Leaving Cape Town by motorcycle to Franschhoek

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

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

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Biking through Cape Hope National Park to Cape Point.

The white sands of Noordhoek Beach from Chapman’s Peak Drive

Noordhoek Beach from Chapman

Final bike preparation & briefing before the big adventure begins

the big adventure begins

Parked up at Cape Point

Parked up at Cape Point

Cape Dutch roofline of our lodge & spa at Franschhoek

Cape Dutch roofline

Cosy comfort after a day in the saddle

Cosy comfort

Serviced & ready to continue the adventure

continue the adventure

Leaning it in on Bain’s Kloof Pass

Bain’s Kloof Pass

The sweeping corners of Chapman’s Peak Drive

sweeping corners of Chapman’s

One of our assistance vehicles on Chapman’s Peak Drive

One of our assistance vehicles

Vineyards in Boland

Vineyards in Boland

Pausing to enjoy the Atlantic Ocean

enjoy the Atlantic Ocean

Even cheetahs like selfies

Even cheetahs like selfies

The Waterfront

The Waterfront

Team shot with Hout Bay in the background

Team shot with Hout Bay

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“After just completing my 5th tour with MotoAventures I really don’t have the words to describe what turned out to be one of the best adventures I’ve been on. From the very first day to the last, everything was perfect. I turned up to see my GS1200 with only running-in miles gleaming at me in the Cape Town sunshine and perfectly set up to my riding requirements. I really don’t think Johnny and Su realise themselves just how far above other tour standards they are.” – Thomas

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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