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Wildlife and Nature Reserve in South Africa

South Africa Bike Tours

A bike tour and safari experience in South Africa

  • Combining a bike tour in South Africa with a wildlife safari? Have you ever heard of such an experience? Talk about unique!

    This is a biking and 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 the Three Rondavels, with God's Window and Bourke's Luck Potholes. In addition to your safari experience and 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.

    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
    • Lisbon Falls
    • Local hospitality
    • Typical South African cuisine
    • Extra daily activities (fishing, visit to citrus packhouse, bush walks or a game drive)

    Check out Tripsite founder, Hennie's blog of this tour:

  • 9-day tour:   £ 1625 $ 2,889 2000 NOK 19500 kr 18000 $ 2,340

    Single supplement: £ 260 $ 462 320 NOK 3120 kr 2880 $ 374

    Three day Pre or Post-tour extension: £ 341 $ 607 420 NOK 4095 kr 3780 $ 491

    Two day Pre or Post-tour extension: £ 203 $ 361 250 NOK 2438 kr 2250 $ 293

    Three day Pre Extension to the Phelwana Game Lodge: £ 358 $ 636 440 NOK 4290 kr 3960 $ 515

    Electrical Bike   £ 179 $ 318 220 NOK 2145 kr 1980 $ 257

    -Private Transfer one way £ 146 $ 260 180 NOK 1755 kr 1620 $ 211

    -A one-way transfer (min. 2 participants) from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport to the start of the tour or a transfer from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport

    10-day tour: £ 1796 $ 3,192 2210 NOK 21548 kr 19890 $ 2,586 Single supplement: £ 260 $ 462 320 NOK 3120 kr 2880 $ 374

    Three day pre-extension in Johannesburg and Soweto: £ 293 $ 520 360 NOK 3510 kr 3240 $ 421 Single supplement: £ 57 $ 101 70 NOK 683 kr 630 $ 82 Two day pre-extension in Johannesburg: £ 134 $ 238 165 NOK 1609 kr 1485 $ 193 Single supplement: £ 28 $ 51 35 NOK 341 kr 315 $ 41

    Three day Post-extension at Phelwana Game Lodge: £ 447 $ 794 550 NOK 5363 kr 4950 $ 644 Single supplement (not applicable) 
    Extra night at lodge: £ 163 $ 289 200 NOK 1950 kr 1800 $ 234 Single supplement: (not applicable)

    Three day Post-extension at Ndzhaka Camp: £ 479 $ 852 590 NOK 5753 kr 5310 $ 690 Single supplement (not applicable)
    Extra night at lodge: £ 171 $ 303 210 NOK 2048 kr 1890 $ 246 Single supplement: (not applicable

     

     

    extra options

    Electric Bike (limited) on request

    Electric Bike (limited): £ 179 $ 318 220 NOK 2145 kr 1980 $ 257

     

    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

    2018: Fly to Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) or Johannesburg. The closest airport for your departure is the Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (HDS).
    2019
    Fly to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg.

    Local Travel

    2018:Transfer times from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport are flexible so we would just need your flight details. First night’s accommodation is only 15 km away from the airport. Your tour concludes at 10 am on Tuesday. The closest airport for your departure is the Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (HDS). Depending on your inland destination from this small airport, departure times are at 12:00, 13:20 and 13:55, therefore transfers to the airport will be between 8:30 and 9:00 am from the Kruger National Park. If your departing flight is from Johannesburg, a private transfer can be arranged. <2019:Tour start: The tour starts at the O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. The pick-up time on Sunday (the first day of your tour) will be at 11:00 am at the airport. Please ensure your flight arrives before 10:00 am. If you would like to arrive the day before the tour starts, we can offer you apre-extension program. Please see the Soweto and Johannesburg Pre-Extension. Our transfer to the start of the tour takes about 4 hours.
    Tour end: The tour ends at 10:00 on Monday. The flights from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (HDS) depart at 12:00, 13:20 and 13:55 depending on your destination. Guests will be transferred to the Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (HDS) in time for their flights. If you would like to transfer on to Johannesburg by car, a private transfer can be arranged. Please note the transfer takes approx. 6 hours with a stop along the way.

