South Africa

Cycling along the Garden Route to Cape Town - 12 days

Our Garden Route trip with shorter cycling distances: On tar and gravel, 30-61 km daily, discover the most beautiful places along the Indian Ocean and Karoo savannah... – Individual and group travel

The Addo Elephant National Park, with a surface area of 405 252 acres, serves as a sanctuary to a multitude of diverse wildlife species and abundant bird life. It is also home to the “BIG 7” – leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino, lion, whale and shark. The Tsitsikamma National Park, created in the mists of time, lies at the edge of the Indian Ocean with its foaming breakers and magical world of inter-tidal life and reefs teeming with colours and surprises. The town of Oudtshoorn, situated in the Klein Karoo, is known as the ostrich feather capital of the world, and Cape Town is a vibrant city lying at the foot of Table Mountain not far to the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Here, one can visit the Boulders penguin colony, one of two land based penguin colonies.

Itinerary:

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

Day 1 Arrival in Port Elizabeth – Transfer to the ADDO Elephant National Park

Upon your arrival in Port Elizabeth where you will be met by your tour guide and transferred (1,5 hours) to the Addo Elephant National Park. Accommodation for two nights will be in the beautifully positioned Addo Zuurberg Mountain Village Lodge 4*. You can relax upon the pool, catch some sleep or join the guide for a short bike ride near the lodge.

Day 2 Safari in ADDO Elephant National Park

Highlight of the tour. After breakfast we will embark on a full day game drive in an open top safari vehicle, one can see elephants, zebras, antelopes and if luck is on our side, buffalos, rhinos and lions. Just as impressive is the vivid and rich birdlife, which the ostrich is a part of. During our game drive we will stop at different viewpoints and might also do a short-guided walk in the bush. At lunch time we will have a picnic. In the late afternoon we will be back at our accommodation. (B,L)

Day 3 Tsitsikamma National Park

Travel via Port Elizabeth, and drive to the Tsitsikamma mountain range from where we will start cycling on a quiet gravel road, where baboons may cross our path. Continue cycling, passing the old Storms River Bridge, before descending into the Tsitsikamma National Park where we will go on a 1 hr. walk to the wild and rugged Storms River mouth. A climb back on to the plateau will lead us to the comfortable Tsitsikamma Village Inn 3* (51km, hg 350m, tar/gravel) (B)

Day 4 Nature’s Valley and a Hike on the Robberg Peninsula

In the morning, cycle into the deep Bloukrans River Valley filled with lush indigenous forest and continue to Nature’s Valley, where one of South Africa’s most beautiful beaches entices one to go for a swim. (40km, hg 430m, tar) After lunch, go on a unique hike around the Robberg Peninsula (2 hours) and enjoy the beautiful vistas of the Tsitsikamma Forest and the ocean. Stay close by in the charming Cornerway Guest Houses 4* for the night. (B)

Day 5 Lake District National Park

After breakfast, we will cycle along a section of the historic Old Cape Road which traverses beautiful valleys filled with indigenous forests until we reach Sedgefield. We will spend the afternoon at the ocean. Besides swimming one can go on a Kajak trip or try Stand-Up paddling. A transfer late afternoon takes us to the comfortable Acorn Guest House 4* in George. (45km, hg 500m, gravel/tar) (B,L)

Day 6 The Outeniqua Mountains

A short transfer takes us over the historic Montagu Pass (745 m). 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. Lunchtime will be on an ostrich farm, and one will also learn more about this giant bird. Oudtshoorn is regarded as being the centre of the ostrich industry. Accommodation will be in the cosy Adley Guest House 4*. The owner wishes to invite us to a traditional South Africa barbeque which, of course, also includes tender ostrich meat! (54km, hg 280m, gravel/tar) (B,D)

Day 7 The Klein Karoo – Ostrich country

After having participated in a tour of the Cango Caves, we will 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 transfer through the beautiful desert scenery of the Little Karoo to the charming village of Montagu with its beautiful Cape Dutch houses. Accommodation will be in the historic Montagu Country Hotel 4*. (30km, hg 180m, gravel/tar) (B)

Day 8 The Wine Region of the Breede River Valley

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 us to the charming accommodation in Robertson. Gubas De Hoek Guest House 4*. (61km, hg 350m, tar) (B,L)

Day 9 Kleinmond to Gordon’s Bay

Continue towards Kleinmond at the coast. Here, the bikes will be 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 we will visit one of the two land based colonies of the African Penguin. We will reach the sea side village of Gordon´s Bay and spend the night close to the beach in the Manor on the Bay Lodge 4*. (51km, hg 500m, tar) (B)

Day 10 Cycle in 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. 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. The following spectacular coastal road, known as Chapman’s Peak, lead into the fishing village of Hout Bay. (54km, hg 660m, tar) (B,L) Stay for two nights in the Bantry Bay Suites Hotel 4* in the quite suburb of Sea Point close to the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 11 Hike Table Mountain

We will 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 hours, weather permitting). Enjoy stunning views of the mother city as well as the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The descent will be by cable car. 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)

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

Accommodation subject to availability

For this tour we offer hardtail MTB´s, E-Bikes Touring and hybrid/touring bikes for hire.
NEW: For this trip we now offer a limited amount of E-Bikes MTB Hardtail for hire.

We offer the following extension packages from one participant upwards:

Extension Cape Town – recommended accommodation 2018

Extension Chobe National Park & Victoria Falls 2018

Extension Kruger National Park 2018

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

Services

Included in package:

  • 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.

Hints

Travel Information:
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

This tour can be booked with a minimum of 2 participants with a travel date you desire.

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Group size

8 - 15 Participants
Terms & Conditions
Dates and rates
Booking code: RGR
19.11.18 - 30.11.18 USD 2395 book
26.11.18 - 07.12.18 USD 2395
24.12.18 - 04.01.19 USD 2495
21.01.19 - 01.02.19 USD 2490 book
04.02.19 - 15.02.19 USD 2490 book
18.02.19 - 01.03.19 USD 2490 book
11.03.19 - 22.03.19 USD 2490 book
25.03.19 - 05.04.19 USD 2490 book
28.10.19 - 08.11.19 USD 2490 book
11.11.19 - 22.11.19 USD 2490 book
25.11.19 - 06.12.19 USD 2490 book
16.12.19 - 27.12.19 USD 2590 book

Discount

  • 5% discount on bookings made 6 months prior to departure
  • 5% discount on all land packages for returning guests
Extra services
South African Airways (SAA) offers free transport of your bike up to 20 kg on request
Single room surcharge USD 320
Bike for hire MTB front shocks 30 speed USD 240
Bike for hire E-Bike Trek Powerfly full suspension/hard tail MTB USD 420

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