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Ride with the Big Five Tour - 9 days, 8 nights
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 F 650  1150 GS 1200 GS
24 000 25 650 26 662

Face the adventure and prepare yourself for the adrenalin ride of the century: taking your bike in among lion and elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino in the Greater Kruger National Park.

This is a world-unique opportunity to partake in a guided bike tour in Big Five Country.

Tour starts and ends in Pretoria.

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From Pretoria the route leads east wards to Manyeleti Game Reserve through Mpumalanga. En route to Big Five country lies the Drakensberg Escarpment, with its sheer rock walls, pockets of indigenous forest, grass covered mountain slopes and vast plantations. It abounds with streams, waterfalls, crystal-clear pools and potholes and embraces the world's third largest canyon - the Blyde River Canyon.

From the top of the escarpment, the route descends nearly a thousand metres to the low-lying, 23 000-ha Manyeleti Game Reserve which shares an unfenced boundary with the adjacent Kruger Park. The main attractions are the guided trails and game drives from Ndzhaka tented safari camp or Buffelshoek trails camp in Big Five territory. Activities of the day could include a visit to Moholoholo rehabilitation centre or Kapama cheetah breeding project or a day drive into Kruger via Orpen gate, or stay in Manyeleti and enjoy nature at its best.

Upon your return to the camp the night drive awaits you on an open vehicle where you'll explore the nocturnal activities of the bush as interpreted and explained by the guides. Westward through the scenic Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve after the morning breakfast the journey leads on the Drakensberg escarpment en route to Mafefe. The scenic beauty of the area and the friendly faces of the local children compensate for the extremely bumpy and dusty  track up the mountain to the Mafefe camp built in the Pedi style in honour of the legendary 19th century king Sekhukhune who refused to bow to Boer rulership.

Our last day gives an option of a scenic, though rough, track from the camp towards the abandoned Penge mine from where a good tarred road leads the way home via Burgersfort.

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Itinerary

  • Drakensberg Escarpment - “Motorcycle Heaven”
  • Manyeleti Big 5 Game Reserve
  • Kruger National Park Big 5 Game Reserve
  • Letaba Ranch Big 5 Game Reserve
  • Makuya Park Game Reserve
  • Last Post Game Reserve

Tar: 1341 km & Dirt: 502 km = Total: 1843 km
Route: GS 650 – GS 1200 friendly!!
Rating: Moderate (2)

Day 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9

Day 1/9

Depart from Pretoria and travel via Bapsfontein and Bronkhorstspruit to Verena, where we turn onto gravel and proceed to Loskop Dam for our first fuel stop.  Continue on a scenic route through the Mineral Range mountains via Stofberg and Roossenekal before we cross the Steenkampsberg mountains using the Steenkampsberg Pass en-route to Lydenburg – our lunch stop. After lunch ascend the spectacular Long Tom Pass to its highest point - Mauchsberg (2149m) before turning onto gravel tracks and descending into the valleys below to our overnight stop at Sabie.

Tar        : 287 km
Dirt       :   75 km
Total     : 362 km

Day 2/9

Drakensberg escarpment – Biking country at its best!
Travel on tar today and enjoy the fast sweepers of the spectacular “Long Tom Pass” as we ride back to Lydenburg.  After a quick visit to the early pioneers’ church and school, we use the “Verraaiersnek Pass” and then the tight “Robber’s Pass” to the historical town of Pilgrimsrest, where we will stop for lunch. The fun continues after lunch!!

Use the “Bonnet Pass” to Graskop, a quick visit to “God’s Window” before taking the “Kowyn’s Pass” to Hazyview. After everybody has caught up, we depart on the last leg using the scenic and fast “Bergvliet Pass” back to Sabie. 

Tar        : 220 km
Dirt       : Nil
Total     : 220 km

Day 3/9

Depart after breakfast, refuel - and a new day’s adventure is about to begin. We start to descend through the forestry plantations via Klipkraal Pass and “World’s View”, whereafter the dirt roads take us all along the scenic foot hills of the majestic Drakensberg range. Using the Mariepskop Pass we ride to the top of Mariepskop (1944 m) - on a clear day one can see the Mozambique coast line! Continue to Klaserie where we will have lunch before making our way to the Manyeleti Game Reserve – Manyeleti forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park and is Big 5 country par excellence! On our bikes we proceed through Big 5 country to our tented camp at Ndzaka!

