May 5, 2016 Comments (0) Baviaanskloof

Baviaanskloof Xtreme Tour, April/May 2016 Report

On a beautiful autumn morning seven bikes headed out of Cape Town for the world heritage site of Baviaanskloof and surrounds. This was planned to be a tough tour on some of the most remote and seldom used tracks of the area and certainly not for your inexperienced pilots. And wow, we were treated to some stunning vistas from some of the finest mountain tracks in south Africa. Sure the going  got tough in the rain and mist but nothing a warm fire along with good companions and a glass of fortified wine couldn’t fix.

Making new friends while exploring on a motorcycle is something I’ll never get enough of, and this group were really special. We had a mixed group of bike brands as well, with not only only the usual KTM / BMW rivalry but also a one of a kind adventure Harley Davidson XR1200 that went places no Harley has gone before or meant to go.  Of course the highlight was the 150km traverse through the magnificent Baviaanskloof, crossing many rough mountain passes and endless streams and rivers. We were fortunate to ride it on a perfect day and the previous days rains had left everything fresh and green as well bringing out  an abundance of buck, baboons, monkeys and birdlife.

Accommodation was rustic but comfortable, including a night in a closed in cave (Makkerdat Caves) at the start of the Baviaanskloof and a remote guest farm north west of Steytlerville. Little beats a crackling camp fire, a glass of good red wine and the smell of sizzling meat on a barbecue in the outback while watching the Karoo night sky. It’s been a while since our last Baviaanskloof trip but I’m sure we’ll be back here sooner than later.

Thanks to my guests for making this trip special.

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