Knysna Lesotho Loop Adventure Motorcycle Tour

Embark with us on an immersive tour to the intriguing landlocked Kingdom of Lesotho, traversing Africa's highest pass, the Sani Pass, along the way. Expect breathtaking scenery and great African hospitality.

Ride Out Africa's Lesotho tour is an African Adventure encompassing vast geographical diversity. Starting in the lush forests of the South Cape, the tour moves through the wetlands of the Baviaans before heading north, through the grassy plains of the Eastern Cape, ever rising in altitude until the mountains of Lesotho are reached. The tour covers substantial time above the 3,000m (10,000 ft) level and is known for its stunning mountain scenes.


Tour start dates

Recommended during the summer months as temperatures drop to below freezing during winter. Tour dates for the Lagoon to Lagoon tour recommended from September to May.


Itinerary

Day 1

Transfer from George Airport. Arrive in Knysna. Riders briefing and dinner at The Motorcycle Room in Knysna. Overnight at Brenton Cottages in Brenton on Sea.

Day 2

Knysna to Patensie. Early start from Knysna heading north through the world famous Knysna forest, then over de Vlugt before hitting the Baviaanskloof and all of its glorious river crossing. Arriving into Patensie before a short hop onto the mountains where we are staying at Mt Ingwe Guest Farm.

Distance covered: 309 km

Day 3

Patensie to Cradock. Leaving Mt Ingwe we head north through the Groot Winterhoek Mountains, passing the Cockscombe to the left and onwards to Kleinpoort and then Jansenville. This area is lush grassy plainlands and we pass multiple Angora stud farms. We overnight at Tuishuise, beautifully restored townhouses in the centre of this historic town.

Distance covered: 342 km

Day 4

Cradock to Rhodes. Covering more grasslands, this section is known for its wide open grassy plains where the rider’s thoughts can drift and you really get into the feeling of being on an epic adventure in Africa. Highlights include the war towns of Tarkastad, Sterkstroom, Dordrecht and Barkley East. Having the nostalgic sense of history having been made here many decades ago is inevitable as we continue to climb. We sleep at 2,000m (6,500 Ft) nestled deep in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains and only 16 km from the Lesotho border. We unpack at Alpine Swift Trails where we will stay 3 nights while we ride the legendary passes in and around Rhodes.

Distance covered: 379 km

Day 5

Rhodes Loop. 6 Hours of the most glorious pass riding under the sun, we loop the passes East of Rhodes. We will reach serious altitude close to the 3,000 m (10,000 Ft) barrier, we will feel short of breath, we will have the best time doing so. We will ride Lundin’s Neck, the Tenahead Traverse and everything in between!

Distance covered: 120 km

Day 6

Rhodes Loop. Another loop and a number of passes, this time the likes of Naude’s Neck and Bastervoetpadpass. Amazing pass riding, amazing views, amazing day!

Distance covered: 200 km

Day 7

Rhodes to Sani Pass. We pack up and head over the Naude’s Neck pass, past the Tenahead Lodge and onto the plains of Natal. The route takes us past Matatiele and Underberg and then we cross the border and we are in Lesotho. Heading up the famous Sani Pass we climb to 2,800m (9,000 Ft) and then we sleep there! Premium accommodation, excellent food and Africa’s highest pub, what’s not to like at Sani Mountain Lodge!

Distance covered: 350 km

Day 8

Sani Pass to Afriski. We leave Sani Mountain Lodge leasurely after a hearty breakfast with deck views of the sun rising over the escarpment. We head still further north and still higher, crossing the ever daunting 3,000m (10,000ft) level and the world famous Letseng Diamond Mine. We reach Afriski Mountain Resort where we put our feet up and try to remember that we are not in the Swiss Alps but instead in Africa.

Distance covered: 150 km

Day 9

Afriski to Katse Dam. We put the Swiss Alps feeling behind us, we cross some more ultra high mountains in this never-ending range and we continue our journey. After days on the mountain, we start to descent into some plains just south of Lesotho’s northern border. This marks the turn of our journey as we have reached our northernmost point. We now turn East, then South and we start to climb again because what fun would it be to stay low? We climb into Pitseng then Lejone and then more until the Katse Dam, nestled deem in the Drakensberg’s upper echelons, opens up in front of us. We arrive at Katse Lodge in its old world charm and stunning 270 degree views for the night.