Late afternoon game drive on an open game-viewing vehicle before enjoying a traditional barbeque around the camp fire.   

Tar:       :   47 km
Dirt       : 106 km
Total     : 153 km

Day 4/9

Coffee and rusks before embarking on an early morning game drive in this Big 5 wilderness. Return for breakfast before riding out of the Manyeleti to the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre. We will go on a guided tour through this world renowned wild animal and bird rehabilitation centre.

After lunch we will ride back to our bush camp in the Manyeleti.

Another late afternoon game drive before returning to Ndzaka for our second last evening in this Big 5 country reserve.

Tar        :  100 km
Dirt       :    20 km
Total     :  120 km

Day 5/9

Depart after breakfast for an all day game drive in the famous Kruger National Park on an open game drive vehicle. We will follow the Timbavati River into the Park to “Bobbejaankrans” where we will stop for tea before continuing deeper into the Park to Satara Camp - our lunch stop.

The return journey will include Sweni Road, Nhlariguleni Road, RabelaisLoop and watering hole, before we arrive back at Orpen Gate.

Back onto the bikes and return to the Manyeleti.

Our last evening together under African skies at Ndzaka camp.

Tar        :  20 km
Dirt       :  20 km
Total     :  40 km

Day 6/9

Another early morning game drive – we may come across the previous night’s kill!

After breakfast we depart for Hoedspruit, refuel, and use the tar road through this magnificent bushveld to Phalaborwa, where we will stop for lunch. Back onto dirt roads until we reach the turn-off to our next destination – Letaba Ranch Game Reserve. As with the Manyeleti this Big 5 Reserve borders the Kruger National Park and is well known for its herds of Elephant. In the Park we follow the Letaba River in an easterly direction before arriving at Mtomeni, our tented camp on the banks of the Letaba. The late afternoon game walk is followed by another evening around a camp fire in the wild African bush.

Tar        : 104 km
Dirt       :   30 km
Total     : 134 km

Day 7/9

Depart reluctantly from the beautiful Mtomeni Camp and ride on dirt past rural Shangaan villages, before joining the tar road just before the town of Gyani. Refuel and head in a northerly direction towards the Punda Maria gate of the Kruger National Park. Turn west onto dirt, cross the Levuvhu River, and head into the Tshamavhudzi mountains. The road takes us through scenic rural Venda before we turn towards the mountainous Makuya Park Game Reserve. We follow the fence of the Park before entering yet another Game Reserve en-route to our tented camp that is situated high above the river bed of the scenic Mutale river.

Mutale Falls camp, a real gem with a spectacular view!

Tar        : 133 km
Dirt       :   95 km
Total     : 228 km

Day 8/9

Exit the Makuya Park, depart and ride into the heart of rural Venda en-route to the “Big Tree” - The largest Baobab in South Africa – its age is believed to be in excess of 3000 years! Cross the foot hills of the Soutpansberg mountain range via Tshandama and the “Holy Forest” to the naturally formed “sacred” Lake Funduzi – where the ancient Venda people practiced their belief that the offering of a young maiden to the crocodiles in this lake would please their gods!

Stunning scenery as we ride across the mountains to Louis Trichardt where we join the tar road and use the N1 to Bandelierkop, whereafter we once again turn onto gravel for the last 16 km to “The Last Post” Nature Reserve.

Spectacular views from the deck will form the perfect back drop from where one can leisurely share and savour the adventures and experiences of the past eight days.

Tar        :   80 km
Dirt       : 140 km
Total     : 220 km

Day 9/9    

Last breakfast together then back to the N1 before we ride south via Polokwane - capital of the Northern Province – back to Pretoria.

Tar        : 350 km
Dirt       :   16 km
Total     : 366 km

Included

  • Qualified guide
  • Back-up vehicle with off-road bike trailer
  • Luggage carrying facilities
  • Three sumptuous meals per day
  • Cash bar at all venues
  • Shared accommodation
  • Park entrance fees
  • Game drives
  • Some of the best motorcycle roads in the world
  • ADVENTURE

Excluded

  • Off-road rider training – add 2 days and R 2000.00 per person
  • (Typically from Friday to Saturday, and start the tour on Sunday)
  • Beverages (Alcoholic & Non-alcoholic)
  • Fuel and toll requirements
  • Items of personal nature: curios, gratuities etc.
  • Personal insurance - medical, lost luggage and cancellation
  • Daily Laundry