Cycle Cape Town & Winelands - 12 days
Cycle South Africa's famous wineland region. From the vineyards of Stellenbosch traverse the many passes through to the semi arid scrubland of the Karoo. Cycle along dramatic coastal scenery of the Cape Peninsula before ending in beautiful Cape Town.
Cape Town - Stellenbosch. Upon arrival make your way to the working wine farm just outside Stellenbosch. A single timed group transfer from Cape town Airport is provided (please refer to the Trip Notes for transfer information). After check in there will be a quick tour briefing and your bikes will be set up for the next day. This afternoon we will visit one of the local vineyards for some wine tasting. Our accommodation tonight has a swimming pool.
Overnight: Stellenbosch | Dinner
Stellenbosch - Ceres. After an early breakfast we climb aboard our bikes for our first cycle through Stellenbosch. We will follow the Hellsoogte road - the first scenic part of the trip. Our first ride is about 2 hours long before we climb back aboard our transfer vehicle towards the outskirts of Wellington. From here we get back on the bikes along the Baines Kloof Pass. Parts of the Pass follow the course of the Witte River where you will begin to see the famous fynbos cloak the Boland mountain slopes on both sides. Stopping for a quick lunch and swim in the river we complete the day's ride. We'll transfer back into the support vehicle for a short transfer to our guesthouse in Ceres.
Overnight: Ceres | Breakfast, Lunch
Mountains & Passes
Ceres - Montagu. Our cycle ride this morning starts with an hour and a half transfer to the southern edge of Bokkeriviere Nature Reserve. Taking the backroads we cycle for the rest of the day. Our first challenge of the day is the Rooihoogte Pass. From the top here we are rewarded with views across the Koo Valley with its patchwork in greens of fruit farms. The second pass known as Burger's Pass has an easy gradient and is bordered by the Montagu Mountain Range. Our last 35km of the day is mainly downhill and we hope to arrive at our guesthouse by the early afternoon.
Overnight: Montagu | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Little & Great Karoo
Montagu - Barrydale. After breakfast this morning we continue our cycle from Mongau Springs along Route 62, a scenic back road as we traverse the Little Karoo before getting to our destination Barrydale for the evening. Today's ride sees a lot of change in landscape as we enter semi-arid desert of Great Karoo - a fascinating area which makes up to almost a third of South Africa's landmass as well as being littered with remians of the culture of the ancient bushmen.
Overnight: Barrydale | Breakfast, Lunch
Barrydale - Nuy Valley. This morning's cycle takes us over Tradouws Pass where we pass the remains of a prison camp from the 1800s. From the top we head back down through the Langeberge Mountains and pass through the town of Suurbrak. We have a short transfer on the N2 past Swellendam before getting back on the bikes for a scenic ride following the Langeberg Maountains. We have one more transfer to our guesthouse on a working wine farm in the Nuy Valley.
Overnight: Nuy Valley | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Nuy Valley - Hermanus. After a short transfer this morning we cycle the backroads to Villers. We'll pass valleys with nature reserves on either side before the road levels out amongst farmland of the Western Cape. We'll also pass Threewaterskloof Reservoir and the Bot River. Once here we transfer on to our place for the night in Hermanus.
Overnight: Hermanus | Breakfast, Lunch
The Whale Route
Hermanus - Simon's Town. Back on our bikes this morning we cycle the coastal route west and north to Gordons Bay. On the way we pass the Botrivier Lagoon and Kleinmond Harbour. Later on we stop at Betty's Bay for lunch. After lunch we continue on the coastline known as the Whale Route before turning north across from False Bay and the Cape Peninsula. This is a beautiful road hugging the coastline with mountains on the right and the ocean to the left. Once at Gordons Bay we transfer to Simon's Town for the night.
Overnight: Simon's Town | Breakfast, Lunch
Cape Point & Boulders Penguins
Simon's Town - Cape Point - Simon's Town. Today we take a transfer to the Cape Point Nature Reserve and visit the Cape of Good Hope for a short walk to the famous lighthouse. We can admire the stunning views before jumping back on the bikes and cycling out of the park. Following another coastal road we return to Simon's Town whilst stopping at the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony on the way.
Overnight: Simon's Town | Breakfast
Simon's Town - Camps Bay. After breakfast we cycle out of Simon's Town as we head back to Cape Town following the Atlantic coast. We will cycle along the second part of the famous Cape Argus race route as we start cycling the old naval road to the top of Red Hill Pass affording stunning views of False Bay. Later we cycle towards the famous Chapman's Peak Drive passing through Kommetjie, Misty Cliffs and Scarborough as well as Noordhoek. We take lunch in Hout Bay before continuing our cycle up Suikerbos Ridge to Llandudno and onto Camps Bay for the night.
Overnight: Camps Bay | Breakfast
Today is a free day in Cape Town. You can choose to take the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain or if you fancy a hike then the guide will be happy to guide you to the top. Those wanting a more relaxed time can visit the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens or simply just relax at the beach.
Overnight: Camps Bay | Breakfast
The morning is free to enjoy last minute shopping at the Waterfront or to go on the Robben Island excursion (optional). In the afternoon a single group transfer to the airport of provided (for transfer information please refer to the Trip Notes).
Is this holiday for you?
This is a relatively leisurely-paced cycle tour suitable for hybrid-type bikes or mountain bikes fitted with smooth-rolling semi-slick or slick tyres. There are 8 cycling days with a day off the bikes after 5 days of riding. Average daily distance is around 68 kilometres (42 miles) with an average of around 830 metres of ascent each day. The roads are generally quiet, well-surfaced and the hills are never too steep. Expect to be riding for around 5 hours on each of 7 days and around 2 hours on the other cycling day. The trip is professionally guided and there is a full-time support vehicle (Mercedes Sprinter with 14 seats and a bike trailer). Accommodation is in comfortable guesthouses throughout, some of them on working farms. All accommodation is twin-share with en suite facilities. Trek 7.3 FX hybrid-type bikes are provided locally within the cost of the holiday. Please read the Trip Notes for further information about this cycling holiday, including the distance and duration that you'll be cycling each day, bike requirements and bike hire.
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room.Read More