    Climate

    The best months for an adventure in South Africa are the cooler months starting in March and ending in October. South Africa is a subtropical region, moderated by the ocean on two sides and the altitude of the interior plateau. These account for the warm, temperate conditions so typical of South Africa. Please do check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to use to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and other weather related facts is weatherbase.com.

    Remarks

    Tour dates are officially confirmed or cancelled 10 weeks prior to tour date. The minimum number of guests needed to guarantee a tour is 7. In order to guarantee a tour earlier than 8 weeks, we can do so for bookings of 2 with a supplement of €300 per person. This amount will be refunded as soon as the group reaches a minimum size of 7. Please note if the number of guests are below 4, only one tour guide will accompany the tour. If the number of guests are above 5, a cycling tour guide as well as a tour guide driving the support vehicle will accompany the tour.On this tour, an extra activity is offered daily apart from the cycling tour, for example: a visit to citrus packhouse, a bush walk, a game drive, a visit to the Echo Caves, a visit to the Bourke’s Luck Potholes and a visit to Kaross. This is included in the tour price.


Tour Dates

9 day tour: August 19, September 9, October 14, 2018

Minimum number of participants: 2
Maximum number of participants: 10

10 day tour: March 10, April 7, May 5, May 19, June 2, August 18, September 1, and October 6, 2019

Minimum number of participants: 4
Maximum number of participants: 10

 

Skill Level

This is a moderate level guided and fully supported tour with 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-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

  • 2018:

  • 9 days/8 nights tour in 3-star accommodation

  • 7 days cycling with vehicle support (combination of paved and gravel roads)
  • Meals: Full Board (8 x Breakfasts, 8 x Lunch, 8 x Dinners)
  • Entrance into the Kruger National Park
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Transfer from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (HDS) to first night accommodation
  • Transfer from last night accommodation to Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (HDS)
  • Bike rental (Silverback Spectra Comp 2017 Hardtail, 27 gear, handlebar bag, water bottle cage)
  • Tour guide and support vehicle
  • Water for the cycling tours
  • Daily luggage transfer (one luggage per person (not to exceed 23 kg)

  • 2019:

  • 10 days/9 nights tour in 3-star accommodation
  • 6 days cycling with vehicle support (combination of paved and gravel roads)
  • Meals: 9 x Breakfasts, 8 x Lunch, 9 x Dinners
  • Entrance into the Kruger National Park
  • Entrance into the Mapungubwe National Park
  • Guided hike up Mapungubwe Hill
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Transfer from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) to first night accommodation
  • Transfer from last night accommodation to Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (HDS)
  • Bike rental (Silverback Spectra Comp 2017 Hardtail, 27 gear, handlebar bag, water bottle cage)
  • Tour guide and support vehicle
  • Water for the cycling stages
  • Daily luggage transfer (one luggage per person (not to exceed 23 kg)

What’s Not Included

  • Drinks and Gratuities
  • Pre-or Post-Tour extension (on request)

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 Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) so it is convenient to spend extra nights in either cities. Transfers are available for a supplement.

Please ask!

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Length9–10 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Wildlife and Nature Reserve in South Africa Map

Please note that in 2018 this is a 9 day tour. In 2019, the tour will be a 10 day tour.

 

Day 1: Arrival to Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (Pedal 10 km, 150 hm)
Day 2: Blyde Dam and the Kruger National Park (Pedal 27 km, 410 hm)
Day 3: Kruger National Park  (Full day)
Day 4: Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve (Pedal 16 km - 40 km, 260 hm - 620 hm)
Day 5: Echo Caves (Pedal 27 km, 330 hm)
Day 6: Letsitele and Kaross Workshop (Pedal 20 km, 150 hm)
Day 7: Wolkberg Mountains and Blueberry Heights (Pedal 20 km, 420 hm) 
Day 8: The Baobab Tree (Pedal 27 km, 200 hm)
Day 9: 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: Sunday – Arrival to Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (Pedal 10 km, 150 hm / 6 miles)
Welcome to South Africa! Upon your arrival you will immediately notice that you are in a country full of smiles. You will be collected at the Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport from where you will be transported to your overnight accommodation, a mere 30 minute drive from the airport. The afternoon will commence with a short instructional bike ride to get you acquainted with your bicycle and do a proper bike setup. Even on this short ride, you could encounter giraffe, impala, zebra, nyala, kudu, warthog, abundant birdlife, and spectacular panoramas. Spend your first evening in the beautiful bushveld. Includes: Bike ride, Lunch, Dinner                                                           

