Best of the West | Garden Route - MotoGuides

Best of the West | Garden Route
$ 3670 per person
1 - 10 people
10 Days
Cape Town, South Africa
UpSouth Adventures' Best of the West tour is the most adventurous tour in terms of gravel road riding and interesting accommodation spots. It includes the most beautiful, less explored backroads and mountain passes of the Karoo and at some stages a bit more challenging than the standard jeep track. The route is designed to explore most of the exciting and breathtaking gravel road passes the Cape has on offer.

We start the trip off by riding through the famous Cape Winelands of the Western Cape and then make our way north, along the backroads of the Cederberg Mountain, then east into the semi-desert areas of the Tankwa Karoo, where the real beauty of this trip lies… the single lane gravel roads, carving through the valleys, mountain passes and open plains.

We travel over the Swartberg and through the Baviaanskloof, where you can look forward to watercrossings, mountains and valleys. We spend some time in the Garden Route and then head back towards Cape Town via the most Southern Tip of Africa, from where we explore the last hidden valleys, before making our way into town, along the famous Gordon's bay coastal road.
Arrival in Cape Town
We meet the night before the tour starts. Best is to arrive early morning, or a day or two before, to explore Cape Town (i.e. Table Mountain, Robben Island). Alternatively, extend your tour afterwards with a couple of days.
Cape Town to Cederberg
We travel inland towards Ceres via Bainskloof Pass and Mitchell’s Pass. Shortly after Ceres we hit the first dirt road and get a glimpse of the Tankwa Karoo, but then we turn west over Katbakkies Pass towards the Cederberg
Cederberg to Tankwa
We follow the back roads of the Cederberg all the way up to Wupperthal and then in the direction of Calvinia. The Tankwa unfolds as we approach the National Park from the north.
Tankwa to Sutherland
We explore the Tankwa National Park, go up Gannaga Pass where we take a break and a dip in the pool. Then down Ouberg Pass and Amandelnek Pass towards Sutherland. After dinner we enjoy a stargazing tour.
Sutherland to Prince Albert
We ride via Seweweekspoort to join the Route 62 in the Little Karoo shortly before Huis River Pass. We then follow the Groenfontein road towards Swartberg Pass, which we cross to get to Prince Albert (back in the Great Karoo again)
Prince Albert to Baviaanskloof
We travel east along the Swartberg Mountains. At Meiringspoort, we hit the gravel towards Willowmore, via Kredouw Pass. From there we travel into the Baviaanskloof.. say no more!
Baviaans to Tsitsikamma
In the morning we explore the wilderness side of the Baviaanskloof, take it easy, get a few nice pictures. A slightly shorter riding day, which leaves us some time to explore the Tsitsikamma area.
Tsitsikamma to Wilderness
We spend most of the morning in the beautiful Langkloof valley. At the end of the valley we travel towards Knysna via Prince Alfred's Pass, where we take the old Seven Passes road all the way to Wilderness.
Wilderness to Mosselbay
We go inland again, to Oudtshoorn, via Outeniqua Pass, where we say hi to the ostriches. We then come down to the coast again via Robinson Pass to arrive by lunchtime at our destination, a private game reserve. After lunch, safari time!
Mosselbay to Malgas
We follow the back roads to the Route 62. From Barrydale we travel via Tradouw Pass towards Buffeljags. After crossing the Breede River by a man-powered ferry, we arrive at our accommodation at Malgas.
Malgas to Cape Town
The Most Southern Tip of Africa is on the agenda for the day. From there we travel via the Hemel & Aarde valley. We hit the ocean again at Kleinmond to follow the famous coastal road towards Gordon’s Bay, all along False Bay, back to Cape Town.
- Accommodation and dinner the night before the trip starts.
- Dinner, Accommodation and Breakfast, during the trip.
- 10 day motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage and motorcycle insurance.
- NOW INCLUDES: MOTORCYCLE EXCESS INSURANCE, covering the insurance excess of the rental motorcycle.
- Motorcycles equipped with dual tires.
- Leading guide on a motorcycle.
- A back-up vehicle, carrying: luggage, first aid, tools & spares, drinking water.
- Excursions specified in the tour summary, i.e. game drives.
- Toll fees & entrance to National Parks.
- Airport transfers.

- Accommodation and dinner the last night of the trip. (This can be arranged for those not departing the same day.)
- Return Airfare.
- Fuel.
- Travel and Medical Insurance.
- Lunch and Refreshments.
- Excursions not mentioned in the tour summary.
- Any personal expenses.
- Helmet and protective gear. (Please bring your own gear.)
- Motorcycle luggage (Tankbags, panniers, etc can be rented.)

Price based on 1-UP Rider on a BMW F700GS, sharing a room

BMW F800GS: $170
BMW R1200GS: $580
Single Room Surcharge: $340
Pillion rider: $2,420

Excursions prior to the trip can be arranged, i.e. Table Mountain, City Tour, Waterfront and Two Oceans Aquarium visit. Additional accommodation can be arranged for those arriving earlier than the day prior to the trip.
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What's the gravel-to-tarmac ratio of this tour?
70% Gravel - 30% Tarmac
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