Touring 2016 Leaving Hogsback by motorcycle to Tiffendel

Day 9 Cape Town to Victoria Falls Tours

Continuing northwards we run parallel to the river Klipaat

It’s a feast for our eyes today as we prepare for one of our most beautiful days of biking so far. Continuing northwards we run parallel to the river Klipaat, crossing it from time to time. A mixture of asphalt and gravel roads take us through breath-taking scenery, continually changing from vast, open plains to dramatic rugged mountains. It’s almost hard to keep your eyes on the road with so much beauty around!

After an adventurous steep ride up the highest mountain in the Eastern cape, we end up at the illustrious Ski resort of Tiffindell for a cosy catch up by the fire.

More of South Africa’s rolling countryside and great gravel!

Queenstown lies at the heart of the Komani River

We pass through wide open areas of farmland, stopping for a refuel at the picturesque town of Queenstown, the capital of this prosperous farming community. It’s former nickname being the ‘Rose Capital of South Africa’ named for its lavish Rose collection within it’s large open gardens. Queenstown lies at the heart of the Komani River, right at the foot of the magnificent Hangklip mountain, which lucky for us we get to enjoy ogling over as we try out some light refreshments the waterfront cafe has to offer.

The charming Victorian-era village of Rhodes

The outstanding landscape continues as we make our way through the charming Victorian-era village of Rhodes, only accessible by gravel tracks. Enveloped in mountainous terrain and untouched rivers this primordial neighborhood, radiates enchanting and timeless beauty.

Through the vast farmlands of Queenstown

From Southern Drakensberg Mountains  to the kingdom of Lesotho

We have a spectacular climb ahead of us as we make our way to our accommodation located high up in the Southern Drakensberg Mountains (2720m). The last 30km of our journey will be spent mastering this steep climb to the best of abilities, with sharp twists and turns along the way. Remember help is always on hand whenever you need. Once at the top we get our first peak into the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho, also known as the ‘Kingdom of the Sky’ labelled for it’s high altitude and striking surroundings.

We end this incredible day with a delicious buffet dinner

Our comfortable Ski Lodge is situated 100m from South Africa’s one and only “ski” slope, so get your hats and fleeces on as it’s rather chilly up here. The views from our bedrooms are fantastic, providing the clouds don’t decide to engulf us in their foggy mist. We end this incredible day with a delicious buffet dinner and a warm up by the log fire in the cosy bar.

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Pleasant gravel tracks though the countryside towards our Ski Lodge in Tiffendel

The hills are alight………!

The hills are alight………!

Scarecrows or effigies

Scarecrows or effigies

More scarecrows or effigies

More scarecrows or effigies

The spectacular climb to our ski lodge accommodation – high in the Drakensburg mountains.

At the top of the ski-run is the hidden mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.

At the top of the ski-run is the hidden mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.

At the top of the ski-run is the hidden mountain Kingdom of Lesotho

Big views from our bedrooms

Big views from our bedrooms

A “chocolate bike” – after a freak mud storm!

A chocolate bike – after a freak mud storm

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“My first experience of the Moto Aventures way of running bike tours. Absolutely fantastic! I loved everything about it, the bikes, the scenery, the accommodation, the company and the weather. All of it combined with Su and John's knowledge and expertise made this one of the best trips I had ever been on. My initial fears about my lack of off-road experience were very quickly discarded when we began our relaxed and expertly guided tour. A superb tour for those like me whom have had little off road experience. I left Andorra with a new found passion for off-road riding and such admiration for Su and John that I immediately booked my next adventure with them to South Africa.” – Gordon

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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