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What is the TSAT ?

The TSAT or Trans South African Trail is a  5500km route running through South Africa on as much scenic dirt roads as possible


How difficult is the TSAT ?

Generally speaking the route is not difficult and any capable rider should be able to do this route on most adventure bikes. The aim is to enable as many riders possible to explore South Africa. Most of the route is made up of secondary and service roads. Please bear in mind that weather conditions may have a big impact on the route so make sure you are prepared when heading out.


What is the best time to do the TSAT ?

South Africa has a mild climate. The rainy season arrives in summer in the north and during the winter in the south. The areas near Lesotho and the Karoo can get very cold in winter. It is certainly possible to do the route year round but it’s best to avoid the two coldest months being June and July. The northern part of South Africa explodes in green after the summer rains, during winter the landscape becomes hazy but rain is not a problem.


Is it safe ?

As with any larger towns and cities take care of your belongings and do not leave your motorcycle unattended especially if it is possible to easily remove any items from it. Once out in the countryside it is safe and in most areas sparsely populated. Mobile reception is available in most areas.


What spares should I take on my motorcycle ?

Although the route goes through many smaller towns to access fuel and accommodation you will not easily find a motorcycle shop. Make sure you can do the basics with your motorcycle with the toolkit you carry with. You must be able to remove both your front and rear wheels so punctures can be repaired. Carry at least 2 front and rear tubes and the necessary tire irons. Spare levers and a clutch cable are also advised.  Make sure your chain and sprockets are in a good condition and take a spare master link with. Fuel is plentiful in South Africa and of good quality. 


Accommodation along the way

Links to both B&B’s, hotels, lodges and camping sites are available all over South Africa. These recommendations will be added to the route.