3 day Guided, Self Ride,

Adventure Motorcycle Tour. 

 

Interprovincial travel is now allowed in South Africa under level 1 lockdown rules! 

 

All lodge accommodation.

Dinner and Breakfast included.

Lead rider, medic and support/sweeper truck

with a trailer on the tour.

Passengers welcome to ride along

in the support truck as well as your luggage.

 

R 3399 per person. 

 

Tour Dates:

18-20 December 2020, 10 of 10 places available.

The Itinerary

 

This incredible tour of the South African Lowveld is a must for any adventure or outdoor enthusiast. The objective of the tour is to rediscover South Africa and have a little break away from the big city now that we can travel again.

Along the way, we see some of the most stunning scenery such as Bourke Luck Potholes and the Mac-Mac Falls. You'll hear all about the legends and stories of the area, from the Robbers Grave, Jock of the Bushveld and the Long Tom Cannons. 

The itinerary is set out below:

Day One

 

It's finally time to get out and explore again! We head out of Johannesburg at 8 am sharp. We will be travelling on as many back roads and gravel routes as we can on this adventure. We head off the main drag somewhere around Bronkhorstspruit and head towards Loskop Dam situated on the Olifants River. We have a quick stop off here to check out the dam wall and take some photos.

We now have some amazing gravel roads to explore on route to our lunch stop in the small village of Tonteldoos. Tonteldoos is a village in the Limpopo Province 20 km northwest of Dullstroom, between the two mountains Steenkampsberg and Mapochsberg. It is part of the Mapoch (Southern Ndebele people) land seized by poor settlers in 1883 after the Mapoch War against King Nyabêla.

The surveyor who measured the land the following year was named G.R. von Wielligh, and he was said to have named the city after the tinderbox (called “tonteldoos” in Afrikaans) he lost there.

After lunch, we head east through Lydenburg towards the historical gold mining village of Pilgrims Rest, which will be our stopover for today. The town was proclaimed a National Monument in 1986. 

 

We will be staying at the Royal Hotel. The hotel has been impeccably restored, to reflect the true late Victorian style.  It is a national monument and is famous for its atmosphere and world-class service. Composed of ten authentic buildings dating back to the latter part of the 19th century, the hotel offers charming en-suite bedrooms with Victorian ball and claw bathtubs and fireplaces. 
 

We arrive in time to take a leisurely stroll through the village to take in the atmosphere, and visit the 'Robbers Grave'. 

Day Two

 

After breakfast, we set about on a little treasure hunt. Burgers Pass is situated above Pilgrims Rest and offers beautiful views of the surrounding area. Burgers Pass was the original ox-wagon route between Pilgrim's Rest and the Mac-Mac gold diggings used by Sir Percy and Jock the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, more commonly known as Jock of the Bushveld around these parts. 

 

At the summit of the pass is a Geocache called Jocks Route, (ask your guide to explain what a Geocache is if you don't know), we spend a few minutes searching for it and leave our mark by signing the logbook and then head back down the pass.

 

Just past Ohrigstad we turn onto the gravel again. We head over the Caspersnek Pass towards Bourkes Luck Potholes. Caspersnek Pass is an untarred Drakensberg pass that straddles the border between the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces of South Africa, to connect the Ohrigstad and Blyde valleys. 

The pass has a long Voortrekker history and was first built by Paul Kruger's father Casper Kruger, hence the name. The routing of this pass was actually very clever considering the time and evolution of our roads in South Africa and is generally a pleasant gravel route to ride.

We have a couple of amazing sights to see today, one of them is the Bourkes Luck Potholes. They are situated on the Panorama route and essentially they're the result of decades of swirling eddies of water where the Treur River meets the Blyde River, the tumult of which has caused extensive water erosion over time. The result is a series of cylindrical rock sculptures that look as though they would be more at home on the moon.

