Paradise Rally has been on the calendar for most bikers from Gauteng for a number of years. It has always been a busy and iconic rally. This is our third year.
The winding roads of the nearby mountains especially in the rising sun of the early morning, makes the rally a great way to share those experiences. Bikers come together to share those experiences in the evening and listen to bands and enjoy the stalls and food vendors.
There are a number of places to choose from in the area including on site and Sabie as a town should participate more in the arrival of the masses.
From a personal experience this year, it was much quieter and I looked forward to putting my custom ride on the concourse but there wasn’t one arranged that we could find out about. The music on Friday night was great as always. The food vendor that was on site was great as always as she always provides a good meal of Eisbein and pork meals. A few stalls sold shirts and bike accessories and Mike the leather man was there to sew on our badges. We missed the usual tug of wars, brick throwing and beer drinking competitions now a regular at most rallies but the music made up for it and we enjoyed listening to the band.
On the Saturday we were up early and enjoyed the sweeping views of the valleys and mountains made up of Pilgrims Rest, Graskop and Hazyview. We had breakfast at In da Belly in Hazyview, The Treetop lift in Graskop and a beer in Pilgrims Rest. You can enjoy all of these sights from the central location of the rally.
The waterfalls nearby the venue were worth a visit and most of our group stayed in a cottage on site. However, we chose to stay off site at a guest house nearby as the unnecessary revving of the bikes is always a problem for me.
It is always good to meet other bikers and see them on the road. I wish that the town would participate more and offer more activities for those that ride out to visit Paradise.
Special thanks to Andrenigons East Rand and Wynand Rossouw (President) for a great rally!