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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 9 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 the Three Rondavels, 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.

    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:

  • 2018

    9-Days Tour   £ 1937 $ 3,012 2000 NOK 20333 kr 18769 $ 2,440   Single supplement: £ 310 $ 482 320 NOK 3253 kr 3003 $ 390

    Three day Pre or Post tour extension: £ 407 $ 633 420 NOK 4270 kr 3942 $ 512

    Two day Pre or Post tour extension: £ 242 $ 377 250 NOK 2542 kr 2346 $ 305

    Three day Pre Extension to the Phelwana Game Lodge:  £ 426 $ 663 440 NOK 4473 kr 4129 $ 537 Electrical Bike   £ 213 $ 331 220 NOK 2237 kr 2065 $ 268

    **Private Transfer one way  £ 174 $ 271 180 NOK 1830 kr 1689 $ 220

    **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                                                                                                                                                                                 

    extra options

    Electrical Bicycles are available (limited) on request

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) or Johannesburg. The closest airport for your departure is the Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (HDS).

    Local Travel

    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.

    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

2018

9-Days Tour: March 4, March 18, April 15, May 6, June 3, August 19, September 9, October 14, 2018

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

The 2018 tour starts and ends in Hoedspruit! 

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-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

  • 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's accommodation
  • Transfer from last night's 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)

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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TypeGuided
SkillModerate
Length9 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Wildlife and Nature Reserve in South Africa Map

For 2018

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.

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Customer Feedback

  • Margie H. 4 months 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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