Here’s a list of answers to some of the questions you may have. Feel free to email us if you have specific questions not answered here.

What’s the ‘vibe’ of the tour like?

We like to engage with people and the environment around us, in a safe and respectful way. Our tours are informative, relaxed and unpretentious – while still being exciting as we explore new areas and landscapes along our route.

If you’re looking for a non-stop party with heavy drinking then we wouldn’t recommend this tour for you.

Take a look at the About page for more information on who we are.

These dates don’t suit me, what are my options?

We will definitely look at accommodating your dates if at all possible. Feel free to email us your preferred date and type of tour.

How many places are there on a trip?

We limit our group size to 8 bikes. We like to keep the groups small because we feel it allows for a better experience for everyone involved.

Are the bikes suitable for shorter (in body length) riders?

The standard seat height for our bikes is 850cm, however some bikes do come with an adjustable seat. If a smaller bike size is needed, then please make sure you let us know before the trip.

Can I bring my non-riding partner / friend / pillion rider?

Yes. Most of the bikes allow for pillion riders, however we’d recommend that you have experience riding with a pillion on gravel roads to maintain safety standards. If you don’t have any experience on gravel roads with a pillion then we recommend riding solo.

If you’d like someone to join us on the trip who has no intention of riding pillion but would still like to take part, we can make special arrangements for this person in the support vehicle, however the space is limited so please let us know in advance.

How do I book a Tour?

Please complete the booking form. We require a 50% deposit to secure your place.

How challenging will the riding be?

The mix of tar and gravel roads varies with the trips. We recommend that you have some gravel road experience or take an off-road riding course before you arrive. It will make your riding much more enjoyable. If you’re relatively new to adventure motorcycling and want to take it slow and easy we are able to tailor both the route and the pace to suit you. Please inform us via email if this is your preference.

Most of the gravel roads we take are generally in good condition with some loose gravel. Some sections have a washboard or corrugated surface and some shallow sand.

What must I bring along?

Documentation:

  • Passport – valid for at least 6 months after you arrive.
  • Proof of Medical insurance covering South Africa.
  • Your current motorcycle license. We also recommend you bring an International motorcycle drivers license / permit. Your local Automobile Association can help with advice on that.

Clothing and Equipment:

  • Luggage – a maximum of one bag per person per tour.
  • A small rucksack including hydration pack and/or money belt to carry your wallet and small items needed while riding.
  • Riding Kit – Helmets are mandatory in South Africa. Tinted visors are legal and can be worn. Helmets, gloves, protective jackets and at least jeans to be worn at all times while riding. We also highly recommend good earplugs to reduce wind noise. We may encounter some rain on our first day out of Cape Town so bring rainproof kit if you want.
  • Clothes: we will do a weather check and advise you of the appropriate clothing for your trip.
  • Please inform us via email if you need to rent riding gear.
  • Medical Kit: we will have basic medication and a first aid kit with us. You will need to bring any additional items or chronic medication you may need.

Language?

South Africa is a diverse country with 11 official languages. English is widely spoken and understood. In addition to English, your tour guides are proficient in Afrikaans (an indigenous South African language with its roots in Dutch), German and French.

How will we be accommodated?

At AMT we have opted for accommodation that offers great value and comfort, to complement your experience. We have personally stayed at each accommodation venue, and feel that they offer something unique and special for the riders on our tours.

When you stay at the Tankwa tented camp, these are not your small, thin domed tents, but rather semi-permanent structures made from thick canvas, with shared ablution facilities. Take a look at our tour pages to see pictures of the accommodation.

En-suite chalets sleeping 2 people each, are available at an extra cost.

What’s the food like?

Dinner and Lunch are not included in your rate. We prefer you to choose to eat what you are comfortable with. We have scouted out the best places along the way which offer great value for money.

Water situation. Can I drink the water?

The Western Cape is currently experiencing the worst drought in recorded history. Being mindful of water usage is extremely important and will be expected by some of the places we stay. It is perfectly safe to drink the water out the taps, we will also provide more than enough bottled water on the tour.

