Blyde River Canyon Dam, Mpumalanga, South Africa. Photo via Flickr:South African Tourism

South African sunset. Photo courtesy of our local partner, Panorama Pedals
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Wildlife and Nature Reserve in South Africa

South Africa Bike Tours

A cycling and safari experience in South Africa

  • Have you ever heard of such an experience? Combining a wildlife safari with a cycling adventure? Talk about unique!

    This is a 10 day adventure tour in Northeastern South Africa in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces. You will visit the fascinating Greater Kruger National Park and the breathtaking Blyde River Canyon with God's Window and Bourke's Luck Potholes. Combining a safari experience and 8 days of cycling, you will also have the opportunity to participate in a different activity each day.

    Featuring stunning panoramas and game drives, as well as hands-on experience in cultural customs and everyday life, this tour has it all. The multi-adventure thrill seekers can enjoy quad biking!

    Your incredible adventure will be led by two licensed tour guides and will be accompanied by a support vehicle ensuring reliable luggage transfer and support during the cycling itinerary and guaranteeing a unique, relaxed, and stress-free travel experience.

    Highlights:

    • South African wildlife
    • Diverse South African cultures
    • God's Window
    • Greater Kruger National Park
    • Blyde River Canyon and boat cruise
    • Berlin Falls
    • Local hospitality
    • Typical South African cuisine
    • Extra daily activities (quad biking, fishing, visit to citrus packhouse, bush walks or a game drive)
  • Price £ 1609 $ 2,777 1810 NOK 16893 kr 15594 $ 2,027 Single supplement: £ 222 $ 384 250 NOK 2333 kr 2154 $ 280 Three day pre-tour extension: £ 347 $ 598 390 NOK 3640 kr 3360 $ 437 Single supplement: £ 44 $ 77 50 NOK 467 kr 431 $ 56 Two day pre-tour extension: £ 204 $ 353 230 NOK 2147 kr 1982 $ 258 Single supplement: £ 27 $ 46 30 NOK 280 kr 258 $ 34

    extra options

    *Supplement to guarantee tour date with minimum of 2: £ 267 $ 460 300 NOK 2800 kr 2585 $ 336 *Supplement will be refunded if group size reaches 7 people.

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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Tour Dates

March 5, March 19, April 16, April 30, May 14, July 23, August 6, August 20, September 3, September 17, October 8, and October 22, 2017
Minimum number of participants: 7. Tour dates can be confirmed with bookings of 2 for a supplement. Please see remarks and pricing.
Maximum number of participants: 12

Skill Level

This is a moderate level guided and fully supported tour with 8 days of cycling on a combination of off-road, paved, and dirt surfaces. The pace of your daily activities is leisure and require a basic level of fitness and experience on your bike. The bike rides consist of 15 - 30 km per day with an elevation gain of 110 - 470 m.

Where You’ll Stay

This tour offers a variety of accommodation throughout the trip to give you a complete feeling of what this area has to offer. The 3 and 4-star accommodations range from lodges, to hotels, to chalets, all of which have been chosen to offer you the uttermost comfort after each bike ride.

What’s Included

  • General Tour:
  • 10 days/9 nights tour
  • 8 days guided cycling with vehicle support
  • 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners
  • Extra daily activity offered
  • Entrance to Greater Kruger National Park
  • Transfer from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP)
  • Transfer from last night’s accommodation to Eastgate Airport is included
  • Bike rental (Scott Aspect, 24 gear, handlebar bag, water bottle cage)
  • Daily luggage transfer (please pack efficiently as there as luggage is limited to one per person not to exceed 23 kg)

What’s Not Included

  • Arrival to Nelspruit Airport (MQP) and departure from Hoedspruit Airport (HDS)
  • Unlimited water charge: €25
  • Drinks and Gratuities

Extra Stay

EXTRA NIGHTS OR EXTENSIONS

*See extension package details in the Itinerary section

Most inbound flights incur a transfer in Johannesburg (JNB) or Cape Town (CPT) to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) so it is convenient to spend extra nights in either cities. Transfers are available for a supplement.

Please ask!

