Country Infomation - South Africa
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General Information - South Africa

Riding in South Africa:

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Roads in South Africa are generally good and traffic relatively light (or sometimes non-existent!). There is an extensive network of perfect tarred road available. Off the beaten path you will encounter more potholes in you suburb then on a South African gravel road. For our adventure tours, off-road experience is not required but encouraged. South African gravel and dirt roads are regularly graded and generally in good condition. Adventure riding classes (2-3 Days) and more challenging routes are available on request.

Climate

Cape Town and the Garden Route enjoy a Mediterranean climate. During our main season (October-April) you can enjoy 11 hours of sunshine with very little rain; daytime temperatures are around 30 degrees C. Further inland the temperatures can climb considerably higher during the day and fall considerably lower during the night. Best time to travel: October - April

Safety:

Despite rumours to the contrary, the Cape is a very safe place to tour (You should see some of the reports that we receive about your country). We and our customers have never experienced anything but friendliness and warmth and everyone has left South Africa with a renewed opinion. If you have any serious doubts, many of our customers are prepared to act as references and ambassadors.

Health and Malaria:

The medical infrastructure in South Africa is generally of European standard. Our itineraries do not cover any malaria risk areas and no special vaccinations are indicated. Comprehensive travel and health insurance is recommended. Please be aware that AIDS/HIV is widespread.

 

What do I need to bring?

We recommend you bring suitable motorcycle clothing, preferably textile, as leathers can be very hot, as well as a helmet, gloves and motorcycle boots. Remember daytime temperatures from November to March will be high. Usually the climate in the region doesn't require heavy rain protection, but we recommend lightweight waterproofs just in case. A warm sweater or fleece is recommended as the nights can be chilly. Sun block, sunglasses and a hat/bandana are essential. Laundry service is available en route. Helmets can be hired locally if pre-booked.

Money matters:

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The South African currency is the rand, other currencies are NOT accepted. Traveler's cheques are not popular and not accepted as payment. Cash-Machines (ATM) are widely available and all major credit cards are accepted at most outlets.

Dining and shopping in South Africa probably offers the best value for money anywhere. You can often eat a tasty 3-course steak dinner for less than the price of the steak from the butcher in your country. Almost all major brands of goods are represented in South Africa. A full tank of fuel will set you back about R75.

Accommodation:

We try and use small hotels and guesthouses wherever possible, as we believe this gives you a much better experience of life in the Cape. Occasionally we have problems with availability, so the actual accommodation may differ if the given accommodation is fully booked. This applies particularly to late bookings and in high season (December/January).

What else can I do?

Anything you dream of, we can arrange extensions of you trip in Kruger National Park, Shark Cage Diving, Whale-watching, Special interest tours (like botanical, geological...), train journeys, car hire, even skiing! Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula are well worth a few extra days if you have the time.

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