South Africa

Racing bike tour along the Garden Route to Cape Town

Take part in the largest organized cycling race in the Southern hemisphere on 11.3.2018, the Cape Town Cycle Tour, and get fit for the road bike season 2018 – Individual and group travel

Cycle along the white beaches of the Indian Ocean, through evergreen forests and the desolate Karoo, through the wild solitude of the Swartberg Mountains, through the Cape Winelands and then to Cape Town, one of the most beautiful metropoles in the world. Experience a breathtaking coastline, mountain passes and solitary gorges while cycling on very well constructed roads, which are on a par with European standards. The South African summer is between November and March. This means that you will cycle in warm temperatures in plenty of sunshine in the Cape Province. Our accompanying backup vehicle will be used to transport your luggage and a sufficient supply of water and bananas, thereby ensuring that you will enjoy a relaxing cycle tour. We overnight in selected guest houses, lodges and small hotels, where you will be pampered in a personal and relaxed atmosphere. This is an ideal bike tour for the more ambitious cyclist. The well-known Cape Town Cycle Tour around the Cape Peninsula attracts more than 35,000 participants annually and takes place on the second weekend in March. This cycle race is the jewel in the crown and the major highlight of this tour.

Tour schedule 2017. The program 2018 you find at the bottom:

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

Day 1 Arrival and transfer to your hotel

After being welcomed by your tour guide/driver in Port Elizabeth, you will be transferred to your hotel in Port Elizabeth. You are at leisure to relax, swim in the pool and/or check the bikes. Accommodation will be at the Brooks Hill Hotel 3*

Day 2 Game Drive in the ADDO Elephant National Park – Cycle via Humansdorp to the Tsitsikamma National Park

In the morning, undertak a game drive in the open top jeep in the ADDO Elephant National Park. Apart from the elephants, there are also, amongst others, zebra, lions, buffalo, ostrich, tortoise, warthogs and bontebok. Transfer to Humansdorp on the Garden Route. Our first afternoon ride takes us along the Old Cape Road and along the boundary of the Tsitsikamma Mountain Range. Overnight accommodation will be at charming Tsitsikamma Village Inn 3* having its own brewery. (70km, hg 500m) (B)

Day 3 Cycle from the Tsitsikamma National Park to Plettenberg Bay

Our second ride takes us into the Tsitsikamma National Park. Visit the Storms River Bridge. Once on the coastal plateau again, we soon descend into the deeply cut Bloukrans River Valley and later through Nature’s Valley. Enjoy a break on one of South Africa’s most beautiful beaches. Cycle back up to the plateau and then towards Plettenberg Bay, a seaside resort. Transfer to George to the comfortable Acorn Guest House 4*. (89km, hg: 1070m) (B)

Day 4 Cycle via Hartenbos to Oudtshoorn and the Cango Dripstone Caves

Start riding at sea level. The route ascends gently towards the top of the Robinson Pass (860m) anbd one is afforded views of the coastline. The landscape changes within a few kilometres from the evergreen coast to the dry expanse of the Little Karoo. Departing from the town of Oudtshoorn known for its ostriches, we will cycle through Schoemanns Gorge to the well-known Cango Dripstone Caves and return to Oudtshoorn, where we will stay at a lovely historic guesthouse. The host invites us to a traditional South African barbecue evening, called a braai. Of course, ostrich steak cannot be missing! The cycling distance can be shortened to 67km or 97km. Overnight accommodation will be at the Adley Guest House 4. (135km, hg 1840m) (B, D)

Day 5 Cycle from Oudtshoorn to Calitzdorp and Ladismith

After visiting an ostrich farm in the morning, we will cycle on level ground to Calitzdorp, which is well-known for its port wine. Thereafter, we cycle up the Huis River Pass (655m) and along the Swartberg Mountains to Ladismith in the shadow of the towering Towerkop (2000m) mountain, where we will stay over-night in the simple Mountain View Guest House 2*. (107km, hg 1250m) (B)

Day 6 Cycle from Ladismith via Barrydale to Montagu

Through the grand expanse of the Little Karoo, we will reach Barrydale and therafter the pretty wine producing town of Montagu. If you wish, one can shorten the cycling distance to 76km. The famous Montagu Thermal Springs, also beneficial to our tired cyclists muscles, lie in close proximity to the comfortable Montagu Country Hotel 4*. (140km, hg 1285m)

Day 7 Day at Leisure

Diverse leisure excursions are available, which include, among others, hiking onto the Bloupont (1200m), taking a tractor and trailer drive up the 1400m high Papageikop, playing golf in Robertson or Montagu, tasting wine on a wine estate in the Breede River Valley, visiting the Montagu Museum or even the southern-most point of Africa, Cape Agulhas. Alternatively, simply relax at the poolside. (B)

Day 8 Cycle from Montagu via Bonnivale and McGregor to Robertson

We will continue cycling through the charming Kogmanns Gorge today, after which the landscape broadens as we ride through the Bree River Valley with its vineyards on either side of us en route to Bonnivale and McGregor. En route, we might stop at a winery and enjoy another wine tasting. Accommodation will be in the wine producing town of Robertson at the beautiful Gubas De Hoek Guest House 4*. The cycling distance can be shortened to 82km. (121km, hg 905m) (B)

Day 9 Cycle from Robertson via Worcester and Bainskloof Pass to Wellington

With the impressive Hex River Mountains as a backdrop, we cycle through the Breede River Valley to Worcester, stopping at a local glassblowing studio with a coffee shop, and then continue along the very pretty Bainskloof Gorge to the Bainskloof Pass (600m). En route, one has the chance to swim in one of many natural river pools. After a long descent with amazing views of the Cape Wine Lands, we reach the wine producing town of Wellington, where we will stay in comfortable chalets at the Diemersfontein Wine Estate 4*. (115km, hg 990m) (B)

