Touring 2018 Leaving Hermanus by motorcycle to Arniston

Touring 2018 Leaving Hermanus by motorcycle to Arniston


Day 3 of 16 Cape Town to Victoria Falls 2018

It’s time to get back on the road for our second day of riding.

After a restful nights sleep from our pampered night at the spa and an enjoyable breakfast overlooking the spectacular cliffs that surround the hotel, it’s time to get back on the road for our second day of riding.

If there’s any more bike adjustments to be made or questions to be answered from the previous days riding, Johnny is always here to help.

With a shorter ride today, we aim to stop off at one of South Africa’s original fishing villages Gansbaai, just in time to spot the Southern Right whales swimming alongside their babies!


keep your safety jackets on.


During our sail, we cruise by a seal island

Our bikes begin to feel more familiar as we leave the hotel and set off on a 50km ride towards the famous whale-watching location of Gansbaai. With it’s warm and relaxed atmosphere, this laid-back village makes you feel as though you are being hugged by it’s friendly community of locals that welcome us with big smiles.

After dropping our bikes and belongings off at the depot, we size up our life jackets ready for our sailing adventure to whale spot! During our sail, we cruise by a seal island, where we are greeted by the sound of thousands of seals calling out to each other and, as if showing off, dance their sequence of seal acrobatics for us to enjoy.

It has also been known to spot a Great White shark

A perfect time to stop and take a photo or two and breathe in the refreshing sea air. It has also been known to spot a Great White shark so keep an eye out, there might be one right next to the boat eyeing up it’s next lunch!

Speaking of lunch, it’s time to get a much needed bite to eat ourselves after our sailing trip. We eat a substantial lunch at the depot’s excellent cafe, whilst chatting about the exotic marine life everyone’s just experienced. It’s a great chance to share photos with the rest of the group and chat about our sail. The excitement builds within the group in anticipation for the afternoons off-roading adventure!


Flinging up dust from Hermanus to Arniston



Johnny is on hand to provide any tips

Feeling fullfilled, we are back on the road, for mostly a smooth ride on asphalt but now it’s time for some real fun- off road! We experience for the first time how these well behaved bikes feel on our first stretch of well prepared dirt tracks. Johnny is on hand to provide any tips. Any questions – just ask!

With the red dust flinging up behind us, we make our 120km journey to our next nights hotel on the picturesque and jagged coastline of Arniston, known for it’s eroded beauty of caverns and arches.

On the way to our hotel we make a quick pit-stop at Agulhas Point, the most Southern tip of the African Continent, where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. There’s a great photo opportunity to stand right by the marker indicating the precise division between these two oceans.

You can visit a Conservation area of old thatched-roofed houses

There’s a chance to see how the locals of Arniston live just 200 meters from our hotel, where you can visit a Conservation area of old thatched-roofed houses. Tucked away amongst them, lies a little curio shop where you can purchase a memorable African souvenir and sit and enjoy an easy evening drink after your dusty day of riding.

Providing the tide is low enough, it’s definitely worth exploring a spectacular cave just a short drive away, Su will point you in the right direction – a great thing to do after dinner as the sun’s setting in perfect view across the sea.



capetown to maun or victoria falls


whale ahoy!

whale ahoy!


Our Seafront hotel

Our Seafront hotel


Fisherman’s conservation village nearby


Peaceful

Peaceful


The way it was! Great little café now

The way it was! Great little café now


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“If you decide to do this tour you will not be disappointed . The magnificent BMW motorcycles will take you through Southern Africa with ease. Motoaventures with John And Su will look after you with first class knowledge of all you come across on your journey. Accomodation is fantastic from desert resorts to safari lodges. Backup vehicles follow all the way with medical and any assistance needed. I can highly recommend Motoaventures … trip of a lifetime.” – John 

Article by Su Downham
Su Downham Su co-runs Moto Aventures and has been adventure touring in Southern Africa for over nine years. She speaks English, Spanish, Catalan and French fluently and has considerable experience in tourism and PR.
She is responsible for the client services, booking and admin side of the operation and making sure that all aspects of the tours run smoothly and efficiently.
She is a very experienced 4X4 support vehicle driver and is trained in emergency field medicine. Email Su

 

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