What to Pack for your trip:
PASSPORT ( Valid for 6 months with at least 2 consecutive blank pages. Please check Visa requirements for your country of origin, prior to travel, with your local agent )
DRIVER'S LICENSE (Must be in English with a photo. Alternatively an accompanying official translation or International License.)
MEDICAL AND TRAVEL INSURANCE DETAILS
The Karoo and Cederberg are very remote and out of signal range therefor most establishments operate on a CASH (South African Rand) only basis
PROTECTIVE GEAR (helmet, gloves, chest protector, elbow and knee guards, appropriate protective riding boots) check blog on riding gear for links to purchase gear for your trip
WATER HYDRATION BACK PACK (BXC can provide gear (excluding boots) and Water back packs at additional charge but limited to available sizes)
SUNGLASSES and SUNSCREEN
LIGHT RAIN GEAR / RAIN JACKET
CASUAL WEAR for evening dinners
WARM JACKET and PANTS for our winter months (April - September. - It can still get cool in the evenings and mornings during the rest of the year)
South Africa's currency is the rand, which offers visitors great value for money. The rand comes in a range of coins (R1 = 100 cents) and note denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200.
In urban areas tap water is usually of high quality and safe to drink. However, Bike X Cape tours operate in more remote areas and therefor bottled water and juices will be made available for you during your trip.
The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Bike X Cape tours takes you to extreme remote areas where electricity is either supplied by way of solar or generators and in a few instances Grid electricity. When the opportunity arises to charge your phone or use Grid tied electricity please bring the correct adaptor plug, as South Africa has a unique 3 point power outlet.
South Africa has a well-developed communications infrastructure however Bike X Cape tours operates in remote areas and in most instances there is little to no cell phone signal. Some of the overnight establishments offer WiFi.
Divided into 9 provinces, it also has 11 official languages: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu. Most South Africans speak English which is accepted as the business language. French, German and Italian are also spoken in most of the larger hotels. Bike X Cape owners and employees are proficient in English and Afrikaans.
TIPS AND TIPPING
As a rough guide: give 10% to 15% to a waiter in a restaurant.
Most of South Africa is malaria-free, although precaution should be taken when visiting the Kruger National Park or low-lying parts of northern KwaZulu-Natal.
Although there is no risk of yellow fever in South Africa, South Africa requires a valid yellow fever certificate if your journey starts or entails passing through the Yellow Fever Belt of Africa or South America.
TRAVELLING BY ROAD IN SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa has an extensive road infrastructure including national highways and secondary roads. Bike X Cape Tours however are designed are designed for the gravel road enthusiast and our tours operate 99% on gravel. Distances between towns in the Karoo and Cederberg are long and in some instances of the tours no towns will be visited or passed through for at least two consecutive days.
In South Africa, we drive on the left side of the road. Please ensure to adhere to this at all times. Due to travelling on dirt long distance vision can be obscured by passing cars from either the front or the back. In these instances speed limit needs to decrease drastically for your own safety.
You may use a valid driver’s/motorcycle license issued in your own country as long as it has a photograph, the signature of the holder and is in English. Alternatively, you may carry an official translation of your license or obtain an international driving license before you leave home. You should always have your driver’s/motorcycle license with you when you are driving as you will be asked to produce it if you are pulled over for any reason.
Bike X Cape management will re-fuel the motorcycles at the end of each day, and might also require to do so during the course of a longer distance trip as and when required. Please ensure that your bike has been refueled before departure.