Cape Town to Johannesburg
After a day of acclimatisation in Cape Town we start this tour of superlatives with a ride through the craggy Cedar mountains. Amidst peaks over 2000 metres high, we savour the beautifully coloured, bizarre sandstone formations before heading for Springbok via Clanwilliam. Our route takes us on to the Augrabies Falls, the "place of great noise". WHen the river overflows, more falls form at the sides and the air fills with dense spray - an amazing spectacle. After this the next highlight is already awaiting us: the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
This remote reserve, formerly called the Kalahari Gemsbok Park, can only be reached via dusty gravel tracks - ideal terrain four our BMW motorcycles. Passing through the shimmering heat of the Kalahari, we tour via Upington to Kimberley, which became famous in the 19th century for its huge diamond deposits. After Bloemfontein, the city of roses, we move on to the Golden Gate Park and the Royal National Park. The main attractions of the Golden Gate Park are the huge, colourful sandstone formations which give the park its name.
We then enjoy the stillness of the mountain environment of Giant's Caste Reserve before tasting the lively multicultural urban bustle of Durban and taking a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear water of the Indian Ocean. We pass through Ulundi - during the apartheid era the capital of Zululand with its many homelands - and Ermelo before finally reaching the most famous and most plentiful nature reserve in South Africa, the Kruger National Park with a vast diversity of anmial species, acacia bush fields and avannah landscapes.
On the last stage of our trip we admire one of the last great natural wonders of South Africa, the Blyde River Canyon, a 26km long and 800m deep gorge of red sandstone, before crossing the Draken Mountains to Pretoria, the country's capital and the final destination of this very special journey.