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ROUTE : Cape Town to Kimberley
DEPARTURES : Please see Departure Dates
VEHICLE : Enfield Motorcycles and Backup Truck
DURATION : 10 Days (9 Nights lodge)
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10 Day Classic Tour

This motorcycle tour is designed to give the novice, intermediate, or experienced bike rider a lifetime adventure that combines the nostalgia of riding a Royal Enfield motorcycle with a taste of South Africa’s history, a touch of safari, diverse cultures, unique geology, breathtaking scenery, and much more. Our tour will traverse landscapes that vary from the lush Cape wine lands to the high mountains, wide open plains of the Karoo to the Kalahari bushveld – we will travel “off of the beaten track” but will visit well known landmarks, remote communities, and some long forgotten historic sites of great significance.
Although not specifically a history tour, our theme is to follow in the wagon tracks of the early diamond prospectors and the later 1899 British Army’s advance to relieve the siege of Kimberley.

DAY 1: CAPE TOWN – STELLENBOSCH

Meeting at our accommodation at 14h00, we conduct a pre tour briefing before our guides do a detailed introduction to our Classic Military Style Royal Enfield motorcycles. Once everyone is set up we will enjoy a short ride in order to familiarize ourselves with the bikes and equipment. This evening we enjoy an own expense meal at a local restaurant and discuss the details of the adventure.

DAY 2: CAPE POINT AND PENINSULA RIDE – (120km)

Setting off after breakfast, we enjoy a scenic ride around the spectacular peninsula – our route will take us through Muizenburg, to the Naval base in Simon’s Town. We then visit the Cape Point Nature Reserve followed by a spectacular coastal road up to Chapmans Peak and down to the fishing hamlet of Hout Bay. This afternoon we cruise the iconic boulevard alongside the Atlantic Ocean into Cape Town where our first stop will be at the historic Castle of Good Hope – Built between 1666 and 1679 as a maritime replenishment station, the Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. Then it’s on to the Rhodes memorial, constructed in recognition of Cecil Rhodes’ contribution to Cape Town and the colony. After taking in the views we descend to our hotel. This evening we enjoy dinner at the Waterfront. Lunch and dinner today will be enjoyed at local restaurants and will be own expense.
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DAY 3: CAPE TOWN – FRANSCHOEK – ROBERTSON – (190 km)

Leaving the Mother City behind us, we begin our journey into the interior – crossing the Cape Flats and then up into the heart of the Wine Lands – Stellenbosch, where we will stop for a coffee break. From Stellenbosch we traverse the scenic Hells Hoogte Pass and then make our way to Franschoek where we enjoy a lunch stop. This afternoon we ride through incredibly scenic mountain areas including the Franschoek Pass, then down to Theewaterskloof Dam before engaging our first 30km section of hard packed gravel road. Our stop for the night is on a working farm in the Robertson district – well known for its warm hospitality and award winning wines.
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DAY 4: ROBERTSON to MATJIESFONTEIN – (198 km)

Starting the day with a healthy farm breakfast, we set off through the little town of Robertson and on toward Montague – en route we pass through the rock arch in the Cogmanskloof, a tunnel carved through the natural rock by legendary road-builder Thomas Bain – look out for the troop of baboons that inhabit the ruin of an old British fort on the ridge. From Montague its back into the mountains, crossing over to the Karoo plains, we then turn east onto a gravel district road which takes us up to the historic railway siding of Touws River. From here we have a few options to reach our overnight stop at Matjiesfontein.
Matjiesfontein was founded in 1884 and became renowned as a fashionable Victorian health spa. The entire Village was preserved as a National Heritage Site in 1975 and its classic architecture boasts of a colourful history that includes international cricketers, Olive Schreiner’s residency, fortification during the Boer war as headquarters of the Cape Command, refuge for Jamieson Raid reformers, and controversial war crimes hearings. This evening we will enjoy a talk covering some of the events.
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DAY 5: MATJIESFONTEIN – SWARTBERG – (188 km)

