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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

4. The Tankwa

Riding South Africa Ouberg Pass Tankwa
The desolation of the Tankwa is a magnet for adventurers.

The vastness of this surreal landscape has elevated this scorched region onto the “must do” list of adventure riders thirsting for an otherworldly voyage.

Located in the most arid of South Africa’s province, the Northern Cape, this is a harsh land devoid of creature comforts and suitable only to the most intrepid of adventurer. The rewards are humbling – a deep silence, soul-stirring solace and stupendous night skies in an ancient land of layered sandstone hills and a long-gone rivers.

Motorcycle camping South Africa Tankwa
The unspoiled reaches of the Tankwa strike a chord with adventure riders that enjoy remote camping.

And yet, the parched land is a treasure trove of hundreds of plants and wildlife not found anywhere else in the world. The detail may escape a rider on two wheels, but the unforgiving ambiance of this land God made in anger certainly won’t.


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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