South Africa

MTB tour from Table Mountain to Addo Elephant National Park

ENDLESS SUNSHINE, SINGLE TRAILS AND REMOTE GRAVEL TRACKS: RIDE ON TRAILS OF THE FAMOUS CAPE EPIC MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE AROUND CAPE TOWN AND THE GARDEN ROUTE. – Individual and group travel

Experience the versatile landscapes of South Africa’s Western Cape by Mountain bike. Partly we make use of sections of now famous Cape Epic Mountain bike race. On single trails, sometimes on remote jeep tracks we ride in perfect weather conditions through a real treasure chest of plant life. That´s why Table Mountain, the Jonkershoek and Bosmansbos Wilderness area are part of the UNESCO world heritage site Capensis. The average bike distance is about 25 miles and 3000 ft. with a few days being longer. The surface varies from coarse gravel to rocks and roots in the forests and in the Gouritz River we have to carry the bike through water. Special highlights are a bike ride on a 13 mile beach. At the end of the trip see the Big 5 and more in Addo Elephant National Park. In Gordon´s Bay, Mossel Bay and Plettenberg Bay are ample of swimming possibilities on protected beaches. We stay in carefully selected guesthouses, hotels and chalets.

Itinerary 2017. The tour changes for 2018 you find at the end of the itinerary:

km = kilometre, hg = toal climbing per day in meters

Day 1 Arrival in Cape Town and Sightseeing Tour

Upon your arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will transferred to a comfortable 4* hotel lying at the foot of Table Mountain. After freshening up, join the guide on a sightseeing tour of historical Cape Town: View the old Fort (the Castle of Good Hope), the Parade and the City Hall, the Houses of Parliament in the Government Gardens, the Groote Kerk, Green Market Square, District Six and the Malay Quarter. Depending on the time of the guests’ arrival, one might have the opportunity of undertaking the initial bike outing along the lower slopes of Table Mountain. Overnight accommodation will be at the Cape Town Hollow Hotel 4*. (25km, hg 400m, *10% tar, 90% jeep tracks)

Day 2 Visit the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and MTB Bike Trails on the Welvenpas Farm

Transfer in the African Bikers back-up vehicle to a penguin colony, thereafter continuing to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve by vehicle, where cheeky baboons live alongside blesbok, bontebok, kudu and ostrich. Via the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive and the N1, one will drive to the Welvenpas Farm, where a network of diverse single trails are to be found. Your guide will be available to advise you accordingly. Overnight accommodation will be for two consecutive nights in spacious cottages at the Diemersfontein Wine Estate 4*. (B) (30km, hg 800m, 50% jeep tracks, 50% single trails)

Day 3 MTB Trails around Paarl

Today will include a jeep track and a single trail section while biking, commencing with a ride into the Paarl Mountain Reserve. Via sandy and rocky tracks, one will reach the bottom of two enormous granite boulders which one will ascend by using a chain. From the top of these boulders, enjoy stunning views of the surrounding Hottentots Holland Mountains, before arriving at the Rhebokskloof Wine farm, where an exceptional network of well laid out single trails is found. (B) (48km, hg 900m, 25% tar, 50% jeep tracks, 25% single trails).

Day 4 MTB Trail in Grabouw Mountains

Undertake a short transfer to Grabouw, and start biking, following a well-marked route with excellent variants leading through pine plantations. Do not expect this trail to be bright and breezy! Get ready for brutish climbs, seriously rocky single track, and a handful of hair-raising descents. Tree roots, wicked cambers and serious dropoffs will keep one very alert and enable one to appreciate the awesome views across the Helderberg Basin. After a short transfer by vehicle, you will arrive at the Manor on the Bay Guest House 4* in Gordon’s Bay, lying in close proximity to the beach and the calm ocean waters. (B) (40km, hg 1000 Hm, 50% jeep tracks, 50% single trails)

Day 5 MTB Trail on Oak Valley Wine Estate

The owners of Oak Valley Wine and the Paul Cluver Wine Estate are true MTB enthusiasts, who have created interesting trails on their properties. A great number of fast flowing single trails, rolling hills, and some technically demanding fence crossings, are conducive to an entertaining ride. Afterwards, a lunch and a wine tasting will be your reward!.Thereafter, transfer to Swellendam which lies beautifully situated at the foot of the 1600m high Langeberg Mountains. Spend the afternoon at the poolside at the Aanhuizen Guest House 3*, where one will spend the night. (B) (40km, hg 950m, 40% jeep tracks, 60% single trails)