Today we venture off of the historic route to ride through an area of incredible scenic beauty and to enjoy the exhilaration of crossing the mighty Swartberg range. We will traverse a very remote valley and will then use the Seweweekspoort Pass – witnessing some of the most beautiful vertical rock folds in the country, that combine to form a narrow little pass through which a road winds for over 20km. After descending the Huisrivier Pass on the renowned ROUTE 62, the last part of our journey follows a gravel farm road along the foot of the mighty Swartberg Mountains to our overnight stop at a Game Lodge. This afternoon we will enjoy an open vehicle game drive in an effort to see the variety of plains game, giraffe, etc. that inhabit this reserve.
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DAY 6: SWARTBERG – OUDTSHOORN – BEAUFORT WEST – (235km)

Passing through the Ostrich capital of Oudtshoorn this morning, we then cross the Swartberg again via the winding Meiringspoort Pass where if the weather permits, we will stop to enjoy a swim in the crystal clear rock pools. Then it’s into the heart of the Great Karoo and the wide open gravel plains – we ride due north to re-join the historic route. We reach our accommodation near the little town of Beaufort West in the late afternoon and time and weather permitting we will enjoy another game experience (Own Expense)
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DAY 7 : BEAUFORT WEST to VICTORIA WEST – (160 km)

After a hearty farm-style breakfast we head off on good gravel road up De Jagers pass into the Nuweveld Plateau. De Jagers Pass was originally an ox-wagon route around 1830 and formed one of the oldest routes into the interior. Crossing into the Northern Cape Province we will take in the spectacular views of the great Karoo and hopefully the majestic Black Eagle soaring above the cliffs in search of their prey. Our destination this evening is on a game and working sheep farm home to numerous attractions and activities ranging from Bradysaurus fossil remains, an old diamond mine, game viewing in search of the endangered Riverine Rabbit endemic to the central Karoo, or soaking up the atmosphere inside the early 19th century buildings. Here we will spend the afternoon exploring the area with the various activities the farm has to offer.
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DAY 8: VICTORIA WEST – HOPETOWN – (280km)

Today we head up the Treasure Route through Victoria West, a quaint Central Karoo town which boasts a unique collection of Victorian Houses and is home to the Apollo theater which is the last remaining Art Deco cinema in South Africa. From here we traverse a rugged section of the arid Karoo plains toward Britstown (named after Hans Britz who accompanied Dr Livingstone on a venture into the interior) The route also known as the Diamond Way crosses the Brak River toward the former Northern Frontier of the Cape Colony – Hopetown. The 83,5 carat diamond found in 1868 known as the Star of South Africa was discovered near this Historical town. Tonight we sample Karoo delicacy in good company with good wine and plan for the exciting day to follow.
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DAY 9: HOPETOWN – KIMBERLEY – (150 km)

Arguably our most interesting day, we start with a visit to the site of a British Concentration Camp used during the Anglo / Boer war – here a local historian will give us an insight into the occurrences during that time. Later, we ride across the mighty Orange River using the original wagon bridge first built in 1871, blown up by the Boers in 1901 and then reconstructed soon after. We then proceed to Belmont, site of the first real 1899 battle – we will also visit the old station building that served as a field hospital. Following gravel roads through the barren plains, we then visit Magersfontein and a museum at the site of the great battle between Lord Meuthen’s British forces and Gen De La Rey’s Boer commandos.
Our last ride then takes us into Kimberley and to the “Big Hole”. This massive hand dug crater 214 meters deep with a surface area of 17 hectares and a perimeter of 1,6 km is surrounded by original buildings from the heyday of the mine. Diamond digging commenced at the Kimberley mine site in 1871. By the time mining ended in 1914, the mine had yielded 2722 kilograms of diamonds, extracted from 22,5 million tons of excavated earth.
Tonight we will stay at a local hotel and will celebrate our ride in memory of all of those early pioneers who traversed this route before us.
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DAY 10: TOUR ENDS

This morning we enjoy a sumptuous breakfast before bidding our farewells. Please allow time this morning to wander around the Big Hole and surrounding museum.
Kimberley airport offers regular flights to most major centers in South Africa.
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The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Please ensure that you are in possession of valid travel documents for all the countries (South Africa) that you will visit. If you have any queries in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please ensure that you have proof of further travel arrangements if you do not have a South African passport, permanent residency permit, work permit or study permit. Although we will endeavor to assist, we do not accept any liability or obligation for your travel documents.

Make sure that your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to your home country. Make two photocopies of valuable documents such as your passport, tickets, Visas. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home.
Please note that all guests travelling to South Africa will require two blank facing pages in their passport.

