Cape Town - Check your oil,
tyre pressure and dust off your steed because the annual Africa Bike Week is
coming to the Eastern Cape’s fast lane next year.
Africa Bike Week
– presented by Harley-Davidson since 2009 - is the largest free motorcycle
event in South Africa and after KwaZulu-Natal had the pleasure of hosting this
event in Margate for eight years, the event will be held in East London this year.
Whether you are dreaming of life on two wheels or already experiencing the thrill of being on two wheels, Africa Bike Week is open to all riders and riding enthusiasts of all motorcycles makes. The festival will entertain visitors with some of the top bands and performers and there will also be traders and an expo where you can view (and dream and drool about) the latest Harley motorcycles and official rally merchandise.
Some of the event highlights include a mass ride where you can get in line as thousands of bikes will roar through the streets of East London, free Harley-Davidson demo rides (even if you don’t know how to ride), custom bike shows and stunt shows including trail bike and extreme bike shows with thrilling tricks.
Interesting fact: Harley-Davidson with its elegant design and distinctive sound, which the American motorcycle manufacturer filed a sound trademark application for in 1994, has instilled the freedom of riding on two wheels with the wind in your hair and the open road in front of you since 1903.
Harley-Davidson has a loyal brand community with the Harley Owners Group (HOG) and if you play your cards right you can even arrive in a car on the 27th and leave in Harley-Davidson on the 30th… online registration is for free and, if that is not a steal already, through registering online you stand a chance to win a brand new Harley-Davidson motorcycle (granted you attend the event).
Nothing is stronger than a bond of two wheels; register, make your way to the Buffalo City and live your legend with Harley-Davidson.
AFRICA BIKE WEEK DETAILS:
Where: Buffalo City Metro, Court Crescent, East London
When: 27 – 30 April 2017
(Thursday to Sunday)
Who is it for: Open to all riders and riding enthusiasts of all Motorcycles makes.
Cost: Free access but subject to online registration
Thinking of going?
East London is home to one the Eastern Cape's two international airports. The other being in Port Elizabeth. However Buffalo City an ideal base while doing a Big 7 road trip.
The Big Seven includes lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo, plus two more from the ocean – southern right whales and great white sharks - and you cannot be better positioned along the eastern coastline to experience these.
Where to stay...
Home to a wide range of accommodation offerings, it would be a good idea to factor in a stay at the Addo Elephant Park during your visit. Click here to search and book.
Must-do thing in and around East London
Mountain Biking Near Kidds Beach
Enjoy a variety of awesome mountain biking trails around Kidds Beach, about 25 kilometres south of the city (toward Port Elizabeth), It is a favourite hangout of surfers as its conditions allow almost year-round surfing.There is route along the actual beach, which also forms part of the Gulu Private Resort and Tyolomnqa Nature Reserves.
SEE: PICS: Running with dolphins and whales on the Wild Coast
Take a Wild Coast Meander hike, East London to Morgan Bay
Yearning for a hiking adventure, but so in love your luxurious hotel stays? No worries, the Wild Coast has something for you as well.
The Wild Coast Meander treks the southern parts of the Wild Coast where weary hikers can retreat to hotels and resorts at the end of each day!
Cover 56km of coastline on this moderate hike. Knowledgeable guides and porters are from local Xhosa communities and will accompany hikers daily.
Start at Kob Inn (the hotel on the rocks), enjoy lunch at a rural hotel and embrace the pub overlooking the ocean before embarking on the journey in the morning. You will make stops atMazeppa Bay Hotel, Wavecrest, the Jacaranda shipwreck, Trenerry's Hotel and Morgan Bay Hotel.
Where do I sign up? Click here for more info or contact William on 043 743 6181.
Whale Watching in The Eastern Cape
Between July and December of every year, the Eastern Cape coastline is frequented by Southern Right Whales and Humpback Whales.
If you’re looking for whales, you can look out for these three signs:
– the whale leaps out of the water and falls back in with a large splash. If whales breach once, chances are they'll breach more than three times consecutively.
Blowing – if you're really close, you'll hear this. The sound is accompanied by a spout of condensed water vapour.
Lobtailing – the whale slaps its fluke or tail on the water, causing a loud sound. As with breaching, this typically happens a few times consecutively.
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