Zuurberg - Addo Route
The Zuurberg Route takes you north up through the rolling hills of the beautiful Sunshine Coast before turning west into an area of the Eastern Cape that is well-known for its game reserves, including Shamwari Game Reserve and Addo Elephant Park. You will be riding along the fences and sometimes even through the reserves, where wildlife such as elephants and buck are often seen. Once through the game area, the ride gets a bit tougher through the Zuurberg Pass before ending off with the tarred Olifantskop Pass and then back to Port Elizabeth. We have found that this is a good route to get to know the bikes.
Kilometers: 257 | Riding Time: 3 Hours 30 mins | Difficulty: 7/10
The Baviaanskloof Route starts in Port Elizabeth and takes you 100km west on winding tar roads through the citrus farms of Patensie to the start of the Baviaanskloof. The word "Baviaanskloof" means "Valley Of Baboons" in Dutch and is famous for its narrow gorges, flowing streams and steep mountain passes The narrow valley of the Baviaanskloof is just under 200km long and runs between the Baviaanskloof Mountains to the north and the Kouga Mountains on the south. At the other side of the Kloof you will head back on the popular tarred Route 62 towards Port Elizabeth.
Kilometers: 226 | Riding Time: 3 h 21 mins |Difficulty: 7/10
The Sunshine Coast Route starts on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth and winds along Sundays River Citrus Valley towards Sundays River after which we join the N2 for a few kilometres. After turning right at Kinkelbos, the road takes us through dairy farms all the way to Boknes. From here we turn back on to the N2 for a short while after which we hit the dirt again through all the different game farms, including the likes of the world-famous Shamwari Game Reserve. Be sure not to stop on this stretch and be on the lookout for LIONS and other game! We then head back to PE via Paterson and Addo.
Kilometers: 255 | Riding Time: 5 Hours | Difficulty: 4/10
Longmore Forest will provide you with hours of deep-forest riding. A seemingly endless network of gravel roads will add the miles, with more than enough jeep-track links to keep it adventurous. Longmore Forest is always a favourite amongst off road bikers. Once through Longmore, we head through Hankey before heading towards the surfing mecca, Jeffreys Bay, after which we head back to PE via the R102 over the Gamtoos River, past Thornhill and through the Van Stadens Gorge, linking up with the N2.
Kilometers: 234 | Riding time: 4 Hours | Difficulty: 6/10
The Garden Route ride starts form Port Elizabeth and winds through Jeffreys Bay, the internationally recognized home of the world’s best surf wave, on to Stormsriver Bridge and the Bloukrans Pass where riders may opt to ride the old pass or stop for a bungee jump off the world’s highest commercial bungee jump location. After that, it’s onto Plettenberg Bay where the ride starts in earnest. Travelling on gravel from Plettenberg Bay towards Knysna or Oudtshoorn, the route winds through some of the best forest riding routes and passes until arriving at Angie's G-Spot at the foot of the Prince Alfred Pass.The routes scenery and look-out points are truly spectacular with fast free flowing gavel roads allowing for great free riding and is easy to follow.
From Angies G-Spot, depending on the riders scheduled overnight stop they either climb the Prince Alfred Pass on to Uniondale and their Karoo overnight stay in Oudtshoorn, or turn off to Knysna as either of these two routes will link up depending on rider preferences, as well as weather and road conditions.
The Knysna Passes Route usually starts in Knysna after a good night’s rest in the jewel of the Garden Route. The Route takes riders through Phantom Pass and on towards the famous windy seven passes through the Wilderness Lakes region and up to George after which the Outeniqua and Montague Passes await. The Knysna Passes Route is ideal as a day trip or as a connector to the Karoo or Garden Route loops.
Kilometers: 149 | Riding Time: 2 Hours 40 mins | Difficulty: 6/10
The Oudtshoorn Passes Route is the start to some of the most beautiful historic mountain passes in South Africa and allows for fast safe riding through Meiringspoort, Swartberg Pass and the world famous one way “Die Hell” route. Ideally the Oudtshoorn Passes should be tackled when based in Oudtshoorn as the estimated route travel time does not allow enough time to safely schedule an alternate destination.
Kilometers: 253 | Riding Time: 4 Hours 43 mins | Difficulty: 8/10