South Africa

Yoga Bike and Hike around Cape Town

South Africa offers the perfect environment to take in deep breaths, enjoy nature and recharge your batteries. Feel the connection to nature and calm down during yoga, cycling and hiking. Experience yoga and nature while actively relaxing.

Tour program:

km=Kilometer & hg= height gain in meters per day

Day 1 Arrival in Cape Town

On arrival you will be met by your tour guide at the airport. Afterwards you will be transferred to the beautiful Boat House Guesthouse in Simonstown. Simonstown with its Victorian style and its small harbour is situated at the False Bay on the Cape Peninsula. So we are not in the hectic hustle of the city but we are still close. The very friendly host will accommodate us for the next 4 days. Our Yoga lessons will be on a deserted beach close to the Boulders Penguin colony. It might happen that these cute animals will watch us during our exercises.

Day 2 Touring the Cape of Good Hope

Yoga session in the morning. By bike we ride along the sea to the Cape Point National Park. All the mountain ridges of the Cape Peninsula are under nature protection and for a good reason: more than 6000 endemic plant species can be found here. Especially the South African spring in October presents all the colourful plants. We ride to a bay on the sea. Sometimes you will see ostriches and bonteboks passing by. We will walk along the coastline, where we can find white breasted cormorants, sacred ibises, and black oystercatchers. On the beach we will have a picnic and enjoy the nature. After the visit of the famous Cape of Good Hope we will be transferred back to the guesthouse. (Walking distance 3 hours, mostly flat, plus bike 25 km, 200 am, tar) (B,L)

Day 3 Visit of the Botanical Garden Kirstenbosch and hike up Table Mountain

In the morning we will walk around in the famous Botanical Garden Kirstenbosch. In October the display of flowers is simply superb. Afterwards we will hike out of the garden up Table Mountain through the shady Skeleton Gorge. Table Mountain is one of the 7 New World wonder. As it didn’t burn in the past 15 years, the proteas look amazing. As a highlight you might see the Lily species Watsonia and the carnivorous plant drosera. Along the way we will have a picnic at the edge of Table Mountain.We go down via Cable Car and head back by bus to Simonstown. Yoga in the afternoon. (Hiking time 5 hrs, hg 950am) (B)

Day 4 Visit Cape Town and hike onto Lion’s Head

In the morning, Yoga on the beach. The best view of Cape Town city center from above is from the 669m high Lion`s Head. Clockwise in a spiral way we reach the top. Afterwards, we will visit the castle, Parade Square, the Parliament Garden, Greenmarket Square, the Malay Quarter and the bustling Waterfront. After that everyone has their own time to look at things. Maybe a visit to Robben Island (reserve at least 1 week in advance!) Or the Two Ocean Aquarium or the new art exhibition in the former silo are of interest? In the evening drive back to Simonstown. (Hiking time 3 hrs, hg 450 am) (B)

Day 5 Stellenbosch and a fantastic bike ride along the ocean

Morning beach Yoga. After breakfast and packing head for Stellenbosch some 50 km away. It is the center of the wine growing industrie. The charming downtown is dottedwith landmarked houses built in the local Cape Dutch style. A visit to the city museum offers a deeper look into the settlement and the former farmer life. In the afternoon we cycle on a wonderful route from Gordon’s Bay to Rooi Els always directly along the waters edge. From the many vantage points you can enjoy the Atlantic Ocean and the mountain panorama of the Kogelberg. A short transfer will take us to Hermanus in the “* Misty Waves Boutique Hotel 4 **”: http://www.hermanusmistybeach.co.za/ located directly at the sea. Overnight is for 3 nights. (20 km, hg 200 am, tar) (B)

Day 6 Whale watching and hike in the Fernkloof reserve

Morning and late afternoon Yoga. Between July and November, the southern right whales, up to 14m in size, visit the sheltered bays of the Western Cape. The Walker Bay of Hermanus is the preferred habitat of these marine mammals. A walk along the rocky cliffs leads us to them again and again. On request, you can also go out by boat for a whale watching tour (not included). In the afternoon, a scenic hike through beautiful fynbos leads to the Fernkloof reserve. (Hike 3 hours) (B)

