South Africa Motorcycle Rentals and Tours

If you’re planning on joining a motorcycle tour or renting a bike in South Africa, check out these awesome companies first. 

South Africa Motorcycle Rental and Tour Companies

Recommended Motorcycle Rental and Tour Companies in South Africa

Please contact the companies listed on this page directly for more information.

Adventure Africa Motorcycle Tours

“AAMT is about creating phenomenal two-wheel motorcycle adventures that will leave you with amazing memories of the diverse and friendly people, spectacular fauna and flora and beauty of the African continent. We pride ourselves on excellent service, value for money and competitive pricing.”

Services: Guided motorcycle tours, custom and bespoke tours and motorcycle rentals. 

Rental bikes: A fleet of BMW motorcycles.

Rental prices: From £70 a day.

Tour prices: There’s a wide variety of tours on offer that include wildlife tours, cross border rides, epic 40 day tours and even single day tours. Prices range from £140 – £14,000.  

Insurance: Insurance is not included in the price. 

Kit availability:  Rental kit can be arranged. 

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Adventure Africa Motorcycle Tours

 Johannesburg, South Africa

 aamotorcycletours.com

 Salomé Barnes

072 247 7492

salome@aamotorcycletours.com

Globe African Tours: This company runs tours in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Angola and Tanzania.

 

Ride2Roam

“At Ride2Roam you combine the best riding roads in Southern Africa with going on safari and meeting the local people. Our tours are organized by bikers for bikers. With us you don’t just book a hotel and a motorbike, but the experience of a lifetime.”

Services: Set guided group tours in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa and both guided and self-guided tailor-made tours for two or more bikers in Southern Africa.

Tour bikes: All of our tours are offered on BMW GS 750, 850 and 1250 motorcycles. Other bikes like the Honda Africa Twin are available on request.

Tour prices: Depends on group size, type of motorbike and itinerary. Check the tour page.

Insurance: Yes, an excess is applicable depending on motorbike type.

Kit availability: Gear can be supplied. 

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Ride2Roam Africa Motorcycle Tour Company

 Cape Town, South Africa

  www.ride2roam.com

Henko and Berna

+ 27 76 404 8864 (Whatsapp)

info@ride2roam.com

Globe African Tours: This company runs tours in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.

GS Adventures Motorcycle Tours

“Extensive knowledge of South and Southern Africa. Personal professional service, each route and accommodation is experienced by us before we sell the tour to our clients – we take the hassle out arrangements so you just have to show up and ride.”

Services: Guided motorcycle tours and customised private tours, motorcycle rentals, route planning, accommodation planning, back-up support vehicle.

Rental bikes: BMW 1200 GS and Harley-Davidson.

Rental prices: Approx £90 per day for a GS with price reductions dependent on length of rental time. 

Tour prices: GS Adventures has a large range of tours available in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. Check their site for a what’s on offer.

Insurance: Yes.

Kit availability: No. 

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GS Adventure Motorcycle Tours South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

 gsadventures.co.za

Darrell van der Merwe

+27 82 891 8365

info@gsadventures.co.za

Globe African Tours: This company runs tours in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.

Cape Bike Travel

“Situated in central Cape Town, Cape Bike Travel has been offering motorbike rental and organised motorbike tours since 2005.”

Services: Guided motorcycle tours, self-guided tours and motorcycle rentals.

Rental bikes: Harley-Davidson, BMW and Triumph motorcycles.

Rental prices: Prices are from approx £75 per day. 

Tour prices: There are a range of tours on offer from asphalt based rides to off-road. Check their tour page here for more info. 

Insurance: All bikes carry comprehensive insurance with £750 excess.

Kit availability: Helmet, jacket and gloves are available for rent.

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Cape Bike Travel

Cape Town, South Africa

 capebiketravel.com

Joerg Vogel

+27 21 424 5013  

 info@capebiketravel.com

Venture Outdoors South Africa

“We plan all the important stuff so you can just relax and enjoy the ride with us. We create an unforgettable experience for smaller groups on the roads less travelled, out in the breath-taking landscapes of South Africa.”

Services: Day trips, multi-day guided tours, pillion tours and customised tours. All tours are guided and all-inclusive (including bike, insurance, fuel, accommodation, food etc). 

Rental bikes: A fleet of well-maintained BMW F800GS bikes including soft luggage.

Tour prices: Day trips range from £105 to £135. 3-day tours start at £600 and 5-day tours start at £1,200.

Insurance: Comprehensive motorcycle insurance is included.

Kit availability: Rental kit can be arranged if needed by prior arrangement, but it’s preferred if you bring your own gear. 

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Venture Outdoors South Africa

 Port Elizabeth, South Africa

 venture-outdoors.co.za

  Quintus Moolman

+27 82 9099504

info@venture-outdoors.co.za

 

Explore360

“We’re passionate about motorcycle travel and are always looking for new places to explore. Our aim is to give you a genuine motorcycle experience off the beaten track and packed with adventure!”