Distance covered: 220 km

Day 10

Katse Dam to Semonkong. We head south to Thaba Tseka and then East, bridling the Maluti Mountain Range at some 3,000m (10,000 ft) where we continue to stay as the hours pass. Breath-taking pass riding yet again with stunning vistas and friendly locals form the core of the day’s riding. The afternoon sees us descending into Semonkong where we check into the Semonkong Lodge, perched on the banks of the Maletsunyane River. The day is a highlight and it gets better in the morning when we do some off the path riding.

Distance covered: 267 km

Day 11

Semonkong to Wepener. The day starts with the jewel in the crown of the tour, the off the path grass riding to the Maletsunyane Falls, a truly spectacular and world famous waterfall. Riding can get rough in rainy season but fear not, we have multiple contingency plans should riding be unsafe. We spend a few hours at the waterfall before hitting the road, heading south towards the South Africa border and its lower lands. We stay at the glorious Lord Fraser Hotel with its sprawling lawns, gorgeous bar and restaurant but mostly known for its enormous rooms built in an era now long past.

Distance covered: 240 km

Day 12

Wepener to Rosmead. We head further south through the wide expansive plains of the Eastern Cape passing through Smithfield and Bethulie before reaching South Africa’s largest dam, the Gariep Dam. Onwards we go and we spend the night in Rosmead at charming Celtis Country Lodge.

Distance covered: 390 km

Day 13

Rosmead to Knysna. We head out one final time and head South East for our longest day. We will start high in the Eastern Cape and end at sea level in the beautiful Southern Cape. On the way we will cross vast plains between Aberdeen and Willowmore and see the spectacular views of the Outeniqua Mountains before finishing our epic adventure at our HW in Knysna.

Distance covered: 220 km

Day 14

Depart. Breakfast in Knysna. Transfer to George Airport.


What's included in your tour price?

We've gone to great lengths to ensure that you are properly taken care of both on the road and at the end of the day.

Included

Transport to and from George Airport

Honda XR650L rental

Honda African Twin Rental

Fuel for Motorcycles

Accommodation and all meals

Backup Vehicle

Hydration Beverages

Excluded

Flight Tickets or any other transport to get to George Airport

Medical Insurance

Alcoholic and non-Alcoholic Beverages

Activities not included in the itinerary


Highlights

Our Lesotho loop tour takes you on one of Africa's great treks. The majestic scenery is unsurpassed. Journey through lush forest, karoo desert scrub and and quaint african villages.

The tour kicks off at The Motorcycle Room in Knysna. Other highlights include the Garden Route, the Baviaans, the Little Karoo, several passes including the Swartberg, Naude's Neck, the Sani Pass and many more...

The Baviaans
Sani Pass

Accommodation

The accommodation for the tour is pre-booked by Ride Out Africa. Depending on the location, accommodation will be hosted by Guest Houses, Hotels, Guest Farms and Game Reserves. All these establishments were tried and tested by our team beforehand and were hand-picked as selected accommodation. We will try to accommodate every rider with their own private lodgings but in some cases, riders may have to share a room.

Breakfasts and dinners will be included and prepared by accommodation hosts. You can expect a taste of traditional South African cuisine paired with true South African hospitality. Depending on the location, lunches will be on the road, served by the team, or served at a local eatery.

Brenton Cottages
Alpine Swift
Sani Mountain Lodge

Gear

Due to the diverse climate in Southern Africa and the vast areas covered on our tours, we recommend that riders bring along Dual Sport riding gear as opposed to Road Bike gear.

Functional riding gear determines how warm, dry and safe you will be.

Essential gear:

  • Riding boots
  • Helmet
  • Neck brace (optional)
  • Riding jacket
  • Riding pants
  • Wet gear
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes for evenings
  • Toiletries, sunblock, mosquito repellent and personal medication

Our team have planned, mapped, tried and tested each of our tours. You can rest assured that you will be in the best of hands and can expect nothing but unforgettable memories when you join us on one of these unique adventure tours.

Book this tour 

  • Price:
    R84500.00


  • Duration:
    14 days, 13 nights


  • Distance:
    1980 miles / 3187 km


  • Terrain:
    40% tar, 60% gravel roads


  • Malaria:
    Malaria free area


  • Group size:
    6 riders