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2019 KTM Adventure RALLY


By definition, ADVENTURE is an exciting, unusual or even bold undertaking.

On a KTM ADVENTURE RALLY you will discover the true meaning of ADVENTURE and what it means to embrace the KTM spirit. Charging down epic dirt roads, powering through unchartered forests, conquering extreme riding territory and sharing it all with likeminded riders.


From the moment you arrive the ADVENTURE has begun. Non-stop action, insane outrides, diverse terrain, discovering new limits – and all packed into one ADVENTURE, the ultimate ADVENTURE – the KTM ADVENTURE RALLY.

Welcome to the official registration site for the upcoming South African Adventure Bike Rally. Carrying the success of KTM Adventure Rallies in other countries, the third official South African event will be held over three epic days from 5 – 8 September.

Each day will start and end at Golden Gate Hotel, and consists of three skill level routes. The routes will range from an easy but scenic Green route to a more technical and physically demanding Red route. There will also be, of course,  the infamous Orange route for the riders that really want to challenge themselves and their machines.


Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains of the north eastern Free State lies the Golden Gate Hotel in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year.

The park derives its name from the brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on the park’s sandstone cliffs, especially the imposing Brandwag rock that keeps vigil over the main rest camp. The highest point in the park reveals a breath-taking tapestry of red, yellow and purple hues as its warm shades merge with the cool mountain shadows towards evening.

The Golden Gate Hotel is perfectly situated on the 11 600 hectares of unique environment – a true highland habitat on the edge of the north eastern Free State in the Clarens and Harrismith area.





For those who are attending this year’s KTM Adventure Rally on a 2-cylinder KTM ADVENTURE bike, KTM is excited to announce the chance of competing for a place at the KTM ULTIMATE RACE. This event will take place as part of the 2020 Merzouga Rally in Morocco, with a fully supported ride on the all-new KTM 790 ADVENTURE R.

The KTM ULTIMATE RACE is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at the Merzouga Rally for the top two qualifiers from each KTM Adventure Rally. Winners will compete in the 790cc class at the renowned Dakar series race in Morroco. The fully supported ride includes flights, accommodation, use of the new KTM 790 ADVENTURE R with a full race service, entry fees and a mechanic at the event. Some of the world’s finest riders will also provide coaching as Ultimate Race winners negotiate epic terrain.

The Merzouga Rally is a race over five days plus a prologue and includes a marathon stage in the Moroccan Desert. Stages are varied, navigation is key and the race enjoys entries from a wide range of abilities from amateur rally riders to the factory pros. The KTM ULTIMATE RACE will take place over Merzouga’s varied terrain in a route specifically designed with bike and rider in mind, in parallel with the pro class of the Merzouga Rally.

Those entering one of the KTM Adventure Rallies this year on a twin cylinder machine will be able to sign-up for a qualifying race during the course of each event. The top two riders from each of the KTM Adventure Rallies, which this year take place in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and USA, will be awarded with The KTM ULTIMATE RACE opportunity.

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