08 Mar March Moto Madness South Africa 2016
We were very unsure what the March Moto Madness would bring in 2016 since it would be the first official event in South Africa. The MMM is an even where all dual sport motorcycle enthusiasts get together for a weekend of shared fun with the motorbikes. Well, South Africa did not disappoint. A few of us got together on the 3rd of March 2016 on a beautiful morning in Mossel Bay. We traveled to George to meet up with more members and prceded over the Montague pass situated in the beautiful Outeniqua mountains.
We then proceeded to Oudthoorn and the Swartberg pass. This pass was one of the many, but most probably one of the best, build by Thomas Bains. The Swartberg mountains (black mountain in Afrikaans) make up a mountain range that runs roughly east-west along the northern edge of the semi-arid Little Karoo in the Western Cape province of South Africa. To the north of the range lies the other large semi-arid area in South Africa, the Great Karoo.
The Swartberg consists of two officially named ranges, the Smaller and the Greater Swartberg Mountains. Ironically, the Smaller Swartberg Mountains, the westernmost of the two, is the higher one, including the province’s highest peak, Seweweekspoortpiek (Seven Weeks Gorge Peak) at 2325 m. The famous Towerkop (Bewitch Peak) towers over the Klein Karoo town of Ladismith at a height of 2189 m. The peak is so named for its cleft peak, that, according to legend, was split by a spell and subsequent bolt of lightning.
The Swartberg is regarded as one of the finest exposed fold mountain chains in the world, and the Northern end of the pass shows this especially. The plant life along the pass is particularly interesting as many hundreds of species are found on the Swartberg. Also notable is the drystone work supporting some of its picturesque hairpin bends.
We then had lunch in Prins Albert.
After lunch we proceeded to the Town of Klaarstroom and took 96km dirt road to the town of Willowmore. On the way we stopped at an old deserted railway station called Vondeling where we took some awesome pictures. At Willowmore we filled up with fuel and meet up with some more riders.
From Willowmore we followed the road into the Baviaanskloof to Uitspan Guest House where all had a good meal and rest.
The next day we traveled further into the Baviaanskloof to Zandvlakte where the real event started. The next two days were filled with fun and more fun. Everyone had a blast and had such a sense of pride for finishing in the blistering heat the Baviaanskloof route. The infamous Sitskraal was conquered by all. To learn more about the Baviaanskloof, click on the next Baviaanskloof link
Al that I can say is that the event was a huge success and one to be reckoned with in the future. See you there next year.