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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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Mario P.
Mario P.
November 15, 2014 10:12 am

Very nice write-up! Never knew S. Africa had so many amazing places for ADV riders. Definitely adding this to my bucket list.

December 25, 2014 2:07 am
Reply to  Mario P.

Hey Mario
Thanks for the kind words, and yes, South Africa has plenty to offer, much ,much more than an article can describe!

Johann +27 (83 325 325 2)
Johann +27 (83 325 325 2)
December 18, 2014 5:10 pm

If you’d like to see our wonderful world, come visit my guesthouse and I’ll show u around

December 25, 2014 2:08 am

Hi Johann
For future reference, where are you based?

Frank Pusch
Frank Pusch
July 8, 2016 8:06 am
Reply to  Derek

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,

Philip Instagram (#goliat_4x4_overlander)
Philip Instagram (#goliat_4x4_overlander)
January 30, 2020 11:01 pm
Reply to  Frank Pusch

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

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?

Robert Crick
Robert Crick
December 19, 2014 5:02 pm

Great place for motorcycling. Just covered four of the seven places highlighted. You can read about it here:

December 25, 2014 2:10 am
Reply to  Robert Crick

Hey Robert
Will definitely take a look at your impressions … happy riding! D

Dealing With Wildlife On Your African Motorcycle Safari » ADV Pulse
February 27, 2015 8:52 am

[…] Yet, few things in the life of an adventure rider are more rewarding than camping under the Southern Cross on an African motorcycle safari. Adventure Bikes offer the perfect mode of transportation for observing Africa’s wildlife up close and personal. Watching herds of beasts at a watering hole or scavengers feeding on a carcass is an experience you won’t soon forget, and the network of routes, tracks and trails criss-crossing the land provide some of the world’s finest adventure riding terrain. […]

The love guru
The love guru
February 22, 2017 7:04 pm

You forgot the Transkei – some of the absolute best adventure riding in South Africa.

Derek Alberts
Derek Alberts
February 28, 2017 2:14 am
Reply to  The love guru

Hi Bruce
You’re so right! Problem is there are so many places to ride, and sometimes not enough space to tell the story. Which are your favorite rides?


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