Day 2 of 17 Cape Town to Victoria Falls
Riders, pillions and 4X4 passengers pull away to begin the adventure
The first day of our riding adventure and time to discover what your brand new BMW GS really feels like on the open road!
After a good breakfast, we meet up outside the hotel to get ready for the first day of proper riding. Your luggage is safely stowed on board our 4X4 support vehicle and after a short recap briefing, riders, pillions and 4X4 passengers pull away to begin the adventure
Looking across False Bay for Southern Right Whales
Our lunch stop is a café within the Cape National Park
We leave Cape Town via the renowned Chapman’s Peak Drive and on to the fabulous Cape of Good Hope. Wonderful sweeping sections let you get your first feel of the BMW’s handling. The route frequently overhangs the Atlantic Ocean and offers spectacular views of picturesque bays, long shining white beaches, and plentiful stopping points for photos. All along this coastline, keep an eye out for the sight of a majestic Southern Right whale breeching, as this is the season they return back to their breeding grounds.
Our lunch stop is a café within the Cape National Park, and from here you can sit and gaze back over the stunning landscape and our route.
Exiting the Park, we deftly dodge the troops of baboons sitting around in the road and head back towards Cape Town but following a different route that takes us round False Bay with a recommended stop at the penguin community at Boulder’s Beach.
Arranging to meet up for a coffee in a well-known biker’s bar
Then we ride on through the scenic Simon’s Town and Fish Hoek before reaching the popular beach resort of Muizenberg, Here we turn inland for a while until we get to Gordon’s Bay where once again we hug the Atlantic Ocean. Arranging to meet up for a coffee in a well-known biker’s bar, we then leave the coast behind and turn inland heading for the wonderful Cape Winelands.
Towards the end of the day’s biking we experience our first 20kms of well prepared dirt track. If this is your first introduction to off road, John your guide will be available at all times to offer you help and advice should you need it. Just ask! About 10kms down the track we turn off to visit the lion & cheetah reserve. The lions are now fully grown so it’s unlikely we can mingle with them, but the cheetahs are a big favourite with everyone and you can get up real close.
If you’ve never seen these fine animals in the flesh before, it’s a memory that will stay with you forever!
We’re off!! Destination Victoria Falls.
The dinner in our hotel restaurant promises to be a gastronomic experience.
The Cape Winelands are famous for providing some of the world’s finest wines.
The wine growing area, called Boland (meaning “upland”), is set among magnificent mountain ranges which supply the vines with an excellent microclimate that complement the grape varieties perfectly.
This area has also become known for its cuisine and the dinner in our hotel restaurant promises to be a gastronomic experience.
Our first night away from Cape Town is spent in a beautiful 5* hotel and spa, built in the Cape Dutch style. Nestling in the valley, the hotel is surrounded by hillsides covered in vineyards and situated just 5kms from the small picturesque town of Franschhoek, well worth visiting with many galleries, cheese factories and a great little tea shop, to mention a few of its points of interest.
The next day will take us through the stunning Namaqualand region…
Biking through Cape Hope National Park to Cape Point.
The white sands of Noordhoek Beach from Chapman’s Peak Drive
Final bike preparation & briefing before the big adventure begins
Parked up at Cape Point
Cape Dutch roofline of our lodge & spa at Franschhoek
Cosy comfort after a day in the saddle
Serviced & ready to continue the adventure
Leaning it in on Bain’s Kloof Pass
The sweeping corners of Chapman’s Peak Drive
One of our assistance vehicles on Chapman’s Peak Drive
Vineyards in Boland
Pausing to enjoy the Atlantic Ocean
Even cheetahs like selfies
Team shot with Hout Bay in the background
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