experience before you attempt this tour.
We can schedule a one day off road training session with an experienced ride instructor if you would prefer to sharpen your riding skills, or just to get the feel of the bike before the tour.
Or consider a discounted ‘WildWood Cape Peninsula’ tour the day prior to our departure and get to see what Cape Town has to offer, with it’s magical coastline, Cape Point Nature Reserve, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Signal Hill, Table Mountain, not forgetting the famous African penguin colony at Boulders Beach, Simon’s Town.
Price includes bike rental, an experienced rider guide, back up vehicle for groups of four or more or let us quote if less, bed and breakfast, as well as selected suppers.