Day 7 Bike tour in the Hemel en Aarde valley and visit of the wine estate Creation Wines

Morning Yoga on a deserted beach. On a quiet and slightly hilly dirt road ride along the foot of the Kleinriverberge to the winery Creation Wines. On the right side you can see the cornfields, on the left side the green mountainsides. With a bit of luck one might be able to spot the endemic beautiful Blue Crane, the national bird of South Africa. A delicious lunch with a wine tasting rewarded for the cycling effort. In the afternoon transfer back to Hermanus, or if you have not had enough, you can also cycle back. (35 km, hg 550 am, gravel road) (B,L)

Day 8 Safari in the Bottelierskop Game Reserve and travel along the Garden Route

After a 3-hour drive arrive at private Bottelierskop nature reserve. On a safari in an open game viewing vehicle you can see elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras and in its own large area even lions. Carry on by the touring vehicle to the seaside resort of Plettenberg Bay. Accommodation for 4 nights close to its miles of sandy beaches is the seafront * Milkwood Manor 4 **. Afternoon Yoga on the beach. (B)

Day 9 Hike the Robberg Peninsula

Morning and afternoon Yoga on the beach or at the lodge. Cape fur seals and bottlenose dolphins love the fish-rich watres of the bay. On today’s walk on the Robberg Peninsula we find in Nelson’s Cave testimonies of human settlement of some 100,000 years ago and on the rocky coast a breeding ground of a colony of Cape Fur Seals. At the far tip we can admire the animals while hunting the fish at sea, while we can enjoy our delicious picnic lunch. On the more rugged southern side walk back to the starting point. (Walking time 5-6 hours) (B,L)

Day 10 Bike tour into the Tsitsikamma National Park

The escort vehicle will take you to the Tsitsikamma National Park in the morning. A well-maintained footpath leads to three suspension bridges that span the Stormsriver River at its mouth. The Indian Ocean is very rough here and huge spray fountains break on the rocky coast. After lunch we get onto the E-Bikes again and ride on a quite tar road into the Bloukrans Valley which is full of indegeneous trees. There you can, with a little luck, hear and see the Knysna Loerie, a native parrot species. Soon after we reach Natures Valley. This holiday village is idyllically situated amidst the rain forrest right by the sea. We do a Yoga session there at this beautiful beach. (30 km, hg 250 am, tar) (B,L)

Day 11 Half day excursion to Knysna

Morning and afternoon Yoga either at the beach or at the lodge. Knysna situated on the border of a large inland lagoon is ideal for a stroll . From the charming little waterfront harbour take a boat trip inton the lagoon. In saltwater, an endemic seahorse species and oysters thrive. The latter are considered a local specialty. We are back in the early afternoon and everybody can just relax. Optionally, take a canoe trip to the Cape Fur Seal colony, visit the World of Birds – the world’s largest bird sanctuary. (B)

Day 12 Home journey

A last Yoga session on the beach. Drive to nearby George where this amazing trip ends. Depending on your international flight connection, you can either fly to Johannesburg or Cape Town – or drive back to Cape Town with the support vehicle and tour guide. (B)

  • Accommodation subject to availability *

Services

Services included:
• All yoga sessions with Sandra Bicker
• Permanent qualified tour guide on the cycling routes and walks
• 4-star accommodation with breakfast in guesthouses, lodges and hotels
• Escort vehicle for transportation of bicycles and luggage
• Water and bananas for cycling and hiking
• 5xpicnic

Not included:
• Porterage
• Gratuities
• Dinner and other lunches
• Alcoholic drinks

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Group size

8 - 15 Participants
Terms & Conditions
Dates and rates
Booking code: RYGR
22.10.18 - 02.11.18 USD 2890 book

Discount

  • 5% discount on bookings made 6 months prior to departure
  • 5% discount on all land packages for returning guests
Extra services
Hybrid, MTB or E-Bike hire USD 80

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