FOREIGN CURRENCY

Upon arrival in any respective country we operate in, you will be able to find a Bureau de Change OR ATM Facilities at the airport or in the Town/City the tour is departing from. It is advised to bring any major world currency (US Dollar, Euro or British Pounds) in small denominations and not dated older than 2009. It is advised to get a small amount of local currency upon arrival just to get around until your tour starts.

On Tour -Please be advised that our guides will inform and show you the best places to exchange any Major World Currency with the best possible exchange rates either before your tour starts or during the course of the tour. Our guides will brief you exactly on where to exchange and roughly how much you will need to exchange after discussing possible optional activities, own expense meals or possible curio stops. Drifters trucks have safe-keeping facilities for extra cash/flight tickets/passport.

The preferred currency for your tour is as follows:
• South Africa – ZAR; R2000 should be enough. (if you need more we can always stop and get more)

Suggested amounts required:
(Without use of credit card)

• Rand : +- R 500 – R 1000

Credit cards can be used throughout most parts of Southern Africa but it is advised to please ensure you have enough cash for personal expenses and possible gratuities.

Areas where you shall be able to use your credit card are as follows:
• Shopping; At most large supermarkets
• Cape Town- For Meals and in Kimberley
• Most Restaurants from the lodges and Hotels we stay at on tour

INSURANCE

It is compulsory that all passengers make arrangements for adequate travel insurance to financially safeguard against unforeseen circumstances. If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact us. Drifters do not accept responsibility for any loss, injury, damage, accident, fatality, delay or inconvenience experienced whilst on tour. You will be required to complete and sign a full indemnity prior to tour departure.

HEALTH PRECAUTIONS & REQUIREMENTS

The only necessary prophylaxis for Southern Africa is against Malaria, but on this tour there is no eminent danger as South Africa is regarded mostly as a Malaria free zone however prevention is better than cure, so we do advise to also use insect repellent on exposed areas after sunset. Please consult with your general practitioner regarding this. All Drifters guides have first aid boxes for use in emergencies, however we recommend that you bring along your own basic supply of medication, headache tablets etc.
All Drifters guides have first aid boxes for use in emergencies, however we recommend that you bring along your own basic supply of medication, headache tablets etc.

***Personal medication
Please bring along any personal medication that you might need on your tour as specific medication could be difficult to find or might not be obtainable in most places we visit. General medication for headaches, colds and fever are easy to get.
Please also inform your guide of any medical conditions. This information will be received professionally and kept confidential.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Please note that Southern African weather conditions vary tremendously from season to season. During summer months temperatures of up to 40°C can be experienced. During the winter months of June, July and August the nights are very cold, temperatures may drop well below 0°C, although the day temperatures will be pleasant at around 20°C. Please take weather conditions into consideration.

CLOTHING & PERSONAL EFFECTS

Herewith a recommended guide of what to bring along:
Helmets and Protective gear- Drifters will supply each rider and pillion with an OPEN-FACE helmet. Please note that we don’t supply any protective gear (Jackets, Pants etc)
These are the exact helmets we supply you with on tour.
They are OPEN-FACE helmets and come in the following sizes: S, M, L, XL and XXL

For walking, hiking and Safaris
Sport Shoes / Sneakers
Sandals
Hat
Sun Cream
Water Bottle
Smaller day pack
Camera, Binoculars
Books (Birds, Mammals, personal reading books, Optional)

For general travelling (to keep yourself entertained on the longer drives)
Personal iPod
Personal Reading Books
A deck of cards or something similar
Battery chargers for your personal devices (Ipods, Ipads, E-Readers, Handy’s etc)

Our vehicles are well equipped with charging facilities while driving. A Two-pin charger is perfect.
Clothing and Toiletries
Long Trousers / Tracksuit Hat or cap
Shorts Swimming Costume & Towel
Waterproof Windbreaker Personal toiletries
Jersey / Jumper Insect Repellent
Socks & Underwear Shades/ Riding Glasses
T-Shirts / Shirts

General Accessories
Mosquito Net (Optional)
Malaria Prophylaxis (please inquire from your general Doctor at home)
Money (Sundry expenses, gratuities)
Torch / Flashlight / Batteries
Refreshments
Pen
Passport/Visa (If Applicable)

** Luggage should be limited to a maximum of 15kg’s HARD SUITCASES ARE NOT SUITABLE!!
*** Refreshments can be purchased en-route on the first day of the tour, and at regular intervals throughout the tour.

