7 Day Garden Route
Throughout our journey we will be trailed by a fully equipped safari truck that will carry all necessary supplies and luggage. If you do not wish to ride a motorcycle you may travel comfortably in the vehicle or switch freely between the Enfields and truck, yet still enjoy the same adventure. We tow a bike trailer so riders may also take a break from riding if and as required.
We welcome riders of all levels of expertise as well as pillion passengers.
This route has been chosen specifically to show off the natural beauty of the region and to avoid busy roads almost entirely. The riding is a breeze and the daily distances are easily achievable with multiple stops for rest and sightseeing. The emphasis of the tour is on enjoying the scenery, the culture, the history, the culinary delights, the journey and the unique offerings the Garden route supply’s each day.
Overnight accommodations are quirky and comfortable – each chosen to best show off the unique surroundings. So if you’re a hard-core rider or an excitable enthusiast this tour is for you.
Day 1 – Cape Town to Barrydale (290km)
The Cape Winelands are home to some of the bests wines in the world and our route today will take us past numerous wine estates famous for their produce. The rolling hills covered in vineyards create the perfect scenery for the winding roads we follow on our first day to Barrydale.
We depart from our hotel in Cape Town after breakfast and make our way to the small town of Franschhoek, rich with history and scenic beauty. We will have time for a coffee break in town before we continue our ride along some spectacular and well maintained mountain passes overlooking the Franschhoek valley.
Our lunch stop will be in Montagu, famous for the dried fruit produce in the area. Dried peaches are a must for everyone to taste! After a delicious lunch at one of the local restaurants we depart on the final stretch for the day on the famous Route 62 in the Little Karoo towards Barrydale and our hotel for the night.
Once everyone is settled in dinner can be enjoyed at the restaurant and our guide will give the group a detailed briefing on the following day.
B (Lunch and Dinner own expense)
Day 2 – Barrydale – Prince Albert via Swartberg Pass (211km)
Waking up to the silence of the Karoo and the fresh mountain air we enjoy our breakfast and prepare for today’s ride.
Route 62, also known as the Mountain Route, offers guests easy riding with breath taking scenery. Slowly travelling deeper into the dry interior of South Africa the scenery constantly changes as we approach the Swartberg Mountains. On arrival in the small town of Calitzdorp we will enjoy another coffee break before we continue on gravel roads past the Red Stone Hills.
Our lunch stop will be at the foot of the mountains at a traditional restaurant where all the food is prepared on an open fire! Famous for their “roosterkoek” or grilled cakes we enjoy a hearty meal at this unique Karoo restaurant.
The Swartberg Mountain pass is arguably one of the best gravel road passes in South Africa. Build by the famous Thomas Bain in 1883, this mountain pass has a dramatic mystique about it that lures riders from across the world to come and explore this fantastic road. After lunch we will tackle this mountain pass and slowly make our way to Prince Albert on the other side of the mountain and our final stop for the day.
Surrounded by the wide open spaces of the Karoo we enjoy the vistas and serenity of the area and a catered meal at one of the local restaurants.
Day 3 – Prince Albert to Knysna via Meirings Poort and Prince Alfred Pass (235km)
Our road today will lead us through some beautiful canyons and well maintained mountain passes. Be sure to keep your camera close by as the scenery will constantly change en-route from the dry interior down to the coast. This afternoon we will arrive in Knysna and the world famous Garden Route.
The group departs after breakfast in Prince Albert and we make our way along the foot of the Swartberg Mountains towards Meirings Poort. The ride is jaw-dropping as the road cuts through the mountain and we will stop halfway through at a selected waterfall. From here we continue to have a coffee break and leg stretch at a working olive farm.
We continue on good gravel roads and make our way to our lunch stop in Uniondale. Shrouded in mystery, this town is home to a well-known ghost hitchhiker.(no one try pick him up please!)
Refreshed after our lunch we depart on the last drive for the day. We slowly wind our way along the Prince Alfred pass and through the indigenous forests of the area to finally arrive in Knysna. We will spend two nights in Knysna to explore and take-in this wonderful stretch of coastline.
Day 4 – Knysna – Natures Valley – Knysna (200km)
The Garden Route is home to abundance of fauna and flora and sandwiched between mountain ranges on the one side and the Indian Ocean on the other. The end result is a breath-taking road with a multitude of places to visit along the way.
We depart from our accommodation and make our way to Tsitsikamma, well known for its indigenous forests and dramatic coastlines. We will have plenty of time to enjoy the views and a coffee before we continue.
We will slowly travel along the coast with regular stops at various viewpoints. This afternoon we have the opportunity to enjoy a lunch fresh from the ocean in Pletternberg Bay. We will stop at the world renowned Bloukraans valley where the largest commercial bungee jump in the world is located. A stunning destination for the adrenaline junkies.
With some free time in the late afternoon the group will have time to explore Knysna before we go out for a restaurant meal at the waterfront overlooking the estuary.
Day 5 – Knysna – Garden Route ( 130km)
A relaxed start we enjoy breakfast and prepare for the short drive ahead of us. We travel south along the Garden route and make our way to the Gondwana Game Reserve, located on the Garden Route and home to the Big 5. On arrival we take a break from riding our bikes and swap them for game drive vehicles.