Health?

South Africa has no specific health issues related to diseases and immunizations are not required (unless you are travelling to another African country after or before your stay in South Africa).

Cape Town is not in a malaria region, however we do still recommend bringing an insect repellent because there are mosquitos, just not the type that make you ill.

Consult your physician or health care provider at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to determine whether or not you will need any immunizations, vaccines or medications in preparation for your trip.

A tetanus booster and Hepatitis A vaccines are recommended by the Center for Disease Control.

Please inform us if you have any chronic health problem especially any allergies or if you suffered a stroke or from heart disease?

What insurance do I need?

We strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance, covering trip cancellation for medical reasons; trip delay; medical expenses; accidental death; lost baggage; medical evacuation etc. We will require a proof of medical insurance covering South Africa.

Motorcycle insurance cover is included in all rates quoted on our standard rate chart. A deposit will be required (held by means of a credit card authorization) on every rental.

Please notify your bank beforehand that you will be traveling abroad in order to avoid any delays on the day of your rental.

Deposits will be refunded once the motorcycle has been cleaned and inspected on return.

NOTE: Our insurance covers the motorcycle and does not constitute personal travel insurance. We strongly recommend that you take out personal travel insurance as well as insurance cover relating to the excess amount, should you be liable for the insurance excess amount.

Insurance exclusions:

The renter will be fully liable for any damage to the vehicle or third party vehicle in the following circumstances:

  • Water damage/water submersion (including salt water)
  • Willful damage – any damage caused as a result of negligence.
  • Willful damage includes but is not limited to:
    • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
    • Driving on restricted roads or in restricted areas
    • Damaging the clutch or gearbox due to incorrect use of the clutch/gearbox

Damage and accident policy

In the event of a fall, collision or damage, however minor, you will be required to complete the Insurance Claim Form. Please note that AMT have a strict replacement policy on all damaged parts, irrespective of how minor any damage may be. Any scratched, dented and damaged parts will be replaced at the current dealer part retail price plus labour.

An administration fee for any claim or damage repair will be charged at R 350.00. All accidents, however minor are to be reported to the local police. Please obtain a case number, which must be detailed on the Insurance claim form. Failure to do so will result in your claim being repudiated. No damaged parts will be retained or forwarded to the renter.

Road & Traffic offences

Southern African countries drive on the LEFT HAND SIDE of the road. Road quality is generally good, in most of the country; however, potholed sections may be encountered in certain rural areas.

You will be responsible for any traffic prosecutions whilst the motorcycle is in your possession. All traffic fines received via postal service after your rental will be paid on your behalf by AMT and directly charged to your credit card. A handling fee of R250.00 will be levied per fine.

Is the area safe to travel in?

We do not enter into any high-risk areas on any of our tours. The only safety concern is colliding with an animal crossing the road, which is why we never ride during the evening. There are also the general risks involved with riding a motorcycle. We have a full briefing session on all precautions that will need to be taken in this regard.

What about fuel?

The cost of fuel is included in our price. We will ensure we refuel well in range of fuel stations and we will bring along extra fuel if necessary.

What will the weather be like?

The Western Cape has a Mediterranean Climate so you can expect hot, dry summers (Dec – March), and cool, wet winters (July – Sept).

Rain is unpredictable but will not stop a ride, it just makes it more exciting.

Why is the support vehicle important?

The support vehicle carries your luggage, fist aid kit, limited tools and repair kit, drinking water, snacks and refreshment for when we stop at lookout points.

We also tow a trailer in case one of the bikes breaks down or gets damage. The support vehicle is also used for people who can’t ride further.

South African Currency & payment?

The official currency in South Africa is the South African Rand (seen as R or ZAR). Most places accept VISA and Mastercard (limited American Express), however we do have one fuel stop on our route which only takes cash.

Please make sure that you do have some cash on you, however it is not advisable to carry a lot of cash at any one time. The equivalent of $200 or EUR160 should be enough for the whole trip.