THE ESSENTIALS

Seasons & Route


SEASON: We can ride all year in South Africa. However, the dry season, usually from October to end of April, is the most appropriate for off-road motorbiking. Summer months can be very hot in the Tankwa Karoo and Cederberg, with temperatures rising up to 40ºC.

 

ROUTE: Drifts can become impassable after heavy rains, as a consequence we may have to modify the initially scheduled route without prior notice. In a similar manner, some gates may be locked and we will have to re-route the tour.

Insurance


Motorbiking is a hazardous activity, so please ensure that you have contracted an appropriate insurance cover. In case of severe injury, and considering the remoteness of the tour areas, the fastest rescue would be a helicopter evacuation. Ask your insurance broker whether this mode of transport is included in your coverage.

 

Please verify that your liability insurance covers the excess amount (R7’500) in case of damages or loss if you wish to rent one of our motorbikes.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST CONTRACT A REPATRIATION INSURANCE, COVERING EMERGENCY MEDICAL EXPENSES

Group size, Language & Bike


GROUP SIZE: We usually limit the number of participants to 6. However, and at special request, we may guide groups of up to 8 people.

MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 3

 

LANGUAGE: Our guides can speak English, Afrikaans, French, German and/or Italian.

 

MOTORBIKE: Select the motorbike type according to your skill level. Larger displacement does NOT necessarily means more fun.

Fitness


Off-road motorbiking is physically demanding. You may have to stand on the bike’s foot pegs for not less than 6 hours per day.

 

It is however not necessary to be in Dakar shape, but in order to fully enjoy your journey, a reasonable level of fitness is strongly recommended.

 

We kindly request all our guests to complete the form “Declaration of Medical Condition” that can be found in the [Downloads & Links] page.

Skills


Some previous off road experience is recommended, however it is not mandatory: we have integrated a full training day on a 4×4 track prior to all Karoo and Cederberg tours. Please note that the training day is part of the package and its attendance is compulsory.

 

 Please note that “à la carte” tours do NOT include training days unless specified by the customer.

 

The day tour “Paarl Nature Mountain Reserve” does not require any previous off-road experience.

Equipment


Please visit the [Downloads & Links] section and download the recommended “Equipment List” document. Usually, functional and quick drying outdoor gear should be sufficient. A hydration bag (Camelpak or similar) is mandatory, as well as appropriate protective equipment. A neck brace is strongly recommended.

 

Although most customers bring their own apparel, or at least part of it, we offer you the possibility to rent equipment suiting the local weather conditions, as well as neck braces.