A beautiful picture of the Western Cape Off-Road Cycling Adventure tour

Western Cape Off-Road Cycling Adventure

8 Nights

Tour Highlights:

Conquer a heart-pounding 700km route
Blaze through farmlands, nature reserves, and captivating villages
Indulge in a sensory feast, immersing in the pulse of local culture

Western Cape Off-Road Cycling Adventure

Journey Overview

Embark on an extraordinary off-road cycling adventure through South Africa's captivating landscapes, where serene country gravel roads provide an opportunity to deeply engage with the local culture, sights, and nature. This fully guided and supported multi-day excursion ensures an unforgettable cycling holiday.

Starting from the lively coastal hub of Plettenberg Bay, your journey traverses farmlands, nature reserves, and charming towns, culminating in the renowned winelands town of Stellenbosch. Across seven days, conquer a challenging 700km route, ascending over 10,000 meters, an achievement that will leave you exhilarated and amazed at every pedal stroke. Should the path become arduous, our support vehicle is readily available to comfortably transport you and your bike.

Each day reveals a new destination: from Plettenberg Bay to Karatara, Oudtshoorn, Groenfontein, Riversdale, Swellendam, Greyton, and finally, Stellenbosch. Throughout this guided cycling trip, immerse yourself in South Africa's diverse beauty, from the invigorating ocean breezes to the panoramic vistas and the captivating calls of wildlife amidst the aromatic fynbos.

This adventure isn't just about off-road cycling; it's a sensory journey, providing a glimpse into the vibrant local lifestyle and offering an immersive experience in South Africa's rich culture and natural splendor.

day 1

Pedal Pursuits: Redford's Trailblazing Odyssey

  • Your Accommodation

    Upon arriving at George Airport, you'll be whisked away on a 2.5-hour journey through the picturesque Garden Route to Plettenberg. This drive is a highlight of South African scenic routes, showcasing diverse landscapes from quaint towns and unspoiled beaches to dense forests and towering mountains. En route, there's a chance to visit intriguing sites like the Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary, offering insights into the lives of these majestic creatures, or test your wits at Plett Puzzle Park with its 3D maze and puzzles.

    Your first night's stay is at the charming Redford House. Here, you'll be hosted by Colleen Noble, a figure reminiscent of South African royalty. Colleen, whose late husband Clive was the chief medical officer for the national rugby team, the Springboks, has a deep connection to rugby - a sport revered like a national religion in South Africa. Colleen, a Psychology PhD, set her career aside to raise four children and develop Redford House. You'll stay in Noble House, a spacious building with large bedrooms and a lounge, offering stunning views of the Tsitsikamma mountains and surrounding nature reserve, lake, and gardens.

    Your home away from home:

    Redford House
    www.redfordhouse.co.za
    12 Redford Rd, Plettenberg Bay
    Tel 076 9071019

  • Your Travel Time

    2.5 Hours

  • Your Activities

    Redford House also serves as an ideal base for exploring nearby attractions. The Robberg Nature Reserve, a short distance away, offers hiking opportunities along a scenic peninsula where you can spot seals, whales, and dolphins. Alternatively, Birds of Eden, the world's largest dome aviary, allows for an immersive experience among hundreds of free-flying birds. This first day of your tour promises a blend of scenic beauty, local culture, and engaging activities, setting the tone for the adventure ahead.

  • Your Food

    Breakfast at Redford House is a hearty affair, served in the farmhouse kitchen or on the patio overlooking the pool.

    Meal Inclusions: Breakfast Only

day 2

Enchanted Pedals: Forest Cycling Odyssey

  • Your Accommodation

    Embark on an exhilarating 112km cycling journey from Plettenberg to Karatara, traversing tar and dirt roads with a total elevation gain of 1946m over six hours. Your efforts are rewarded with thrilling downhill rides amidst the chance of spotting elusive elephants in their indigenous forest habitat. This route offers a diverse landscape of forest, dairy farms, and country roads.

    Arriving at Teniqua Treetops for the night, you’ll discover a unique accommodation experience within the Knysna forest. Here, suites are perched 2-6 meters above ground on stilts, offering stunning views of the Karatara Gorge or the encompassing forest. Each suite features a forest-view bathroom with a large corner bath and a private deck.

