Cycling along the Garden Route to Cape Town | 12 Days

  • Tour Overview

    Tour Highlights:

    • Game drive in open safari vehicle in Addo Elephant National Park
    • Hike to Storms River Mouth in the Tsitsikamma National Park
    • Cycling tour through the rain forest in Bloukrans valley
    • Swimming in the Indian Ocean on the empty beach of Natures Valley
    • Hike on the Robberg Peninsula in the Robberg Nature Reserve
    • Cycle through the lakes of the Garden Route National Park
    • Bike tour through the Paardepoort gorge into the Klein Karoo Savannah
    • Visit of an ostrich farm and Cango Dripstone Cave
    • Cycling tour through the Breede River valley with wine tasting
    • Boat cruise with picnic on Breede River
    • Visit of penguin colony in Betty´s Bay
    • Cycling tour on Clarens Drive to Gordon´s Bay
    • Experience township life in Noluthando Day Care Center in Khayelitsha
    • Cycle to Cape of Good Hope and have a picnic
    • Cycle on famous Chapmans Peak Drive
    • Visit of Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
    • Hike onto Table Mountain
    • Sight-seeing tour on foot through Cape Town
  • Itinerary

    Group Size: 8-15 participants

    km = kilometer & am = altitude meter

     

    Day 1              Arrival in Port Elizabeth – Transfer to Dung Beetle River Lodge

    Upon your arrival in Port Elizabeth you be met by your tour guide and transferred (0,5 hours) to your Lodge. Accommodation for two nights will be in the beautifully positioned Dungbeetle River Lodge 4*. You can relax at the pool, catch some sleep or join the guide for a short bike ride near the lodge.

    Dungbeetle River Lodge 4*

    Distance by bus 40 km, duration 0.75 h

     

    Day 2              Safari in Addo Elephant National Park

    One of the highlights of the tour –  After breakfast you embark on a half day game drive in an open top safari vehicle, one can see elephants, zebras, antelopes and if luck is on your side, buffalos, rhinos and lions. Just as impressive is the vivid and rich birdlife, which the ostrich is a part of. During the game drive you stop at different viewpoints and might also do a short-guided walk in the bush. At lunch time you are back at the lodge. In the afternoon you can head out on another bike tour or join an afternoon boat cruise (optional) from the lodge towards the large sand dunes. The perfect place for a sundowner (not included). (B,L)

    Dungbeetle River Lodge 4*

    Distance by bus 0 km, duration 0 h

     

    Day 3              Cycling tour along the Tsitsikamma Mountains

    Travel via Port Elizabeth, and drive to the Tsitsikamma mountain range from where you start cycling on the quiet Old Cape road towards the Storms River. On a remote gravel road through some rain forest you drop into the valley, where baboons may cross your path. Continue cycling up on the other side to the comfortable Tsitsikamma Village Inn 3* (B)

    Tsitsikamma Village Inn 3*

    Distance by bike 58 km, 470am, tar/gravel road

    Distance by bus 175 km, duration 2 h

     

    Day 4              Cycling tour to Nature’s Valley

    In the morning, you are descending into the Tsitsikamma National Park where you go on a 1 h walk to the wild and rugged Storms River mouth. A climb back on to the plateau leads you into the deep Bloukrans River Valley filled with lush indigenous forest. You continue to Nature’s Valley, where one of South Africa’s most beautiful beaches entices one to go for a swim. Stay close by in the charming Cornerway Guest Houses 4* for the night. (B,L)

    Cornerway Gästehaus 4*

    Distance by bike 59 km, 715 am, tar road

    Distance by bus 50 km, duration 0.75 h

     

    Day 5              Hike on the Robberg & Cycle Knysna – Sedgefield

    After breakfast go on a unique hike around the Robberg Peninsula (2 h) and enjoy the beautiful vistas of the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Indian Ocean. Later, you cycle along a section of the historic Old Cape Road through fertile farmland and the beautiful Homtini Valley filled with indigenous forests until you reach Sedgefield. Enjoy the stunning views towards the 1600 m high Outeniqua Mountains. A transfer in the late afternoon takes you to the comfortable Acorn Guest House 4* in George. (B)

    Acorn Guest House 4*

    Distance by bike 35 km, 387 am, gravel/tar road

    Distance by bus 30 km, duration 0.5 h

     

    Day 6              Cycling tour from George to Oudtshoorn

    A short transfer takes you over the historic Montagu Pass (745 m). En route inland, you are rewarded with stunning views of the coast and the surrounding Outeniqua Mountains. The changing landscape could not be more impressive as you cycle from lush green pastures to and through semi-arid shrub and bushveld. Lunchtime is on an ostrich farm, and one also learns more about this giant bird. Oudtshoorn is regarded as being the centre of the ostrich industry. Accommodation is in the cosy Adley Guest House 4*. The owner wishes to invite you to a traditional South Africa barbeque which, of course, also includes tender ostrich meat!  (B,D)

    Adley Guest House 4*

    Distance by bike 60 km, 340 am, gravel/tar road

    Distance by bus 30 km, duration 0.5 h

     

