South of Cape Town overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is Chapman’s Peak Drive, a popular road among local bikers and visitors to South Africa alike, but a few miles away on the east coast of False Bay is Clarence Drive, which offers even better riding
Clarence Drive is one of the most scenic routes on the Cape Peninsula. Clinging to cliff faces on the edge of False Bay, it runs from the windswept town of Rooi-Els to Gordon’s Bay, and it is more protected from the elements than its more famous sister route, Chapman’s Peak Drive. Over 13 miles it packs in 77 bends, including a few hairpins, but mostly it’s glorious curves and sweeping turns.
Ride it once for the ride and once again for the views along a silky-smooth surface of well-maintained tarmac. Being located relatively close to Cape Town, Clarence Drive can get busy at times, so make sure you get an early start or bite the bullet and slow your pace to share what is a glorious road. With daytime temperatures in winter only dropping to their low teens, Clarence Drive is a road you can enjoy riding year-round.
Both Clarence Drive and Chapman’s Peak Drive are among the sensational roads you can ride with Motorrad Tours. The independent tour operator specialises in taking the hassle out of the planning and logistics of riding the world’s greatest motorcycle routes, without taking away your freedom to ride and explore. You can experience both of these iconic roads for yourself on Motorrad Tour’s Garden Route: South Africa Tour. To find out more visit www.motorrad-tours.com.