Motorbike Rides Africa

There are many places to explore in Africa, but don’t expect the roads to be anything like the roads you will find in 1st world countries. Be very careful and research what bikes are needed for the area you intend to explore. Also, make sure that the bike you choose is reliable and spares are available. Also necessary is to ensure that you have the required vaccinations for the countries that you traverse. These requirements differ from country to state, and the doctor you consult must be well versed in tropical deceases, including malaria.

Local foods can be unusual, but they certainly don’t warrant a Michelin Star! Meal comes in a wide variety as in all Western Countries in the cities, but some local delicacies such as Mopani worms, cooked or raw, red bait off the rocks, curried offal, chicken feet or sheep’s head served whole on a platter might not be for the delicate pallet. Casual accommodation can also be attractive. Good hotels are available in the bigger towns and cities but while on the road expect to find “things” in your beds and very little to no toilet facilities. Research the weather conditions as the rain in rainy seasons makes the gravel roads impassable.

Some countries may not allow motorbikes to use their roads, and some will have cc limits. Riding in countries that are between 1st and 3rd world countries should not be troublesome, but do not stop to someone who tries to flag you down and don’t pick up hitchhikers!

Interesting rides in South Africa

Sewerweekspoort Pass, which is found in the Swartberg Cape Fold mountains, is 240 km long, and mostly on gravel roads. Leaving the N1 highway at Laingsburg and onto the R323 you will traverse stunning the Sewerweekspoort passes of the Towerkop Nature Reserve and through the semi-desert of the Klein Karoo (Little Karoo) and ride on to Calitzdorp. Stop here to do some wine tasting at the three vineyards (but not if you want to continue cycling!) to enjoy the port produced in the most beautiful port growing region of the world.

From Calitzdorp take the gravel road that meanders through a beautiful valley to join the R328 and turn north to pass over the Swartberg towards Prince Albert. As you descend the Swartberg, about halfway down, you will see a non-descript sign indicating “Die Hell” a valley with a legend! It is said that when the Dutch Voortrekkers left the Cape for inland to escape the rule of the British, a wagon train detoured down into the Gamkaskloof and disappeared for over a hundred years.

In the mid-1900s, a man arrived at Prince Albert seeking a doctor, and the doctor found a settlement of people still living in the 1800s, as in a time capsule, without any modern luxuries! Fable or truth? You can go there and find out for yourselves! These settlers have joined mainstream society now and few, if any, of the original families still reside there.

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