    Day 7              Cycling tour along the Swartberge

    After having participated in a tour of the Cango Caves, you cycle through the Schoemanspoort gorge, its warm rocky slopes covered with many unique succulent plant species such as the botterboom and aloes back to Oudtshoorn. In the afternoon, shuttle through the beautiful desert scenery of the Little Karoo to the charming village of Montagu with its beautiful Cape Dutch houses. Accommodation is in the historic Montagu Country Hotel 4*. (B)

    Montagu Country Hotel 4*

    Distance by bike 29 km, 180 am, gravel/tar road

    Distance by bus 270 km, duration 3.5 h

     

    Day 8              Cycling tour from Montagu to Robertson

    After a hearty breakfast, cycle through the narrow Kogmannskloof gorge into the beautiful Breede River Valley Wine Lands region. Enjoy a wine tasting and a picnic basket while doing a boat cruise on the Breede River. Another 15 km takes you to the charming accommodation in Robertson. (B,L)

    Gubas De Hoek Guest House 4*

    Distance by bike 61 km, 405 am, tar road

    Distance by bus 0 km, duration 0 h

     

    Day 9              Cycling tour from Kleinmond to Gordon’s Bay

    Continue towards Kleinmond at the coast. Here, the bikes are unloaded. Cycle along the unique coastal route to Gordon’s Bay, all the while keeping the Cape Peninsula in one’s view. Whales and seals are seen frequently en route. In Betty´s Bay you visit one of the two land-based colonies of the African Penguin. You reach the seaside village of Gordon´s Bay and spend the night close to the beach in the Manor on the Bay Guest House 4*. (B)

    Manor on the Bay Guest House4*

    Distance by bike 51 km, 560 am, tar road

    Distance by bus 150 km, duration 2 h

     

    Day 10            Cycle in Cape of Good Hope National Park

    During a township visit in the morning, you have the unique opportunity to visit a Kindergarten in Khayelitsha, which is supported by AFRICAN BIKERS. You can become acquainted with Cape Town’s largest township and its people. Carry on to the Cape of Good Hope National Park. On your bikes you make your way North on the Western Side of the Cape Peninsula. The great views of Cape of Good Hope and the rugged coastline forms the perfect place for a picnic. The following spectacular coastal road, known as Chapman’s Peak, lead into the fishing village of Hout Bay. Stay for two nights in the Bantry Bay Suites Hotel 4* in the quiet suburb of Sea Point close to the Atlantic Ocean. (B, L)

    Bantry Bay Suites Hotel 4*

    Distance by bike 52 km, 600 am, tar road

    Distance by bus 90 km, duration 2 hours

     

    Day 11            Hike Table Mountain

    You visit the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in the morning and, via a shady ravine, hike up to the top Table Mountain, Cape town’s most famous landmark. (4 h, weather permitting). Enjoy stunning views of the mother city as well as the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The descent is by cable car. If somebody finds the hike up the mountain to strenuous, he/she can get up by cable car as well. Undertake a short walking tour of the city, stopping at the Castle, the City Hall, Greenmarket Square, the Company’s Gardens and the Malay Quarter. (B)

    Bantry Bay Suites Hotel 4*

    Hike est. 4 h (1000am)

    Distance by bus 30 km, duration 0.5 h

     

    Day 12            Journey Homewards

    The morning remains at leisure. There are many shops and markets to visit. In addition, the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront or a trip to Robben Island are worthwhile. Depending on your flight departure details, we transfer you to Cape Town International Airport where this beautiful journey ends. (B)

    Distance by bus 20 km, duration 0.5 h

     

    Accommodation subject to availability

  • Rates & Dates

    Dates Price Status Available Spots
    15.02.2021 - 26.02.2021$2,195.00bookable15 spotsselect
    22.03.2021 - 02.04.2021$2,195.00bookable15 spotsselect
    11.10.2021 - 22.10.2021$2,195.00bookable15 spotsselect
    21.10.2021 - 01.11.2021$2,195.00bookable15 spotsselect
    08.11.2021 - 19.11.2021$2,195.00bookable15 spotsselect
    22.11.2021 - 03.12.2021$2,195.00bookable15 spotsselect
    20.12.2021 - 31.12.2021$2,315.00bookable15 spotsselect

     

    Additional Services:

    Single Room Surcharge $310.00

    Single Room Surcharge December $470.00

     

    This tour is also available from 2 participants on any preferred date. More information here.

  • Services


    Included:

    • All Accommodations in double room (3 & 4* level)
    • Qualified English-speaking tour guide
    • 11 nights stay in double rooms with shower/toilet as stated in the above itinerary/program
    • Meals: 11x breakfast, 4x picnic, 1x dinner
    • Transport of bikes on trailer and permanent back-up
    • All entrance fees
    • All transfers & travel in air-conditioned minibus


    Not Included:

    • 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.
  • Rental Bikes



    E-Bike Trek Powerfly MTB
    Price: $280.00



    MTB Hardtail 27/30 Speed
    Price: $220.00

    Bottle holder included, on request with luggage carrier and small pannier.

  • Travel Hints

    A medium level of fitness and some team spirit is required for this trip. The climate is as varied as the travel route: The temperatures in the Klein Karoo can soar to 35 °C, and at night it can be cold, especially in the higher altitudes with temperatures 12-20 °C.


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