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Big Dog's Adventure Tours



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Where will you get an opportunity to combine your love of Adventure Riding and your curiosity about the Battlefields of Kwa-Zulu Natal?



28 to 31 July 2022  4 Days

This Big Dog’s Battlefields Tour is a must, “bucket” list trip of a lifetime!

Would you like to see the home of the Scottish Rifles, the famed Whiskey train incident, 8 battlefields where Matabele/Boer, Zulu/Boer and British/Boer fought, where heroes won bravery medals, battlefields where the odds were bizarre, a blockhouse, interesting anecdotal places of interest related to the war and even the place where Sir Winston Churchill was captured?

Wait no more, then travel with me, the “Big Dog”, himself a decorated South African, airborne soldier, on an adventure ride with a difference - ride the “behind the scenes” roads and tracks following the course of the Anglo Boer War some 120 years ago, as we venture across Mpumalanga, Free State and KZN on our dual-purpose motorcycles experiencing the journey of the Boer Hero’s - who won and lost countless battles on SA soil, against the Zulu’s and mighty British. Fully historic in its approach, we endeavour to bring a large chunk of South African history to you covering a multitude of anecdotal information as well as seeing the major battlefields of the period!

Immerse yourself in the Zulu War and Anglo Boer War, visiting where British Hero’s earned their Victoria Crosses. Experience the emotions of the British's tragic loss at Isandlwana and their magnificent victory at Rorke’s Drift. View where the “Long Toms” defended so valiantly before being silenced forever!

With a combination of good tar and good gravel, look no further as we experience some of the most riveting changes that altered the course of our history whilst experiencing some of the best adventure riding South Africa has to offer.


  • Sir Winston Churchill capture site
  • Top Anglo Boer War Historic Sites


Day 1: Johannesburg to Dundee | 430km
Day 2: Dundee circular | 236km
Day 3: Dundee to Bergville | 250km
Day 4: Bergville to Johannesburg | 416km


Tour Starts: Total Petroport on N3 southbound.
Tour End: Engen on R59 Northbound.
Tour Distance: 1300km Daily Average: 350km
Total Days: 4 Days
Road Surface: 85% Tar / 15% Good Gravel
Tour Grading: 3/5
Accommodation: Varied - a 4 Star Hotel & Guest Lodge
Meals included: 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 3 Dinners

Motorcycle Rental Cost and Options are available for this Tour for International Riders.

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Our adventure tours are carefully crafted experiences which include all of the motorcycle, accommodation and hospitality elements that are 4 and 5 star graded - which ensures that we offer you the very best for the entire adventure.


The Adventure Tour Price Includes a lot of value:

  • This is a self-ride, guided adventure. Your own personal motorcycle wilderness guide sharing his ‘nuggets’ of information and anecdotes of the wild.
  • Specialist guide - Certified South African Tourist Guide.
  • Entry fees into the various places of interest.
  • Excellent accommodation.
  • All meals included, rusks and coffee/tea daily.
  • Big Dog’s Tour sticker as a keepsake.
  • Warm long sleeve Tour T-shirt.
  • Spare tyres, repair kits and all equipment to do repairs. We suggest you are aufait when it comes to punctures and small repairs.
  • Airport transfers included.


There are a few items that you need to bring and pay for and are for your account:

  • Lunch on the last day
  • All Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks
  • Any items of a personal nature
  • Flights and Visas
  • Fuel 
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Bike insurance excess deposit taken by the hire company R 35,000 (credit card required)
  • Helmet and protective gear (please bring your own gear)
  • Motorcycle luggage (Tank bags, panniers etc.)
  • Tips or other gratuities


John "Big Dog" Parkin is the Big Dog of Big Dog's Adventure Tours and Safaris.

He is a decorated airborne officer, micro-light pilot, adventurer, advanced scuba diver, canoeist, marathon runner x 45, Iron Man, RSA record holder in Pentathlon, adventure guide, safari guide, historian and storyteller.

John makes every tour magical and unforgettable with his passion for the country and knowledge of all the stories and legends that give you a unique experience for all the sights and places you visit with him.


The full trip itinerary is available once you have booked your spot on the tour. All the places of interest, accommodation, food and special places of interest that we cover in the tour are detailed in the itinerary.


The BMW GS Motorcycles that we prefer to include as the standard rental is the BMW F750GS

We do also offer other rental options for the International Riders who join us on the Adventure Tours and these are listed below:

for R3,500
for R5,750
for R16,750
BMW R1250GS ADV for R26,500

These costs are additional to the Tour Cost if you would like to rent any of these models. The costs are calculated based on the special negotiated rates we have secured from our motorcycle rental partners for our international guests.


Find all of the Big Dog's Adventure Tour dates and details here.

The dates and tours for 2022 have been set and we can't wait to welcome you on our next adventure.