R62, Moordenaars Karoo, Tankwa – 2 days (dual)

the other Ouberg Pass near Anysberg area

The other Ouberg Pass near Anysberg area.


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1. Total distance of route and date of ride?

890km (of which 530km gravel).  26-27 October 2013

2. How long did it take to complete? Were you going fast or travelling leisurely?

It took two days. Very chilled riding. However, the roads were very wet on the first day and between Laingsburg and Sutherland it was washed away completely. Had to go through a few fast flowing rivers.

3. Why are you recommending this route? What’s special about it?

You get to experience a wide range of Westen Cape areas. Touching on the legendary R62, then riding over Langkloof Pass outside Montagu all the way to the Anysberg Nature Reserve area. From there the Moordenaarskaroo road leads you over the Komsberg,  zig-zagging over the Buffelsriver to Sutherland. Experiencing Ouberg Pass in it’s glory is always a great feeling. The breath taking Tankwa Karoo carries you home like an old friend.  Plenty to tick off your “to ride” list.

Tweefontein down Ouberg pass (Anysberg side)

Tweefontein down Ouberg Pass (Anysberg’s side).

Straights in Tankwa Karoo

Straights in Tankwa Karoo.

Oudebaaskraaldam Tankwa Karoo National Park (1)

Oudebaaskraaldam in the Tankwa Karoo National Park.

4. Please tell us how the route runs.

Cape Town> Worcester (turn right to)> Robertson> Ashton> Montagu (Drive straight through  town, turn left onto gravel at first available turn. Think the sign reads Tolana/Ladismith)> Langkloof Pass> there’s a turn-off to Hoek van die Berg left, but keep right following sign indicating Anysberg>  Anysberg> sign to turn left to Laingsburg> 40kms to tarred road> left to Laingsburg> in town turn left, turn right at Hospital onto Moordenaars Karoo Road> Koringplaas (keep left)>  after some serious bad roads and farm gates you’ll reach T-junction (turn right)> Komsberg Pass until you reach the R354> Sutherland. From Sutherland> Ouberg Pass>  R355> Tankwa Padstal> just pass the Tankwa padstal turn right towards Klein Sederberg> Katbakkies Pass> Op die Berg> Gydo Pass> Prins Alfred Hamlet> Ceres> Bainskloof Pass> Wellington> Durbanville> Cape Town.

5. What kind of motorcycle is the route suitable for.

Adventure Bike. The roads were bad with serious water damage between Laingsburg and Sutherland where, in rain season, you’ll have to manoeuvre through sandy river crossings. Going down Ouberg Pass also challenges rider and bike with damaged rocky roads. The rest of the route has fairly well maintained gravel roads.

6. Please name significant points of interest along the way, e.g. eateries, supermarkets, accommodation.

Breakfast in Montagu at The Orchard/Die Boord;  58A Long Street, 023 614 3454

Clean and affordable accommodation with a great plate of food and cold beer at The Jupiter Guest House and restaurant in Sutherland; website,
023 5711 340.

Experience true SA hospitality at the Tankwa Padstal.  Known spot for bikers and like-minded travellers to refresh, have a great burger and cool off in the ‘farm-dam-like-pool’.  Don’t have a number for them, but Facebook them.

Oudebaaskraaldam inside the Tankwa Karoo National Park (no fees), just a quick turn-off from your route. Great mass of water with waterfall. GPS Coordinates; 32° 23′ 01″ S 19° 54′ 05″ E

Trainbridge over Buffelsriver entering Laingsburg

Trainbridge over Buffelsriver entering Laingsburg.

Rivercrossing near Koringplaas

River crossing near Koringplaas.

Oudebaaskraaldam Tankwa Karoo National Park (2)

Oudebaaskraaldam in the Tankwa Karoo National Park.

7. Are there petrol stations along the way? Do you know of any motorcycle repair shops along the route or in the area?

Fill up in Montagu, Laingsburg, Sutherland (pumps closed on a Sunday and after 13;00 on Saturdays, but for a small extra fee you can convince the manager to help with some juice. He lives right across the pumps), Prince Alfred Hamlet and you’ll be ok to get home.
General mechanic shops in Laingsburg.

8. Are there any dangers along the route, e.g. loose gravel, potholes, sharp bends, oil spills, wild animals  or angry locals?

Loose rocks and bad roads in general between Laingsburg and Sutherland and also Ouberg Pass to be done with caution.

9. What did the trip cost in fuel, meals and accommodation?

Fuel:  around R650 depending on fuel usage of bike.

The bill at The Jupiter for dinner (4 juicy lamb chops,chips and veggies), drinks, accommodation (room with two beds) and breakfast ( the usual coffee, bacon & eggs) was R500 including a nice tip for the friendly staff.

Lunch and a (lite) beer at Tankwa Padstal: R55.
Total; R1105

10. Any must-do activities on the route?

Take your time in Sutherland. There’s a lot of great places to have something to eat and drink. Have a look at this site –www.discoversutherland.co.za

Katbakkies Pass

Near Katbakkies Pass.

Found on the road to Anysberg

Found on the road to Anysberg.

Ouberg Pass

Ouberg Pass near Sutherland.

12. Do you have any other comments or advice about the route?

I never thought I’d get so much rain on this route, so left my rain gear home. Had to stop at Montagu Agrimark for a R120 rain suit. It works better than my expensive fancy biker rain gear and much lighter and folds up smaller!

Also add some time to your route. Crossing rivers takes time and my friend started worrying as I only reached Sutherland some hours later than planned with no cell-phone reception on the route.

It’s a beautiful route. Take your time, it’s over sooner that you think.

13. Are there any doctors and/or hospitals in the area that you know of?

Laingsburg has a big state hospital; 023 551 1237.

One Feather, Two Horses at Tankwa Padstal

One Feather, Two Horses at Tankwa Padstal on the R355 between Ceres and Calvinia.

Getting closer to Klein Cederberg

Getting closer to Klein Cederberg.

Crossing the Buffelsriver

Crossing the Buffelsriver between Laingsburg and Sutherland.

Bad roads near border of Northern Cape, Moordenaarskaroo

Bad roads near border of Northern Cape, Moordenaarskaroo.

Oudebaaskraaldam Tankwa Karoo National Park (3)

Oudebaaskraaldam in the Tankwa Karoo National Park.

The rider – Michael Hammond

 

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