Day 6 Bike in Boosmansbos Wildness Reserve

Cycle in the Boesmanskloof Wilderness Reserve on jeep tracks and single trails. This reserve is part of the Capensis UNESCO world heritage site. The BS&G (Blood, Sweat & Gears) Pass offers a challenging climb of 2.2 km with a height gain of 450m. The vegetation changes from rain forest with lovely streams to spaces filled with ericacaea and succulents. Overnight accommodation will be at the charming and historical De Doornkraal Country House 4* in close proximity to the Boesmanskloof Wilderness Reserve. (35km, hg 1070m, 35% jeep tracks, 65% single trails)

Day 7 The Cape Epic Route Bike Trail

Ascend the Gysmanshoek Pass on a remote trail (770m), while enjoying awesome views of the Indian Ocean as well as views northwards towards the 2300m high Swartberg Mountain with its challenging rocky climbs. After a bumpy downhill ride, and some scratchy encounters with plants. While cycling, the landscape will metamorphose, and upon reaching a farm road, you will pass through lush fynbos before rare indigenous succulent plants dominate the landscape. The aardvark (ant bear) traverses, a very remote trail on a private farm, will be a real challenge for bicyle tires, given the abundance of acacia thorns. With some luck, one might be able to spot giraffe, waterbuck, kudu, red hartebeest, duiker and klipspringer. Overnight accommodation for two consecutive nights will be at the beautiful Rooiberg Game Lodge 4*. (B,L,D) (54km, hg 890m, jeep tracks/gravel road)

Day 8 Relax in the Semi-desert

Use today to relax at the poolside or to explore the environs on foot or by bike. The contrast between the green oasis and the dry Karoo steppe is intriguing. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Bike Trail through the Gouritz Gorge

After a rapid ride to the Gouritz River embankment, the real challenge will commence when one has to carry the bikes through water and over large boulders and rough slate for the next 6km. Leaving the riverbed, one will start the long ascent to a cave near the Paardeberg (Horse Mountain) lying at an altitude of approximately 500m, where one can view unique and unmarred paintings of the ancient Khoi San people. Vehicular transfer to the
Eight Bells Country Hotel 4*. (B,L,D) (44km, hg 915m, 40% jeep tracks/gravel road, 60% single trails)

Day 10 Bike Adventure through the Langeberg Mountains

After a short transfer to a remote farm settlement in the foothills of the Langeberg Mountain, recommence biking along the Cape Epic Route. An easy ascent on a remote jeep track leads to the Attakwas Pass, the route becoming bumpy and rock-strewn while crossing streams en route into the Lowlands. After 23km, the route will join a farm road from where one will be transferred to George and back to civilization. Overnight accommodation will be at the charming Acorn Guest House 4*. (25km, hg 630m, jeep tracks/gravel road)

Day 11 MTB Trails along the Garden Route

A short transfer to Sedgefield and a warm-up while crossing the Homtini Valley en route to the Garden Route Trail Park. A demanding trail with challenging descents offers excitement, and rocks and roots will test one’s biking skills. Should one wish more of the same, one can ride to the adjacent Garden Route National Park which has an extensive network of trails. Transfer to Plettenberg Bay to your overnight accommodation at the Cornerway Guest House 4* cozy guest house, lying only a 5 minute walk from the beach. (55km, hg 1200m, 15% gravel road, 25% jeep tracks, 60% single trails)

Day 12 On Single Tracks in the Knysna Forest

Departing from a huge 800 year old Yellowwood tree, one will cycle through dense rainforest towards the Indian Ocean coastline. Fallen trees are witness of the shy forest elephants which still roam the area. After crossing several streams, one reaches the Garden of Eden forest reserve, where one will take a lunch break. In the early afternoon, cycle through the Harkerville Forest on a specially laid mountain bike trail, and return to Plettenberg Bay in the late afternoon. (B,L) (58 km, 1150m, 50% forest paths, 50% single trails)