Day 2: Monday – Blyde Dam and the Kruger National Park (Pedal 27 km, 410 hm / 17 miles)
After enjoying your first South African breakfast, your bike tour will follow the Blyde River through the canyon to a spectacular viewpoint. Along the way be on the lookout for kudus and baboons. Lunch will take place on the banks of the Blyde River underneath lush trees, and  thereafter we will depart for the Kruger National Park. Our drive takes us through Bushbuckridge which was given its name because of the large herds of bushbuck found here in the 1880s. We will also travel through the small, buzzing little farming town of Hazyview. In the late afternoon we explore the Kruger National Park. Includes: Bike ride, Afternoon drive in the KNP, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Tuesday – Kruger National Park (Full day)
Today is your big Kruger Safari day. Although Kruger is renowned for the Big 5, it has so much more to offer. Be sure your cameras is ready to capture the special moments in one of Africa’s largest national parks covering an area of 19,485 square kilometres. This wildlife sanctuary is like no other, its atmosphere so unique which 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.  Includes: Full day in KNP, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Wednesday - Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve (Pedal 16 km - 40 km, 260 hm - 620 hm / 9 - 25 miles)
Welcome to the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest and greenest canyon in the world. Our bike ride starts at the Pinnacle Rock where we will ready the bikes whilst you savour the magnificent view. The route follows the escarpment all the way to Wonder View, which is said, on a clear day it is possible to see all the way to Mozambique. Our next stop for the day is the Lisbon Falls which is the highest waterfall in Mpumalanga. Extend your bike ride by cycling to our lunch spot or hop into the bus for a relaxed drive to lunch, after which we will 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 onto our overnight stay overlooking this escarpment. Includes: Bike ride, Lisbon Falls and Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Day 5: Thursday – Echo Caves (Pedal 27 km, 330 hm / 17 miles)
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. Includes: Bike ride, Entrance into Echo Caves, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Friday – Letsitele and Kaross Workshop (Pedal 20 km, 150 hm / 13 miles)
The morning’s ride will start with a cycle 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 tree 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 historical Coach House Hotel. Enjoy a massage, go for a walk or try your luck fishing at a local farm dam. Includes: Bike ride, Packhouse visit*, Kaross tour, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
*Citrus Packhouse is open from May - September. During March, April and October a Macadamia nut/Avocado packhouse can be visited.

Day 7: Saturday – Wolkberg Mountains and Blueberry Heights (Pedal 20 km, 420 hm / 13 miles)
Our route for the day is a circular one that passes through avocado, litchi and macadamia nut plantations. Afterwards you have the option of relaxing and having lunch at the Coach House Hotel or join us for an excursion per bus for lunch at the Blueberry Mountain Café. Upon our return you have the opportunity to enjoy a calming massage (not included in the tour price), savour a drink in the historical bar and lounge or just take in the beautiful view of the Wolkberg Mountains from the balcony of your room. The evening is a relaxed one with dinner at your own accord in the hotel restaurant. Includes: Bike ride, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8: Sunday – The Baobab Tree (Pedal 27 km, 200 hm / 17 miles)
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, 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. After lunch we depart for our last experience of the African bush situated in a Private Game Reserve near Hoedspruit. The adventure begins with a late afternoon game drive in an open game viewer with an experienced guide. Dinner will be served in a boma around a fire with sounds of the African night in the background. Includes: Bike ride, Entrance to the Baobab Tree, Game Drive, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9: Monday – Departure
Your final day starts with a bushwalk accompanied by an experienced game ranger through Big 5 territory. Experience the bush as never before with the chance of a cheetah encounter on foot. After the bushwalk, enjoy a leisurely 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. 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. Includes: Bush walk, Breakfast                                                           

A three day or two day Pre- or Post tour Extension is available:

JOHANNESBURG & SOWETO

Three day Pre-Extension (guest arrival recommended on Friday):
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 Hoedspruit for the start of the official tour on Sunday

Three day Post-Extension:
Includes:

