Cycling tour along the Garden Route to Cape Town 12 days

Tour schedule:

miles = mi, height gain = hg

Day 1 Addo Elephant National Park

On your arrival in Port Elizabeth you will be greeted by your guide. A transfer takes us to the Addo Elephant National Park. On a game drive in an open vehicle we have the opportunity to see elephant, buffalo, antelope, rhino, ostrich and lion. We transfer to our beautiful mountain lodge 3* where we will be accommodated in thatched rondavels.

Day 2 Tsitsikamma National Park

Return via Port Elizabeth, and drive to the Tsitsikamma mountain range where we start cycling on a quiet gravel road, where baboons may cross our path. We pass the old Storms River Bridge before descending into the Tsitsikamma National Park, here we do a 1 hr. walk to the wild and rugged Storms River mouth. A climb back onto the plateau leads us to the comfortable guest lodge 3*. (35 mi., hg +850 ft., gravel/tar) (B)

Day 3 Nature’s Valley & hike Robberg peninsula

In the morning we cycle into the deep valley of the Bloukrans River comprising of lush indigenous forest and into Nature’s Valley. One of South Africa’s most beautiful beaches invites you for a swim. After lunch, we go on a unique hike around the Robberg Peninsula (2 hrs.) with beautiful vistas of the Tsitsikamma Mountains. A short transfer takes us to the beautiful town of Knysna, which is known for the “Heads”, two massive sandstone cliffs guarding the entrance to the Knysna lagoon. For two nights we stay over in a friendly guesthouse 3*. (25 mi., hg +900 ft., tar) (B)

Day 4 Knysna rain forest

On our bikes, we explore the magnificent indigenous forests around Knysna, visit an 800 year old yellowwood tree. Passing through lovely valleys with tree ferns, we cycle down towards the coast. You might see the “Knysna Loerie”, a colorful, local parrot species. Broken branches and droppings are the most common sights of the forest elephants. The afternoon is at leisure. There is an additional afternoon bike ride possible on the coastal plateau on one of the best MTB tracks in the country. The coast offers magnificent views of the Indian Ocean. (19 mi.+ 14 mi., hg +1000 ft. +1350 ft., forest road/mountain bike trail) (B)

Day 5 Lake District National Park

In the morning we cycle along a stretch of the historic Cape road with its beautiful valleys comprising of dense indigenous forests to Sedgefield. In the afternoon a cycle through the Lake District National Park with its unique birdlife follows, before we reach our guest house in George 4*. A beautiful beach ideal for swimming is close by. (55 mi., hg +2500 ft., gravel/tar) (B)

Day 6 Outeniqua Mountains

The scenic climb up to the historic Montagu Pass (2250 ft.) is rewarded by stunning views of the coast and surrounding Outeniqua Mountains as we enter the arid Little Karoo. The change could not be more impressive. We cycle from lush green pastures to semi-arid shrub and bush veld. Lunchtime is spent at the pool on an ostrich farm, before we continue to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich-feather capital of the world. We spend the night in a cozy guest house 4*. (42 mi., hg + 2550 ft., gravel/tar) (B)

Day 7 Ostrich country Klein Karoo

Today we cycle through the Schoemanspoort gorge to the famous Cango Caves and visit an ostrich farm, and learn more about this giant bird! In the afternoon we shuttle through the beautiful desert scenery of the Little Karoo to the charming village of Montagu with its beautiful Cape Dutch houses. We spend the night in our charming hotel 3*. (28 mi., hg +1600 ft., gravel/tar) (B)

Day 8 Wine area Breede valley

After a hearty breakfast we cycle through the narrow Kogmannskloof gorge into the beautiful winelands of the Breede River Valley, and do a wine tasting on a wine estate. A one hour shuttle takes us to the green university town of Stellenbosch. An informative walk through town will show you many examples of the unique cape Dutch-style architecture. We are accommodated in a charming guest house 4*. (33 mi., hg +900 ft., tar) (B)

Day 9 Stellenbosch

After breakfast we cycle to Jonkershoek Valley in the Hottentots-Holland Mountains with its beautiful species of Protea and Erika, part of the Floral kingdom of the Cape. We then head for Cape Town, the Mother City, where we are accommodated for three nights in a quiet and charming guest house 4* not far from the sea, the city and Table Mountain. We go on a short walking tour of the city, stopping at the Castle, the City Hall, Parade, Greenmarket Square, the Company’s Gardens and Malay Quarter. (34 mi., hg +1900 ft., tar/gravel) (B)

Day 10 Hike Table Mountain

This morning we will visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and hike up via a shady ravine on to the most famous landmark of Cape Town, Table Mountain. (4hrs., weather permitting). You will be able to enjoy the stunning views of the mother city and both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean, and return via cable car. In the evening you will be invited to a Malay Family with whom you can cook a typical traditional malay dinner. (B,D)

Day 11 Cycle in Cape of Good Hope National Park

Today we will visit the Cape of Good Hope National Park. Along the way stop and see the African Penguin colony at Boulders along the Indian Ocean. A short walk takes us up to the light house above Cape Point where the spectacular view of Cape of Good Hope with great vistas and rugged coastline can be seen. On our return, we cycle the spectacular coastal road known as Chapman’s Peak and down into the fishing village of Hout Bay and on to Cape Town. (43 mi., hg +3450 ft., tar) (B)

Day 12 Township tour and return home

In the morning, during a township tour you will have the unique opportunity to visit a kindergarten in the township of Khayelitsha, which is supported by AFRICAN BIKERS. You can get to see Cape Town’s largest township and its people. Depending on your flight departure we transfer you to Cape Town International Airport where this beautiful trip ends. (B).

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