Joburg to Cape Town Run 2012




Thursday the 16th February, Emmanuel and I met at 3:30am at Grasmere Engen 1-Stop for coffee (the other four participants had already left earlier in the week). At exactly 4 bells we rode out onto the N1 and started our ride to the mother city. We rode via Ventersburg, Bloemfontein, Colesburg, Beauford West and Lainsburg, with 16 Stop & Go's along the way, but luckily only had to stop at three for longish periods, with the others our timing was near perfect - as we arrived the gates opened and we rode through. We took 13 hours to ride to Cape Town, with four stops for fuel. Arriving in Blouberg at 5pm, we took a quick pic and headed for the Birkenhead Manor Guest House. Lohan, Jason, Toekie and Charmaine had prepared a braai for us, so we got there, dropped our kit off in our rooms, went down to the Lapa and got treated to an ice cold beer and hot meat straight off the Braai... Eish, what great friends we have.


at a Stop & Go in the middle of the Big Karoo

Emmanuel moving it up on his immaculate BMW R1150RT


Friday morning we had breakfast at the Birkenhead and then hopped on our bikes and went for a ride. Our first stop was the Brass Bell Restaurant in Kalk Bay.


Emmanuel, Jason, Toekie, Charmaine, Kenn & Lohan on wall at Kalk Bay


Then we were off to Simon's Town Naval Base where we took a tour of the 42-year-old Submarine, SAS Johanna van der Merwe (renamed the SAS Assegaai in 1999 and finally pensioned off in November 2003).

The French-built, Daphne Class Submarine is 57.8m long, has a beam of 6.75m, is driven by 2 Jeumont-Schneider electrical propulsion motors and has 2 SEMT Pielstick 450kW diesel generators to charge the 2 X 80 Cell batteries. She carried 12 Torpedoes, 8 forward (internal) and 4 aft (external).

Top speed of the Sub is 13.5 knots (25kph) on the surface and 16kts (29.6kph) submerged. The Sub has a complement of 6 Officers, 45 Ratings and 6 trainees.


on board the SAS Johanna van der Merwe S99

Cdr Martyn explains things in the Torpedo room of the Submarine


Then we rode to Cape Point, around the peninsular, past Kommetjie, along the awesome Chapman's Peak Drive to Hout Bay for a lekker fresh Fish & Chips and then headed back to base... what a nice ride, except for a gust of wind almost blowing me off my bike in Camps Bay.


our bikes at Cape Point

Toekie, Charmaine, Emmanuel, Kenn, Jason and Lohan

the Dreyers with their 1200 Yamaha Super Tenere on Chapman's Peak Drive


Saturday after a hearty breakfast we rode to the V&A Waterfront, where we took a tour of the Two Oceans Aquarium and then went for a fast, speed-boat ride to Cliffton Beach and back, hey... what a jol. (Next year we're gonna go Shark diving :-)


at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town Harbour

the Three Musketeers - Jason, Kenn and Lohan off Cliffton Beach


Sunday morning we left for home at three bells (before even the Sparrows farted), had breakfast at the Wimpy in Beauford West, an Energade in Bloemfontein and supper at home as planned. We arrived in Joburg at three in the afternoon.


I spent a total of R2162.68 on 199.08 litres of petrol, covering a total of 3257 kilometres in four days.

It took Emmanuel and I thirteen hours to ride to Cape Town, and twelve hours back to Joburg, which included fuel-stops and 16 Stop & Go's both ways.


the excellent Birkenhead Manor Quest House where we slept


Words and pics by Kenn Slater