  • Transfer from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg (in case you prefer a flight, the transfer will be
    deducted from the program price and you will be transferred to the Hoedspruit Airport. Please
    note flights must be arranged on your own)
  • 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 O.R. Tambo International Airport from guest house 

Two day Pre-Extension:
Includes:

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

Two day Post-Extension:

Includes:

  • Transfer from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg (in case you prefer a flight, the transfer will be
    deducted from the program price and you will be transferred to the Hoedspruit Airport. Please
    note flights must be arranged on your own)
  • 1 night accommodation at a guest house with breakfast
  • Transfer to O.R. Tambo International Airport from the guesthouse

HOEDSPRUIT & SURROUNDING AREA

Three day Pre-Extension at Phelwana at Phelwana Game Lodge (guest arrival recommended on Friday):

Includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation in the Luxury Tents at Phelwana Game Lodge* 
  • Transfer from the Hoedspruit Airport to the Lodge 
  • Transfer to the start of the bike tour on the Sunday in time for lunch 

Accommodation at Phelwana Game Lodge includes:

  • Dinner, breakfast and high tea served daily
  • Guided game drive on Phelwana Game Farm
  • Guided bush walks & Catch and Release Fishing
  • Guided tour of the Timbavati Bush School
  • Daily turn down service
  • WiFi at the Main Lodge Building

An additional night at the lodge costs 170 euro per person sharing.

Three day Post-Extension at Phelwana at Phelwana Game Lodge (guest arrival recommended on Friday):

Includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation in the Luxury Tents at Phelwana Game Lodge 
  • Transfer to the Lodge at the end of your bicycle tour
  • Transfer from the Lodge to the Hoedspruit Airport at the end of your stay at Phelwana Game Lodge

Accommodation at Phelwana Game Lodge* includes:

  • Dinner, breakfast and high tea served daily
  • Guided game drive on Phelwana Game Farm
  • Guided bush walks & Catch and Release Fishing
  • Guided tour of the Timbavati Bush School
  • Daily turn down service
  • WiFi at the Main Lodge Building

*An additional night at the lodge costs 170 euro per person sharing.

Day 1Sunday
Day 2: Monday
: Safari cycling, 20 - 40 km,150 hm – 300 hm
Day 3: Tuesday: Mapungubwe National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site (Hike)
Day 4: Wednesday: Wolkberg Mountains, cyle 15 km - 30 km, 420 hm – 650 hm
Day 5: Thursday: Letsitele and Kaross Workshop, cycle  20 km, 150 hm
Day 6: Friday: Blyde Dam and the Kruger National Park, cycle 27 km, 410 hm
Day 7: Saturday: Kruger National Park (Full day)
Day 8:Sunday: Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, cycle 16 - 40 km, 260 hm - 620 hm
Day 9: Monday: Echo Caves, cycle 27 km, 330 hm
Day 10: Tuesday: Departure

Day 1: Sunday: Arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport
Welcome to South Africa! Upon arrival you will notice that you are in a country filled with smiles. A guide will meet you at O.R. Tambo International Airport and accompany you to your overnight accommodation at Bandelierkop, near Polokwane, the capital of Limpopo Province. The transfer will depart at 11:00 am from the Airport. Travel time from the Airport to the overnight accommodation is approximately 4 hours. The first 3 nights will be spent at a Private Game Lodge. After settling in, you will end your first day in South Africa with a game drive and a cozy dinner in an African boma.

Includes: Dinner, Game Drive

Day 2: Monday: Safari cycling, 20 - 40 km,150 hm – 300 hm
After breakfast, your first bike ride is an exploratory ride through the bushveld. The aim with this safari cycle is to have personal encounters with some of the animals of the African Bush. The Lodge has a wide variety of non-dangerous animals including Giraffe, Impala, Zebra, Kudu, and many bird species. Learn more about the lifestyle and habits of the different species as well as the tracking of animals. An optional afternoon activity includes a bushwalk or alternately enjoy a relaxed afternoon next to the swimming pool. Dinner will be a unique South African experience served in the boma. 

