South Africa

Racing bike tour along the Garden Route to Cape Town

Take part in the largest organized cycling race in the Southern hemisphere on 14.3.2021, the Cape Town Cycle Tour, and get fit for the road bike season 2021 – Individual and group travel

Cycle along the white beaches of the Indian Ocean, through evergreen forests and the desolate Karoo, through the wild solitude of the Swartberg Mountains, through the Cape Winelands and then to Cape Town, one of the most beautiful metropoles in the world. Experience a breathtaking coastline, mountain passes and solitary gorges while cycling on very well constructed roads, which are on a par with European standards. The South African summer is between November and March. This means that you will cycle in warm temperatures in plenty of sunshine in the Cape Province. Our accompanying backup vehicle will be used to transport your luggage and a sufficient supply of water and bananas, thereby ensuring that you will enjoy a relaxing cycle tour. We overnight in selected guest houses, lodges and small hotels, where you will be pampered in a personal and relaxed atmosphere. This is an ideal bike tour for the more ambitious cyclist. The well-known Cape Town Cycle Tour around the Cape Peninsula attracts more than 35,000 participants annually and takes place on the second weekend in March. This cycle race is the jewel in the crown and the major highlight of this tour.

Tour schedule:

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

Day 1 Arrival and transfer to your hotel

After being welcomed by your tour guide/driver in Port Elizabeth, you will be transferred to your hotel in Port Elizabeth. You are at leisure to relax, swim in the pool and/or check the bikes. Accommodation will be at the Paxton Hotel 4*
Distance by bus 10 km, Time 0.25 hrs

Day 2 Game Drive in the ADDO Elephant National Park – Cycle Humansdorp – Stormsriver

In the morning, undertake a game drive in the open top jeep in the ADDO Elephant National Park. Apart from the elephants, there are also, amongst others, zebra, lions, buffalo, ostrich, tortoise, warthogs and bontebok. Transfer to Humansdorp on the Garden Route. Our first afternoon ride takes us along the Old Cape Road and along the boundary of the Tsitsikamma Mountain Range. Overnight accommodation will be at charming Tsitsikamma Village Inn 3* having its own brewery. (70km, hg 565m) (B)
Distance by bus 250 km, Time 3.5 hrs

Day 3 Cycle Stormsriver – Tsitsikamma National Park – Plettenberg Bay

Our second ride takes us into the Tsitsikamma National Park. Visit the Storms River Bridge. Once on the coastal plateau again, we soon descend into the deeply cut Bloukrans River Valley and later through Nature’s Valley. Enjoy a break on one of South Africa’s most beautiful beaches. Cycle back up to the plateau and then towards Plettenberg Bay, a seaside resort. Transfer to George to the comfortable Acorn Guest House 4*. (89km, hg: 1090m) (B)
Distance by bus 90 km, Time 1.5 hrs

Day 4 Cycle George – Oudtshoorn

Start riding from the guest house on the old Cape road to Hartenbos. The route ascends gently towards the top of the Robinson Pass (860m) were one is afforded lovely views back towards the coastline. The landscape changes within a few kilometres from the evergreen coast to the dry expanse of the Little Karoo. Stay at a lovely historic guesthouse. The host invites us to a traditional South African barbecue evening, called a braai. Of course, ostrich steak cannot be missing! Overnight accommodation will be at the Adley Guest House 4*. (121km, hg 1585m) (B, D)
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Day 5 Cycle Oudtshoorn – Calitzdorp – Ladismith

After visiting an ostrich farm in the morning, we will cycle on level ground to Calitzdorp, which is well-known for its port wine. Thereafter, we cycle up the Huis River Pass (655m) and along the Swartberg Mountains to Ladismith in the shadow of the towering Towerkop (2000m) mountain, where we will stay over-night in the simple Mountain View Guest House 2*. (114km, hg 1445m) (B)
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Day 6 Cycle Ladismith – Barrydale – Montagu

Through the grand expanse of the Little Karoo, we will reach Barrydale and therafter the pretty wine producing town of Montagu. If you wish, one can shorten the cycling distance to 76km. The famous Montagu Thermal Springs, are beneficial to our tired cyclists muscles and lie in close proximity to the comfortable Montagu Country Hotel 4*. (139km, hg 1465m)
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Day 7 Day at Leisure

Diverse leisure excursions are available, which include, among others, hiking onto the Bloupont (1200m), playing golf in Robertson or Montagu, tasting wine on a wine estate in the Breede River Valley, visiting the Montagu Museum or simply relax at the poolside. (B)
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Day 8 Cycle Montagu – Bonnivale – McGregor – Robertson