MEALS AND REFRESHMENTS

Meals are provided as indicated in the brochure/website. We do not provide meals on the first day of your tour. We do however stop en-route; therefore it is always possible to buy something along the way. Soft drinks, bottled water and alcohol are for your own expense; there is ample opportunity during the tour to buy refreshments. The guide will advise when you need to stock up for a couple of days.

PERSONAL EXPENSES

A reasonable amount of personal spending money must be brought on our tours. This is to cover own expense meals as indicated in our Drifters Brochure, bottled water, soft drinks, alcohol, sundry goods purchased- such as suntan cream etc., curios, optional extra excursions, airport tax, transfers and tips.
In Africa things work a little different to the rest of the World. Tipping or gratuity, unless otherwise specified, is not included in the price you pay for services delivered. This accounts for restaurant meals, casual help and the services of the guide or guides that you will meet on your tour.

In Southern and East Africa it is classified as a common courtesy to TIP “casual help (guides)”.

This TIP is not something that is forced upon you by any means, but in many industries of tourism it is customary. It works as follows: if you believe your guide has lived up to your expectations and has performed his/her job in a way that you respect and are happy with the services rendered, an amount of R 50 per day or equivalent amount of R50 per day in any major currency per person per day would constitute a fantastic tip. Remember that this is just a guideline and is not by any means compulsory, but seen as common courtesy in Southern and East Africa.

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:
• Backup Safari Vehicle + Bike Trailer ( no need to carry anything on the bike)
• Accommodation – 9 nights twin-share
• Group Equipment
• Meals as per the itinerary
• Entry Fees
• Professional Guide
• Mechanical backup
• Wine tasting
• Game Drive

VISITS
• Table Mountain / Castle / Rhodes Memorial
• Cape Point / Simonstown / Hout Bay
• Wine Lands / Stellenbosch / Franschoek
• Matjiesfontein
• Seweweekspoort Pass
• Meiringspoort
• Game Reserve
• Great Karoo
• Belmont Station House and Battle site
• Doornbult Concentration Camp site
• Magersfontein Battlefield and Museum
• Kimberley Big Hole

PRE night accommodation can be arranged directly through Spier.
Tel: +27 21 809 1100
Email: info@spier.co.za
Website: http://www.spier.co.za/

POST night accommodation can be arranged at the Protea Hotel in Kimberley directly.
Phone: +27 53 802 8200 or visit their website on http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/kimki-protea-hotel-kimberley/
Please note that your tour will end at 11h00 on the 10th day

It is advisable to overnight at the Spier Wine Estate the night prior to your tour departure date if you have not already made alternative arrangements.

If flying out on the same day that the tour ends, please make sure you organise an afternoon flight as we still have a very nice program in the morning on the last tour day.

PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION 10 DAY CLASSIC ENFIELD TOUR

This trip requires a valid passport and for certain nationalities. ALL linen is provided. you will NOT need a sleeping bag and pillow for the rest of the tour. Seasonal Malaria precautions are necessary and are locally obtainable. A barrel bag or backpack is best suited for this trip (suitcases do not fit into the space provided). An extra day bag or camera bag is advised. Spending money required will be for the restaurant meals, drinks, visas, tips, curios, airport transfers, and any other optional excursions.
Remember, help us to help you by participating and by keeping an open mind and flexible mentality. Our price includes all food as specified, coffee, tea, juice at breakfast, transport, professional guides, accommodation, group equipment, permits and park entrance fees. Our price does not include restaurant meals where stipulated, visas, tips, curios, optional excursions, alcohol, bottled water and soft drinks, airport tax, airport transfers and airfares. Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information as defined on our website and in our brochure. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.

DEPARTURE POINT

The 10 day Enfield tour departs from Spier Wine Estate at 14h00 on the first tour day and ends in Kimberley on the 10th morning around 11h00. Guests not staying at the Spier Wine Estate the night prior to the tour departure date must arrive at the Estate at 06h00 on the morning of the tour departure. The Drifters telephone number is +27(0)11 888 1160.