Services: Explore360 offer all inclusive adventure motorcycle tours and off-road training on your own or rental motorcycles (depending on the destination). 

Rental bikes: A range of BMW GS motorcycles. 

Rental prices: The motorcycle rental prices are included in the tour price or separately mentioned in the brochure (check here on explore360).

Tour prices: Iceland tours start from £3,900. You can use your own motorcycle on the tour and Explore360 will take care of shipping it there – the cost is included in the overall price. 

Insurance: Yes, third party insurance is included. Full coverage is sometimes optional.

Kit availability: No.

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Explore360 Motorcycle Tour and Rentals

 explore360.nu

  Chris Wilthuis

+46 (0)720 150 570

  info@explore360.nu

Globe Worldwide: This company offers tours in Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Wales, Romania, Morocco, Nepal, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Uganda and South Africa

FAQs on South Africa Motorcycle Rentals and Tours

No, sorry. Mad or Nomad do not offer any rentals, tours or services. Please contact the companies listed on this page directly. 

This page displays motorcycle rental and tour companies from around the world. We do a lot of research into these companies before adding them and speak to the managers and owners. Many of the companies we have also used in the past or have met the owners while travelling.

While we have collected them all together in one place for your ease, we take no responsibility in your business with them. We’re simply showcasing companies in one easy-to-use place and are not involved with your dealings with them. Any business you have with these companies is at your own risk. We will not be held liable or responsible in any way.   

The best time to rent a motorcycle or join a tour in South Africa is May to September. 

Take a video on your phone of the entire bike, do a walk around and film the condition of the chain, fairings, tyres, any bumps, dents and scratches. By doing so, you can’t get caught out and blamed for something you didn’t do when you return it.

Check the wheel bearings, chain, oil, coolant, brakes, clutch and that the handlebars are straight. Tyres need a decent amount of tread and should be suitable for the terrain you’re riding in. Take it for a short test ride and don’t feel pressured or rushed. Go with your gut and if there’s anything that catches your eye, speak to the owners immediately.

This is down to personal preference, where you’re riding and what’s available. If you’re renting or joining a motorcycle tour in the States and you’re going to be primarily on road, then you may want to opt for a big touring bike. If you’re headed to rural or mountainous countries and are going off-road in Central Asia for example, then go for a mid-weight single-cylinder. 

We usually find lighter and cheaper rental bikes are better because they’re less stress, you don’t have to worry about dropping them all the time, are easier to fix and more fun.

For more info on choosing the right motorcycle for your trip, have a look at the below guide and also check out the adventure bikes page too. 

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We recommend lightweight and comfortable gear suitable for the climate you’re travelling in. If you’re heading to a particularly cold place, then go for Gore-Tex pro laminate. 

But, the best all-round option is ventilated, light and comfy adventure bike gear. Take the thermal and waterproof liners out and leave them at home. Take a cheap pair of waterproof throwovers and a compressible down jacket that can be stuffed into a small bag. You can use both items as layering if it’s cold and rainy and they double up when off the bike and will reduce the amount of gear you have to take with you in your luggage. 

It’s always better to take your own bike gear over renting or using kit from the rental company. You know your own stuff fits, works and is comfortable – especially your helmet. The last thing you want is to get a few days into your trip and get a headache from a tight lid. 

Check out our riding gear article for more info on how to choose the right clothing and the guides section for our recommended kit. 

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Contact the rental or tour company and ask what luggage the bike comes with. Your bike might come with soft bags, hard boxes, a top box or nothing at all. 

You can often leave the gear you don’t want to take with you on the trip at the rental or tour company’s headquarters. So you can travel on a plane with a larger kit bag and just take the bag and gear you need on the bike. 

The type of luggage you need depends on the type of trip you’re on, how much off-roading you’re doing and how long you’re going for. 

A good option is to go for a waterproof duffle bag and a pair of Rok Straps as this type of luggage setup can be fastened to any bike’s pillion seat and you don’t need racks. And take an additional small and light rucksack for your important gear (camera, passport etc) so you don’t have to worry about it when off the bike. 

For more info on choosing your motorcycle luggage, check out our guide page below.

READ MORE: Adventure Bike Luggage Guides

Companies may offer motorcycle insurance as an optional extra, include it in the price or not offer it at all. This again depends on the country you’re riding in. 

It’s worth getting insurance if you can and ask what the excess is as you will usually be liable for damage to the bike. 

Motorcycle insurance is separate from personal travel insurance. This is incredibly important and you need to be very careful when choosing your personal insurance policy because the fine print often won’t cover you for bikes over 125cc, renting, touring or using a bike as your main mode of transport.

Check out our Admin section as you’ll find detailed guides on personal insurance, paperwork and safety on the road. 

READ MORE: Admin Guides

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