Day 13 Addo Elephant National Park

A 3 hour transfer will take one to the Addo Elephant National Park, the second largest wildlife park in South Africa. During the lunch break, explore the environs on foot and visit a bird hide, a visitor’s hide at a waterhole as well as the Elephant Interpretive Centre. During a safari in an open top vehicle, and with a little luck, one will see elephants, ostrich, tortoises, warthogs, zebra, blesbok, kudu, black rhino and lions. Overnight accommodation will be in charming chalets at the nearby Zuurberg Mountain Village 4*. (B,D)

Day 14 Transfer to Port Elizabeth and Homeward Journey

Transfer to the Port Elizabeth International Airport where this adventurous mountain bike tour comes to an end. (B)

Accommodation subject to availability

For this tour we offer hard tail MTB´s, and full suspension MTB´s for hire.
NEW: For this trip we now offer a limited amount of E-Bikes MTB Hardtail for hire.

We offer the following extension packages from one participant upwards:

Extension Cape Town – recommended accommodation for 2016 & 2017

Extension Chobe National Park & Victoria Falls for 2016 & 2017

Extension Kruger National Park for 2016 & 2017

Tour changes 2018:

Day 2 MTB tour onto Constantia Berg and at the Cape of Good Hope

A short transfer takes us to Tokai Forest on the Cape Peninsula. We cycle through a beautiful old pine forest and later through exquisite Cape fynbos (Ericas and Proteas) on the Constantiaberg Mountains, which at 920 m height provides magnificent views over Cape Town and the surrounding areas. (35 km, height 950 m, dirt roads/Jeep tracks/single trails). In the back-up vehicle we travel along the Indian Ocean to Boulders penguin colony and on to the Cape of Good Hope. Besides blessbuck, bontebuck, kudu and ostriches, cheeky baboons also make their home here. A short hike takes us on a panoramic route from Cape Point down to the Cape of Good Hope. We travel back to the city along the stunning, rocky cliffs of the Atlantic coastline. (B)

Day 3 MTB Trails around Paarl

Today will include a jeep track and a single trail section while biking, commencing with a ride into the Paarl Mountain Reserve. Via sandy and rocky tracks, one will reach the bottom of two enormous granite boulders which one will ascend by using a chain. From the top of these boulders, enjoy stunning views of the surrounding Hottentots Holland Mountains, before arriving at the Rhebokskloof Wine farm, where an exceptional network of well laid out single trails is found. (B) (48km, hg 900m, 25% tar, 50% jeep tracks, 25% single trails). Stay for two nights at the charming Manor on the Bay Guest House 4*
in Gordon´s Bay very close to the beach.

Services

Included in price:

  • English speaking tour guide
  • 13 nights in hotels, guesthouses and chalets with private bathroom (3-4* level)
  • 13 x breakfast, 5 x lunch, 5 x dinner
  • Bananas & energy bars
  • Constant vehicle backup as well as transport for bikes
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing program

Not included:

  • Flights to and from South Africa
  • Mountain bike
  • Tips for guides, porters and waiters
  • Meals not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Beverages and mineral water on non-cycling days
  • Personal expenses e.g. laundry at accommodation facilities, telephone and internet services etc.

Hints

Travel Information

A good level of fitness and also cycling technique is necessary for this tour. The routes consist of stony single trails with many steep climbs and downhill routes, jeep tracks and forest roads. In the Baviaanskloof Gorge the track goes through many streams and sometimes washed out areas. During the given travel dates temperatures in the Western Cape are between 20-32 °C. Nights are cool.

This tour is also available as a private tour, with minimum two participants.

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Categorization
Level of fitness  
Grading of accommodation  

Group size

8 - 15 Participants
Terms & Conditions
Dates and rates
Booking code: MTBTA
12.11.17 - 25.11.17 USD 2790 book
28.12.17 - 10.01.18 USD 2795 book
03.02.18 - 16.02.18 USD 2595 book
10.11.18 - 23.11.18 USD 2595 book

Discount

  • 5% discount on bookings made 6 months prior to departure
  • 5% discount on all land packages for returning guests
Extra services
South African Airways (SAA) offers free transport of your bike up to 20 kg on request
Bike hire MTB Fully XT Group 30 speed 2017 USD 320
Bike hire MTB Hardtail 27/30 speed 2017&2018 USD 200
Single room surcharge 2017 USD 220
Single room surcharge 2018 USD 220
Bike hire MTB Fully XT 20/30 speed 2018 USD 350
Bike for hire E-Bike MTB Hardtail USD 390

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