Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Planning, Trip > Route Planning

Route Planning Where to go, when, what are the interesting places to see
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 24 Aug 2009
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 13
Durban, South Africa

Hi All, i live in Durban, South Africa. anyone travelling to South Africa, please do not hesitate to contact me for any assistance. i own a tour operation and am familiar with all the right spots, unfortunately i will not be able to offer accommodation, but i can certainly recommend some great spots. let me know if there is anything i can do to assist you. this is not a marketing campaign, any sservices offered will be at no charge
Reply With Quote
Old 30 Nov 2009
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Paris
Posts: 1
6 weeks trip in Feb 2010

Hi ! That's great of you ! We (my GF and I) are currently planning a trip to Sth.Af around Feb. 2010 ; we shoot TV travel docs for french Travel Channel. Low budgets... hence our need to find tips and nice people to help. You'll get more info on our web links (blog & facebook page) - in the signature - but here a few questions to clear main points:
- Weather: Feb is right moment isn't it ?
- Bike: We had wind it's possible to rent old models, vintage BMWs. Do you know about that. Any good guy to get in touch with ? We only need the bikes, we manage the tour and everything else.
- Sth.Af is huge: we were advised to start from Cape Town. What would you recommand as reasonnable for a 5 to 6 weeks tour ? (we love driving almost daily, distances are not a problem, we're full of energy and youth...).

That's as a starting point.
LF to hear from you !
2 Roues Sinon Rien
Johann & Christelle
facebook: Facebook Fan Page
website: 2 Wheels Or Hell Blog
Reply With Quote
Old 1 Dec 2009
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: England
Posts: 278
Hey Muffin

My ladyfriend and I will be back in SA in the new year. Our bike is still in Cape Town (hopefully on display in the Honda dealership, but we haven't checked for a while.)

We are planning to go to Durban and check it out there, because neither of us have visited before.

We were hoping to find some work for a while, anywhere in SA, before continuing with our travels. Would you have any ideas on where best to look, for a couple of short term Pom jobs?


Reply With Quote
Old 27 May 2010
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Durban and London
Posts: 7
Just moved to Durban and bought a DRZ400


I just moved to Umhlanga and have bought a DRZ400 to build up for riding home to the UK in a couple of years.

Can you suggest the best afternoon out, two day ride and one week ride from here?

Cheers John
Reply With Quote
Old 5 Oct 2010
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 13
Hi All

My apologies for not responding...i have not logged on for a while. please reply and let me know if any of u still require assistance....allways glad to help where i can.

can anyone tell me how to get reminders via e-mail when i have replies?
Reply With Quote
Old 17 Oct 2010
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Posts: 14
Hi Muffin1,

Thanks for the offer to assist us.

Although still in concept form- Myself & wife (riding pillion with me) would like to do a 7-day ride by ourselves in South Africa. The only time frame in a year we can do the ride is in the second half of May (How is the climate at that time? General Sunrise & Sunset times?)

-No Dirt riding/off-road
-No boring expressways (if any)
-No camping
-Obviously want to ride in the non-rainy season

-Only paved good tarmac roads.
-Prefer a loop trip (to see more places instead of ride back and also return the bike at start point)
-250-350kms daily (if thats OK)
-Its a one time ride in SA, so want to cover the essence of South Africa that include Mountain passes, coastal roads, little wildlife and limited historic attractions
-Decent/safe budget accommodations enroute with attached bath/toilet
-Rental BMW 1200GS/RT preferably from the direct source (a pure bike rental company rather than a bike tour operator)- If its worthwhile?
-Tour in the safer parts of the country (I am not paranoid- just need the right advice as far as safety requirements)

Many thanks,

Last edited by Haroon; 18 Oct 2010 at 17:06.
Reply With Quote
Old 18 Oct 2010
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Seattle, USA
Posts: 3
Coming to South Africa for a week tour

Hi Muffin,

I am planning a 2-up week long tour with my girlfriend around Nov 25th, starting in Johannesburg. We're in the planning stages but want to rent a bike, ride paved roads but not expressways, and get some feel for the country. One-way or a loop would work. Neither of us have been to Africa before. Any assistance you could provide would be greatly appreciated for:
- locating a rental bike
- establishing a route
- locating accomodations

Marty and Tracy from Seattle, USA
Reply With Quote
Old 22 Oct 2010
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: RTW
Posts: 140
The man

Anybody who needs bike hire, repairs, route planning in fact anything to do with bikes needs to contact Thomas at www.motozulutours.co.za
He is based in Port shepstone 100k south of Durban.
We were based around there for 4months as part of our RTW trip last year and he was great!!!!
Although he is mostly dirt and gravel focused he can tell you how to get anywhere in RSA by sealed roads, his hire bikes are mostly XT 600,s with a couple of BM,s
I can,t recomend this guy enough
Hope this helps, Pete
Reply With Quote
Old 23 Oct 2010
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Posts: 14
Thats a nice suggestion Jabez Clegg.
Can you pls check if the link is spelt correctly as it is not working.
Once I have it, I can atleast make a start from here.

Thanks & ride safe
Reply With Quote
Old 28 Nov 2010
Moderated Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Umtentweni, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa
Posts: 193
www.motozu.lu.ms - WEB.DE MyPage or www.zulu.mx.ms - WEB.DE MyPage and www.600.xt.ms - WEB.DE MyPage

would be the homepages to get hold of me.
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
London to Durban, South Africa muffin1 Sahara Travel Forum 1 23 Aug 2009 23:21
Honda XL400V Transalp for sale South Africa, Durban Moto Zulu sub-Saharan Africa 0 5 Dec 2008 06:30
4x4 Turbo Diesel for Sale South Africa Durban Moto Zulu sub-Saharan Africa 2 25 Nov 2008 08:21
XT 600 Technical Support Durban South Afrika Moto Zulu sub-Saharan Africa 5 7 Nov 2005 20:55
Africa with 2WD Mercedes 508 + crossing Durban to India mertens_k 4WD Overland TRAVEL 3 23 Oct 2002 22:50


NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

Next HU Eventscalendar

See all events


Latvia to Australia, an inspirational 5 month journey full of unexpected adventures!

HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.


Scottoiler automatic chain oilers. The most important accessory for your next motorcycle adventure!

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 14:46.