Sand Experience

4 Days


18 – 21 July 2024.

4 Days.

3 Nights.

From R 9,250.00 per person sharing including 2 full days of SAND training.

… go from Zero to Hero on Sand

Participants are taken through the Sand Riding principals until SAND RIDING is achieved at the end of the weekend.

This annual iconic Sand Riding Course combines sand rider training with a long  weekend getaway to a Mozambican seaside resort. . .

Leaving Mbombela / Nelspruit early for either Komatipoort or eSwatini depending on the border situation. Stopping for lunch in the capital city, at the famous Costa Do Sol Restaurant, something of a landmark in Maputo. Following lunch we take the new and convenient ring road to Macaneta Peninsula, crossing the new bridge, to the luxury seaside Lugar do Mar Resort.

Over the 3 day stay Thomas & James will teach you the principals of sand riding. Starting with baby steps and accommodating all levels of riders, in a safe and controlled environment. After sand training we can refresh in the pool which is surrounded by a beautiful patio and chill area.

The days consist of comprehensive training in sand riding and the opportunity to hone your sand riding skills with a qualified instructor on hand and also practice outrides exploring what Macaneta has to offer; with a lunch excursion to El Paso, an authentic working ‘American-Style’ ranch.

In the evenings we will enjoy awesome ocean views from the resort Beach Bar before the best of Mozambican cuisine and a good nights rest in the luxury air-conditioned chalets.

The course / seaside getaway ends after breakfast on Sunday where participants can make their way back on the ring road to the Komati border and home, knowing they will be better equipped for their next Sand Monster encounter !!

** TOUR STARTS in Nelspruit & ENDS at Lugar Do Mar, Macaneta.

Cost Options

  • R 9,250.00 – per rider | Sharing
  • R 9,250.00 – per pillion | Sharing
  • R 10,500.00 – per rider or pillion | Single
  • R 5,999.00 – per non-rider including children 11+ years  | Sharing

Lugar Do Mar Resort, Macaneta Peninsula, Mozambique

Accommodations: Luxury en-suite chalets with a patio to enjoy with your loved ones.

Restaurant: Ready to serve the best of our Mozambican and Portuguese cuisine with fantastic dishes and seafood to feed all tastes.

Pool and Leisure: Delight yourself and cool off in the pool with a beautiful patio and bar available.

Beach Bar: Overlooking the ocean

Bring your families… they are welcome to enjoy the Lugar do Mar facilities and the beach while you are training and join the group for socialising and meals. See rates for non-riders and children under 10 years sharing with the parents.

Did you know?? Macaneta forms the peninsula of Marracuene and is made up of a narrow band of sandy ground stretching in a northerly to southerly direction approximately 12km in length, 2km wide, an altitude of 65m. It forms the barrier between the Incomati river estuary and Mozambique channel.

Meet Your Instructors

  • Thomas Böhm is Internationally Accredited by the BMW Motorrad International Instructors Academy – IIA with both On-Road and Off-Road Certification. Thomas is a CPR 4 Life Official Level 2 First Aider. The SAND Experience was born as Thomas identified that many to most adventure riders avoid sand. Thomas started the sand training weekend in the the early 2000s. First in Bilene Mozambique, then it moved to Utshwayelo Lodge Kosi Bay KZN for the last 9 years and now for the second time to Macaneta Peninsula, Mozambique.
  • James 'VARK' Jenkinson, who needs no introduction. A successful pig farmer from near Cullinan, an experienced rider, instructor, tour leader, trusted sweep and can fix anything... Has more than 15 years of sand riding instruction under his belt. Fondly known a the 'Gravel Monster' but everyone knows that he's really the 'SAND MONSTER'!!


Registration in Mbombela / Nelspruit @ 08h00.
Depart for the border by 08h30.
Lunch in Maputo.
Arrive at Lugar do Mar; check in (A copy of your passport is require at check in).
Bike set up and sand riding technique discussions.
A cold one & dinner.

