The Eastern Cape High Passes
Adventure Motorcycle Tour

5 Day guided off-road adventure motorcycle tour 


- All lodge accommodation.

- Dinner and breakfast included.

- R 9 950 per person sharing 

- Single supplement R 2 200 

- Your luggage can go in the support truck

- Guides, medic and support truck on the tour

- GPS tracks and routes supplied

- Lead and sweep rider on the tour

- Pillion friendly


Tour Dates:

14 - 19 August 2022 (8 of 12 places available)

Grade 4 Motorcycle Route

This motorcycle tour has a Grade 4 rating.

Please see our ride grading system HERE

The High Passes Itinerary


This amazing tour of the Eastern Cape's highlands is a must for any adventure motorcycle rider. The objective of the tour is to discover South Africa and show you some of the most beautiful high passes, including many from the famed Ben Ten Eco-Challenge.  We also want to support the South African tourism industry, which has been heavily hit by the Covid-19 crisis, by bringing much-needed cash flow to the small lodges we'll be staying at on our adventure.


Anyone with a valid motorcycle license is welcome to join the tour, there are some beautiful off-road sections. Support will be given to inexperienced riders by our tour crew. You ride at your own pace always and pillions can jump into the support truck at any point.


A brief itinerary is set out below, but we will send you a more detailed one once you have signed up for the tour. Be quick as we are limiting the number of places to 12...

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Day Two


We have breakfast at the lodge, a short off-road riding skills class and then start heading for the Eastern Cape's highlands. Our destination for the day is the little village of Rhodes.


The route for the day is via the Lower Lotheni road, the Lusipoort pass, and then on to a couple of the Ben Ten Eco-Challenge passes, Naude's Nek, 2590m

and then Carlisleshoekspruit Pass, 2563m before we descend into the historic village of Rhodes in the afternoon...

Day Three


We head off on our epic adventure and head out towards the sleepy village of Lady Grey. Just outside the village, in a stunning valley along the Karringmelk river is Lupela Lodge where we will be staying for the evening.


To get there, we traverse two more of the Ben Ten high mountain passes. Volunteershoek pass and the absolutely stunning Lundin's Nek pass. On top of these magnificent mountain passes, we also tackle the infamous War Trail and Dulcie's Nek. In between all that excitement, we stop for lunch at Bidstone farm for the best homemade pizza and apple pie you've ever had!

Gavin Lambooy, Wair Trail Motorcycle Route, Eastern Cape Motorcycle Routes
Carlisleshoekspruit Pass motorcycle tour
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Adventure Motorcycle tour
War Trail Sign High Passes Motorcycle To

Day One


It's time to jump onto your adventure bike and get out and explore South Africa's awe-inspiring back road routes. We meet up at our lodge in the afternoon. It's set in the picturesque Kwa-Zulu Natal midlands in the Kamberg Nature Reserve not far from Nottingham Road. 


Located at the foot of the Drakensberg mountains, the area is considered to be one of the most scenic in South Africa. It has some amazing gravel roads that we will be exploring on our off-road adventure. There is so much to see and do around here, from photography and hiking, but fly fishing in one of the many beautiful lakes is by far the most common pastime that is enjoyed in the area.

Otto du Plessis Pass Eastern Cape, Mountain Passes South Africa
Adventure Bike Tour, Ben Ten Motorcyce Route

Day Four

We leave Lupela lodge early and head back to Rhodes. We ride via the Otto du Plessis Pass, 2115m and the Bastervoetpad Pass, 2240m. These are another two of the Ben Ten Eco-challenge passes, which makes seven out of the ten that we've ticked off the bucket list! On our way back into Rhodes we will also ride over the Bokspruit Pass and river. 

Day Five

On the last day of our motorcycle adventure, we leave sleepy Rhodes behind us and head back over Naude's Nek and down through the Potriver Pass. We will stop for lunch in Maclear at The Bean and Bun and then on to our final destination, Rest Haven Guesthouse in Matatiele. On our way to Rest Haven, we have a couple of bonus passes to traverse, Katkop, Moordenaars Nek, and the beautiful Swartmodder pass which hides a secret waterfall...

We will traverse sixteen amazingly beautiful South African high mountain passes on this tour:


Luzi Poort, Pitseng, Elandshoogte, Naude’s Nek, Carlieshoekspruit, Volunteershoek, the War trail, Lundin’s Nek, Dulcie’s Nek, Otto du Plessis, Bastervoetpad, Bokspruit, Potriver, Katkop, Moordenaars Nek and the Swartmodderfontein passes.

If you are up for a challenge, this is the motorcycle adventure for you! Places are limited to 12 people, so please make sure you don't miss out! Book your spot today and let the unknown become the adventure!

So why go on an Adventure Motorcycle Tour with SA Adventure?

The answer is simple, we know what we are doing! SA Adventure has been conducting off-road tours since way back in 2009. Our track record speaks for itself and the relationship we have with all the lodges and guesthouses on this motorcycle tour through the mountains have been built up over many years.

We have organized and led adventures from Peru to the Karoo and beyond... We have worked with and supported the likes of Charley Boorman, Billy Ward, Claudio Von Planta, Dylan Wickrama, Moto Aventures and Compass Expeditions. 


We pride ourselves on safety and nothing is more important to us than your well being while on tour.  We have a full support truck and trailer, lead and sweep rider and medic on every tour. You always ride at your own pace and have the support of our backup crew.


You can relax on your motorcycle adventure and rest assured that we have taken care of all the details to make your riding experience an unforgettable one! 

SA Adventure Support Truck, Motorcycle Tours
Repairing Motorcycle Tyres