South Africa – Johannesburg to Cape Town

Packed and ready for the flight to Johannesburg






After a short stay in London to say goodbye to our good friends, Jacqui & Trent and their kids, Summer and Martin we prepped the bike for its flight to Africa.






We arrived safely on December 6; unfortunately the bike didn’t leave on time and was then off loaded in Jeddah for a couple of days. To fill in our time in Johannesburg we took a trip to Soweto.

The spot where this little boy, Hector Pieterson, was shot dead by police is now a museum commemorating the 1976 uprising




This region of 5 million people is steeped in history. It was here that the uprising of 1976 turned the world’s attention to the appalling circumstances of the black population under apartheid.









Outside Nelson Mandela's home - it is now a site of National Heritage



It was here that Nelson Mandela called home before his arrest and imprisonment. Today that modest home is a museum. Further down the street Archbishop Desmond Tutu still has a home.

This is the only street in the world to be home to two Nobel Peace Prize winners!





Miriam loved Brian's beard




Finally reunited with the bike we said goodbye to the marvellous people at the Aero Guest Lodge who kept us sane while we waited for the bike and hit the road.





Moses loved the bike


The windswept beaches north of Durban



We rode through the centre of Kwazulu-Natal province to Durban and the coast. We spent several days riding along the Hibiscus Coast, the Wild Coast and the Sunshine Coast.






Jeffery Bay - a real surfers' hangout



The roads that hugged the coast gave us amazing views. The scenery was spectacular and the beaches looked inviting. The thought of the great white sharks that inhabit these waters was a little off-putting.






Sunrise over Port St Johns


Port Elizabeth










Garden Route



Then we hit the Garden Route – probably the most famous road in South Africa. The wow factor was high!






Garden Route

Cape Agulhus - where the two oceans meet




Further around the coast was Cape Agulhas – where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. There is a marker which Brian felt was the perfect spot for a photo with the bike.





Cape Agulhus

Shark watching post from over the coast




On the final run in to Cape Town we stopped at Gansbaai where you can go swimming with the sharks. There is also a spot on the cliff where shark watchers spend the day on the lookout for a great white. Two days early a 2.5 metre great white had been spotted close to shore. That didn’t deter the board riders!




Next stop Cape Town for Christmas.

5 Responses to “South Africa – Johannesburg to Cape Town”

  1. David Stanley says:

    Brian and Shirley

    Great trip been following your blog. No problems in Central America unlike myself. Joined Horizons Unlimited and sought travellers for the Central Asia/China trip. Got a group of eight together. We leave UK on the 6th April. We do Europe, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkemnistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
    Thank you for your advice to join HU.
    Ride safe.

  2. Jeff & Robyn Wood says:

    Hi Rixy & Shirl. What a fantastic trip you are having. it is a pity our BMW is a “Couch Potatoe” like us. Woogy & Hanny

  3. Jeff & Robyn Wood says:

    G’Day Rixy & Shirl. Have loved reading about your experiences. Our BMW is a “Couch Potatoe” Like us. Good to see you have achieved what you set out to do. Woogy & Hanny

  4. Fred de Munk says:

    I was wondering if at any time during your travels in South Africa if you ever felt that your security was compromised?


  5. David Edmunds says:

    Good to read your update & spectacular photos looks great .

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