Scenic road over the mountains down to Mossel Bay. Lots of fast sweepers. A few tight corners.
I did this ride while circumnavigating South Africa. Hardly any traffic, the Anenous pass makes things interesting, while the wide open sections are ideal for checking top speed. I saw 263 km/h on my Garmin. Some restaurants in Port Nolloth. Take a jersey, the temperature drops quite drastically as one approaches the ocean.
A nice drive through the cradle of human kind. Some nice long(ish) corners, the road is wide and open with no potholes etc. A nice short ride to Magalies.
The scenery is tops, the asphalt is super and the roads are winding and hilly.
The weather was brilliant when I was there end November 2004 (blue skies and ~ 25 degrees...!).
Recommendation: Rent a large trailie so that you can go down one of the many gravel or dirt roads to the beaches if you like.
A very winding road from the beautiful Pecs to the lakes in Orfü. One curve follows the next. The road crosses a hill but it is not too steep.
Start the trip at Travisio, just short of the Ital Austria border in North East Italy. Head towards Predil Pass. The road runs you past Lago Predil and then up and over into Slovenia. The ride down from here to Nova Gorizia is a must do - lots of mountains, twisties and beautiful sections. The road is great and Slovenia is very reasonable for food and fuel. Finish your ride with a sundowner in Trieste. We rode this route in October this year on my Moto Morini Granpasso 1200.
Start at the Middelburg N11 off-ramp on the N4. Head North past Loskop Dam. Look for the right turn just after the cuttings. The stretch from Roossenekal to Lydenburg / Mashishing includes Jan se Hoogte pass and Die Berg Passes on the R577. After Lydenburg / Mashishing drop down the impressive Long Tom Pass to Sabie, then tackle the high speed Sabie Falls Road from Sabie to Hazeyview. Stay at the Numbi GAte Lodge in Hazeyview.
A short run, but exceptional straights and curves for some high speed fun.
Start point is Haenertsburg - use the Glenshiel hotel, it is stunning and clean. You ride past Ebenezer dam on the way to Tzaneen through sub-tropical orchards of fruit and avocado pears, as well as brilliant mountain scenery. Drop in at the Coach House Inn for the best hand made nougat in Africa (just South of Tzaneen). Albert Erasmus pass on the way to Orighstad is best taken at leisure. Robbers Pass gets really tight towards Graskop, but enjoy Kowyns pass going down to Hazeyview. Through WHite River and Nelspruit, you the New Pass on the road to Barberton which you definitely must take at the highest speed you can manage.
A great and mostly quiet route, alternate way to reach the famous Glossglockner if you are traveling from north. Great scenery and great corners.
The best way to tackle this route is to start at Victoria West. You can do it from Graaff-Reinet up, but somehow its not quite the same. Start at the cafe on the edge of town in Vic West (good rugby supporters venue!), ride into town and turn right after the Excel garage onto the Murraysberg road.
As you hit the outskirts of town you can pretty much twist the throttle and belt it from there. Be careful as you approach and cross the N1 highway, but after that you e back in biker Nirvana. The approach to Murraysberg is as fast as you want it.
Between Murraysberg and Graaff-Reinet your speed will be a little less, but the twisties will make up for it. The road condition is tarmac all the way, mostly with shoulder run-offs, and is currently and a good condition.
Police presence is minimal, but be vigilant 10km either side of Murraysberg and from about 20km before Graaff-Reinet.
Start at the Vioolsdrif border post with South Africa. Head N orth and at the shops and filling station pick up the dirt road to Rosh Pinah. Rosh Pinah is a mining town, but there is a selection of very comfortable B&Bs to overnight at in the town. As the road starts, you will ride on good quality flat dirt for about 15km to 20km, moving between the new Orange River wineland farms. As you move closer to the river gorge, the road undulates and becomes more interesting. Lots of different sections (loose gravel, smooth hard-pack, thickish sand) but nothing too daunting for intermediate riders. Beginners should ride carefully. The scenery along the river is really stunning - not your Alpine pine trees and buttercups, but a harsh African desert rock with scintillating blue skies in backdrop, and the river itself a lush contrasting oasis snaking its way lazily down the impressive valley.
Zimbabwe is today completely dollarised i.e. the USD is the only currency you require. Easiest to access this ride from South Africa by travelling through Beit Bridge and past the site of the Zimbabwe ruins on the A10 to Triangle. The route described starts in the South East cane belt of Zimbabwe in a small town called Chiredzi, and runs up the Eastern Highland spine through Mutare. The scenery is spectacular in spots, with some vistas across to Mocambique. The Chimanimani area is particularly beautiful. Accommodation is rudimentary, but the firendliness of locals will make up for any discomfort.