Just got back from an amazing tour of the Southern Cape of South Africa. First time to South Africa and what a fantastic country it is.
Blazing trails obviously work very hard to find some great accommodation, and incredible places to visit en route.
John, our guide, spoke several local languages and seemed to know personally a lot of the folk we met along the way. His local knowledge was encyclopaedic!
If you like food, this is the tour for you. The South Africans obviously eat well, with great portions and flavours, and incredibly good value.
The weather was great, we had a little rain one day but soon dried off.
Get it booked!!!!
I have joined three different tours with Blazing Trail. One in Nepal, one in Himalaya and the last one in Lesotho.
Every tour has been a fantastic experience and I will remember them for the rest of my life. Every tour has been an adventure with good riding, beautiful nature, a meeting with other cultures and very skilled guides. 👍👍 I give Blazing Trail 10 points out of 10.
Just completed the Northern South Africa tour. It was absolutely fantastic. Well run, the locations and hotels ranged from very good to unbelievable and the roads were easy and straight to challenging and twisty. I can’t recommend this tour highly enough. Thank you Blazing Trails for memories that will last a lifetime.
Just returned from the June 1st Spiti Valley tour and have to say it was incredible. Could not believe what we experienced, fantastic scenery, tracks and hotels from good to very basic living with families, you felt that you were experiencing the true India. The food was all great and I did not get Delhi belly so that was an added bonus. If you are considering a tour just go for it, you will not regret it. Thanks to Adam and the rest of the crew for the professional friendly way they dealt with us all.
I did the Cape tour in February and it was fantastic, great roads, food, accommodation, fellow riders and tour staff made this an unforgettable experience which is now ticked off the bucket list, particular shout out to our tour guide John Allderman who was brilliant from start to finish and made everyone’s holiday. The bikes were really well presented and maintained and the booking was simple and flexible at a great price. Stunning!
I did the South Africa and Lesotho tour Oct 2018. The trip was indeed "one of a lifetime" as they say, I could have switched the helmet cam on on day one and not switched it off! Amazing scenery, diverse cultures and a sublime mix of accommodation from palatial to.....less so, but still great fun😊👍 I would wholeheartedly recommend that if you can, book this trip...you will not regret it. The Sani Pass, Moloti beer, a giraffe, the Malealea choir and Impala Stroganoff...👍👍👍👍👍.
I did the shimla to leg trip in July , great trip fantastic scenery,great group of people. The trip at times was hard going and made you wonder why you were doing this , great feeling of achievement at the end. Adam and Kate, Ian the medic, Jamal and Javed were all very helpful. Did not think I would like to go back to India but looking back now I most certainly would. Trip of a lifetime. There were a few issues with the management side of blazing trails which I am sure will sort themselves out, contact was more than a little haphazard .
I would like to thank all who ran the blazing trails tour to Spiti valley June 9th to 23rd,enjoyed every moment despite my limitations and the company of all who travelled with me.I am unsure where to go next!.
Just finished the Spiti valley tour. Absolutely fantastic. The Blazing Trail team really looked after us. If you enjoy motorcycling Adam and Kate really go out of there way to give you an interesting and challenging ride. The rest of the team Javed Jameel sajad and Ian (medic) are all gr8 As well.
Just back from the Lesotho Tour. In my opinion, Lesotho has the best roads I have ever ridden. Race track quality roads with epic views that last for hours. Very little other traffic, no police or speed cameras in the highlands. Lesotho has the epic mountain and Canyon scenery, South Africa has the beautiful coast and grand desert views. The dirt road sections (especially Sani Pass) were also superb. You need to do Sani Pass before they tarmac it. The wildlife is impressive although this tour is not aimed at this. The accommodation was all excellent, really plush for a Blazing Trails Adventure. We used the Suzuki DL650 Vstroms, which were brilliant little bikes. The most comfortable bike I have ever ridden. They are lively enough on the twisty stuff and surprisingly grippy on the dirt. I was wary of visiting South Africa after listening to all the media stories about crime and mugging etc. but we did not experience anything even slightly threatening, quite the opposite. Thanks to Suzie (for putting up with my complicated plans), Damon for leading the tour and sorting out the extra activities before the tour and Doug the support driver. In summary, Lesotho is a hidden gem, go there before it gets busy. P.S. The exchange rate is good, so everything is relatively cheap. R. J Evans, Suffolk.read more
Just got back from the Leh to Manali tour. It was genuinely one of the best trips I have ever done. The scenery was unbelievable and the riding was absolutely brilliant. Mile after mile of perfect winding mountain roads, broken up by sections of gravel, sand and river crossings. The Enfield coped surprisingly well with everything I threw at it and never missed a beat.