Includes: Bike ride and Bushwalk
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Tuesday: Mapungubwe National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site (Hike)
Day 3 has an early morning start, but is well worth the effort. It consists of a visit to Mapungubwe National Park and is without a doubt one of the highlights of the tour. The ancient land of Baobabs is one of the most significant historical landmarks in Southern Africa. What was once known as the center of the largest kingdom in the subcontinent, where a highly sophisticated people traded gold and ivory with China, India and Egypt, rests a magical place open for discovery. Partake in a hike up the Mapungubwe Hill and learn more about the fascinating history of the ancient kingdom of Mapungubwe. Apart from the incredible history, Mapungubwe is also home to some of the iconic wildlife of Southern Africa and it is a member of SANParks, like the Kruger National Park. A special moment in this tour is taking in the breathtaking view of the confluence of the Limpopo and Sashe rivers, separating South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe.

Includes: Entrance to Mapungubwe NP, Tour to Mapungubwe Hill, Explore 3 countries with one view
*SANParks = South African National Parks Association

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Wednesday: Wolkberg Mountains, cyle 15 km - 30 km, 420 hm – 650 hm
After breakfast, you will depart to your next location which is the majestic Wolkberg Mountain range of Limpopo. The Wolkberg mountains separate the highveld from the lowveld of Limpopo. It also contains some of the most intensive and well established Avocado and Macadamia Nut farms in South Africa. The bike route for the day is a circular one that passes through Pine and Eucalyptus plantations with splendid views of the surrounding mountains and farms. Lunch will take place at a local restaurant with picturesque views of the Letsitele valley, our next location. A relaxing afternoon awaits our guests at the Coach House Hotel. The Hotel has a Spa that offers optional massage and Spa treatments. Drinks can be enjoyed in the historical bar and lounge and guests can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Wolkberg mountains from the comfort of their balconies or next to the pool.

Includes: Bike ride, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Thursday: Letsitele and Kaross Workshop, cycle  20 km, 150 hm
Your next location is the Letsitele Valley and the small subtropical farming town of Letsitele. Letsitele is well-known for the vast amounts of citrus fruits produced and exported. The morning’s ride will take you through orange tree groves with a stop along along the way to visit a citrus packhouse to learn about the workings of a citrus farm, from the planting and farming phase, ending with the packing and export of the fruit. From the packhouse you continue 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. The evening will be spent in the African bushveld.

Includes: Bike ride, Kaross tour
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

*Depending on the time of year, we may visit a citrus packhouse. Alternately you may visit an avocado/ macadamia nut packhouse.

Day 6: Friday: Blyde Dam and the Kruger National Park, cycle 27 km, 410 hm
Your bike ride follows the Blyde River through the canyon to a spectacular viewpoint of the Blyde Dam. The Blyde River rises on the western slopes of the Drakensberg near Sabie in Mpumalanga and flows northwards past the town of Pilgrim's Rest for more than 100 km, through a region of extraordinary beauty along the eastern escarpment and into the Blyde Dam which was completed in 1974. Along the way be on the lookout for kudus and baboons. Lunch will take place on the banks of the Blyde River after which you will depart for the Kruger National Park. In the late afternoon, explore Kruger on a drive. Enjoy your first evening in Kruger with a “braai”.

Includes: Bike ride
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7: Saturday: Kruger National Park (Full day)
Today is your big Kruger Safari day. Although Kruger is renowned for the Big 5, it has so much more to offer. Get your cameras ready to capture the special moments in one of Africa’s largest national parks covering an area of 19,485 square kilometres. This wildlife sanctuary is like no other, its atmosphere so unique which will allow you to experience the true heartbeat of Africa. After your day in the Kruger National Park, we will be treated with a delicious dinner. Take time to share stories and photos of your special day in the African bush.

Includes: Full day in KNP
Brunch and Dinner

Day 8: Sunday: Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, cycle 16 - 40 km, 260 hm - 620 hm
Welcome to the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest and greenest canyon in the world. Your bike ride starts at the Pinnacle Rock where your bikes will be made ready whilst you savour the magnificent view. The route follows the escarpment all the way to Wonder View, which is said, on a clear day it is possible to see all the way to Mozambique. The next stop for the day is the Lisbon Falls which is the highest waterfall in Mpumalanga. Extend your bike ride by cycling to your lunch spot or hop into the bus for a relaxed drive to lunch, after which youk will 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 onto our overnight stay overlooking this escarpment.