We continue to ride along the Panorama route,  it's twisty tarmac, great for the bikes. Next, we stop off at Gods Window. Situated on the Drakensberg escarpment in Mpumalanga, just one look down and you will begin to understand why it is called God's Window.  The panoramic view of the Lowveld more than 900m down into the lush indigenous forest-clad ravine. God's Window is a small part of a 250km long earthwork of sheer cliffs and beauty. You can observe the hills and forests as far as the eye can see. It seems as if one can see forever!

Next stop is Lunch! We dine at the famous Harry's Pancakes in Graskop. Graskop is a small town with a load of curious shops to browse for that perfect souvenir or gift to take home with you. 

The road beckons and after lunch, we have some more amazing tar roads to ride. Taking in the beautiful scenery along the way, make note of the Tree Ferns you will see. Some of the large ones are over a thousand years old.

 

 We stop off at the Mac-Mac Falls, there are actually more waterfalls around this area than anywhere else in southern Africa. Regarded as the most stunning of the lot, Mac-Mac has twin falls that plunge some 70m into a gorge below.  Now a national monument, the waterfall was not always split in two. Gold miners in the area for the gold rush blasted the originally single stream to try and reach the gold-bearing reef over which it drops. Mac-Mac tends to revert to one fall during the dry season.

It's time to start heading towards our stopover for the night.  To get there we head through the village of Sabie and onto the Long Tom Pass.

It is a tarred pass named after the famous Long Tom cannon. With 66 bends, corners, curves and reaching an altitude of 2150 meters, it's absolute motorcycling heaven!

 

It was originally the route followed by pioneer wagon drivers transporting goods from Mozambique to Lydenburg. The road tumbled over the so-called Devil's Knuckles, and many wagons were lost in this area as it was so dangerous. Back in the old days, this road was a dangerous area where wild animals roamed freely and it was truly ‘the wild’. This coupled with the relentless mosquitoes made it a difficult journey and not one for the faint of heart.  Today, however, as you travel on the newly tarred road, you will still see the old road twisting over its dangerous course but the danger is no longer present. This area is now rich in vegetation like eucalyptus and pine trees as far as the eye can see. 

 

The Long Tom Pass gets its name from the Long Tom cannons used during the Anglo-Boer war. We stop off about halfway up to see one and take photos of the area and our bikes...

Just up the road from the cannon is Hops Hollow Country House. This will be our stop for the evening. The really good news is that Hops Hollow is also a Craft Brewery, but not just any brewrey, it's the highest brewery in Africa! 

We will arrive with enough time to spare to get changed out of our riding gear and have a special tour of the brewery and taste some of the produce... 

Day Three

 

After breakfast and a leisurely morning at Hops Hollow, we start to head home at about 9am. We complete the rest of Long Tom Pass and head towards the town of Dullstroom.  The area was occupied in the mid-19th century by the Southern Ndebele people under the rule of King Mabhoko. Like his son Nyabêla, Mabhoko used Mapoch's Caves as a hideout during the conflict with troops of the South African Republic. 

 

Dullstroom was established as the work of a settlement company founded in 1883 by its namesake Dutchman Wolterus Dull, at the invitation of State President of the South African Republic Paul Kruger, to settle Dutch immigrants. Dull, a merchant from Amsterdam, chairman of a committee which rendered assistance to families who had suffered losses during the First Anglo-Boer War. The element stroom, ‘stream’, refers to the Crocodile River nearby.  The village was proclaimed a town by Kruger in Dull's honour on October 9, 1893.  Settlers continued to immigrate from 1884 to 1887. By 1893, the population had reached 48 people in eight houses, served by three stables, ten cattle pens, and a small trading company and store. It is one of South Africa's premier flyfishing destinations.

 

We stop for lunch and a drink here before heading back home. 

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

 

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 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 Wikrama 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 adventure and know that SA Adventure has taken care of all the details to make your riding experience an unforgettable one!

 

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