This is Adventure Motorcycle and 4x4 heaven. Not only is the road an awesome ride, but the views, the nature and wildlife, the passes and the end point if you stay over are incredible. It is not a particularly long ride distance wise, but takes the best part of 1.5 to 2 hours from the turn off if you dont stop for pictures or to pass others. However to get to the turn off also involves a pass from the nearest town, so dedicate the best part of a day to get there and back or just stay over. Camp or book a self catering house.
This is 95km of pure Gravel for Adventure Bikes in Mountains with passes and spectacular rural farmlands in a trout fishing area. Rhodes the destination is one of the only small towns left in South Africa where all the roads are still un-tarred. It is a small village which is the furtherest from all cities in South Africa. High up in the Drakensberg mountains it is close to one of the only ski resorts in SA too. Friendly and welcoming small place with some great lodges, backpackers and hotels.
Maletsunyane Falls and the ride to get there with a stay at the Semongkeng Lodge are well worth the visit. The falls are incredible - the highest waterfall abseil in Southern Africa happens there. Adventure Motorcycles only as most of the route is gravel. Lodge is a very laid back fun place with plenty of beer / wine and good food available.
You want rural Africa? Well this is still pretty untouched by western civilazation. Bordering on Malawi, this part of Mozambique is pretty rural and poor but friendly. We did a ride along here to check out the railway line taking coal from Tete to Beira so followed the railway line.
The real bonus on this stretch of road is that you are riding in amongst the big wildlife such as Elephants, Giraffe and other animals such as buck, monkeys, birds and warthog, etc. In most places in Africa motorcycles are not allowed in Game reserves so unless you ride along the fence of a game reserve, you do not see animals easily. Here the animals simply wonder over the road in front of you, or you see them casually grazing on the side of the road. In terms of the riding, the road itself is rather straight and average, but lookout for Elephant!
Exceptionally scenic, untouched, rural, gravel road out of Bulawayo (they dont let motorbikes ride through the Matopas National Park) so this is the best road to see the rock formations from legally.
Another awesome mountain pass - not so high up and over the mountain, rather following a river and cutting through the mountain for about 20 odd km. Beautiful mountain scenery. All gravel, recommended for Adventure Bikes only. Depending upon the time of the year there can be quite a few (about 10 odd) up to two or three feet deep river crossings.
Arguably one of the top passes in Southern Africa (of which there are many many awesome passes), for length, scenery, views, beauty, changing weather, all gravel, etc. Its a must see on an Adventure Motorcycle.
If you love Adventure bike riding and nature this is an amazing all gravel route through the Tankwa Karoo. Miles of open road, a spectacular mountain pass, at the right time of the year (spring in September) it is wall to wall desert flowers too. Ending up in Sutherland, the place chosen for some of the clearest skies in the world for astronomy.
This is as close to the middle of nowhere as it gets! Desert for miles with spectacular desert scenery. Watch out for sand drifts over the road on occassion, but otherwise fine. Gravel all the way. Adventure bikes only.
Nice road close to Cape Town to get out into the rural citrus farms and mountains. Two spectacular passes. the road is mostly Tar but a section of about 40km of Gravel towards Citrusdal. An Adventure bike is recommended for this route.
Bear in mind this is mostly a single track road, all Gravel for about 180km. It starts off with Mountainous twisty and windy roads, lots of stones and rocks and if has been raining mud patches and flowing river crossings. It goes through a nature reserve, so watch out for Kudu and other large animals running into the road! After about halfway, the twistyness stops and it flattens out and opens up to a two car width with longer straighter sections. Even though it is only 180km it will take you most of the day to make it through, mainly because of the views, stops and awesome mountain and wildlife scenery. Only attempt it with an Adventure bike. It is an absolutely awesome ride. We also recommend you do it in this direction, otherwise you reach the interesting and harder parts once you are already tired.