We will continue cycling through the charming Kogmanns Gorge today, after which the landscape broadens as we ride through the Bree River Valley with its vineyards on either side of us en route to Bonnivale and McGregor. Accommodation will be in the wine producing town of Robertson at the beautiful Gubas De Hoek Guest House 4*. The cycling distance can be shortened to 79km and hg 710m. (120km, hg 990m) (B)
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Day 9 Cycle Viliersdorp – 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, which showcases one of the famous wine growing areas of South Africa. On Boschendal Wine Estate visit the well-preserved manor house. 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. Short transfer to Gordons Bay and we overnight in the beautiful Manor On The Bay Guest House 4*. (72km, hg 920m) (B)
Distance by bus 120 km, Time 1.5 hrs

Day 10 Cycle Gordons Bay – Rooi Els return & Transfer Cape Town

Start riding this beautiful route from the guest house along the coastline of False Bay of the Atlantic Ocean. Sometimes whilst riding, one can spot whales and seals. Enjoy the great views across the bay onto the Cape Peninsula some 40 km away. After returning to Gordon´s Bay a short transfer brings us to Cape Town, one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world, where we will stay in a quiet 4* city hotel in the suburb of Sea Point. On a short sightseeing walk, visit the Parade, the Castle and the City Hall, Greenmarket Square, Government Gardens and the Malay Quarter. The seafood cuisine in Cape Town is outstanding and lobster is an affordable specialty. Accommodation will be at the Bantry Bay Suite Hotel 4*. (42km, hg 695m) (B)
Distance by bus 50 km, Time 1 hrs

Day 11 Cycle around Cape of Good Hope

After a short transfer to Simonstown, we cycle to the penguin colony at Boulders at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, and then continue to the Cape of Good Hope National Park. After a break we will continue to cycle along the far side of the Cape Peninsula and 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 popular annual Cape Town Cycle Tour Race, with over 35,000 participants, takes place here. (99km, hg 1460m (B)
Distance by bus 50 km, Time 1 hrs

Interested parties wishing to participate in the Cape Town Cycle Tour (109km, hg 1220m) on the 14th of March 2021, can cycle in the morning from the City Hotel to the starting line (5 minutes) and, once finished, return to the hotel (10 minutes). We do the registration for you – Cost not yet available. The above described program for this day will not be possible on the day of the Cape Town Cycle Tour.

Day 12 Transfer Cape Town International Airport

Prior to departing to the airport, and depending on your flight departure time, you may have time to either go up Table Mountain to enjoy the amazing views of Cape Town City (optional), or visit Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island, this icon was held captive for most of his prison sentence (optional). This varied tour ends with your transfer to Cape Town Airport. (B)
Distance by bus 20 km, Time 0.5 hrs

Accommodation subject to availability

For this tour we offer high quality full carbon road bikes with Shimano 105 for hire.

We offer the following extension packages from one participant upwards:

Extension Cape Town – recommended accommodation 2020

Extension Chobe National Park & Victoria Falls 2020

Extension Kruger National Park 2020

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March 2012: Road biking trip along the Garden route to Cape Town – including the Cape Town Cycle Tour Race


Included in price:

  • English speaking tour guide on bicycle, 15 guests or more 1 additional bike assistant
  • 11 nights in mid-range hotels and guesthouses with private bathroom
  • 11 x breakfast, 1 x barbecue evening with traditional ‘Braai’
  • Constant vehicle backup as well as transport for bikes with driver
  • Water, bananas, isotonic drinking powder
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing program

Not included:

  • Flights to and from South Africa
  • Road Bike Rental
  • 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.


Travel Information:
A good basic level of fitness is necessary for this tour. The roads are all tar roads. We will cycle many mountain passes with up to 650m difference in altitude. A vehicle accompanies us at all times. The climate is just as varying as the tour is: in Little Karoo summer afternoons can reach 32°C, along the coast it is a comfortable 20-25 °C.

This tour is also available as a private tour, with minimum two participants

Trip at google maps


Level of fitness  
Grading of accommodation  

Group size

8 - 20 Participants
Terms & Conditions
Dates and rates
Booking code: RRG
02.11.20 - 13.11.20 USD 2395 book
08.02.21 - 19.02.21 USD 2295 book
04.03.21 - 15.03.21 USD 2295 book
01.11.21 - 12.11.21 USD 2295 book


  • 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
Entrance fee for Argus Cycle Race USD 90
South African Airways (SAA) offers free transport of your bike up to 20 kg on request
Single room surcharge 2020 USD 330
Road Bike For Hire Carbon Shimano 105 group USD 300
Single room surcharge 2021 USD 340
Bike hire road bike Carbon Shimano 105 group 2021 USD 290