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Top 7 Areas to Ride Adventure Motorcycles in South Africa

The unique landscape, wildlife and culture make this land an ADV paradise.

Published on 11.13.2014
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South Africa is famous for its sunny skies, natural splendor, wildlife, and of course, Nelson Mandela. Perhaps less known is that South Africa is also home to some of the world’s finest adventure riding.

Three elements distinguish South Africa from other global adventure motorcycle riding destinations, not least the uniquely African flavor imparted by the landlocked kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland.

  • Unique Culture: The mesmerizing cultural melting pot that is contemporary South Africa:  Boldly reinventing its place on the southern tip of Africa, the new South Africa’s journey to nationhood makes for a fascinating, and welcoming, visitor experience.
  • Picturesque Landscape: A diverse landscape that ranges from sweeping savanna to sub-tropical forests, from sunken salt lakes to alpine tundra, as well as a year-round temperate climate and extraordinary African wildlife.
  • Riding Terrain: A combined area the size of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, invites one to ride to and from anywhere on dirt ranging from gravel surfaces to tortuous single tracks and anything in between.

It’s impossible to pick “THE Ultimate” adventure riding route in South Africa, due to the sheer diversity of the landscape. Each area offers its own unique characteristics and riding experience for motorcylists, which is why we highlight seven of the best riding areas that are sure to quicken the heart rate of any adventure rider.


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Author: Derek Alberts

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      • Hi Derek
        I have just read your article. In one week I will fly from Germany to SA and start a long trip by motorbike to the North of Africa. I would like to ride your suggested trips, if possible in winter time.
        Do you have any detailed description or gpx tracks?
        Thanks for your help,

        • My wife and I compete in all the BMW GSTrophy Events here in South Africa, so you can imagine how we love our GS.


          We are planning to tour Europe for the whole month of June 2020 every year on a GS and then store it untill the next year.


          We need assistance in finding a good condition 2016-2017

          BMW R 1200 GS ADVENTURE
          With panniers, top box, Quickshifter and GPS 

           We have a sponser in Germany to assist with reg and insurance.

          Is this something you will be able to help us with?

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