We depart from Knysna after breakfast and take a relaxed ride through the small towns of Sedgefield and Wilderness all along the foot of the Outeniqua mountains. We will have our normal coffee stop to enjoy the views of the coastline before we make our way to the game reserve. We will arrive in time for lunch at the reserve and then depart on a game drive in search of the animals that make the reserve their home. We will spend as much time as possible out on the drive taking is as much Fauna sightings as possible before returning to camp for a delicious catered meal in the bush.
Day 6 – Garden Route – Gansbaai ( 300km)
Slowly travelling back towards our final destination we travel to the heart of the Western Cape and into an area full of history dating back to the early settlers. We will follow the main route and then break away to follow the smaller district roads that lead to Gansbaai and our destination for today.
Our regular coffee stop will be in Swellendam, the 4th oldest town in South Africa and a republic of its own since 1795! The town is full of friendly people and beautiful examples of the traditional Cape Dutch building style.
After our break we continue on the smaller district roads towards the Atlantic Ocean and the quaint little town of Gansbaai. It is here that we kick off our riding boots and exchange them for wet suits. Do not be fooled by the calm of the ocean and the serenity of the area, Gansbaai is arguably the area with the highest density of Great White Sharks in South Africa ( and the world) and this afternoon guests will have the opportunity to go on a boat cruise to look for these giants and see them in action. The brave can sign up for shark cage diving experience to get up close and personal with them (Boat cruise and dive own expense)
We spend the night in the area and enjoy a catered meal.
Day 7 – Hermanus to Cape Town via Coastal Route (220km)
Our last day on this adventure we finish with a scenic drive that is second to none. We kept the best for last and will follow the coastal route from Gansbaai all the way back to Cape Town along the stunning Cape Peninsula. With breath taking views around every corner we will include a visit to Cape Point and Hout Bay.
We set off after breakfast and follow the twists and turns of the coastal route past the whale capitol of South Africa, Hermanus and onto the Cape Peninsula where our road was carved out of the side of the mountain with the ocean right by your side. We will have regular stops to appreciate the beauty of this area. Our lunch break will be in Simon’s Town, home of the South African Navy.
With many highlights still waiting we set of from Simon’s Town and ride to Cape Point National Park and Cape of Good Hope. We will have time to stretch our legs and visit some of the view points in the park. From here we continue to Hout Bay through the eerie and beautiful misty cliffs and Scarborough and end our tour with the famous Chapmans Peak drive.
Our tour will end in the afternoon back at the hotel we started from.
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.
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.
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.
The preferred currency for your tour is as follows:
• South Africa – ZAR; Rand
Suggested amounts required:
(Without use of credit card)
• Rand : +- R 1000
Credit cards can be used throughout most parts of South 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:
• Most Lodges and Hotels on your tour
• Shopping; At most large supermarkets
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.
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.
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
Smaller day pack
Books (Birds, Mammals, personal reading books, Optional)
For general travelling (to keep yourself entertained on the longer drives)
Personal Reading Books
A deck of cards or something similar
Battery chargers for your personal devices (Ipods, Ipads, E-Readers, Handy’s etc)
Clothing and Toiletries
Long Trousers / Tracksuit Hat or cap
Shorts Swimming Costume & Towel
Waterproof Windbreaker Personal toiletries
Jersey / Jumper Insect Repellent
Socks & Underwear Gloves (for the early mornings)
T-Shirts / Shirts Shades/ Riding Glasses
Malaria Prophylaxis (please enquire from your general Doctor at home)
Money (Sundry expenses, gratuities)
Headlamp / Flashlight / Batteries
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 and the last 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.
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.
The Little Karoo
Swartberg Mountain Pass
Prince Alfred Pass
Private Game Reserve
The Cape Peninsula
PRE and POST night accommodation can be arranged at the Harbour Bridge Hotel directly.
Phone: +27 21 431 9202 or visit their website on http://aha.co.za/harbourbridge/
It is advisable to overnight at the Harbour Bridge Hotel prior to your tour departure if you have not already made alternative arrangements.
PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION 7 DAY GARDEN ROUTE ENFIELD TOUR
This trip requires a valid passport and Visa for certain nationalities. ALL linen is provided and 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 (Rucksack) .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.
The 7 Day Enfield Cape Town to Cape Town tour starts from the Harbour Bridge Hotel. Guests not staying at the Harbour Bridge Hotel the night prior to the tour departure date must arrive at the Lodge at 06h00 on the Morning of departure. The Drifters telephone number is +27(0)11 888 1160.
Harbour Bridge Hotel Contact and Location details:
Located near the V&A Waterfront, within the Cape Town International Convention Centre precinct.
Address: Roggebaai Canal, Lower Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000
Phone: +27 21 431 9202
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!
|7 DAY Enfield Tour Departure||Tour Rate p/p|
|2017||€ 1175 + Bike Hire|
• 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
• Length: 216 cm
• Width (Handlebars) 80 cm
• Height: 105 cm
• Fuel tank Capacity: 13.5 liter
• Weight: 187 kg
• Ground Clearance: 135mm
|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:
Robben Island: 3 ½ hours; boat ride to the Island; drive over the island; visit of the prison; boat ride back;
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;
Hop on – Hop off bus: Blue Route to V&A Waterfront; Kirstenbosch; Hout Bay; World of birds; Camps Bay; Sea Point;
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:
Full day Wine route: Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschoek:
Full day whale watching trip to Hermanus
Abseiling off Table Mtn:
White shark diving:
Tandem Paraglide from Lions Head:
Horse riding in Hout Bay:
Historic walking tour through the city: Every day from the tourist information in Burg street.
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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