Buffet breakfast.
Intro to Sand Riding Training.
Lunch around the Lugar Do Mar Lodge swimming pools.
Sand Riding Training continues...
Sun-downers at the Beach Bar & dinner.

Buffet breakfast.
Time to Slay the 'SAND Monster'.
Lunch at El Paso Ranch, Macaneta.
Option River Cruise - weather & time dependent.
Seafood Dinner.

Buffet breakfast.
Depart for the border & home at your leisure.

** Tour ends at Lugar Do Mar, Macaneta.

From R 9,250.00 sharing

Cost Includes

  • 2 Full days Sand Riding Training
  • 3 Nights B&B
  • 3 Dinners
  • Back-up vehicle & trailer for riders & pillions only
  • T-Shirt & sticker as a keepsake
  • BMW Certified Certificate

Cost Excludes

  • Travelling costs to & from the event
  • ALL drinks & water
  • Lunches
  • Border crossing costs
  • Fuel & toll fees
  • Puncture repair equipment
  • Medicines & medical expenses
  • Hotel & restaurant gratuities

Terms & Conditions (Cancellation Policy)

Right of admission reserved.

A 20% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place on a tour / event.

The balance is required in full 30 days prior tour / event date.

50% of the balance payment is refundable up to 7 days prior to tour / event date.

Less than 7 days prior to tour / event date no refund what-so-ever.

One month prior to tour / event entries are subject to availability at the lodges.

Participants welcome to put their luggage in the back up vehicle at the meeting point – 1 bag per person, soft luggage ONLY, no panniers or top boxes.

Participants to have own medical insurance & general insurance for themselves, their property and motorcycle (incl. Cross Border where applicable).

Open to all makes of road legal dual purpose / adventure motorcycles (600cc+), you do not need to own a BMW.

Participants are required to wear FULL protective riding gear including full face riding helmet, full finger riding gloves, riding or ballistic jacket, riding trousers, hydro pack, motorcycle riding boots (No other boots will be allowed).

Vented and / or rain gear as weather dictates.

Arrive with a full tank of fuel.

Please make sure you are prepared for any emergencies that may arise, especially punctures.

Please make sure you have sufficient allergy and / or scheduled chronic medication and take it as prescribed.

What to Bring

  • Clothes & toiletries
  • Sun screen
  • Mosquito spray / malaria prevention
  • Torch or head lamp
  • Cap or hat
  • Hydro-pak
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Sufficient+allergy+scheduled+chronic medication
  • Ballistic jacket – recommended
  • Swimming costume & swimming towel

Border Crossing Info & Costs

Cost subject to exchange rate

  • PASSPORT – You will need a six-month valid passport with at least 2 empty pages.
  • VEHICLE / MOTORCYCLE BORDER CROSSING -Remember to check your vehicle license disc to make sure it’s valid past your return date to South Africa.IF FINANCED – if your vehicle is subject to a financial lease, hire purchase or loan agreement you will need a certified copy of your motorcycle registration paper (Natis documents). If the vehicle you’re driving / riding is not yours you will require a letter of authority in the form of an affidavit from the registered owner or the financial institution and a letter from your insurer giving you permission to take it across a border.IF NOT FINANCED – you will need your original motorcycle registration document (Natis documents) and a letter from the insurer allowing you to cross a border.
  • INSURANCE – Check with your vehicle insurance that you are covered when travelling out of the country.
  • 3rd PARTY INSURANCE – to be purchased beforehand at any Outdoor Warehouse = R140.00 per bike or trailer and R280.00 per vehicle.
  • AT THE BORDER – Immigration Counter for Passport stamp and Customs Counter to complete TIP (Temp Import Papers) = R220.00 / 850MT per vehicle / bike.
  • VISA – NON RSA residents need a Visa. Please apply on-line. You will need a reservation confirmation letter, which we can arrange, you just need to send us a copy of your passport.
  • CHILDREN – Child travelling with both parents will require the following: An unabridged birth certificate of their child; A valid passport for their child and a visa (if required).

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Sand Experience