You must bring the following with you:
- Passport valid for six months from date of arrival in South Africa.
- Visa (if applicable to your country).
- Your's and your companion's crash helmets.
- Current personal accident and medical insurance cover.
- Driving licence (see below).
- Sufficient cash (see below).
- Means of putting security deposit on motorcycle (see below).
You are recommended to bring:
Your own motorcycle protective clothes and crash helmet. Note that early mornings can be very cold and days very hot. It is not recommended to ride with short trousers and short sleeved shirts as severe sunburn can result.
Swimming costume and beach towel.
Good sunglasses wearable with your crash helmet.
On mini bus accompanied tours, a very small day bag for spare jersey, camera, swimming costume etc. and a larger suitcase with everything else which will be transported by bus.
On non mini bus accompanied tours, a gunny bag type container to contain everything that can not be put into the twin panniers.
Except in isolated tribal areas, English is universally understood.
In the evenings in the bar and restaurant wearing of riding gear would not be appreciated, nor is it necessary to wear a tie. For the ladies, jeans and blouse/ sweater is quite adequate, and for the men trousers and shirt/sweater.
As ATM's are available even in very small towns we advise against bringing money in cash or traveling cheques. Petrol will amount about Rands 2000 and evening meals to about Rands 2100. Travelers cheques can only be cashed at certain banks and not over the weekends and take ages to be cashed.
On taking delivery of your motorcycle you will sign a hire form in which you agree to pay for any damages to the motorcycle up to an amount mentioned under "Hire Rates".
All our tours traverse parts of South Africa which are currently rated as "safe" for tourists by the major travel agencies. However, as with any major modern cities, caution should be taken when walking at night in Cape Town.
We specifically do not tour in Johannesburg and the African townships known as risk areas. Hence on your free days, we suggest that you refrain from entering these specific areas. Your guide will always be pleased to advise.
On the Cape Town based tours, unless you are arriving from a yellow fever zone, no particular immunisations are required. If from a yellow fever zone, you must have a valid international yellow fever innoculation certificate. Immunisation against cholera and smallpox is not required.
A valid driver's licence, provided the photograph is an integral part of the licence and provided it is printed in English, is accepted. If your licence does not comply with these requirements, you should obtain an International Driving Permit prior to your tour, for South Africa.
Petrol Filling Stations
The vast majority do NOT accept credit cards and cash is required. Compared with Europe, in country districts there can be great distances between stations (especially for motorcycles) and due regard to this should be taken when leaving towns.
In built up areas 60 k.p.h. Particularly when approaching and leaving towns and villages. On rural roads 100 k.p.h. Radar speed traps are often used. On Freeways 120 k.p.h.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a very serious offence.
When booking on a tour accompanied by an air conditioned mini bus, we specifically invite non motorcycling participants or partners and children whose ideal is not to spend 11 days on a motorcycle pillion. At no extra cost the 'passenger' may ride one or all days in the mini bus (which also conveys luggage) and meet up with the rest of the party at the hotels. We need a minimum of 6 motorcycles booked for a mini bus accompanied tour.
Why we love South Africa
There are more than twelve very good reasons why you should make South African Motorcycle Tours your next getaway choice.
Truly maginificent unspoilt scenery ranging from desert wilderness to tropical rain forest.
Sunny, warm and dry during the European winter.
Competitive exchange rates allow us to offer excellent hotels and service at value for money that cannot be matched elsewhere.
Inexpensive touring. You will find petrol and food etc., at prices that compare very favourably.
Quality open roads with very little traffic.
Visits include ostrich and crocodile farms, surfing beaches, the World famous Cango Caves and our fabulous "Wine Tour".
Our Cape tour includes 19 spectacular mountain passes.
All hotels are 2 or 3 Star with pool.
South Africans of all races are exceptionally hospitable and simply delight in meeting visitors.
We do not rush you. Rest days set aside for your own exploring.
All bikes are professionally serviced BMW's with a choice of cc. and model.
- Choice of travel. Take our fully organised independent tour or choose our expertly guided tour accompanied by air-conditioned Minibus when 6 or more bikes are booked for non-riding family or friends, and your luggage.
A World in one country
The Republic of South Africa covers 1 228 376 Sq km in area. This makes South Africa larger than Holland, Belgium, Italy, France, and Germany combined. The country is divided into 9 provinces. The coastline is 2 954 km with few natural harbours or navigable rivers. Ports are found at: Richards Bay, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Saldanha Bay.
Situated at the southern tip of Africa, South Africa contains a wide diversity of climatic regions that contribute to its renowned beauty. Cape Town at 35 degrees South lies on a similar latitude as Sydney and Buenos Aires. On the West Coast the cold Benguella current of the Atlantic Ocean produces arid scrubland conditions, changing to a summer rainfall, grassland type region in the central highlands. A continues mountain range divides the country from North to South. Along the Eastern side of this range the climate ranges from sub-tropical to mediterranean. The warm Indian ocean provides for high rainfall which results in the forests, lakes and rivers. The Cape experiences rain in winter.