5 day Guided Adventure Motorcycle Odyssey
All lodge accommodation.
Dinner and breakfast included.
R 9 950 per person.
Single supplement R 1 800
11 - 15 February 2022
16 of 16 places available
27 April - 1 May 2022
16 of 16 places available
Set in the Nieu Bethesda area of the Eastern Karoo, this exciting new adventure motorcycle tour is the first in a series of back road tours through the Karoo. This motorcycle tour brings a whole new meaning to the word “adventure”. We guarantee you will see and experience things you didn’t know existed in South Africa. The tour has been designed and set out with easy-to-ride paved and gravel sections. It's a perfect tour for all rider skill levels and no previous off-road riding experience is required. You will learn new on and off-road riding skills and techniques along the way...
It's our mission 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. If you’re interested in finding out more about this intriguing adventure bike tour, please read through the brief itinerary set out below and book your place on this incredible motorcycle adventure today...
We all meet up at our lodge on the banks of the Orange River in the Gariep dam area. Here we will enjoy a lovely dinner while getting to know one another. The SA Adventure team will give a detailed rundown of the tour we are about to undertake, sharing many years of experience and tales of off-road motorcycle adventures we've been on and who we've been on them with! We will also give you some of the histories of this amazing dam constructed in 1965. (opened in 1971)
We make our way to the magical, historical town of Nieu Bethesda by means of some very scenic gravel roads. We arrive by lunchtime and eat at the award-winning Waenhuis Restaurant. The various guesthouses will serve as accommodation throughout our stay in Nieu Bethesda. The afternoon of Day 2 will be spent exploring the soulful sites this town has to offer, such as the
Owl House created by Miss Helen, The Dutch Reformed Church, Sneeuberg Microbrewery, Cheese Farm
& Coffee Roastery.
The day will start off with a hearty breakfast at the Nieu Karoo Country Restaurant, followed by a tour of the James Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre where the local guide Andries will share his knowledge on the creatures that roamed these Karoo planes 150 million years before the most well-known dinosaurs. Andries will then lead us down to the river where we will see unexcavated sites with actual fossils of these creatures still in place embedded in the sediment! After our fossil adventure we will go on an off-road outride around the famous Compassberg – the hauntingly beautiful pointed mountain you’ll see as you enter Nieu Bethesda. The out-ride takes us down some amazing gravel routes, allowing you to take some amazing pictures of your and your Adventure Motorcycle in the Karoo.
We end our day as the sun sets at the lookout point near town with a sundowner drink.
Breakfast in Nieu Bethesda is followed by some off-road riding towards the gem of the Karoo: the town of Graaff Reinet. The route takes you and your motorcycle along amazing gravel tracks through the mountains and across many dry river beds. Here we will explore one of the oldest towns in South Africa which were established in 1786. In the afternoon we ride up to the Camdeboo National Park where you will experience one of the most awe-inspiring scenes you will ever lay your eyes upon the vastness of the Valley of Desolation. Following our lesson in palaeontology from Andries on Day 3, it will become quite clear to imagine the once magnificent inland sea which is now the great and arid Karoo. Our preliminary end to the day will be some great riding down the amazing paved Van Ryneveld's pass, taking us back to Graaff Reinet, followed by absolute luxury in an award-winning, five-star hotel.
The last day of our adventure is epic. Although the tour is winding down, we end in high spirits riding our adventure bikes through beautiful Karoo scenery and back roads towards Kuilfontein. On the way there we will stop over at Ganora farm to experience some of the many Bushmen paintings, medicinal plants as well as more unexcavated fossils that are in this area. Kuilfontein is a beautiful working farm where the stables have been converted into luxury suites. The farm has many tales but the best is about the lioness who took over the main dwelling to raise her cubs! We then all meet for dinner where we’ll share our experiences and relive the adventure through the viewpoint of the new lifelong friends we’ve made on this epic adventure motorcycle tour...
“At first encounter, the Karoo may seem arid, desolate and unforgiving, but to those who know it, it is a land of secret beauty and infinite variety.”
― Eve Palmer
So why go on an Adventure Motorcycle Tour with
SA Adventure has been conducting off-road tours for just over 10 years. Our track record speaks for itself and the relationship we have with all the lodges on this South African motorbike tour have been built up over the years.
We have worked with and supported the likes of Charley Boorman, Billy Ward, Claudio Von Planta, Dylan Wickrama 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 know that SA Adventure has taken care of all the details to make your riding experience an unforgettable one!
Read about some of our client's experiences on our motorcycle tours below:
THE KAROO IS CALLING...
ADVENTURE MOTORCYCLE ODYSSEY
Very happy with all aspects of the tour. Time on bike was therapy on two wheels- thoroughly enjoyed myself. Excellent forethought and planning with safety aspects at the forefront. Good alternative plan for rain day situation and/or unexpected delays. Well done SA Adventure team!
Great tour with excellent guides and staff. I can highly recommend Tim and his crew to take you on your next adventure bike tour.
Thank you SA Adventure,
you guys rock!
Totally professional and superbly organised with excellent safety and backup services in place.
Learnt new skills and met new friends and had so much fun.
Cannot fault the tour and would highly recommend it.
The fact that this was my 5th tour with Tim Skelton and the SA Adventure crew, says it all.
I've done a few motorcycle tours with SA Adventure and I've never come away unsatisfied with the way they run their operation, from safety to good accommodation and food.
I have learnt so much over these motorcycle trips.