6th Annual Sabie Bubble Run
HISTORY OF THE SABIE BUBBLE RUN
It began as a simple adventure away in 2014 from Johannesburg to a small town in Mpumulanga South Africa called Sabie. 3 dudes riding their motorcycles, camping and having one hell of a good time.
On the first night of the trip the idea of an annual traditional motorcycle run began. Similar to that of the Gypsy Run and El Diablo Run in the states, the Sabie Bubble Run was born from a desire and need to get out and have a good time with mates. The idea is simple; bring with you everything you need for 4 nights of camping and get ready to kick your boots off at the end of the day to relax and enjoy yourself.
Over the years we’ve sorted out the flow of the event and have found our groove. 4 nights camping and now with an option for a Tent Village at Sabie River Camp, and 4 days of riding some of the best roads that South Africa has to offer. Each day offers various loops and activities throughout the day and the day of riding ends around 3/4pm where you arrive back at camp and let the party begin.
Rider Skill Level Recommendation: No prior training needed.
Road Surface: Predominantly tar. A few hidden locations such as waterfalls we travel to where all bikes can make it. Lots of forrest roads to explore via dirt as well.
The Sabie Bubble Run has often been called the “Bonafide Christmas Party.” The days riding is very casual, low stress and we spend the late afternoons & evenings letting loose as we each see fit. When we get back from the scheduled riding and you feel like you need more, go for it! This event is all about you and for you to enjoy one last moto-adventure for the year. On the property there’s a great pool and river just beside camp for you to go and enjoy when you want. It does get quite hot. If you’re not a social person and you don’t like the company of other people in the evenings who want to cut loose than this is not the event for you.
The Sabie Bubble Run started off at Sabie River Camp and that’s where you’ll find us each and every year until we can no longer ride. The owners and staff here have been extremely kind to us over the years because they know they can expect the same from us and our guests.
Last year we introduced a new concept that was a crowd favourite in terms of the accommodation, the tented village. Our staff heads to Sabie a few days before the run with a limited amount of tents set up prior to your arrival. For those that sign up in time, you get your own tent that will be ready and waiting for you upon arrival. You ride in, take your bags off your bike, drop them in your reserved tent and head to the bar to go grab a cold one. No need to bring a tent...if you sign up in time.
If you aren’t one of the lucky ones, it’s ok! We’ve got plenty of space designated to us for you to lay out your tent.
For those not keen on camping, we do have one chalet available but that will be limited to a first come first serve basis (limit 6).
MOTO GAMES! Over the years you’ve asked for more things to do at camp outside of swimming and hanging out so we’re bringing in some funtivities AKA MOTO GAMES!
We’ve carefully selected a handful of games we think will best suit you on the Sabie Bubble Run! We’re not going to say which games it is yet but for now you can start perfecting your skills in the following areas: balance, hand eye coordination and agility.
In our opinion, this area of Mpumulanga offers some of the best tar roads in the country. Sabie River Camp (our base) is centrally located to some amazing loops that we have come to know very well. The famous “22” starts just down the street from us and offers riders some great twists and turns the whole way through to Hazyview. Other landmarks and areas of interest are Pilgrem’s Rest, God’s Window, Graskop, Kaapschehoop and the ever so lovely Long Tom Pass.
Riders are given the opportunity to ride at their own pace each and every day and to make the most of the riding as they see fit.
To make the evenings easy on us and safe on you, we’ve organised with the property owners to have dinner catered at the pool house each and every night. This ensures that after a days riding you can put the bike keys down and enjoy your evenings without having to ride into town for dinner. At the pool house there is also a full service bar to suit all your liquid needs. On the last night of the ride is when we do our prize giving and will have a special braai prepared for you on our famous Traeger Woodfired Pellet Grill!
Breakfast and lunch each day will be on your own dime. There are lots of places around town that we have chosen on specific days, and we’ll make sure that tables are reserved for us. Please be patient with the staff at each place, we are typically a large group so bear in mind that sometimes there will be complications with orders. Having at least R1000-R2000 cash will help speed up the process when it comes to paying the bill.