South Africa

Cycling tour along the Garden Route to CapeTown Tour A & B - 18 days

Since 1993 our classic and still so popular! Cycle from Inn to Inn without transfers. Explore the many faces of the Western Cape on quite roads, enjoy great picnics... – Individual and group travel

This cycling tour of 18 days duration takes one from the Indian Ocean coastline to the elephants in the Addo Elephant National Park, through indigenous forests to ostrich farms in the dry semi-desert of the Little Karoo, from the solitude of the Swartberg Mountains to the Cape wine regions and finally to the lively and multicultural metropolis of the City of Cape Town. On this cycling tour, one will cycle through the Western Cape Province which, owing to its unique, compact yet varied landscape, is ideal for purposes of exploration by bike.
There are two routes to choose from: Route A will take one in the cooler months of October and March along a long stretch of road through the desolation of the semi-desert Little Karoo. Route B will take one in the warmer months of November till February closer to the cool coastline and includes a short trip into the semi-desert Little Karoo.

Itinerary 2019. The program 2020 you will find below:

km = kilometre, hg = total climbing per day in meters

ROUTE A (March & October) & ROUTE B (February & November)

Day 1 Arrival Port Elizabeth

After arriving in Port Elizabeth, you will be welcomed by your tour guide, and with the bikes on our trailer, transferred 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 handle bar. Overnight accommodation will be at the Dungbeetle River Lodge 4*

Day 2 Safari in Addo National Park & Bike Tour from Clarkson to the Tsitsikamma National Park

In the morning, depart to the nearby ADDO Elephant National Park. While on a game drive in an open top safari vehicle, one will see zebra, blesbok and elephants, and, with some luck, even black rhinos and lions! Thereafter, transfer to the Tsitsikamma Mountain Range, from where one will commence our 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 we will stay overnight. (51km, hg 350m, tar/forest path) (B, L)

Day 3 + 4 Bike Tour from the Tsitsikamma National Park to Nature‘s Valley

We will 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 us deeply into it as we absorb its natural beauty. Overnight accommodation will be for two consecutive nights at Holiday Homes Natures Valley, lying at the edge of a secluded beach on the Garden Route. (58km, hg 700m,tar + 35km, hg 300m tar/forest paths/tracks) (B, L, D)

Day 5 Hike on the Robberg Peninsula

Today we will go on an unforgettable hike around the wild and romantic Robberg Peninsula (5-6 hours). View Stone Age caves, a seal colony, bottle-nosed dolphins and the threatened black oystercatcher. Stay nearby in charming Cornerway House 4* (B, L)

Route A & Route B will diverge in Plettenberg Bay for 9 days

During the months of October and March, Route A takes one inland through the Little Karoo savannah, and during the months of November and February, Route B takes one closer to the cooler coastline.

ROUTE A:

Day 6 Bike Tour from Knysna to Uniondale

Today the landscape is isolated and the route steep as we leave the coast and cycle on good tracks through the dense Knysna Forest to Prince Alfred’s Pass (1050m). Overnight accommodation will be in chalets at the Mountain Pastures Game Lodge 3* on a game farm in the vicinity of Uniondale. (49km, hg 1170m, tar/tracks) (B, L)

Day 7 Bike Tour from Uniondale to De Rust

On this day the serene route leads us through the eastern Klein Karoo. We will have a picnic on a farm, where one senses the charm of the rocky, yet fauna and flora filled surroundings, as well as beautiful 2000m-high sights of the Swartberg Mountains which lie in the distance. In the evening we will have a good rest in a cozy Guest Houses of De Rust. (88 km, 930 am, gravel) (B, L) Housemartin Guest House 3*

Day 8 Bike Tour from De Rust to the Swartberg Mountains

Today’s journey starts with the highlight of the day, the Meiringspoort, which is enclosed by towering sandstone walls of up to 800m as we continue through the imposing Swartberg Mountains to the nearby Cango Dripstone Caves. A long downhill ride through Schoeman’s Gorge takes us to the comfortable Adley Guest House 4*, where we will be accommodated for the next two consecutive nights. The owner will prepare a barbeque for us and tender ostrich steaks are included. (69km, hg +830m, tar/tracks) (B, L, D)

Day 9 Day at Leisure – Visit to an Ostrich Farm

Today, you have time to rest. Visit an ostrich farm and learn more about this funny creature. How about relaxing by the pool or taking a stroll into town? (B)

Day 10 Bike Tour from Oudtshoorn to Calitzdorp

The majestic Swartberg Mountain Peak forms the backdrop as we depart from Oudtshoorn. The asphalt roads then change into tracks as we cycle through a wonderful, secluded valley and pass ostrich farms on our way to the idyllic wine producing town of Calitzdorp, where accommodation will be at the Queen of Calitzdorp Guest House 4*. (85km, hg 800m, tar/tracks) (B, L)

