Kruger Lowveld is missing out on motorbike tourism, thanks to our deteriorating roads!Author: KLCBT | Published by KLCBT on 13 February 2018 at 14:42:10 | Last Updated On: 13 February 2018
The roads in the Kruger Lowveld must have been masterminded by a motorbike enthusiast… with mountain passes, curvy routes and fantastic scenery there used to be few places that could rival this area as South Africa’s most popular motor biking destination.
Sadly, the deteriorating state of the roads is taking a huge toll on motorbike tourism to the Kruger Lowveld region, as they are unsafe for riders!
The triangle between Sabie, Hazyview and Graskop has been a famous and popular motorbiking route for years, but it’s now almost defunct due to the condition of the roads.
Kruger Lowveld Tourism has contacted the Mpumalanga Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT) on numerous occasions in a bid to get a commitment from them to fix the rapidly deteriorating roads in the Kruger Lowveld.
The Executive Director of Kruger Lowveld Tourism, Lisa Sheard, has even submitted a comprehensive list of the roads affected. “We have been asking DEDT to access from the Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport a schedule of planned road maintenance in the region for a long time, but with little feedback,” says Sheard.
“Our international tour operators who send thousands of visitors to the region continuously ask Kruger Lowveld Tourism to step in and assist, as the state of the roads in the area is seriously affecting their business and ultimately all of our product owners within the region too,” she adds.
Whilst a recent article in tourism update confirms that motorbike tourism is a growing niche for Southern Africa, the Kruger Lowveld region is seriously missing out on this segment of the market.
The article states, “With the growth in tourists looking for unique and interesting experiences, motorbike tourism is a niche but growing market in Southern Africa, with the potential to grow even further.
Over the past couple of years there has been a growing interest from markets such as China, Australia, America and Canada for on-road motorbike tours through Southern Africa.”
“All we have to do is fix the roads,” says Sheard. It’s not that hard to achieve and the lasting benefits of increased income to the region will benefit everyone!”