To take part on any journey in an unhospitable and exotic land such as Morocco, where the unexpected can always occur, the right equipment and correct mode of transport is indispensable. We consider no better motorbike has been designed to deal with the rocky mountain tracks, deep sandy riverbeds, vast dry desert lakes, sand and dunes than the ones we have – KTM 450 EXCs.
In Spanish there is a proverb – “Mala hierba nunca muere” which roughly translated could be our “the devil looks after his own” – and the BMW GS could be considered an ideal fit for this. During the German manufacturer’s 40 years creating trail bikes, this particular model is considered one of the best-known ones, a bike to be seriously considered in the world of trail.
Our final day biking through this beautiful part of Europe. The Pyrenees with it’s national parks has many little known places to visit. Today we will bike out over the Port de Cabus pass we did on the first day and follow down through the old smugglers route through the gorge.
Today the first 18kms towards the Spanish border is on road. We leave Ordino, fuel up and bike on down through Andorra town and before the border town of Sant Julià we turn right and wind our way up to the church and Parador hotel of Canollich. The road up is quite narrow and there are many tight hairpin bends so clutch control important. Once at the top we will stop for a coffee in the sun on the terrace of the Parador and gaze out over the wonderful open views across the Valleys of Andorra. A couple of kms further and we are onto the track. We will spend the morning winding our way through the forests, hidden valleys, quiet villages and crossing small streams until we get to lunch. Every now and then we will pop out on a mountain top and stop to appreciate yet another beautiful view.
Back down through Andorra to the Spanish border and once through we turn off and bike onto our trails for today. Our coffee stop will be on the terrace of the “unofficial” La Rabassa cafe stop. Leaving here we branch left and start an amazing climb up to the “Pic Negre” meaning black point probably due to the fact that the ground is predominantly slate and dark.
Leave Andorra through the old village of Pal, with it’s 11th century Romanic church. Passing the pretty ski slopes of Pal Ski Resort cut through the trees, we drive on over the Port de Cabus at 2300m into Spain. Offroad for the next 20 kms from the Port down to Alins where we stop for a mid morning coffee and snack in a local café. En route we pass through the ancient village of Tor and then follow the river through a very picturesque gorge area. This was a notorious area in the past for being a major smuggler’s route for tobacco from Andorra to Spain.
Day 16 of 16 Cape Town to Victoria Falls
A journey that started 16 days earlier in cape town.
After riding our bikes for more than 5000kms through the amazing variety of scenery that Africa offers, the South African motorcycle tour track arrives at its final destination – Victoria Falls. With the spectacular view over the Zambezi river, Victoria Falls are the most stunning, majestic waterfalls that our travellers can see in Zimbabwe and the African Continent.
Day 11 of 16 Cape Town to Victoria Falls
One of the most prized natural sites for lovers of biking
Hidden among the majestic rocky mountain ranges of Lesotho, one of the highest countries in the world, located more than 1000m/3280ft above sea level, can be found one of the most prized natural sites for lovers of biking with a bit of a challenge – the notorious climb up the Sani Pass.
Day 10 of 16 Cape Town to Victoria Falls
Immersed within the Southern Drakensberg mountains
After a hearty breakfast, immersed within the Southern Drakensberg mountains, it’s time for our steep descent back to the slightly warmer air of Rhodes, where we have a necessary coffee break at a quaint 100 year old Inn.
Day 9 of 16 Cape Town to Victoria Falls
Continuing northwards we run parallel to the river Klipaat
It’s a feast for our eyes today as we prepare for one of our most beautiful days of biking so far. Continuing northwards we run parallel to the river Klipaat, crossing it from time to time. A mixture of asphalt and gravel roads take us through breath-taking scenery, continually changing from vast, open plains to dramatic rugged mountains. It’s almost hard to keep your eyes on the road with so much beauty around!