Whether they are first-timers or old hands, road bikers or off-roaders, speed freaks or tourists, most enthusiasts agree that the Kruger Lowveld is a motor cyclist’s haven. With mountain passes, curvy routes and fantastic scenery along the way, there are few places that can rival the Kruger Lowveld as South Africa’s most popular motor biking destination. There are certain routes that any motor biking enthusiast must ride and mark off their bucket list.
For the road biker:
Sabie to Hazyview (tar): 44km of concentrated riding on the R536.
Long Tom Pass (tar): Lydenburg/Mashishing to Sabie on the R37. 56km of sheer riding pleasure and cambered excitement along one of South Africa’s most famous mountain passes.
Old Gold Diggers Route (tar): 310km circular route starting and ending in Sabie, taking the rider through White River then via the spectacular Mara/Boulders Road and onto Barberton. Returning via Nelspruit/Mbombela, Kaapschehoop, Sudwala Caves and onto Sabie.
Canyon Round Trip (tar): 265km again starting and ending in Sabie, taking the rider via the historical town of Pilgrim’s Rest and over the scenic Robbers Pass before joining the R36 and travelling to Ohrigstad. 25km north of Ohrigstad, turn right onto the R532 and follow the Panorama Route via the various view sites and waterfalls, through Graskop and back to Sabie.
For the off-roader:
Casper’s Nek Pass (dirt): an unbelievable 60km off-road ride linking the R36 and the Vaalhoek Road. Head to Pilgrim’s Rest or take the R532 back to Graskop.
Old Harbour Road (dirt): 48km from Long Tom Pass down into the Sabie River Valley, towards Sabie.
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