Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa
Rugged scenery along the Garden Route, South Africa

Varied wildlife in South Africa

Bike and Safari South Africa’s Garden Route to Cape Town

South Africa Bike Tours

Discover by bike the most beautiful places along the Indian Ocean and Karoo Savannah in South Africa

  • Bike and safari along the Garden Route in South Africa and explore for yourself this cycling paradise. As the name implies, it truly is a garden, featuring a rich and ecologically diverse landscape, including, numerous lagoons and lakes, coastal sea routes, National Parks, and desert beauty. This tour has it all, cycling, hiking, and immersing in the exotic world of this beautiful county.

    Your tour will feature a game drive in The Addo Elephant National Park, with a surface area of over 400,00 acres. This is a sanctuary to a multitude of diverse wildlife species and abundant birdlife. It is also home to the “BIG 7”; leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino, lion, whale, and shark.

    Other highlights include, but are not limited to:

    • Port Elizabeth, a city reinventing itself, and stunning Cape Town
    • Hiking the Tsitsikamma National Park, Robberg Peninsula, and Table Mountain
    • Boating in Breede River Valley Wine Lands region with picnic lunch and wine tasting
    • Cycling the unique coastal route to Gordon’s Bay, Cape of Good Hope National Park, and more
    • Cultural and immersive experience visiting a Kindergarten in the township of Khayelitsha
    • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
    • The Big 7
    • The incredible diversity in wildlife, including land and sea, and lush forests, farms, and national parks
    • Stunning vistas and changing landscapes

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  • Twin/double: £ 2053 $ 4,403 2416 $ 3640 NOK 22750 kr 21000 $ 2,730 Single supplement: £ 241 $ 516 283 $ 427 NOK 2667 kr 2462 $ 320 Departure on December 21:
    Twin/double: £ 2128 $ 4,565 2504 $ 3773 NOK 23583 kr 21769 $ 2,830 Single supplement: £ 241 $ 516 283 $ 427 NOK 2667 kr 2462 $ 320

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 53 $ 113 62 $ 93 NOK 583 kr 538 $ 70

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    We advise flying to Port Elizabeth (PLZ) and departing from Kapstadt (CPT).

    Local Travel

    Airport transfers are included in your tour price.

    Climate

    The Garden Route region has an oceanic climate, with mild to warm summers, and mild to cool winters. It has the mildest climate in South Africa and the second mildest climate in the world, after Hawaii, according to the Guinness Book of Records. Temperatures rarely fall below 10 °C in winter and rarely climb beyond 28 °C in summer. Rain occurs year-round, with a slight peak in the spring months, brought by the humid sea-winds from the Indian Ocean rising and releasing their precipitation along the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains just inland of the coast.

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    Tourist visa is not required if your stay will be less than 90 days.


Tour Dates

2020

January 20, February 3, February 17, March 9, March 23, October 26, November 9, November 23, and December 21, 2020

Minimum of 8 participants and a maximum of 15.

*This tour can be booked with a minimum of 2 participants with a travel date you desire for a supplement. Just ask.

 

Skill Level

This wonderful tour featuring the Garden Route in South Africa offers manageable cycling distances on tar and gravel service with 30 - 61 km distances. Climbs do not exceed 1200 ft. Please refer to the detailed day to day itinerary which provides each day’s distance and elevation. There are a limited number of electric bikes available!

Where You’ll Stay

You will be accommodated in mostly 4-star accommodations. On the detailed day to day, you will find the hotels that are generally used for each overnight stay. Final hotel list will be based on availability.

What’s Included

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • 11 breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, and 1 dinner
  • 30-speed MTB bike (Hardtail Merida Big nine - 20) with front shocks equipped with bottle holder, pump, repair kit with tire lever, spare tube, patches, and one rear pannier
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Qualified English-speaking tour guide
  • Transport of bikes on trailer and permanent back-up
  • All entrance fees
  • All transfers and travel in an air-conditioned minibus

What’s 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.
  • Electric bike (E-Bike MTB Hardtail Trek Powerfly 7 available for supplement. See pricing)
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillModerate
Length12 days
From$2730 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Bike and Safari South Africa’s Garden Route to Cape Town Map

Day 1:  Arrival in Port Elizabeth – Transfer to the ADDO Elephant National Park
Day 2:  Safari in ADDO Elephant National Park
Day 3: Cycling tour along the Tsitsikamma Mountains, 31 mi (51 km). Total meters climb: 350 m
Day 4: Storms River to Nature’s Valley, 37 mi. (60 km). Total meters climb: 650 m
Day 5: Hike on the Robberg Peninsula. Cycle Knysna - Sedgefield, 22 mi. (35 km). Total meters climb: 370 m
Day 6: The Outeniqua Mountains, 34 mi. (54 km). Total meters climb: 280 m
Day 7: The Klein Karoo – Ostrich country, 19 mi. (30 km). Total meters climb: 180 m
Day 8: The Wine Region of the Breede River Valley, 38 mi. (61 km). Total meters climb: 350 m
Day 9: Kleinmond to Gordon’s Bay, 32 mi. (51 km). Total meters climb: 500 m
Day 10: Cycle in Cape of Good Hope National Park, 34 mi. (54 km). Total meters climb: 660 m
Day 11: Hike Table Mountain
Day 12: Official end of tour

