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Bike and Safari South Africa

South Africa Bike Tours

Experience Kruger National Park and other nature reserves on this bike and safari in 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:

  • 2019       

    10-day tour: £ 1928 $ 3,944 2210 NOK 21363 kr 19720 $ 2,564 Single supplement: £ 279 $ 571 320 NOK 3093 kr 2855 $ 371

    Three day pre-extension in Johannesburg and Soweto: £ 314 $ 642 360 NOK 3480 kr 3212 $ 418 Single supplement: £ 61 $ 125 70 NOK 677 kr 625 $ 81 Two day pre-extension in Johannesburg: £ 144 $ 294 165 NOK 1595 kr 1472 $ 191 Single supplement: £ 31 $ 62 35 NOK 338 kr 312 $ 41

    Three day Post-extension at Phelwana Game Lodge: £ 480 $ 982 550 NOK 5317 kr 4908 $ 638 Single supplement (not applicable) 
    Extra night at lodge: £ 174 $ 357 200 NOK 1933 kr 1785 $ 232 Single supplement: (not applicable)

    Three day Post-extension at Ndzhaka Camp: £ 515 $ 1,053 590 NOK 5703 kr 5265 $ 684 Single supplement (not applicable)
    Extra night at lodge: £ 183 $ 375 210 NOK 2030 kr 1874 $ 244 Single supplement: (not applicable

     

    extra options

    Electric Bike (limited): £ 192 $ 393 220 NOK 2127 kr 1963 $ 255

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg.

    Local Travel

    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 a pre-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.


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

  • 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

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!

TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillModerate
Length9–10 days
From2210 Rates
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Tour Dates

2019

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

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Bike and Safari South Africa Map

2019

Day 1Sunday, arrival in South Africa and overnight near Polokwante
Day 2: Monday: Safari cycling, 20 - 40 km
Day 3: Tuesday: Mapungubwe National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site (Hike)
Day 4: Wednesday: Wolkberg Mountains, cyle 15 km - 30 km
Day 5: Thursday: Letsitele and Kaross Workshop, cycle  20 km 
Day 6: Friday: Blyde Dam and the Kruger National Park, cycle 27 km
Day 7: Saturday: Kruger National Park (Full day)
Day 8:Sunday: Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, cycle 16 - 40 km
Day 9: Monday: Echo Caves, cycle 27 km
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 cycle, 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, cycle 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

  • Leonie H. 1 month ago

    Riding with a local guide has so many advantageous. We were taken to places that we wouldn't have seen if we organized this by ourselves. We learnt so much about the country and its culture through our experienced and knowledgeable guides; and we always felt safe. The scenery was amazing. The organization of the food, accommodation and bike routes was outstanding. The highlight was riding our bikes right next to giraffes, hippos and baboons. The last night we were able to pat a cheetah and watched a bob cat join us for breakfast. I will never forget this trip. it had everything plus more.

  • Ann M. 2 months ago

    Every aspect of this trip was superb! The attentive and experienced guides, the beautiful country, the amazing wildlife, the accommodations, the food. There is not a single thing that could have been improved. Every day contained a variety of new and delightful adventures and we were constantly in awe of the things that we saw and did. It was definitely the trip of a lifetime!

  • Mary M. 3 months ago

    The trip experience was beyond my expectations. Loved all the close encounters with the animals. The guides were very knowledgeable and always there to assist when needed. Home cooked meals were delicious. The scenery was outstanding. We toured orchards, farm lands, hills and mountains, and, of course the game farms. You do need to feel comfortable on a mountain bike and riding off road, where there is occasionally rough terrain. I definitely recommend this trip.

  • Elizabeth S. 3 months ago

    Our South Africa bicycle and safari tour was a trip of a lifetime. This tour was a unique experience. Our guide was a local who shared "her South Africa" with us. We cycled private game parks with giraffes, kudos, zebras and much, much more. We even got to pet a cheetah. We saw most of the big five on our game drive in Kruger as well as many species of birds, impala, wild dogs, wart hogs, and much more. I will never forget watching the elephants crossing the road right in front of us. We cycled by spectacular scenery, stayed in excellent accommodations and enjoyed great food. We were very glad that we brought binoculars with us.

  • Marjorie B. 3 months ago

    It will be difficult to surpass our trip to South Africa. Biking on dirt roads while viewing wild life was amazing.

  • Kathryn Bertram 1 year ago

    Our entire group agreed that this was the trip of a lifetime! However, I spent the entire plane ride home plotting how I could take the exact same trip again. We spent the entire tour with AMAZING guides who led us through their "home" and provided us with the opportunity to enjoy sunny South Africa as the local do.

    The biking on this trip is all done on mountain bikes. The terrain and rides vary, and we added miles onto the routes on a few of the days. The guides allow your group to set the bike pace, and there is always the van to tour in if riding isn't an option. However, our entire group loved all of the biking. My personal favorite was all of giraffes we saw on our bikes. It is amazing way to see the sights!

    My only concern prior to this trip was the food, but we ate like kings and queens. Who knew they served cold and hot breakfast?! We enjoyed tons of fresh produce, including avocados and grapefruits straight from the trees. Read more…

    This trip is a great balance of touring and biking, and if you are even considering going, you must go. You, too, will leave plotting a way to get back again. Enjoy sunny South Africa!

  • Margie H. 2 years 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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