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Touring 2016 Leaving Gondwana by motorcycle to Knysna

Day 5 Cape Town to Victoria Falls Tours

Leaving the Gondwana Safari park

It’s a short, easy and breezy day today, which is excellent news as it means we can spend a bit more time taking advantage of our beautiful safari lodge.

We leave mid-morning with the rangers who are here again to escort us safely out of the reserve and back onto the gravelly roads. KNYSNA – we’re leaving the Gondwana Safari park.. KNYSNA – we’re leaving the Gondwana Safari park.

Pleasant country gravel tracks

Our first 20km of pleasant gravel roads take us to Hartenbos, where we then join the N2 – South Africa’s national road that runs along the coast of the Indian Ocean. Following alongside the coastline for more of a wild ride through the wilderness, we arrive at a quaint little shopping area with tasty snacks and beautiful spots to sit and have our lunch. After a quick refuel and a good feed we enjoy a further 50km of more sweeping sections of gravel roads until we rejoin the N2 for the last 10km into the beautiful marina town of Knysna.

South Africa’s largest and oldest indigenous

Knysna is situated between one of South Africa’s largest and oldest indigenous forests and Knysna’s famous natural lagoon. It is renowned for South African’s most impressive coastal geological feature- the Knysna Heads. These two giant sandstone cliffs guard the entrance to the lagoon, shielding it from the rough seas of the Indian Ocean. The lagoon is one of the few places in the world home to an oyster hatchery and said to have the tastiest oysters you’ll ever eat! So if you’re an oyster fan, you must give them a try!

Sweeping the pleasant gravel roads to Hartenbos

As we arrive into Knysna Quays there is a lively buzz that fills the marina. Apart from it’s outstanding natural beauty, Knysna is a very popular destination with South Africans for it’s quirky shops and great places to eat. If you’re thinking of buying some souvenirs for yourself or your loved ones back home, here is the place to do it!

Tonight we’ll be taking you to a fabulous restaurant right on the waterfront

Our hotel overlooks the beautiful lagoon so you can enjoy a few peaceful evening drinks on your balcony before we enter the main hub of Knysna for dinner. We hope you’re hungry, because tonight we’ll be taking you to a fabulous restaurant right on the waterfront to taste some of the exquisite delicacies Knysna has to offer.

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A smooth ride to Knysna

Our hotel for 2 nights

Our hotel for 2 nights

Marina on the lagoon

Marina on the lagoon

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“Thoughts before the tour:

The cost was quite high! Concerns with my ability to cope with the off-road conditions on a large adventure bike, and being able to keep up with the group.

How would the share accommodation and social side of the tour pan out with a group of strangers from 8 different parts of the world?

Thoughts after the tour:

By the end of the first week I had completely reversed my thoughts on the monetary outlay, and by the end of the tour I realized it was extremely good value for money.

The first few hundred kms of riding was done on bitumen, this enabled everyone to get to know the bikes. They were all fitted with pre-programmed Garmin GPSs which allowed everyone to ride to their own ability and pace. The Garmins showed where to stop for fuel and lunch as well as the route to the accommodation at the end of the days ride.
Su and John’s years of experience was evident in every aspect of the tour, especially the way members of the group were matched up for share accommodation. And the way they constantly mingled with everyone to ensure there were no problems. Over the duration of the tour, a group of complete strangers had become a close family of friends, everyone was quite sad when we had to separate and head home.

The bikes were perfect for the conditions, all new BMW GSs, easy to ride, reliable, quiet, with an engine that did not seem to care which gear you were in, and fitted with tyres that are just as much at home on the bitumen as they are on the unsealed roads.

The accommodation, meals and service were all first class.
The routes , the scenery and the cruises were well planned and breathtaking.

Their patience and endless tuition formed a motley bunch of peddlers into a competent group of adventure riders.

I would highly recommend Moto Aventures to anyone considering a motorbike tour in Southern Africa. It will leave you scarred for life in the nicest possible way.’’  – Brian

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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