Africa offers motorcyclists the adventure of a lifetime. Whether you’re interested in riding through the Sahara Desert, taking a motorcycle safari in Tanzania, or enjoying the beautiful South African coastline on a Triumph — it’s all possible. Below you’ll find recommended motorcycle routes in Africa.

Nothing beats taking your bike on the open road. Of course, certain destinations are more exciting than others, and this is certainly the case with the African routes mentioned below. If you plan on adding some exciting motorcycle routes to your bucket list in the nearby future, one of these should certainly be on your shortlist.

 

1. CEUTA TO MARRAKESH LOOP, MOROCCO (2,570 KILOMETERS)

Bikers on this route journey through an exotic realm of ancient kasbahs (citadels), souks (bazaars) and desert cultures. After rolling off the ferry at Ceuta, riders switchback through the wild Rif Mountains to Fez, then traverse the Atlas Mountains (snow-capped in winter) to hit the Sahara at Erfoud. Snaking west through the Todra Gorge, the route passes palm groves of Ouarzazate and the imperial city of Marrakesh. Beyond, the Tizi n’Test Pass runs down to the Atlantic coast at Agadir. It’s two days from here along blacktop to Casablanca, then the final 321 kilometers (200 miles) via Tangiers to Ceuta.

 

2. CAPE TOWN CIRCUIT, SOUTH AFRICA (1,690 KILOMETERS)

Fantastic roads, amazing scenery and excellent climate — South Africa is perfect for a one- or two-week fly-ride vacation. From Cape Town the wild coast heads east then the road turns north over the Olifantskip Pass to Addo National Park — a good chance to shoot big game with your camera. A throttle-open ride across the Great Karoo to Oudtshoorn heralds dizzying switchbacks — via Route 62 — over the Little Karoo Mountains to sample the wines around Robertson before closing your loop in Cape Town.

 

3. ATLANTIC SEABOARD (85 KILOMETERS)

It’s hard to beat the shear beauty of this stretch of coastline looking out over the Atlantic Ocean. Winding roads, steep cliff faces, spectacular beaches and some good restaurants along the way make this a must-ride stretch.

Highlights include Camps Bay, Twelve Apostles, Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Misty Cliffs and Scarborough, Red Hill Road, Simonstown, Kalk Bay Harbour, Boyes Drive and Muizenberg.

 

4. LONG TOM ROUTE, MPUMALANGA (146 KILOMETERS)

The streets are all tarred and perfect for pillion riders. You can just make a great weekend break and enjoy a route that has it all. There are long hilly turnings, sharp switchbacks and upper and lower elevations. The famous Long Tom Pass is the connection between Lydenburg and Sabie. You will have a great view onto the Sabie Valley, but also amazing stops such as Mac-Mac Falls, the Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window.

 

5. KLEINMOND TO FRANSCHHOEK VIA GRABOUW (92 KILOMETERS)

There’s a hidden gravel road that connects the tar road from Kleinmond to the N2 at Grabouw. It’s wonderfully remote and provides spectacular views of the Elgin valley. From Grabouw the good tar road winds through orchards and mountain passes, crossing over Theewaterskloof dam – one of the main water storage dams for Cape Town. The last stretch explores the magnificent Franschhoek pass into the town of Franschhoek.
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