ACCOMMODATION ON TOUR

ACCOMMODATION ON TOUR:
Please note that linen will be provided for the duration of your tour and there is no need to bring along a sleeping bag or pillow.
• Batteries can be charged from a 220 volt source pre tour departure , on most nights at the lodges and every day on the truck while the truck is driving from a 12 V inverter.
• Currency exchange opportunities: Arrival at Cape Town Airport
• Limited Laundry facilities available on tour as we spend 1 night per location
• Internet facilities: Pre night in Cape Town and most Hotels on the tour

ON SAFARI

On this tour minimal participation from the group members are required as we would like for you to enjoy the magnificent scenery and beauty of this country. Your luggage would be comfortably stowed away in our truck that will follow the riders. A backpack would be advisable just to carry some sun cream and a bottle of water while riding.

Please keep in mind that flexibility and an open mind will greatly contribute to an enjoyable safari.
We do sometimes travel on smaller district roads where road conditions are not exceptionally good and we could expect slight delays. Things do not always run according to plan, however we do endeavor to run according to the itinerary as best as possible.

DRIFTERS WISH YOU AN ENJOYABLE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE!

10 DAY ENFIELD Tour Departure Tour Rate p/p
2017 € 1675 + € 60 per day Bike Hire

BIKE INFORMATION:
Engine

• Type: Single Cylinder, 4 Stroke, Air Cooled Engine, Spark Ignition, OHV
• Capacity: 500 cc
• Fuel System: Electronic Fuel Injection
• Ignition: Digital Electronic Ignition
• Starting: Electric & Kick Start

Dimensions

• Length: 216 cm
• Width (Handlebars) 80 cm
• Height: 105 cm
• Fuel tank Capacity: 13.5 liter
• Weight: 187 kg
• Ground Clearance: 135mm

Colour:

•Battle Green

OPTIONAL GAMEDRIVE ON DAY 6

CAPE TOWN and SURROUNDS (Pre Tour)
You are in close proximity to shops, pubs and restaurants.
The V&A Waterfront is a major attraction in Cape Town (shuttle service to the Waterfront runs regularly from alongside the Lodge).

Half day Township tour: District 6 and museum; Langa; Community school; Shebeen; Kayalitscha:
3 ½ hours R 515

Robben Island: 3 ½ hours; boat ride to the Island; drive over the island; visit of the prison; boat ride back;
R 300 excluding transfer to Ferry departure point

Hop on – Hop off bus: Red route through the V&A Waterfront; City; District 6; cable way; Camps Bay; Sea Point; 2 hours non stop;
R 200 for the whole day

Hop on – Hop off bus: Blue Route to V&A Waterfront; Kirstenbosch; Hout Bay; World of birds; Camps Bay; Sea Point;
R200 for the whole day

Full day Peninsula tour: Clifton, Camps Bay, Twelve Apostles, Hout Bay, Chapmans Peak, Noordhoek, Ostrich Viewing, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Point, Penguin Colony, Simons Town, Muizenberg, Constantia, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens:
R 850, Half day without Kirstenbosch R 585

Full day Wine route: Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschoek:
R 850, Half day R 585

Full day whale watching trip to Hermanus
R 810 (seasonal) excluding taxi to Hermanus

Abseiling off Table Mtn:
R 700, excluding cable car tickets

White shark diving:
R 1350 includes drive to Gansbaai; boat trip; snorkel or dive in cage; picnic lunch

Tandem Paraglide from Lions Head:
R 1100

Helicopter flips:
Various options from R 2000 to R 3000

Horse riding in Hout Bay:
2 hour ride R 350

Historic walking tour through the city: Every day from the tourist information in Burg street.
R230

SAFARI EXTENSION
For those wishing to relax and enjoy a real African safari experience, we do advise extending this tour with a visit to the Greenfire Game Lodge which is situated in the renowned “Big 5” Greater Kruger Park. The Lodge offers luxury accommodation and the opportunity to view a vast array of animals in their natural environment. Included are open vehicle game drives both day and night and guided walking options. More information is available on our website www.drifters.co.za

Please Note:
Optional Activities can be booked on arrival. No bookings are made in advance.
Rates are subject to change without notice
Activities are subject to availability
Activities are weather dependent

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Thank you for the best trip ever! I have learned and seen so many fun and interesting things!
Cape Town to Johannesburg via Vic Falls, 6 June 2015, Anna Andersson, Sweden
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