Dragon? What dragon?
The eastern section of the Great Escarpment, aka the Drakensberg (Dragon’s Mountain) is the centre point and highlight of our journey through and around Lesotho. The pointy tips of the mountain range, resemble the back of the mythical dragons, roaming the mountains between Lesotho and Kwazulu-Natal, often wandering into the Maloti Mountains, stretching over most of landlocked Lesotho. Officially the Drakensberg range runs all the way up to the northern parts of South Africa, and includes the Blyde River Canyon, not too far from The Kruger National Park. Anyway, Geology lesson, check!
This adventure crosses the highest gravel mountain passes in Lesotho and South Africa, including passes like Sani Pass, Matebeng Pass and Naude’s Neck Pass. From 3200m to 0m above sea level, we cover it all!
As we cross over the Maloti and Drakensberg Mountains, we take you on the most breathtaking and less travelled routes around the Southern border of Lesotho. We travel south to the Wild Coastof the Eastern Cape, formerly known as the coast of Transkei, to explore the Indian Ocean and the rugged beauty of the coastline. Then back up along the eastern side of the Drakensberg escarpment to a private game reserve, before heading back to Johannesburg.
The Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho awaits!
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: START/FINISH: Johannesburg Loop
RECOMMENDED AIRPORT: OR Tambo International
TOTAL DISTANCE: 2950km
DAILY RIDING AVERAGE: 6 – 8 hours
REST DAYS: 2 days
ACCOMMODATION: All meals included, hand-picked, exceptional accommodation.
EXCURSIONS INCLUDE: 2x Game Drives.
ROAD CONDITIONS: 60% paved road, 40% gravel.
Day 01 | Arrival
Day 02 | 395KM: Johannesburg to Clarens
Day 03 | 300KM: Clarens to Semonkong
Day 04 | 200KM: Semonkong to Sehlabathebe
Day 05 | 220KM: Sehlabathebe to Underberg
Day 06 | 300KM: Underberg to Rhodes
Day 07 | 250KM: Rhodes to Coffee Bay
Day 08 | 150KM: Coffee Bay Port St Johns
Day 09 | 0KM: Rest Day
Day 10 | 440KM: Port St Johns to Mooi River
Day 11 | 250KM: Mooi River to Ladysmith
Day 12 | 0KM: Rest / Safari Day
Day 13 | 430KM: Ladysmith to Johannesburg
Day 14 | 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.
• 13x Accommodation nights and all meals.
• 12 day BMW motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage and motorcycle insurance.
• Motorcycles equipped with dual tires.
• BMW Motorrad Leading Tour guide.
• 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.
• Refreshments other than water.
• Excursions not mentioned in the tour summary.
• Any personal expenses.
• Helmet and protective gear. (Please bring your own gear.)
• Motorcycle luggage (Tankbags, 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.