Cycling Tour along the Garden Route to Cape Town | 18 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 through the rain forest onto the coastal plateau through amazing fynbos
    • Cycle up remote Prince Alfred’s Pass
    • Bike tour on dirt roads into the Klein Karoo Savannah
    • Visit of an ostrich farm and Cango Dripstone Cave
    • Cycle up Robinson Pass back to the coast
    • Visit of the Diaz Museum
    • Walk through historic Swellendam
    • Cycling tour through the Breede River valley with wine tasting
    • Cycle up Franschhoek Pass which is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site Capensis
    • Experience township life in Noluthando Day Care Center in Khayelitsha
    • Visit of penguin colony in Betty´s Bay
    • Cycling tour on Clarens Drive to Gordon´s Bay
    • 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 Port Elizabeth

    After arriving in Port Elizabeth, you are welcomed by your tour guide, and with the bikes on our trailer, you transfer to the charming Dungbeetle River Lodge 4*. In the afternoon, relax at the poolside or mount any additional gear such as click pedals, seats or paniers to the handlebar.

    Dungbeetle River Lodge 4*

    Distance by bus 40 km, Duration 0.75 h

     

    Day 2              Safari in Addo National Park & Bike Tour Tsitsikamma – Stormsriver

    In the morning, depart to the nearby Addo Elephant National Park. While on a game drive in an open top safari vehicle, you might see zebra, blesbok and elephants, and, with some luck, even black rhinos and lions! Thereafter, transfer to the Tsitsikamma Mountain Range, from where you commence your bike tour to Cape Town. After a final bike check, begin cycling on a beautifully positioned side road with a backdrop of the Tsitsikamma Mountains to the comfortable Tsitsikamma Village Inn 3* where you stay overnight. (B,L)

    Tsitsikamma Village Inn 3*

    Distance by bike 63 km, 480 am, tar/forest path

    Distance by bus 175 km, Duration 2 h

     

    Day 3              Bike Tour Stormsriver – Tsitsikamma National Park – Nature’s Valley

    You cycle on a forested plateau before descending to the mouth of the Storms River on the wild and romantic coast. After lunch, cycle back up to the plateau, passing through valleys filled with rich indigenous forest en route to Nature‘s Valley. The dense Tsitsikamma forest draws you deeply into it as you absorb its natural beauty. Overnight accommodation is for two consecutive nights at Holiday Homes Natures Valley, lying at the edge of a secluded beach on the Garden Route. (B,L,D)

    Ferienhäuser Natures Valley

    Distance by bike 58 km, hg 710 am, tar

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    Day 4              Hike in the Tsitsikamma Forest

    After breakfast, the dense Tsitsikamma forest invites you to explore it on foot. In addition to wild boars, bushbucks and baboons, the coastal fynbos is the real attraction. The last kilometers lead along the rocky coast back to the accommodation. In the afternoon you can relax on one of the most beautiful and lonely beaches of the Garden Route or take a 35 km round cycle trip. (B,L,D)

    Ferienhäuser Natures Valley

    Distance by bike 35 km, 300 am, tar/forest paths/tracks

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    Day 5              Bike Tour Knysna Forest – Uniondale

    At first through jungle and pine forests, you later ride through a wild gorge up the Prince Alfred’s Pass (1050 m). Acacia and succulent species now predominantly grow on the mountains. You stay in the historic rooms of a 3* guest house in Uniondale. (B,L)

    Uniondale Manor 3*

    Distance by bike 47 km, 1170 am, tar/tracks

    Distance by bus 60 km, Duration 1.5 h

     

    Day 6              Bike Tour Uniondale – De Rust

    The serene route leads you past game and goat farms through the eastern Klein Karoo. You have a farm picnic, on the foothills of the towering 2000 m peaks of the Swartberg Mountains. In the evening you have a good rest in a cozy guest house of De Rust. (B, L)

