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Joburg to Cape Town images - the really long way down
« on: April 18, 2020, 08:38:36 pm »
Images on YouTube of a trip from quite a few years ago. Basically followed the escarpment and threw in a few iconic sections.

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Re: Joburg to Cape Town images - the really long way down
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2020, 09:24:57 pm »
That must of been an awesome ride  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: Joburg to Cape Town images - the really long way down
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2020, 06:37:28 am »
Bump that up to the TSAT

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Re: Joburg to Cape Town images - the really long way down
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2020, 08:01:07 am »
That must of been an awesome ride  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

 

TOTALLY agree...Awesome  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: Joburg to Cape Town images - the really long way down
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2020, 08:24:17 am »
Very nice. A lot of thought went into that route planning. Probably the best I have seen.

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Re: Joburg to Cape Town images - the really long way down
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2020, 11:40:47 am »
Images on YouTube of a trip from quite a few years ago. Basically followed the escarpment and threw in a few iconic sections.



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Re: Joburg to Cape Town images - the really long way down
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2020, 05:54:34 pm »
Thanks - I shared your video with the kids in Aus - Maybe they want to come back  :imaposer:

Nice trip and an awesome time you guys had.
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« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2020, 08:06:26 pm »
LOOKS LIKE AN INCREDIBLE TRIP. Any chance in getting the gps Tracks/ route
 

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Re: Joburg to Cape Town images - the really long way down
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2020, 11:16:04 pm »
2/3 of the TSAT right here.

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Re: Joburg to Cape Town images - the really long way down
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2020, 10:15:36 am »
The intention was to try to take the most scenic route to Cape Town, by as much gravel road as possible, including some bucket list adventure riding sections, and visiting a whole bunch of characterful small towns. SA has many small towns which are mostly struggling and need support and tourism, and they offer affordable and good accommodation and food. All the towns we stopped at provided the 4 essentials – cold beers, warm showers, great food, and clean sheets. We tried to spend time stopping along the route, and especially in the towns, otherwise the trip becomes a bit of a blur. This is the route description and some suggestions:

Day 1 is Joburg via Cullinan (breakfast), back roads to Loskop Dam and Dullstroom (lunch), and then to Waterval Boven. Day 2 is south along gravel roads to Chrissiesmeer (brunch), through SA’s lake district basically following the watershed, close to the Vaal river in its infancy, past Sheepmoor and ending at Wakkerstroom. Day 3 drops into Natal and then up the escarpment to Memel (brunch). We went up Botha’s pass but there are gravel options. The route then zigzags up and down the escarpment between the Free State and Natal. We did down Normandien Pass, up Collings Pass, and down Middledale Pass ending in Bergville. But there are many different options and passes between the Free State and Natal. Day 4 is through Winterton (breakfast), the Natal Midlands also visiting some Boer War sites, and on to Himeville (lunch). Then there is the iconic Sani Pass to finish the day with an overnight stop at Sani Top. Day 5 is to Katse dam. There are 3 or 4 routes to do varying from a great tar option to rough tracks. Not really any places for meal stops.

Day 6 is to either exit out of Lesotho on the East side (more technical/difficult) or to exit out the west side, which we had to choose due to a badly swollen ankle in the group. The day started with a Katse dam tour (good), then to Thaba-Tseka, past Mantsonyane, Blue Mountain Pass, So Help Me God Pass, and Bushman’s Pass (all tar), through Maseru (not worth a stop), Ladybrand and ending at Wepener. Day 7 is a short run via Zastron, Lundeans Neck and on to Rhodes. The option is to ride then ride Naude’s Pass and back to Rhodes, or to spend the time in the town. Day 8 is via Barkly East (breakfast) then to Queenstown, Cathcart and on to Hogsback. Day 9 is to Seymour, Katberg Pass, Adelaide (breakfast), then on to Somerset East, the Zuurberg Pass to Kirkwood (late lunch). Then through Uitenhage, Hankey and Patensie. There are various options for accommodation, but we went a bit further to Cambria. Day 10 is a highlight with Baviaanskloof, then to Uniondale, Prince Alfred’s Pass to Knysna. Include the Kom se Pad deviation near Knysna. Good option to spend an extra day in Knysna.

Day 11 is the 7 Passes road to George (breakfast), then Montague Pass, into the Little Karoo, past Dysselsdorp, De Rust, Meiringspoort, and on to Prince Albert (lunch). Then it is up the Swartberg Pass and on to Gamkaskloof (Die Hel) for the night. Day 12 is back to the Swartberg Pass and on to Calitzdorp (breakfast). To get to Barrydale the options are via Rooiberg Pass and van Wyksdorp, or to basically follow Route 62, which includes Seweweeekspoort (out and back), Ladismith, Ronnie’s Sex Shop and then Barrydale. Depending on how many days are still available, the options are to head on to Cape Town, to head South, or to head to Montague and then North to the Cedarberg. We did both South and then to the Cedarberg. Day 13 was to backtrack a bit to Gysmanshoek Pass and Gravel roads all the way to Malgas (Breede River crossing), then to Bredasdorp and Cape Agulhas (underwhelming) and Struisbaai (lunch). Then through Elim and on to Greyton for the night. Day 14 is to get to the Cedarberg via Riviersonderend, Mcgregor, Robertson, Montague, Langeberg Valley, passing near Touws River and on to Ceres or Prince Alfred’s Hamlet. Day 15 is north to Wupperthal, and then around to Clanwilliam and Citrusdal. Day 16 is a loop around to Piketberg, then to Tulbach, Wolseley, Bainskloof, Wellington, possibly Franschhoek Pass to Botrivier, Betty’s Bay and on to Somerset West – all depending on how best to finish off.

The file of the tracks seems to be too large. I can email or send via other suggestions. Let me know
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« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2020, 11:05:51 am »
pm sent iwhen i get it i will upload it to bropbox and then any one who wants it can down load it
 

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Re: Joburg to Cape Town images - the really long way down
« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2020, 11:08:59 am »
Great trip and love the small towns and that you wanted to support them. :thumleft:
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