Summer riding suit
Or proper bike trousers, jacket - preferably airflow. Hard core blokes can use MX type protectors and MX kit.
Preferably Adventure type as this allows for more airflow and the peak is useful, however it is not necessary to buy especially for the trip. Full face will also suffice, however you may need to wear sunglasses if your visor is not tinted.
Bandana (for the dust!)
Strong sole inserts will be a necessity as we will be standing quite a bit.
We have been caught before in a few tropical thunderstorms! The weather can change quite quickly in some areas.
T–Shirts for riding (under jacket).
Enduro type tops are also favoured.
Cargo trousers or jeans for hotels
Shorts are not always acceptable at meal times in some places.
Trainers/loafers for supper
Open sandals, flip flops are not always allowed.
Hydration back pack
Hand towel (for the ride - it can get HOT)
Basic First Aid kit
Don’t forget some Aspirin/Paracetamol/Ibuprofen etc. for headaches in case the heat gets to you! Some riders take anti-inflammatory tablets for the aches and pains.
Unfortunately NO CO2 canisters are allowed on flights so you will need to buy locally.
Basic tool kit
If you wish. We carry tools in the back up vehicle too.
Sunblock and insect repellent (not visiting malaria areas)
Lip balm and eye drops
SA plug adaptor (3 prong round)
The 2 prong round sockets for electrical shavers are standard in hotels.
Camera equipment and GoPro (best is the compact type)
Debit / Credit Card (MasterCard, Visa)
Widely accepted, but some areas we go to, particularly in the bush, only cash is accepted, so always keep some on you.
This is an adventure ride so make are you’re adequately covered.
Other items to consider:
Spending money - All breakfasts as well as some dinners and braais (BBQs, said: “br-eyes”) are included in the tour price. Prices vary considerably in SA depending on the area. As of Nov 2019 - Example: A beer (500 ml) will cost from R30 (c.£1.60) in rural areas to R45 (c.£2.50) in Cape Town.
Bank on at least R400 (c.£20) for a decent meal in Cape Town with maybe one drink. It gets cheaper the further “out” one gets on the tour.
Not all shops have Debit card facilities so always ensure you have some cash on you. We are never far from towns with Banks (ATM’s) so if need be we can always stop off at one to get more cash. Note that withdrawal fees are charged in SA. In fact the Banks charge for everything.
Looking forward to meeting you!