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Big Dog's Adventure Tours



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Find some of the most tranquil monasteries South Africa has to offer in this KwaZulu Natal pilgrimage weekend adventure trail.



6 to 9 October 2022 4 Days

Join us for another soul-stirring adventure!

Visit 10 of the 22 amazing monasteries/churches on this pilgrimage route, some in the middle of nowhere, some hidden mere kilometers from bustling suburbia (find out which ones were visited by Mark Twain, Mother Theresa, and Gandhi!).

The Camino Trail is a stunning 3-night, 4-day adventure bike ride where we will visit 10 of these 22 amazing monasteries/churches “in the middle of nowhere”, as the central core focus of the tour, riding some of the very best “off the beaten track roads” the Southern Berg can offer in getting to see these marvels.

Some of the landscapes are ancient and sacred, and you might just spot the shy Purple Crested Loerie (Gwalagwala) bird, with its stunning plumage, which in Swaziland, only members of the royal family can wear. This area is also home to the rare Blue Swallow, Cape Parrot and Black-Winged Plover.

All this, as we cover the back roads of the rural areas of the Lotheni, Impendle, Pholela, uMzimkhulu and Ixopo valleys.

Very few people will ever get to experience these hidden Trappist Monasteries.

Big Dog’s Adventure Tours is one of the few tour operators with permission to access these humbling and sacred destinations!


  • 3 and 4 Star Guesthouse accommodations
  • Trappist Beer Tasting
  • Beautiful Bird Life


Day 1: Johannesburg to Dundee | 442km
Day 2: Dundee to Ixopo | 393km
Day 3: Ixopo to Rosetta | 330km
Day 4: Rosetta to Johannesburg | 547km


Tour Starts: Total Petroport on N3 southbound
Tour End: Villiers
Tour Distance: 1,500km
Daily Average: 375km
Total Days: 4 Days
Road Surface: 80% Tar / 20% Gravel
Tour Grading: 3/5
Accommodation: Hand-picked & superb
Meals included: 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 3 Dinners
Warm Long Sleeve T-Shirt


This is a perfect WEEKEND TRIP for our South African Adventurers.
Bring your own bike and cover your own fuel and tolls.

Pillion Rider R6,995.00
Single Supplement (Private Room) R7,350.00

The other ADVENTURE TOURS we offer are specifically priced for International Riders who need to rent their motorcycles and need all the other costs covered for the TOUR.

    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:

    BMW F850GS
    for R3,500
    BMW F850GS ADV
    for R5,750
    BMW R1250GS
    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.