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TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« on: October 07, 2019, 11:13:33 am »
Anyone ever thought about putting together a dirt route from coast to coast or even north south through SA ? Pretty sure one can make it all the way with minimal tar  :deal: Lets start

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UPDATE - V1.5
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09/09/2020 Confirmed sections marked in green

It's good to see more and more guys posting ride reports, as the lockdown hopefully winds down we need to get out there and support the small towns and business. Please see version 1 Beta of the TSAT South. About 50% is mapped on Google Earth and the rest gathered from tracks I had or were supplied thus the entire route is not 100% accurate. It does not go into Lesotho as I think this needs to be a SA route and not going into extra visas and passports what have you. Also no Wildcoast as I don't know the area but we can amend if needed. If you want to add or improve sections indicate it on the attached route below. The route is broken up into numbered sections. If you can ride one of these sections please use the number and give us feedback on ways to improve this section or maybe suggested another alternative ?

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« Last Edit: September 09, 2020, 11:36:14 am by sidetrack »
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2019, 11:17:02 am »
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2019, 11:18:03 am »
Fastest routes between these points around 2000km so I reckon with dirt we can easily get to 2500 - 3000km trip
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2019, 11:19:24 am »
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2019, 11:21:39 am »
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2019, 11:25:25 am »
So many options one could go west or south east from Musina but I think to keep some direction one should do a Musina - Tzaneen - Polokwane (Pietersburg) stretch. Lovely area for DS bikes.
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2019, 11:50:32 am »
There was a section called Pays-De-Aar Rally ( :biggrin:) that was once a ride type thing, all off-road iirc - I will try find the tracks......

I have looked at this a few times, I dont see it being too much of an issue, but the main thing would be to decide what you wanted to see on the way, eg: Tankwa or The mountains of the Southern Cape.....?
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2019, 11:56:25 am »
My ears pricked up  :sip: who is planning the route?
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2019, 11:57:03 am »
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2019, 12:02:44 pm »
Did Durban to Cape town with 200 km tar and 2800 km dirt

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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2019, 12:11:18 pm »
My ears pricked up  :sip: who is planning the route?
Team effort, reckon on the north to south route we can do a A and B option either side of Lesotho towards CPT.
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2019, 12:15:54 pm »
My ears pricked up  :sip: who is planning the route?
Team effort, reckon on the north to south route we can do a A and B option either side of Lesotho towards CPT.

And the other way on the way back.......  >:D
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2019, 12:16:52 pm »
My ears pricked up  :sip: who is planning the route?
Team effort, reckon on the north to south route we can do a A and B option either side of Lesotho towards CPT.

And the other way on the way back.......  >:D
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2019, 12:18:47 pm »
Would really be interesting to see how much dirt be done zigzagging from Alexanderbay to Pongola keeping to as close to the coast as possible.
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2019, 12:19:15 pm »
My ears pricked up  :sip: who is planning the route?
Team effort, reckon on the north to south route we can do a A and B option either side of Lesotho towards CPT.

And the other way on the way back.......  >:D
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #15 on: October 07, 2019, 12:45:17 pm »
Many years ago a friend and a buddy did the whole coast line on XR500's as much as possible on the beach. Just a few places they had to go inland. Was an epic trip. Wives followed in caravan along the roads in support.
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #16 on: October 07, 2019, 12:46:56 pm »
@Beserker , kum in langman, kum in.....  ;)
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #17 on: October 07, 2019, 12:52:37 pm »
Rode a 701 from Cape Town to Nelspruit, almost exclusively on dirt- covered 2800 km in 7 days

So now a route only has to be calculated from Nelspruit to Musina  :deal:
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #18 on: October 07, 2019, 12:57:27 pm »
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #19 on: October 07, 2019, 01:54:08 pm »
Would really be interesting to see how much dirt be done zigzagging from Alexanderbay to Pongola keeping to as close to the coast as possible.

Now, that would be a good one .........................  :thumleft:
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