South Africa

Relaxed Bicycle Tour in South Africa with E-Bike.-Kruger National Park, Garden Route, Cape Town

A relaxed bicycle trip with short bike routes and a lot of time for other things. With an E-Bike or touring bicycle travel on quite country roads through the Western Cape. Delicious picnics - often on beaches - are all part of it. – Group travel

From Kruger National Park to the Cape of Good Hope. The Big Five, springboks, ostriches, dolphins and whales. Jungle, the Little Karoo and the Winelands. A bike trip from the empty beaches of the Indian Ocean to the cliffs of the Atlantic, from the Tsitsikamma jungle to Cape fynbos. Voortrekker, coloreds, Xhosa, and Zulus. A history from van Riebeeck to Sir Cecil Rhodes and onto Nelson Mandela and Bishop Tutu. A trip through the whole world in one country. The fantastic variety of landscapes the country offers, combined with the availability of fine hotels, excellent food and delicious wines make this tour truly a memorable one. Furthermore, the Garden Route offers an ideal climate, small side roads and good terrain for biking.

Tour schedule

1.day: Arrival Johannesburg – Transfer to Kruger National Park

On Sunday morning we’ll arrive in Johannesburg (flight time approximately 10 1/2 hours from Europe with maximum one hour time difference depending on the season). You’ll meet your tour guide immediately upon exiting customs at the airport. Together we’ll take an approximately five hour bus ride to Hazyview on the edge of the Kruger National Park. The spectacular descent into the subtropical Lowveld is an unforgettable experience. Beautifully situated at the outskirt of Hazyview along the Sabie River is our very comfortable accommodation, the Kruger Park Lodge 4* (swimming pool). During the cocktail hour we can already observe hippopotamus and listen to the sounds of Africa. (D)

2.day: Game drive in Kruger National Park

Today will be dedicated to the incredible world of African wildlife in the expansive Kruger National Park, which has the same surface area as Belgium. The park is home to 3,000 hippopotamus, 9,300 elephants, 2,000 leopards, 3,000 zebras, as well as 500 bird species. With luck we’ll observe the Big Five: buffalo, rhinoceros, elephant, lion and leopard. In any case it will be an incomparable wildlife experience. This evening we’ll go on a night safari in open land rovers and spend a second night in the Kruger Park Lodge 4*. (B,D)

3.day: Panorama Route – Flight to Port Elizabeth

After breakfast we’ll head out on a panoramic route through the Drakensberg Mountains in the direction of Johannesburg enjoying spectacular views of the Blyde River Canyon along the way. We’ll explore Bourke’s Luck Potholes, a system of bizarrely carved out rock formations at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur rivers and enjoy the famous view of the Three Rondavels. After these landscape highlights we will fly from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth in the afternoon. (Flight costs not included in tour package). The Brookes Hill Suites Hotel 4*, overlooking the Indian Ocean, welcomes us tonight (swimming pool). (B,L)

4.day: 1. Bicycle Tour Clarkson – Tsitsikamma (36 km)

Our bicycle touring starts near Clarkson at the beginning of the Garden Route. We’ll ride through an easy landscape of fields and forest bordered to the north by the Tsitsikamma Mountains, and the Indian Ocean to the south. In the late afternoon the charming Tsitsikamma Village Inn 3* awaits us (swimming pool). (B,D)

5.day: 2. Bicycle Tour Tsitsikamma National Park – Natures Valley (38 km)

After a descent into the virgin forest of the Tsitsikamma National Park we’ll arrive at Storms River. During a one hour hike we shall cross three fantastic suspension bridge directly over the mouth of the river and see the dramatic spectacle of the river gushing into the Indian Ocean. In the afternoon, the route takes us into the depths of the primeval forest of the Bloukrans River Gorge At the Bloukrans River we cross the border from Eastern to Western Cape Province, our uphill efforts will be rewarded with a thrilling descent into Nature’s Valley and miles of empty beach. In nearby Plettenberg Bay we will spend the night in the pleasant The Dunes Hotel & Resort 4* (swimming pool). (B,D)

6.day: 3. Bicycle Tour Sedgefield – Wilderness (22 km)

This morning finds us on a two to three hour hike on the unique Robberg Nature Reserve, a red sandstone peninsula covered with Fynbos. With some luck we may see whales and dolphins, and most certainly the seals who have colonized the area. After a noontime break in the vacation town of Knysna, we’ll travel on a natural trail through the lonely Lake District to Wilderness. Tonight’s accommodation, the stunning The Views Boutique Hotel & Spa 5* (swimming pool), will be reached in the late afternoon. (B,D)

7.day: 4. Bicycle Tour Cango Cavess – Oudtshoorn (32 km)

Our bus will take us over the Outeniqua-Pass to Little Karoo for a visit to the world famous Cango Caves, giant limestone stalactite caverns. By bicycle we traverse the spectacular Schoemans Gorge before visiting an ostrich farm. Here we’ll learn about the ostrich life-cycle and their economic importance for the Oudtshoorn region. At the end of our ride with expansive views over Little Karoo, we’ll be welcomed by the Afrikaans couple Pieter and Hilda Retief at the charming inn Adley House 4* in Oudtshoorn (swimming pool). In the evening Pieter will prepare an authentic South African Braai (barbecue). (B,D)

8.day: 5. Bicycle Tour Barrydale – Buffeljagtsrivier (36 km)