Day 10 Cycle from Kleinmond to Gordons Bay

Transfer to Kleinmond at the coast. This beautiful route follows the coastline of False Bay, and one can sometimes spot whales and seals while en route. A short transfer brings us to Cape Town, one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world, where we will stay in a quiet 4* city hotel opposite the Houses of Parliament in the Government Gardens. On a short sightseeing walk, visit the Parade, the Castle and the City Hall, Greenmarket Square, Government Gardens and the Malay Quarter. The seafood cuisine in Cape Town is outstanding and lobster is an affordable specialty. Accommodation will be at the Cape Town Hollow Boutique Hotel 4*. (49km, hg 590m) (B)

Day 11 Cycle around the Cape of Good Hope

After a short transfer to Muizenberg, we cycle along to the penguin colony at Boulders at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, then continue to the Cape of Good Hope National Park. After a break cycle along the far side of the Cape Peninsula and the Atlantic seaboard back to Cape Town. The coastal route via Chapman‘s Peak Drive and Hout Bay is truly one of the most breathtaking routes in South Africa. It is not a coincidence that the popular annual Cape Town Cycle Tour Race, with over 35,000 participants, should take place here. (110km, hg 800m (B)
Interested parties wishing to participe in the Cape Town Cycle Tour (108km, hg 850m) can cycle in the morning from the City Hotel to the starting line (5 minutes) and, once finished, back to the hotel (10 minutes). The entrance fee is US$ 85. We do the registration for you.

Day 12 Transfer to Cape Town International Airport

Prior to departing to the airport, and depending on your flight departure time, you may have time to either go up Table Mountain to enjoy the amazing views of the City of Cape Town town (optional), or visit Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island, this icon was held captive for most of his prison sentence (optional). This varied tour ends with your transfer to Cape Town Airport. (B)

Accommodation subject to availability

Guests who travel from 01 – 12 March 2018 can take part in the Cape Town Cycle Tour. We are more than happy to help with registration. Cost is approx. US$ 85.

For this tour we offer a limited amount of high quality full carbon road bikes with Shimano 105 for hire.

We offer the following extension packages from one participant upwards:

Extension Cape Town – recommended accommodation 2016 & 2017

Extension Chobe National Park & Victoria Falls 2016 & 2017

Extension Kruger National Park 2016 & 2017

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March 2012: Road biking trip along the Garden route to Cape Town – including the Cape Town Cycle Tour Race

Changes in the itinerary 2018

Day 9 Cycle from Robertson via Worcester and Bainskloof Pass to Wellington

With the impressive Hex River Mountains as a backdrop, we cycle through the Breede River Valley to Worcester, stopping at a local glassblowing studio with a coffee shop, and then continue along the very pretty Bainskloof Gorge to the Bainskloof Pass (600m). En route, one has the chance to swim in one of many natural river pools. After a long descent with amazing views of the Cape Wine Lands, we reach the wine producing town of Wellington. A short transfer takes us into the sea side resort of Gordon´s Bay, where we will stay in the comfortable Manor On The Bay Guest House 4*. (97km, hg 600m) (B)

Day 10 Cycle Gordons Bay to Rooi Els return

Start riding this beautiful route from the guest house along the coastline of False Bay of the Atlantic Ocean. Whilst riding one can sometimes spot whales and seals. Enjoy the great views across the bay onto the Cape Peninsula some 40 km away. After returning to Gordon´s Bay a short transfer brings us to Cape Town, one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world, where we will stay in a quiet 4* city hotel in the suburb of Sea Point. On a short sightseeing walk, visit the Parade, the Castle and the City Hall, Greenmarket Square, Government Gardens and the Malay Quarter. The seafood cuisine in Cape Town is outstanding and lobster is an affordable specialty. Accommodation will be at the Bantry Bay Suite Hotel 4*. (44km, hg 600m) (B)

Services

Included in price:

  • English speaking tour guide on bicycle, 15 guests or more 1 additional bike guide
  • 11 nights in mid-range hotels and guesthouses with private bathroom
  • 11 x breakfast, 1 x barbecue evening with traditional ‘Braai’
  • Constant vehicle backup as well as transport for bikes with driver
  • Water, bananas, isotonic drinking powder
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing program

Not included:

  • Flights to and from South Africa
  • Racing hire 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 basic level of fitness is necessary for this tour. The roads are all tar roads. We will cycle many mountain passes with up to 650m difference in altitude. A vehicle accompanies us at all times. The climate is just as varying as the tour is: in Little Karoo summer afternoons can reach 32°C, along the coast it is a comfortable 20-25 °C.

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

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Group size

8 - 20 Participants
Terms & Conditions
Dates and rates
Booking code: RRG
06.11.17 - 17.11.17 USD 2395 book
29.01.18 - 09.02.18 USD 2395 book
12.02.18 - 23.02.18 USD 2395 book
01.03.18 - 12.03.18 USD 2395 book
12.11.18 - 23.11.18 USD 2395 book

Discount

  • 5% discount on bookings made 6 months prior to departure
  • 5% discount on all land packages for returning guests
Extra services
Entrance fee for Argus Cycle Race USD 85
Road Bike Hire Shimano 105 group 2017 USD 270
South African Airways (SAA) offers free transport of your bike up to 20 kg on request
Single room surcharge 2017 USD 260
Single room surcharge 2018 USD 290
Road Bike Hire Carbon Shimano 105 group 2018 - subject to availability USD 330

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