This is Adventure Motorcycle and 4x4 heaven. Not only is the road an awesome ride, but the views, the nature and wildlife, the passes and the end point if you stay over are incredible. It is not a particularly long ride distance wise, but takes the best part of 1.5 to 2 hours from the turn off if you dont stop for pictures or to pass others. However to get to the turn off also involves a pass from the nearest town, so dedicate the best part of a day to get there and back or just stay over. Camp or book a self catering house.
This is 95km of pure Gravel for Adventure Bikes in Mountains with passes and spectacular rural farmlands in a trout fishing area. Rhodes the destination is one of the only small towns left in South Africa where all the roads are still un-tarred. It is a small village which is the furtherest from all cities in South Africa. High up in the Drakensberg mountains it is close to one of the only ski resorts in SA too. Friendly and welcoming small place with some great lodges, backpackers and hotels.
Maletsunyane Falls and the ride to get there with a stay at the Semongkeng Lodge are well worth the visit. The falls are incredible - the highest waterfall abseil in Southern Africa happens there. Adventure Motorcycles only as most of the route is gravel. Lodge is a very laid back fun place with plenty of beer / wine and good food available.
You want rural Africa? Well this is still pretty untouched by western civilazation. Bordering on Malawi, this part of Mozambique is pretty rural and poor but friendly. We did a ride along here to check out the railway line taking coal from Tete to Beira so followed the railway line.
The real bonus on this stretch of road is that you are riding in amongst the big wildlife such as Elephants, Giraffe and other animals such as buck, monkeys, birds and warthog, etc. In most places in Africa motorcycles are not allowed in Game reserves so unless you ride along the fence of a game reserve, you do not see animals easily. Here the animals simply wonder over the road in front of you, or you see them casually grazing on the side of the road. In terms of the riding, the road itself is rather straight and average, but lookout for Elephant!