Epic Motorbike Routes in South Africa

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One-day circuit from Cape Town  

From Cape Town you can at least drive more than 6 passes at only one day. Starting along the coast in the north towards the Durbanville Hills and vineyards over the N1. You will pass briefly the oldest road of Stellenbosch. The next places you should get to are Helshoogte Pass, Franschhoek Pass, Theewaterskloof Dam, Floorshoogte Pass, Clarence Drive (follow the undulating coastline for about 70km kilometres to Gordons Bay), False Bay, Muizenberg, St James, Kalk Bay, Fishhoek and Glencairn and up on Red Hill. Don’t miss the panoramic view of False Bay villages of Scarborough, Misty Cliffs and Kommetjie. The last pass and the highlight of the day should be the world renowned Chapman’s Peak Drive. From there you can follow the long and bending Victoria Road back to Cape Town.

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Chapman’s Peak 

Maclear to Rhodes (about 106km, Eastern Cape) 

Maclear lies about one hour ride away from Mthatha and is the starting point of the R369. This untarred road leads to Naude’s Nek Pass, which is still the highest mountain pass in South-Africa accessible to normal traffic and because of its twists and gradients not the easiest one. So in case of bad weather turn back. Once conquered the summit, you can cruse more relaxed to Rhodes. If you are interested in driving further, the much more agreeable Joubert’s Pass is about 100km away.

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View from Naude’s Nek (www.bmwmotorcycleclubcape.co.za)

Long Tom Route (about 146km, Mpumalanga)

The streets are all tarred and perfect for pillion riders. You can just make a great weekend break and enjoy a route that has it all. There are long hilly turnings, sharp switchbacks and upper and lower elevations. The famous Long Tom Pass is the connection between Lydenburg and Sabie. You will have a great view onto the Sabie Valley, but also amazing stops such as Mac-Mac Falls, the Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window.motor bike 3

Long Tom Pass


Route 62 (about 800km, Western to Eastern Cape)




Cape Route 62 prompts associations with the legendary byway, Route 66. It meanders between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, the Langkloof and Port Elizabeth, offering the shorter, scenic alternative to the N2 highway.




It’s an area of stunning landscapes and dominant cliffs, crystal clear streams and an unbelievable amount of various trees and indigenous flora. The multitude of attractions will offer you an unforgettable adventure. From visits to wineries and game reserves, tribal art, cultural tours, museums and for the more enterprising: hiking trails and mountain climbing, 4×4 routes, canoeing, horse riding, ostrich riding, fishing and caving …




Cape Route 62 qualify so well to self drive holidays because of the excellent road conditions, adequately accommodation offerings along the route and the diversity of attractions you’ll encounter along your drive. So Cape Route 62 is an exciting experience for everyone, even for the well-travelled.

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Route 62 (www.holidayplace.co.uk) 

Kimberley to Cape Town (about 1800km, Northern to Western Cape) 

Once came to Kimberley with a train you can start an awesome ride down to the Mother City. Possible daily stages are Victoria West, Calvinia, Ceres and Cape Town. Several highlights and a journey to yourself are waiting for you.

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On the Road to Cape Town (www.classicmotorcycleclubcape.co.za)


Cape Town to Springbok (about 550km, Western Cape to Northern Cape)


The National Road N7 leads from Cape Town through Namaqualand in the North West of South Africa up to the Namibian border at the Orange River. If you have a bit of time, try to use the many sub-routes and you will find a lot of scenic stops and culinary delights.

Some worth seeing places for a break are for example Desert Rose (Koringberg junction), Kardoesie (Piekenierskloof Pass), De Tol (Piekenierskloof Pass), Kom Proe (Citrusdal), Kuiervreugde Coffee Shop (Kamieskroon) and Springbok Lodge and Restaurant (Springbok).