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TypeGuided
SkillModerate
Length10 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival, Kruger, 9 mi. (15 km)
Day 2: Hazyview and Kruger National Park, 10 mi. (20 km)
Day 3: Kruger National Park
Day 4: Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, 16 mi. (25 km) 
Day 5: Echo Caves, 16 mi. (25 km)
Day 6: Letsitele, the citrus farming district, Kaross Workshop, 16 mi. (25 km)
Day 7:  Haenertsburg, Wolkberg Reserve, and a Local Beer Brewery, 12.5 mi. (20 km)
Day 8: The Baobab Tree,19 mi. (30 km)
Day 9: Blyde Dam, 16 mi. (25 km)
Day 10: Departure

*All distances are approximate. A bicycle tour can be affected by changing weather conditions and therefore the itinerary of a tour may change. Don’t worry, there are always alternatives and the best solutions to offer you an equally exciting tour. All cycling rides are fully supported. Route graphs are available, just ask!

Day 1: Arrival, Kruger, 9 mi. (15 km)
Welcome to sunny South Africa! Upon your arrival, you will immediately notice that you are in a country full of smiles. You will be personally greeted at the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and transferred to your accommodation for the evening,  just 10 minutes away from the airport. In the afternoon (so plan your flights accordingly), your bicycle will be fitted properly to ensure a comfortable ride. A short bike ride is scheduled so that you can become acquainted with your bike. Even on this short ride, you could encounter giraffe, impala, zebra, kudu, warthog, abundant birdlife, and spectacular panoramas. Spend your first evening in the beautiful bushveld. Meals included: (L,D)

Daily activities: Cycling

Day 2: Hazyview and Kruger National Park, 10 mi. (20 km)
After enjoying your first South African breakfast, you will be transferred to the small but busy little farming town of Hazyview. This area is surrounded by beautiful valleys and vistas which make for a scenic but hilly ride. The lifeline of Hazyview is the Sabie River which courses through the town and extends into the Kruger National Park. After checking-in at your accommodation for the next two evenings. Afterward, you can enjoy an exciting afternoon  drive in Kruger National Park. (B,L,D)

Daily activities: Cycling, afternoon drive around Kruger National Park

Day 3: Kruger National Park
Today is the big Kruger Safari day. Although Kruger is renowned for the Big 5, it has so much more to offer. Be sure your camera is ready to capture the special moments in one of Africa’s largest national parks covering an area of 19,485 square kilometers. This wildlife sanctuary is like no other and will allow you to experience the true heartbeat of Africa. After your full day in the Kruger National Park, you will return to your accommodation and will enjoy a wonderful dinner. Take time to share stories and photos of your special day in the African bush. (B,L,D)

Daily activities: Full day in Kruger National Park

Day 4Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, 16 mi. (25 km) 
Welcome to the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest and greenest canyon in the world. Your bike ride begins at Pinnacle Point with its incredible views. The route follows the escarpment all the way to the world-renowned God’s Window, which is our first stop. It is said, on a clear day it is possible to see all the way to Mozambique. The second stop for the day is the Lisbon Falls which is the highest waterfall in Mpumalanga. You will travel by bus to the lunch spot, after which there is the opportunity to visit the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. The potholes were formed over centuries of water flowing from the Treur and Blyde River. From here it is a short drive to the famous Three Rondavels lookout point and then to the overnight stay overlooking this escarpment. (B,L,D)

Daily activities: Cycling, God's window, Lisbon Falls, and Bourke's Luck Potholes

Day 5: Echo Caves, 16 mi. (25 km)
Take in a last look at the striking panorama of the Three Rondavels before getting on your bike. The route, which is mostly downhill, is surrounded by citrus farms. The Echo Caves marks the end of today’s cycling. This underground wonderland was stumbled upon by a local farmer in 1923, whilst looking for his lost cow. There is an opportunity to visit the cave before driving along the Abel Erasmus Pass and entering the Lowveld. Our final destination is the subtropical town of Letsitele in the Limpopo Province. Enjoy dinner at our accommodation situated next to the Letaba River. You might even have the chance to see and hear hippos (B,L,D)