Leaving the ostrich capital behind us we cross the Little Karoo by bus towards the east along the Swart Mountains, a route offering wonderful views over the endless barren steppe. From Barrydale we bike through the impressive Tradouw Gorge down to the little missionary town of Suurbraak. There we visit the Cape Dutch style mission. Riding along a gently undulating road we’ll reach Swellendam. Founded in 1743, it is the third oldest city in South Africa. Tonight we shall be spoiled in the excellent inn Schoone Oordt Guest House 5*. (B,D)

9.day: 6. Bicycle Tour Drew – Van Loveren Wine Estate (35 km)

In the morning, we visit the Dôstdy museum, former seat of the district judge, and get an idea of the life of the Boers in the 18th century. Our cycle tour leads along the Breede river through a fruit- and wine-growing valley. We’ll enjoy our lunch at a vinery near Robertson which gives us the chance to taste some of the local wines. Afterwards, our bus takes us to the Atlantic coast and the romantic town of Hermanus. We’ll spend the night in the comfortable guesthouse Auberge Burgundy Guest House 4*. (B,D)

10.day: 7. Bicycle Tour Betty´s Bay – Gordon´s Bay (34 km)

Our cycle route to Gordon’s Bay leads mostly along small coastal roads, with only few moderate ascents, along the False Bay. If the weather permits, the view of the Cape peninsula accompanies our way with the „Mother City“ already in view from the distance. In Gordon’s Bay a lively beach promenade awaits and we get a first impression of the multicultural Cape Town. We’ll spend the night in the Zevenwacht Country Inn 4*, located aside the Stellenbosch Wine Route. It offers an own wine production and a comfortable restaurant with Cape-Dutch style. (B,D)

11.day: 8. Bicycle Tour Stellenbosch – Jonkershoek UNESCO World Heritage Site (32 km)

In the morning we’ll ride along small roads from Stellenbosch to the nature preserve of Jonkershoek, where we bike a loop of about 8 miles. The landscape is reminiscent of Switzerland: forested valley floors surrounded by steep rock walls. The landscape has little in common with the area of Stellenbosch only a few kilometers away, lending truth to South Africa’s reputation as the whole world in one country. This afternoon we visit the Dorp Museum in Stellenbosch. The historic buildings bear witness to the lifestyle of the 18th Century Afrikaner. You will have time to wander through this historic university town before traveling by bus to nearby Franschhoek which means French Corner. In the evening we can enjoy comfort at the well-known Protea Franschhoek 4*. A restaurant known for its French cuisine welcomes us tonight. (B,D)

12.day: Walking Tour near Franschhoek – Khayelitsha Township – Cape Town

We will undertake two hours of light hiking through the Mount Rochelle Naure Reserve with fantastic views over the Winelands around Franschhoek. The incredible range of fynbos (1300 plant varieties) in this nature preserve is overwhelming. In the early afternoon, our bus will take us to Cape Town and a visit to a kindergarten in Khayelitsha Township. The visit provides an enriching opportunity for authentic contact with the black population. The Portswood Hotel 4* is our splendid hotel for two nights on the Victoria and Albert Waterfront. Tonight, we’ll dine in an African restaurant in the city centre. (B,D)

13.day: 9. Bicycle Tour Cape of Good Hope – Scarborough (39 km)

Our starting point today is the famous botanical garden of Kirstenbosch directly below Table Mountain. We then continue along the Cape peninsula in the direction of the Cape of Good Hope. On the way we’ll stop in Boulder’s Beach and admire one of two African penguin colonies. After taking in the view from the tip of Africa, we’ll ride through the Table Mountain National Park to Kommetije where our African cycling tour ends. Our bus will take us along Chapman’s Peak Drive high over Hout Bay, a ride of breathtaking natural beauty. Our farewell dinner will be celebrated at one of the best-known African specialty restaurants in Cape Town. Second night in The Portswood 4*. (B,D)

14.day: City tour Cape Town – By Cable car onto Table Mountain

On a tour of the historic centre we’ll see many points of interest including the Parliament buildings and the former garden of the Dutch United East Indies Company. For our final outing a cable car ride up the 1067m Table Mountain awaits us to take in the spectacular view from Cape Town to Robben Island. In the early afternoon we say goodbye to Cape Town and drive to the airport for the flight back home. Cape Town lends itself for an extended stay to explore the city and/or for a side trip to Victoria Falls and Chobe National park. (B)

Accommodation subject to availability

Services

Included:

  • Qualified English-speaking tour guide on bicycle
  • Accommodation in double/twin rooms with shower/toilet in comfortable guest houses, hotels and lodges (3-5*)
  • Meals: 13 x breakfast, 1 x lunch, 12 x dinner
  • Transport of bikes on trailer and permanent back-up
  • All entrance fees
  • All transfers & travel in air-conditioned minibuses
  • Porterage

Not included:

  • Other meals
  • Beverages
  • Tips
  • Flight Johannesburg-Port Elizabeth, as well as all international flights

Hints

Travel Information:
A moderate level of fitness is sufficient for the climbs on this route. Due to our accompanying vehicle it is possible to cycle longer or shorter distances. During the given travel dates, the climate in Kruger National Park can reach up to 25-30 °C, along the Garden Route and Cape Town it will be 22-28 °C.

Individual travel: We offer this trip from 2 guests onwards at your desired date of travel!

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Group size

8 - 20 Participants
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Dates and rates
Booking code: Z
10.03.19 - 23.03.19 USD 4295 book
03.11.19 - 16.11.19 USD 4295
17.11.19 - 30.11.19 USD 4295 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
Bike for hire E-Bike Trek Powerfly full suspension/hard tail MTB USD 380
Bike hire Touring Bike 21 speed USD 150
Single room surcharge USD 980

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