Simply put, bikepacking is the synthesis of mountain biking and minimalist camping; it evokes the freedom of multi-day backcountry hiking, with the range and thrill of riding a mountain bike. It’s about forging places less travelled, both near and afar, via single-track trails, gravel, and abandoned dirt roads, carrying only essential gear. Ride, eat, sleep, repeat: enjoy!


Bikepacking is taking off in South Africa. If you are ready for something epic, consider looking at the Dragon’s Spine Route. This route passes over 4000 km’s across South Africa connecting the Cape Winelands to the expansive Karoo, up to the “roof of Africa” in the Lesotho Highlands and down to the Limpopo River.


Much of the route passes incredible scenery from the wide berth of well-managed dirt roads, with frequent access to food and water. But in Lesotho you will work for your dinner on active walking paths, animal trails, abandoned 4×4 roads, and famously steep grades. Elsewhere across South Africa you follow railroad service roads, everyday footpaths, and one memorable donkey trail out of The Hell. Discover things about South Africa most of us have never experienced.


For more information have a look at the official website here.


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