Day 11 Bike Tour from Calitzdorp to Ladismith

We will cycle over the Huisriver Pass (650m) and past the Amalienstein missionary station in the wonderful Seweweekspoort, having a lunch break while en route. Continue cycling towards Ladismith to the simple Mountain View Guest House 2* in front of the Swartberg Mountains (1859m). (56km, hg 1180m, tar/tracks) (B, L)

Day 12 Bike Tour from Buffelspoort to Montagu

Cycling on good tracks, we will traverse a few dry valleys in the sparse expanse of the Little Karoo, before making our way up the Ouberg Pass (950m) en route to the town of Montagu with its charming colonial style houses. Cycling on asphalt again, we reach the charming Montagu Country Hotel 4* where we will be accommodated for two consecutive nights. (107km, hg 1060m, tar/tracks) (B, L)

Day 13 Day at Leisure – Hiking to the Thermal Springs

Depart from the hotel and walk through the quaint village of Montagu with its beautiful private gardens. The Lovers Walk, just beyond the town, leads us through a narrow gorge with beautiful sandstone formations to the thermal springs. (Walking time 1.5 hours) We will be back at lunch time and the afternoon is at leisure. (B)

Day 14 Bike tour Montagu – Robertson

After a hearty breakfast, cycle through the narrow Kogmannskloof gorge into the beautiful Breede River Valley Wine Lands region. Bright specks of Jacaranda, Roses and Bougainvillea trees surround the many wine estates. Enjoy a wine tasting and a flavourful Tarte Flambee on Van Loveren Wine Estate. We continue to ride along the flat banks of the Breede River onto the charming town of Robertson. Gubas De Hoek Guest House 4*. (91km, hg 725m, tar) (B,L)

Day 15 Bike Tour from Kleinmond to Gordon‘s Bay

Drive to Kleinmond at the coast, where we will 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*. (62km, hg 540m, tar) (B)

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

During a township tour in the morning, you will 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 its people. Carry on to the Cape of Good Hope National Park. Have a picnic at the famous Cape and maybe spot ostriches on the beach. Start riding up north the Cape Peninsula along the Atlantic seaboard back to Cape Town. he 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. (69km, hg 830m, tar) (B,L)

Day 17 Hike on Table Mountain

In the morning, we will visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden and, weather permitting, hike up Table Mountain (4 hrs.). The view across Cape Town, 1000m below us, is breathtaking. The descent will be by cable car. In the afternoon, we will 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 will 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)

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 will transfer you to Cape Town International Airport where this beautiful journey will end. (B)

ROUTE B

Day 6 Bike Tour from Knysna to George

We will cycle along the old Cape Road until the Homtini Pass. The indigenous trees offer welcoming shade during the ascents and descents. In the afternoon, we will cycle along a flat section through the Lake District to the Wilderness. The warm Indian Ocean in Victoria Bay is an inviting place to swim. Accommodation will be in the comfortable Acorn Guest House 4* with a view of the Outeniqua Mountains. (73km, hg 690m, tar/tracks) (B, L)

Day 7 Bike Tour from George to Oudtshoorn

Today, we will cycle over the historic Montagu Pass (745m) into the interior to the town of Oudtshoorn. En route, we are rewarded with stunning views of the coast and the surrounding Outeniqua Mountains. The changing landscape could not be more impressive as we cycle from lush green pastures to and through semi-arid shrub and bushveld. Accommodation will be at the cosy Adley Guest House 4* for two consecutive nights. The owner wishes to invite us to a traditional South Africa barbeque which, of course, also includes tender ostrich meat! (67km, hg 880m, tar/tracks) (B, L, D)

Day 8Cycle tour to the Cango Dripstone Caves and an Ostrich Farm

A mid-morning bike tour takes you to nearby Cango Caves. During a 1 hour tour, you will see many calcite formations, the huge flowstones formations being noteworthy. Afterwards, travel to an ostrich farm and learn more about this large 2m tall bird. Spend the afternoon at the poolside or take a walk through the town. The C P Nel Museum includes a complete 18th century pharmacy and has a permanent exhibition pertaining to the ostrich feather boom. (57km, hg 590m, tar/gravel) (B)

