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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

1. North-east Lesotho (Sani Pass to Sehlabathebe)

motorcycle tour South Africa Sani Pass into Lesotho
The north-eastern region of Lesotho is an adventure rider’s dream. (photo courtesy Flickr/Vaiz Ha)

Lesotho, landlocked by three South African provinces, is known as the Mountain Kingdom and is home to the five highest road passes in southern Africa. This is spectacular African alpine territory and the four distinct seasons present different riding conditions and challenges.

The suggested route traverses arguably some of the best “gravel travel” riding in the world. It starts at the legendary Sani Pass, a ribbon of road that snakes up the escarpment of the Drakensberg (Mountain of the Dragons) to link southern KwaZulu-Natal with north-east Lesotho.

KLR motorcycle touring lesotho South Africa
Road conditions in Lesotho vary from fair to ferocious.

The route negotiates some of the highest terrain as it heads west, then south, and finally east over some spectacular gravel passes, most of them more than 10,000 feet above sea level. The route leaves Lesotho at any of three border posts, but allows those so inclined to link up with other routes.


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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