Includes: Bike ride, Entrance to Lisbon Falls and Bourke’s Luck Potholes
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9: Monday: Echo Caves, cycle 27 km, 330 hm
Take in a last look at the striking panorama of the Three Rondavels before we get onto our bicycles. Our route, which is mostly downhill, is surrounded by citrus farms. The Echo Caves marks the end of our cycling. This underground wonderland was stumbled upon by a local farmer in 1923, whilst looking for his lost cow. We will visit the cave before driving along the Abel Erasmus Pass and entering the Lowveld for our last evening. The adventure begins with a late afternoon game drive in an open game viewer with an experienced guide. Dinner will be served in a boma around a fire with sounds of the African night in the background.

Includes: Bike ride, Entrance to Echo Caves, Game Drive
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Tuesday: Departure
Your final day starts with a bushwalk accompanied by an experienced game ranger through Big 5 territory. Experience the bush as never before with the chance of a cheetah encounter on foot. After the bushwalk, enjoy a leisurely breakfast whilst saying farewell to your cycling companions. This will be the end of our time together. Return to your home country via the Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit or a transfer to Johannesburg. Advice on your return journey or an extended stay is available on request.

Includes: Bush walk
Breakfast

EXTENSIONS:

JOHANNESBURG & SOWETO

Three day Pre-Extension  (may be booked as post extension but then flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg is necessary or long transfer)
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 start of the cyling tour is included in the 10 day cycling tour price

Two Day Pre-Extension (this is advised for those who simply want extra time to recover from long flight)
Includes:

  • Transfer from O.R. Tambo International Airport to the guesthouse
  • 1 night’s accommodation at a guesthouse with breakfast
  • Transfer to the start of the tour on Sunday is already included in your 10-day cycling tour price

Three day Post-Extension at Phelwana at Phelwana Game Lodge (guest arrival recommended on Friday):
(Phelwana Game Lodge is a 4 star lodge offering luxury tent accommodation looking out onto a dam which is often visited by hippos and other wildlife. The game farm is home to wildlife such as buffalo, hippo, giraffe, zebra and other plains game)

Includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation in the Luxury Tents at Phelwana Game Lodge 
  • Transfer to the Lodge at the end of your bicycle tour
  • Transfer from the Lodge to the Hoedspruit Airport at the end of your stay at Phelwana Game Lodge
  • Dinner, breakfast and high tea served daily
  • Guided game drive on Phelwana Game Farm
  • Guided bush walks & Catch and Release Fishing
  • Guided tour of the Timbavati Bush School
  • Daily turn down service
  • WiFi at the Main Lodge Building

Three day Post-Extension at Ndzhaka
( If you are looking for a Big 5 experience, then Ndzhka is the perfect place for you. Located in the heart of Manyeleti Game Reserve, which shares its unfenced borders with Kruger National Park, Sabi Sand and Timbavati Private Nature Reserves, Ndzhaka offers a rustic bush retreat. Manyeleti is renowned for Big 5 animal sightings and offers a real African bush experience.)

Includes:

  • 2 nights' accommodation in Safari Tents at Ndzhaka Camp (B, L, D)
  • Transfer to the Lodge at the end of your bicycle tour
  •  Transfer from the Lodge to the Hoedspruit Airport at the end of your stay at Ndzhaka Camp
  • 2 Guided game drives per day

Pre or Post Extension to Victoria Falls is possible. Please ask.

Email or Call 800-951-4384 +1 570-965-2064

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Customer Feedback

  • Kathryn Bertram 7 months ago

    Our entire group agreed that this was a trip of a lifetime, but I was plotting how and when I could take the exact same trip again on the plane ride home. This tour provides an excellent balance of biking and enjoying South Africa as the locals do. The guides are amazing, and they do an amazing job of showing you their home. The biking is enjoyable. We covered different terrains, and many rides could be adjusted based upon skill level and desire. (We biked extra a few days.) However, our guides also provided us with additional experiences based upon our interests and desires. For example, we toured a local school, and as a teacher, it was an amazing opportunity to see education outside of the US. The only thing I was worried about prior to this trip was the food, but we ate like kings and queens around the clock. The produce is amazing...fresh avocados and grapefruits straight from the trees!! If you are considering this trip, you must take it!!! Enjoy sunny South Africa!!

  • Margie H. 1 year 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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