Daily activities: Cycling, entrance into Echo Caves

Day 6: Letsitele, the citrus farming district, Kaross Workshop, 16 mi. (25 km)
The morning’s ride will start with a ride to a citrus packhouse to experience the working of citrus farming. Letsitele is well-known for the vast amounts of citrus produced and exported. From the packhouse, you will continue through Orange groves along the canal to the Kaross embroidery. Kaross was started by Irma van Rooyen to create opportunities for rural women to make a living through their embroidery skills. Indulge yourself in the beauty of the embroidery followed by a typical South African lunch. Our next two evenings’ accommodation is the Coach House. The historical Coach House Hotel is the perfect place to relax. Enjoy a massage, go for a walk or try your luck fishing at a local farm dam. (B,L,D)

**Citrus Pack house is open from May - October. During March & April, a Macadamia nut/Avocado pack house can be visited.

Daily activities: Cycling, Pack house, and Kaross tour

Day 7: Haenertsburg, Wolkberg Reserve and a Local Beer Brewery, 12.5 mi. (20 km)
Your route today follows a circular route through avocado, litchi, and macadamia nut plantations. From the Coach House Hotel, you will depart for a visit to the small mountain village of Haenertsburg. Haenerstburg lies at the foot of the Iron Crown mountain range, which is part of the Wolkberg Mountains. The area is famous for its natural beauty and is known as 'The Land of the Silver Mist' because of the fog that often envelops the whole area. Be sure to take a stroll through this quaint village, after which you will visit a local beer brewery for an authentic South African beer tasting. Your day ends with dinner at the Coach House. (B,L,D)

Daily activities: Cycling and beer tasting

Day 8: The Baobab Tree, 19 mi. (30 km)
Today you will explore the area around the frontier town of Gravelotte. Your bike ride includes a visit to a 2000-year-old Baobab tree. During the Barberton gold rush in the 1880’s the giant Baobab was used as a pub, known as “The Murchison Club”. The inside of the bar was wide enough to serve up to 15 miners. Although no beer will be served inside this magnificent tree on this day, you can still get a taste of the history and character of the pub in days gone by. The evening will be spent next to the Blyde River below the Blyde River Canyon.. (B,L,D)

Daily activities: Cycling and entrance to The Baobab Tree

Day 9: Blyde Dam, 16 mi. (25 km)
The cycle route today leads to a stunning lookout point of the Blyde Dam followed by a descent for a boat cruise of the Blyde Dam!  The Blyde River Canyon is one of South Africa's geological wonders. 26 kilometers of red sandstone mountains overshadow a lush landscape.This tour will showcase  the rare, Kadishi Tufa waterfall, which at 200 m is the second tallest Tufa waterfall on earth. This particular waterfall is mesmerizing in that the rock face of the waterfall looks like a weeping face. For this reason, it has been called the 'weeping face of nature".

An abundance of wildlife, including hippos, crocodiles, monkeys and a diversity of birdlife, will keep you captivated while learning more about the natural history of the Blyde Canyon. The Dam is the third largest in the world and is the largest “green canyon” due to the subtropical foliage.

You will spend a relaxing evening at the Private Game Reserve around a bushfire. (B,L,D)

Daily activities: Cycling and Blyde Dam boat cruise

Day 10: Departure
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast while saying farewell to your cycling companions. Perhaps you will want to extend your holiday. Advice on your return journey or an extended stay is available on request. The tour ends officially at 10 am. The flights from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (HDS) depart at 12:00, 13:20 and 13:55 depending on the destination. Guests will be transferred to the Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (HDS) in time for their flights. In case a guest prefers travelling to Johannesburg by car, a private transfer can be booked.

A three day or two day pre tour extension is available based in Johannesburg with arrival on Friday or Saturday.

Three day extension:
Includes:

  • Transfer from O.R. Tambo International Airport to the guesthouse
  • 2 night’s accommodation at a guest house with breakfast
  • Transfer to Soweto and back to the guest house
  • 4 Hour Cycle tour in Soweto with lunch
  • Transfer to Nelspruit for the start of the official tour on Sunday

Two day extension:
Includes:

  • Transfer from O.R. Tambo International Airport to the guesthouse
  • 1 night accommodation at a guest house with breakfast
  • Transfer to Nelspruit for the start of the official tour on Sunday

Extensions can be booked as pre tour or post tour experiences.

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Customer Feedback

  • Margie H. 3 weeks ago

    Petting a cheetah & having breakfast with her were most memorable. Guides were outstanding. They were full of information & happy to share their knowledge & experience with everyone. We received a genuine glimpse into rural South Africa.

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