    Housemartin Guest Lodge 3*

    Distance by bike 76 km, 860 am, tar/gravel

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    Day 7              Bike Tour De Rust – Cango Dripstone Caves – Oudtshoorn

    Today’s journey takes you on a hilly farm road along the imposing Swartberg Mountains to the nearby Cango Dripstone Caves. After a long downhill ride through Schoeman’s Gorge you arrive in the comfortable Adley Guest House 4*, where you are accommodated for the next two consecutive nights. The owner prepares a barbeque for you and tender ostrich steaks are included – vegetarian food too. (B,L,D)

    Adley Guest House 4*

    Distance by bike 72 km, 1000 am, tar/tracks

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    Day 8              Day at Leisure – Visit to an Ostrich Farm

    Today you don´t touch the bikes. Do a morning visit of an ostrich farm and learn more about this funny creature. How about relaxing by the pool or taking a stroll into town? (B)

    Adley Guest House 4*

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    Day 9              Bike Tour Oudtshoorn – Klein Brakrivier

    After crossing the Olifants Rivier, the ascending route eventually reaches the top of the Robinson Pass (860m) from where one enjoys magnificent views across the Indian Ocean, before descending to the coast at Klein Brakrivier. Transfer to Bay Lodge Mossel Bay/Hartenbos for your overnight accommodation. (B,L)

    Bay Lodge Mossel Bay/Hartenbos

    Distance by bike 77 km, 900 am, tar

    Distance by bus 30 km, Duration 0.5 h

     

    Day 10             Bike Tour Albertinia – Riversdale

    The Diaz Museum in Mossel Bay exhibits the history of the maritime exploration and discovery of Africa. This is the last opportunity to swim before your arrival in Cape Town. In our vehicle, you travel inland to Albertinia from where you cycle along the Langeberg Mountains and through the hilly farmland to Riversdale, where you stay in the comfortable. (B,L)

    De Doornkraal Country House 4*

    Distance by bike 53 km, hg 635m, tar/tracks

    Distance by bus 50 km, Duration 0.75 h

     

    Day 11            Bike Tour Riversdale – Swellendam

    Continue cycling along the mountain tracks on the Langeberg Mountains to Heidelberg, and then mainly on asphalt to Swellendam, the third oldest town in South Africa, lying idyllically at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains. Accommodation is at the Aan de Eike Guest House 3* in the historical part of the town. (B,L)

    Aan de Eike Guest House 3*

    Distance by bike 85 km, 970 am, tar/tracks

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    Day 12             Bike Tour Swellendam – Robertson

    Today, you cycle through the wide Bree Rivier Valley via Bonnievale and vineyards to Robertson, where you spend the next two consecutive nights in the charming Gubas De Hoek Guest House 4*. Sometimes you can spot flocks of the indigenous Blue Crane bird next to the farm dams. (B,L)

    Gubas De Hoek Guest House 4*

    Distance by bike 73 km, 720 am, tar/tracks

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    Day 13             Hike to Kogmanskloof in Montagu

    Today, you walk through the pretty little town of Montagu and take a short hike to the thermal springs, followed by lunch and a wine tasting on a wine estate. Those who feel energetic can undertake a bike trip (40 km) to the historical village of McGregor. (B)

    Gubas De Hoek Guest House 4*

    Distance by bus 60 km, Duration 1 h

     

    Day 14             Bike tour Viliersdorp – Stellenbosch

    A short transfer takes you to Theewaterskloof Dam, the largest water reservoir of Cape Town. The route enters the UNESCO World Heritage Site Capensis and during the steady climb up Franschhoek Pass (732 m) you are rewarded with sights of many different Protea and Heath species as well as Klipspringer antelope and baboon. Enjoy the great views from the top onto one of the famous wine growing areas of South Africa. On Boschendal Wine Estate visit the well-preserved manor house and have a light lunch under the shady oak trees. Carry on over Helshoogte Pass (380 m) and you reach Stellenbosch, the second oldest town of South Africa. It boasts with many historical buildings erected in the local Cape-Dutch style. Ample of roadside cafes, art galleries and craft shops make this a pleasant place for a stroll. Stay close by in the historic Villa Grande Guest House 4*. Restaurants are just a save and short walk away. (B,L)

