Ready for a road trip this holiday season? Dreaming of leaving it all behind and exploring the Garden Route from behind a set of handlebars? Few people actualise this dream—yet those who do, get to have one of the most unforgettable time of their lives.
Whether you’re a novice rider on the latest BMW model series, a natural-born cruiser on a Harley Davidson, or a dirt-smeared off-roader who likes to throttle your way through valleys, dirt roads and mountain tops, you will love riding through the Garden Route. Celebrated as one of South Africa’s most iconic tourist attractions, the Garden Route is one of the most majestic and scenic self-drive motorcycle rides in South Africa.
The playground for every type of biker
Few routes on earth can rival the grandeur and beauty of Route 62 and the Garden Routes coastal highway, and what better way to traverse this giant canvas than on two wheels. While the Garden Routes coastal highway is a strip along the Indian Ocean that stretches for 400 km along with a stunning natural playground of indigenous forests, rolling hills, rocky caves, panoramic sandy beaches and secluded lagoons, Route 62 is a scenic route that passes through vintage farming towns, beautiful towering mountain peak backdrops, acres of wine farms, natural forests, and lushly landscaped valleys covered in aloes and fynbos. Voted the sixth best coastal drive in the world by Virtual Tourist, Route 62 is a road to remember that will seduce you in ways you never would have imagined.
Linking Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, while dotting beautiful towns along the way, the Garden Route is one of the world’s best-kept natural secrets. A pathway to biker heaven, you will find many shops and bars and secret back roads to take on with your bike. Once you get off the highway (as true bikers will surely want to do), there are plenty of spots to see and things to do.
If you’re looking for the infamous Ronnies Sex Shop, you will find it at Warmwaterberg in Montague. If you’re looking to soak your feet in the sand of majestic beaches or camp out in the woods, Mosselbay, Knysna Forest and Plettenberg Bay will be on your way. Want to do big 5 viewings? Stop at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve at the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains or Addo Elephant National Park just outside of Port Elizabeth. Want to feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins? Jump or dive off the Bloukrans Bridge in Tsitsikamma, Plettenberg Bay? The Garden Route is the playground for every type of biker out there!
See passion, learn stories, and make lifelong memories
The easily accessible small local villages nestled along the valleys, all offer ample opportunity for discovery. In fact, every twist and turn on both routes lead to somewhere new. It’s a journey that will lead you to a captivating story, a scenic snapshot, home-baked farm stall goodies to taste, plenty of wineries to enjoy, and even charming new friends.
Offering the opportunity to get in touch with the local culture and to ride on both tarred and dirt roads, the Garden Route is the destination for bikers, offering wonderful hospitality, and inexpensive food and accommodation. Whether you’re looking to revel in luxury or relax in rustic tranquillity, this is a place where you’ll find a selection of the warmest and most inexpensive home-from-home accommodation types and the best fresh, local cuisine.
Route 62 and the Garden Routes coastal highway are the most delightful regions in the country, and the best way to experience both routes is atop a high-powered motorcycle. Whichever route you choose, remember that both routes know no boundaries. As you drift past the ever-changing colours of the majestic mountains, rolling hills, towering cliffs, crystal clear streams, small remote vintage villages and Art Deco signs, and drink in the kaleidoscope of scenic tranquillity with your eyes, you realise that there are only a few places on earth that can marry this quality of riding with this kind of backdrop.
The Garden Route offers an adventure that needs to be experienced to be believed
If it’s time to hit the road on a two-wheeler along the legendary Garden Route, then contact GS Africa today. Whether you ride out with a few mates or with your leather-clad babe on the back, get the map and get on the road with one of our BMW or Harley Davidson motorcycle rentals.