The name Verneukpan (Deception Pan) conjures up old images of a silver-blue, bullet shaped vehicle – Sir Malcolm Campbell's "Bluebird", chasing over the desert-like landscape in 1929. A grand old story of true grit and determination. Subsequent to this epic, but failed attempt to break the world land speed record (Yes, 352km/h was too slow for this 1929 record attempt!), there had been others; such as Vic Proctor who crashed out at 160km/h on his Vincent Black Lightning motorcycle and sadly, Johan Jacobs' 2006 crash that led to his passing. Sadly, Verneukpan does not boast the same speed records as the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah; but it has to be a special place for all these men brave to trek over great distances to Verneuk Pan . Come and experience for yourself...
Moto-africa.com's Verneuk Pan "Flash in the Pan" mini adventure tour departs from the historic Stellenbosch in the Western Cape and wind its way through the picturesque Boland, Swartland and Sandveldt regions to the West Coast town of Lamberts Bay.
We ride through the scenic Cedarberg region on roads less traveled with demanding sand and gravel off-road sections. We cruise through the harsh "Boesmanland" region passing through the small towns of Nieuwoudtville, Loeriesfontein and Brandvlei before arriving at Verneuk Pan.
On the vast flat stretches of Verneuk Pan, there will be ample opportunity to test your motorcycle's top speed before we head south through the Great Karoo - for a unique riding experience.
What can you expect? The moto-africa.com's Verneukpan "Flash in the Pan" is a short, high impact dust, gravel and guts tour that meanders through South Africa's West Coast and Great Karoo regions. We travel extensively on gavel roads of varying condition with ever changing landscapes. A feel-good mini tour with everything an adventure rider enjoys.
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