Day 1:  Arrival in Port Elizabeth – Transfer to the ADDO Elephant National Park
Upon your arrival in Port Elizabeth, you will be met by your tour guide and transferred (0,5 hours) to the Addo Elephant National Park. Accommodation for two nights will be in the beautifully located  4 star Dungbeetle Lodge. You can relax by the pool, recover from your long flight,  or join the guide for a short bike ride near the lodge.

Day 2:  Safari in ADDO Elephant National Park
Today, you are in for a treat and one of the major highlights of the tour.  After breakfast, you will embark on a half-day game drive in an open-top safari vehicle. You will see elephants, zebras, antelopes and if luck is on your side, buffalos, rhinos, and lions. Just as impressive is the vivid and rich birdlife, including the ostrich. During the game drive, you will stop at different viewpoints and might also do a short guided walk in the bush. In the afternoon you can head out on another bike tour or join an afternoon boat cruise from the lodge towards the large sand dunes along the coast.  (B, L)

Day 3: Cycling tour along the bbTsitsikamma Mountains, 31 mi (51 km). Total meters climb: 350 m
You will travel via Port Elizabeth, and drive to the Tsitsikamma mountain range from where you will start cycling on the quiet Old Cape road towards the Storms River. On a remote gravel road through some rain forest, you drop into the valley, where baboons may cross your path. Continuing cycling up on the other side, you arrive at the comfortable 3 star Tsitsikamma Village Inn for your overnight stay. (B)

Day 4: Storms River to Nature’s Valley, 37 mi. (60 km). Total meters climb: 650 m
In the morning, you descend into the Tsitsikamma National Park where you will enjoy a 1 hr. walk to the wild and rugged Storms River mouth. A climb back to the plateau will lead into the deep Bloukrans River Valley with its 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. Overnight accommodation is in the 4 star Cornerway Guest House. (B, L)

Day 5: Hike on the Robberg Peninsula. Cycle Knysna - Sedgefield, 22 mi. (35 km). Total meters climb: 370 m
After breakfast, you will enjoy a unique hike around the Robberg Peninsula (2 hours) and soak in the beautiful vistas of the Tsitsikamma Forest and the Indian Ocean. Later on, you cycle along a section of the historic Old Cape Road through fertile farmland and the beautiful Homtini Valley filled with indigenous forests until we reach Sedgefield. Enjoy the stunning views towards the 1600 m high Outeniqua Mountains. By a late afternoon transfer, you will arrive at the comfortable 4 star  Acorn Guest House in George.  (B, L) 

Day 6: The Outeniqua Mountains, 34 mi. (54 km). Total meters climb: 280 m
A short transfer will take you over the historic Montagu Pass (745 m). En route, you are rewarded with stunning views of the coast and the surrounding Outeniqua Mountains. The changing landscape could not be more impressive as you cycle from lush green pastures to and through semi-arid shrub and bushveld. Lunch will be at an ostrich farm where you can learn all about this giant bird. Oudtshoorn is regarded as being the center of the ostrich industry. Accommodation will be in the cozy 4 star  Adley Guest House. The owner will offer a traditional South Africa barbeque which, of course, also includes tender ostrich meat! (B,D) 

Day 7: The Klein Karoo – Ostrich country, 19 mi. (30 km). Total meters climb: 180 m
After having participated in a tour of the Cango Caves, you will cycle through the Schoemanspoort gorge, whose warm rocky slopes are 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 4 star  Montagu Country Hotel. (B) 

Day 8: The Wine Region of the Breede River Valley, 38 mi. (61 km). Total meters climb: 350 m
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 at the  4 star Gubas De Hoek Guest House. (B,L) 

Day 9: Kleinmond to Gordon’s Bay, 32 mi. (51 km). Total meters climb: 500 m
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 seaside village of Gordon´s Bay and spend the night close to the beach in the Manor on the Bay Lodge. (B)

Day 10: Cycle in Cape of Good Hope National Park, 34 mi. (54 km). Total meters climb: 660 m
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 our local representative.  You can become acquainted with Cape Town’s largest township and its people. Carry on to the Cape of Good Hope National Park. The great views of Cape of Good Hope and the rugged coastline form the perfect place for a picnic. The following spectacular coastal road, known as Chapman’s Peak, lead into the fishing village of Hout Bay. Stay for two nights in the 4 star Bantry Bay Suites Hotel in the quiet suburb of Sea Point close to the Atlantic Ocean. (B, L)

Day 11: Hike Table Mountain
You 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. If somebody finds the hike up the mountain to strenuous he/she can get up by cable car as well. 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: Official end of tour
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)

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