This route travels through al the Towns and villages along the N2 from Cape Town to Durban. An amazing and scenic route. Will require over night stay to truly enjoy and appreciate it.
Nice for a quick ride early morning. Saturday's the cyclists are out, best to do a Sunday.
This is a rural road through some of the most beautiful passes through valleys and over rivers. Be wary of the road surface in some parts especially the speed bumps in some of the small villages. Corners on this road are amazing and frequent, if you can rather ride on the weekends early in the mornings as there tends to be a lot of heavy vehicle traffic during the day.
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.
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.