UpSouth Adventures’ Best of the West tour is the most adventurous tour in terms of gravel road riding and interesting accommodation spots. It includes the most beautiful, less explored backroads and mountain passes of the Karoo and at some stages a bit more challenging than the standard jeep track. The route is designed to explore most of the exciting and breathtaking gravel road passes the Cape has on offer.
We start the trip off by riding through the famous Cape Winelands of the Western Cape and then make our way north, along the backroads of the Cederberg Mountain. We then go east into the semi-desert areas of the Tankwa Karoo, where the real beauty of this trip lies… the single-lane gravel roads, carving through the valleys, mountain passes and open plains.
We travel over the Swartberg and through the Baviaanskloof, where you can look forward to watercrossings, mountains and valleys. We spend some time in the Garden Route and then head back towards Cape Town via the most Southern Tip of Africa. From here we explore the last hidden valleys, before making our way into town, along the famous Gordon’s bay coastal road.
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: START/FINISH: Cape Town Loop
RECOMMENDED AIRPORT: Cape Town International
TOTAL DISTANCE: 2 500km
DAILY RIDING AVERAGE: 6 – 8 hours
REST DAYS: 1/2 day
ACCOMMODATION: Breakfast + Dinners Included, hand-picked, exceptional accommodation.
EXCURSIONS INCLUDE: Game Drive.
NOTE: Off-Road experience or a multi-day off-road training recommend.
ROAD CONDITIONS: 30% paved road, 70% gravel.
Day 01 | Arrival
Day 02 | 280KM: Cape Town to Cederberg
Day 03 | 230KM: Cederberg to Tankwa
Day 04 | 330KM: Tankwa to Seweweekspoort
Day 05 | 250KM: Seweweekspoort to Prince Albert
Day 06 | 250KM: Prince Albert to Baviaanskloof
Day 07 | 180KM: Baviaanskloof to Tsitsikamma
Day 08 | 280KM: Tsitsikamma to Wilderness
Day 09 | 150KM: Wilderness to Mosselbay
Day 10 | 240KM: Mosselbay to Malgas
Day 11 | 320KM: Malgas to Cape Town
Day 12 | Departure
Understanding the local exchange rate
Before travelling to a new destination, it’s essential to consider the exchange rate of the country you’ll be visiting. This allows you to determine how much the currency from your country of residence is worth in the country you are travelling to. This will influence your options for activities, accommodation and transportation. Typically, the rand is a slightly weaker currency than many of its counterparts. This usually enables visitors to enjoy the perk of receiving good value for their expenses here!
(*) Pillions recommended only for experienced off road riders.
• 11x Accommodation nights.
• All Dinners and Breakfasts.
• 10 day BMW motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage and motorcycle insurance.
• Motorcycles equipped with dual tires.
• BMW Motorrad Leading Tour guide on a motorcycle.
• 4×4 back-up vehicle, carrying: luggage, first aid, tools & spares, drinking water, as well as space for passengers.
• Excursions specified in the tour summary, i.e. game drives.
• Toll fees & entrance to National Parks.
• Airport transfers.
• Travel and Medical Insurance.
• Lunch and Refreshments.
• Excursions not mentioned in the tour summary.
• Any personal expenses.
• Helmet and protective gear. (Please bring your own gear.)
• Motorcycle luggage (Tank bags, panniers, etc can be rented.)
Excursions prior to, or after the tour can be arranged, i.e. City Tour.
Additional accommodation can be arranged for those arriving earlier, or staying longer.