Everything You Need to Know about the South African Road System

By 27th Mar 2018motorbike tours
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Despite the horror stories of potholes dotting every inch of the roads and lions roaming the streets everywhere you look, South Africa actually boasts a high quality road network, which is just one of the reasons why bikers from all over the globe head over here in search of adventure.

In short, not only can you expect stunning vistas and jaw-dropping experiences, but you can also look forward to a smoother than expected ride.

Things to Be Aware Of

In South Africa, all motorists are required to drive on the left-hand side of the road and pass on the right. Our road network is about 747 000km, which is the longest network of roads of any African country, so be sure to bring a map or smartphone along if you’ll be touring alone (or book with us and get a professional guide to help you navigate your way around)!

While the pothole situation isn’t nearly as bad as many people make it out to be, it is important to keep a lookout for them – especially if you’ll be paying a visit during the spring and summer months (rainy season).

And, while you’re unlikely to come across a lion sitting on the road, there is a chance that you’ll be met with some wildlife sometime during your journey, often in the form of monkeys, baboons and other little critters, the vast majority of which won’t be able to cause you much harm!

Gravel Roads

Most gravel roads are recognised by just a number, as opposed to freeways, highways and main roads which are identified with ‘M’, ‘N’ and ‘R’ respectively. The great news is that even if you do intend to head off of the beaten track, you’ll still be pleasantly surprised.

There are no official roads in South Africa, including gravel roads, that would require a 4-wheel drive vehicle in order to make use of them. Even unclassified roads in rural areas, aside from a few more potholes, should be decent enough to travel on with a motorbike.

Keen to tour through South Africa on a trusty motorbike with those who know the lay of the land on your side? Get in touch with Africa Moto Tour today!

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