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Touring South Africa's The Hel on the back of a motorbike

Karoo Hel On A Bike

By J.F. Kloppers

You are traveling over South Africa's Huisriver Pass, through Kruisriver and Matjesrivier to the Swartberg Pass. At the pass' summit (at around 1 568m) you take a left and head off down Gamkaskloof to the place known in South Africa as The Hell. A majestic gorge characterised by soaring rock faces, fascinating plants, and clear falls of mountain water - this is one of the most isolated areas in South Africa and you are on the back of a motorbike.

"Everyone should take a trip to South Africa's mecca, The Hell, at least once in their lives - preferably on a BMW motorcycle," says German-born Juergen Muess, owner of Karoo Biking: BMW motorcycle tours and rentals in South Africa.

Operating from Cape Town, Karoo Biking offers an increasing number of international visitors, as well as locals, four standard BMW motorcycle tours - two of which include an overnight stay in one of South Africa's best-kept secrets, the Gamkaskloof valley, known as The Hell by residents of the Small Karoo.

The 14-day Karoo/Garden Route/R62 tour takes the biker through some of the most beautiful landscapes that South Africa has to offer, travelling along the famous Route 62 through the Small Karoo and then along the East Coast to Port Elizabeth before heading back to Cape Town via the Garden Route.

Karoo Biking is not the only operator inviting tourists to discover SA's diverse, spectacular landscape on two wheels. MOTOBerlin is another BMW motorbike and adventure tour specialist offering tours in South Africa's Garden Route, KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho, Mpumalanga and the Kruger National Park, the Kalahari Highway, and the Johannesburg to Cape Town route.

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