The riding was pretty challenging at times, as was the effect of the altitude, but that just made it all the more rewarding. The guides and support crew were awesome. Considering how remote the locations were and how unreliable the Indian roads could be everything ran pretty much according to plan. The few small problems we had were sorted out with minimal fuss. The accommodation was sometimes basic but comfortable enough and the food was generally good if not a little monotonous at times (lots of dhal). The local people were incredibly friendly and helpful. I could not recommend this trip more to anyone who fancies a bit of a challenge.
We did the Spiti valley tour in June. It was out of this world. Everyday was a new adventure. I have withdrawal symptoms & want to do it all again. Love the old Enfield, perfect for the challenge! Met some great people, stayed in some amazing places. Thanks Kate, Adam & gang �
Hard to describe how good the riding is in Lesotho. Day after day of the best bends through the mountains on good tarmac with a few bits of dirt thrown in. The friendly company and laid back but effective Blazing Trails organisation make for a great riding holiday with a touch of adventure. The incredibly friendly locals just add to the experience. Its my 6th trip with the company, which I suppose gives an indication that I would advise anyone looking for a trip with a bit of a challenge to give them a try.
Great Adventure. Damon L’Anson has a lifetimes experience as a mechanic, journalist and adventure tour operator which he uses to arrange and lead an exceptional motorcycle travel experience.
Having been awed by my trip to The Himalayas with Blazing Trails in 2009 I had every confidence in booking this trip for a new experience in The Cape of South Africa. I was not disappointed.
As is the custom, you meet your fellow travellers at the boarding gate at Heathrow. Each of us, recognisable by our peculiar attire. This was a small group of reasonably diverse individuals drawn together through a common purpose to travel a new corner of the world by motorcycle.
Damon’s based himself in this particular corner to take advantage of, long empty fast roads, spectacular scenery and wide open spaces traversed by well maintained gravel highways. He does his research. He finds the best roads and some quirky tea stops. It appears that excellent value food and drink is not in short supply in South Africa. The climate in The Cape is pitch perfect. The wall of warm cuddly air that wrapped around me as I stepped off the plane at George kept me company for the whole trip. A nice feeling when it’s February and you come from The UK.
So the Suzuki Vstrom 650 cc was all I needed. The company was cheerful friendly and entertaining. The riding and scenery was uplifting. The overnight accommodation was always comfortable and, in some cases, added an extra degree of authenticity to this adventure.
Many Thanks to Blazing Trails for providing me with another memorable and thoroughly enjoyable holiday.
Peter Cawthorneread more
Did the Manali to Leh tour back in 2012, SUPERB, had a wonderful trip, I have been around the same areas before with two other groups, one was 'bitty' and the other was far to 'regimented', and became an Endurance race towards the end. But Blazing Trails was a finely tuned tour, not too excessive on its mileage so as to stop and smell the roses (amongst other smells), and hear the countryside, a well thought out route, allowing a day here and there to see more of an area and take in local culture, And the hosts and backup crew are perfect, so they don't need to change a thing in the way they operate, If fortune smiles on me again to venture out on another adventure tour then I know who i'll be travelling with....BLAZING TRAILS.
Cheers Guys, and Gals. Damon, Suzie, Adam, Jamal, Ramji, and Doc 'good bacteria'.
We did the nepal tour in November and it is the best trip i have ever been on, the guides and support team were brilliant and we met a great bunch of people from all walks of life that we are still in contact with. To top our trip off me and my partner got engaged whilst in Nepal and are now looking to book another trip with bazing trails after we have paid for the wedding. Would absolutely reccomend this to anyone who wants to ride in these countries as it is the best way to view it and the team really put in a lot of effort to make it an amazing experience. Thanks blazing trails, until next time.
Been on four tours with Suzie and Damon now - Kerala twice, Nepal and Himachal Pradesh. I admit to being a bit dubious before the first one but when I got there I was bowled over by the experience and all my fears proved groundless. The old Bullets are a joy, the scenery,the people, the food and the riding are exquisite. The excellent Blazing Trails team are the icing on the cake and the unexpected benefit is that I've make great and lasting friendships during the tours. There are only two things to beware - that you may suffer terminal bliss and if you don't you'll be drawn back to India again and again! Must dash now as I've started to prepare for my fifth Blazing Trails tour - South Africa this time - but that's another story.....
Had the absolute best two weeks of my life on a tour of Himalach Pradesh with Suzie, Damon and their brilliant crew. Great mix of hotels/eateries, bikes great fun (um, still embarrassed about breaking 'my' beautiful Enfield. Incredible roads (Rohtan Pass). Totally recommend to anyone who loves fun. Really looking forward to joining them again. Thank you!