    Villa Grande Gust House 4*

    Distance by bike 61 km, 800 am, tar

    Distance by bus 90 km, Duration 1.5 h

     

    Day 15             Bike Tour Kleinmond – Gordon‘s Bay

    During a township tour in the morning, you have the unique opportunity to visit a Kindergarten in the township of Khayelitsha which is supported by AFRICAN BIKERS. You can become acquainted with Cape Town’s largest township and some of its people. Drive to Kleinmond at the coast, where we unload the bikes and, keeping the Cape Peninsula in sight, cycle along the unique coastal route to Gordon‘s Bay. Often you can spot Cape Fur Seals close to the shore. Have a stop and visit the African Penguin Colony in Betty´s Bay. Stay just opposite the beach in the pretty Manor on the Bay Guest House 4*. (B)

    Manor on the Bay Guest House 4*

    Distance by bike 51km, 560 am, tar

    Distance by bus 70 km, Duration 1.25 h

     

    Day 16             Bike Tour through the Cape of Good Hope National Park

    Transfer to the Cape of Good Hope National Park and maybe spot ostriches on the beach. After a scenic 1-hour hike to the Cape Point start riding north of Cape Peninsula along 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 annual Cape Town Cycle Tour Race, with over 35,000 participants, takes place here. You reach Camps Bay with its beach pubs and a bit later the Bantry Bay Suites Hotel 4* close to the Atlantic Ocean. (B,L)

    Bantry Bay Suites Hotel 4*

    Distance by bike 71 km, 870 am, tar

    Distance by bus 90 km, Duration 2 h

     

    Day 17             Hike on Table Mountain

    In the morning, you visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden and, weather permitting, hike up Table Mountain (4 – 5 h). The view across Cape Town, 1000 m below you, is breathtaking. The descent is by cable car. In the afternoon, you walk to Greenmarket Square, the Houses of Parliament in Government Gardens, the Castle and City Hall, and the Malay Quarter. The rest of the afternoon remains at leisure. African Bikers advise you on what there is to discover in the mother city. The V&A Waterfront has many shops, good restaurants and the famous Two Ocean Aquarium! (B)

    Bantry Bay Suites Hotel 4*

    Hike 4-5 h (1000 m)

    Distance by bus 30 km, Duration 0.5 h

     

    Day 18             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
    25.10.2021 - 11.11.2021$3,295.00open for bookings15 spotsselect
    15.11.2021 - 02.12.2021$3,295.00open for bookings15 spotsselect
    07.02.2022 - 24.02.2022$3,295.00open for bookings15 spotsselect
    24.10.2022 - 10.11.2022$3,295.00open for bookings15 spotsselect
    14.11.2022 - 01.12.2022$3,295.00open for bookings15 spotsselect

     

    Additional Services:

    Single Room Surcharge 2021 $450.00

    Single Room Surcharge 2022 $530.00

  • Services


    Included:

    • English speaking tour guide on bicycle
    • 17 nights in hotels, guest houses and chalets with private bathroom
    • 17x breakfast, 12x lunch, 3x dinner
    • Constant vehicle backup as well as transport for bikes
    • All entrance fees for sightseeing program


    Not Included:

    • Flights
    • 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 2021&2022: $390.00



    MTB Hardtail 27/30 Speed
    Price 2021&2022: $290.00


    Including bottle holder, on request with luggage carrier and pannier – please specify when booking.
  • Travel Hints

    A medium to good 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, nights are cool, especially at higher altitudes with temperatures 12-20 °C.

     

3% early bird discount (for bookings until 6 months prior to tour start) – 5% loyalty discount (for customers who have previously travelled with us) 


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