Touring 2016 Leaving Knysna by motorcycle to Addo

Day 7 Cape Town to Victoria Falls Tours

Leaving Knysna after our rest day

There’s an excited buzz this morning as we prepare to get back on our bikes after yesterday’s rest day. You realise just how much you miss being on the open roads when you don’t ride for a day. Eager for today’s 467km-ride, we all choose which preferred route to take – the busier roads of the main highway, or the quieter smooth, sweeping asphalt roads. The choice is yours!

Our day today is packed with adventure and some spectacular sights along the way. Depending on what routes we all decide to take, there’s a chance for some good off-roading through Baviaanskloof National Park or, for those wanting to take the smaller roads, we’ll turn onto the famous Scenic Cape Route 62 .

Staggering views of the Prince Albert Pass

We’re off! Blasting along the roads again begins to feel reassuringly familiar as we set off for the staggering views of the Prince Albert Pass, which at 68km in length is the longest mountain pass in South Africa. Over 150 years old, it took an astonishing 7 years to build at the grand figure of £11,000! The challenging windy roads are a real test of you and your BMW’s endurance power and give you a real rush as you weave close to the mountain’s big drop offs. If you’ve a fear of heights, don’t look down! We’re with you all the way.

The Scenic Cape Route 62 through Baviaanskloof

After our epic ride over the pass we reach Avontuur and decide which roads we prefer to take, either the Scenic Cape Route 62 for the smaller, narrower roads or through Baviaanskloof National Park for some truly great off-roading. For those winding up and down the twisting paths of the National Park, we hope you don’t mind getting a bit wet as we cross many small streams peppered with rounded pebbles and stones. If necessary, we may even have to wade through!

Colonial style hotel built as an Edwardian Inn

Our home for tonight is an old, Colonial style hotel built as an Edwardian Inn, which oozes charisma and is full of character. Watch out for the extremely excitable guard-dog who’s waiting to greet us on our arrival! With views overlooking both the remarkable mountains and lush valleys of the Greater Addo National Elephant Park, this welcoming Inn’s homely atmosphere gives off the warmth and comfort reminiscent of a cosy Granny’s house! Complimenting the charismatic charm of this old English Style Inn is a delightful, traditional country cuisine – cooked to perfection!

Relax time in front of a roaring log fire

After a satisfying dinner, we relax on the sofas in front of a roaring log fire, enjoying conversation and cuddles with the Inn’s friendly dog. Tomorrow morning’s early safari to see the Elephants at Addo’s National Park is first on our agenda, so we retire for an early rise.

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Grounds of our old “English Inn”

Grounds of our old English Inn

Old world library & bar

Old world library & bar

Ferocious guard dog – Really!!

Ferocious guard dog – Really

Our private safari truck!

Our private safari truck

Elephant family.

Elephant family

I’m as intrigued as you are!

I’m as intrigued as you are

Can you spot us?

Can you spot us

Majestic beast!

Majestic beast

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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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