Day 9 Bike Tour from Oudtshoorn to Klein Brakrivier

After crossing the Olifants Rivier, the ascending route eventually reaches the top of the Robinson Pass (860m) from where one will enjoy magnificent views across the Indian Ocean, before descending to the coast at Klein Brakrivier. Transfer to the Point Village Hotel 3* in Mossel Bay situated right on the rocky shores of the Indian Ocean for your overnight accommodation. (83km, hg 890m, tar/gravel road) (B, L)

Day 10 Bike Tour from Albertinia to Riversdale

The Diaz Museum in Mossel Bay exhibits the history of the maritime exploration and discovery of Africa. This will be the last opportunity to swim before your arrival in Cape Town. In our vehicle, we travel inland to Albertinia from where we will cycle along the Langeberg Mountains and through the hilly farm land to Riversdale, where we will stay in the comfortable De Doornkraal Country House 4*. (52km, hg 610m, tar/tracks) (B, L)

Day 11 Bike Tour from Riversdale to 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 will be at the Aan de Eike Guest House 3*
in the historical part of the town. (85km, hg 1110m, tar/tracks) (B, L)

Day 12 Bike Tour from Swellendam to Robertson

Today, we will cycle through the wide Bree Rivier Valley via Bonnievale and vineyards to Robertson, where we will spend the next two consecutive nights in the charming Gubas De Hoek Guest House 4*. (72km, hg 820m, tar/tracks) (B, L)

Day 13 Hike to Kogmanskloof in Montagu

Today, we will 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 (40km) to the historical village of McGregor. (B)

Day 14 Bike tour Viliersdorp to Stellenbosch

A short transfer takes us 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 (732m) 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 (380m) 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 road side 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. (61km, hg 860m, tar) (B,L)

Day 15 Bike Tour from Kleinmond to Gordon‘s Bay

A walking tour of the town gives us a good look at the history of the second oldest town in South Africa. We continue to Kleinmond at the coast, where we will unload the bikes and, keeping the Cape Peninsula in sight, cycle along the unique coastal route to Gordon‘s Bay. Stay just opposite the beach in the pretty Manor on the Bay Guest House 4*. (49km, hg 590m, tar) (B)

The rest of the tour for ROUTE B is identical to days 16-18 of ROUTE A.

Accommodation subject to availability

For this tour we offer hard tail MTB´s for hire.
NEW: For this trip we now offer E-Bikes MTB Hardtail or full suspension for hire.

We offer the following extension packages from one participant upwards:

Extension Cape Town – recommended accommodation 2018 & 2019

Extension Chobe National Park & Victoria Falls 2018 & 2019

Extension Kruger National Park 2018 & 2019

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November 2014: Cycling tour along the Garden route to Cape Town – 18 days

February 2013: Cycling tour along the Garden route to Cape Town – 18 days

March 2012: Cycling tour along the Garden route to Cape Town

February 2012: Cycling tour along the Garden route to Cape Town – 19 days

October 2011: Cycling tour along the Garden route to Cape Town – 19 days

April 2010: Cycling tour along the Garden route to Cape Town – 19 days

March 2010: Cycling tour along the Garden route to Cape Town – 19 days

September 2009: Cycling tour along the Garden route to Cape Town – 19 days

March 2008: Cycling tour along the Garden route to Cape Town – 19 days

October 2006: Cycling tour along the Garden route to Cape Town – 19 days

December 2004: Cycling tour along the Garden route to Cape Town – 19 days

February 2004: Cycling tour along the Garden route to Cape Town – 19 days

Services

Included in price:

  • English speaking tour guide on bicycle
  • 17 nights in hotels, guesthouses and chalets with private bathroom
  • 17 x breakfast, 12 x lunch, 3 x 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.

Hints

Travel Information

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 it will be cool, especially at higher altitudes with temperatures 12-20°C.

This tour can be booked with a minimum of 2 participants at a date of travel suitable to you.

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Categorization
Level of fitness  
Grading of accommodation  

Group size

8 - 15 Participants
Terms & Conditions
Dates and rates
Booking code: RGR
28.10.19 - 14.11.19 USD 3390 book
18.11.19 - 05.12.19 USD 3490 book
02.02.20 - 19.02.20 USD 3495 book
23.02.20 - 11.03.20 USD 3395 book
25.10.20 - 11.11.20 USD 3395 book
15.11.20 - 02.12.20 USD 3495 book

Discount

  • 3% discount on bookings made 6 months prior to departure subject to minimum group size
  • 5% discount on all land packages for returning guests subject to minimum group size
Extra services
South African Airways (SAA) offers free transport of your bike up to 20 kg on request
Single room surcharge 2019 USD 530
Bike for hire MTB front shocks 30 speed USD 330
Bike for hire E-Bike Trek Powerfly full suspension/hard tail MTB USD 390
Single room surcharge 2020 USD 460