Depart from Heathrow for Johannesburg, South Africa.
Arrive in Johannesburg and catch a connecting flight onto the 1820 settler’s city of Port Elizabeth. This is where the fun begins! After the introduction to your team, a quick warm up on your trusty Honda CRF 230 will ensure that you are well prepared for the adventure that lies ahead.
With sirens howling and lights flashing we receive a very special send off as we head up to Addo and onto the beautiful Zuurberg Pass. This is a long first day that is designed to be equally challenging and enjoyable. We travel through an area full of history with remnants of the Anglo Boer war and Xhosa wars scattered en route. The Katberg Hotel is our overnight stop.
Today is a very African and remote day with beautiful forest footpaths, dams and rocky passes. We head back to the coast to Morgan’s Bay Hotel, some 50km north of the shipping port of East London. Morgan’s Bay is a remote holiday resort and is dominated by the Hotel.
This is where the Wild Coast and true off-road adventure begins! We cross the mighty Kei River by motorised Ferry and embark on an epic 70km journey which takes about 8 hours. We are in the heart of Rural Transkei populated by the very friendly Xhosa people. Our stop tonight is Mazeppa Bay Hotel, a beautiful family hotel situated on the rocky shores of the warm Indian Ocean.
A well deserved rest day at Mazeppa Bay. This is where we service the bikes and get involved in a Touch Africa community based project where you are invited to get your hands dirty and “make a difference”. The rest of the day is spent at leisure on the beach, in the bar. It’s your day so enjoy.
Our first challenge for the day is the mighty Qora Gorge, a steep 1000ft drop to cross the Qora River after which we traverse North up to Hole in the Wall. The low road vs. the high road is your decision – with up to 10 hours in the saddle, today will challenge your riding ability so dig deep!
Still heading north we follow the coast passing the Hluleka Nature Reserve and arrive in Port St Johns, a small Hippie type town on the banks of the Umzimvubu River. Our overnight stop is Cremorne.
Today is a first for Enduro Africa. The distance is less than 50km but it will be one of the toughest with the teams having to build bridges, float bikes across rivers and most definitely work together. Planning and strategy is important as each obstacle is a race against time. Our overnight stop is the wonderful Mbotyi River Lodge.
Our last day and the mighty Mtsikaba gorge awaits us. 2008 was the first time motorcyclists had crossed this river and for 2009 we have found a brand new crossing that is sure to challenge you. Our final destination is TO Strand at Port Edward. Tonight we celebrate our achievement and party hard!
Breakfast, fond farewells and a transfer to Durban Airport for flights back to the UK and other destinations.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Here's the official Enduro Africa itinerary for this year's ride:
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