    Your home away from home:

    Teniqua Treetops
    teniquatreetops.co.za
    Farm 203/71, Sedgefield
    Tel 083 551 1117

  • Your Travel Time

    112km cycling journey with a total elevation gain of 1946m, over six hours.

  • Your Activities

    For the adventurous, nearby attractions in Karatara include Gerickes Point, offering a beach with stunning rock formations, tidal pools, and marine life ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and fishing. Scarab Village, a local craft market, offers unique products, souvenirs, and a café for a relaxing break. Additionally, the Garden Route Trail Park presents more trails for running and mountain biking, with bike and helmet rentals available.

    Teniqua Treetops, set in 36 hectares of natural paradise and partially off-grid, also includes a petting zoo, art gallery, two forest trails, and a river walk leading to the Karatara river and rock pools. Spend your night in this serene self-catering retreat, immersed in nature.

  • Your Food

    For dinner, enjoy the DIY menu options suitable for cooking over coals or in a microwave, and the licensed bar for drinks.

    Meal Inclusions: Breakfast Only

day 3

Feathers and Ferns Cycling Expedition

  • Your Accommodation

    Today's journey from Karatara to Oudtshoorn spans 122km, transitioning from verdant forests to the striking semi-arid Klein Karoo. Prepare for the breathtaking Montagu Pass, challenging yet rewarding with its expansive views and lush ferns. Descending the pass, the valley's meandering vistas unfold impressively. Your destination, De Zeekoe Guest Farm, sits near Victorian Oudtshoorn, encircled by the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains. This floral haven, part of the world’s 17 biodiversity "hot spots," showcases three intersecting flower kingdoms.

    De Zeekoe's private Oudtshoorn Cottages, close to the main house, offer stunning mountain views and rich birdlife, with 162 species recorded. Each cottage, harmonizing with the Karoo landscape, includes a mini-bar, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, air conditioning, bathrobes, slippers, and a private deck.

    Your home away from home:

    De Zeekoe Guest Farm
    www.dezeekoe.co.za
    7km outside Oudtshoorn
    Tel +27 82 551 3019

  • Your Travel Time

    122 km cycle

  • Your Activities

    Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital, offers insights into these unique birds. You can purchase ostrich-related products and try various ostrich dishes, from steaks to omelettes. The Cango Caves, Africa’s largest show cave system, are a must-visit. Marvel at underground formations like stalactites and stalagmites on guided tours. The standard tour is family-friendly, covering the main chambers, while the adventure tour, suited for thrill-seekers, involves more challenging exploration through narrow passages.

  • Your Food

    Meal Inclusions:
    Breakfast Only

day 4

Meerkats and Mountains Cycling Escape

  • Your Accommodation

    Today, embark on a stimulating 78km cycling adventure from Oudtshoorn to Groenfontein, spanning 5 hours with a 1090m elevation gain. This route promises sightings of meerkats and giraffes amidst the red stone hills' striking hues. Your destination is The Retreat, a quaint Victorian farmhouse nestled in the scenic Groenfontein Valley Conservancy, adjacent to the Swartberg Nature Reserve. Here, the splendid Swartberg mountains form a majestic backdrop.

    Your hosts, Grant and Marie, excel in Klein Karoo hospitality, ensuring a warm, homely atmosphere. The Retreat, devoid of cell reception and television, is an idyllic escape powered by solar energy and generator backup. Evening mountain breezes guarantee restful sleep, with mosquito-free rooms allowing open windows.

    Your home away from home:

    The Retreat
    www.groenfontein.com
    Groenfontein Rd, Klein Karoo
    Tel 044 213 3880

  • Your Travel Time

    78km cycling, spanning 5 hours with a 1090m elevation gain.

  • Your Activities

    Mornings begin with the scent of fresh coffee and a sumptuous continental breakfast prepared by Marie, savoured on the terrace.

  • Your Food

    Meal Inclusions:
    Breakfast Only

day 5

Epic Mountain Ascent

  • Your Accommodation

    On the second day of your tour, you'll travel 78km from Groenfontein to Riversdale, experiencing the enchanting Calitzdorp and vast ostrich farms. Your journey leads to the majestic mountains, culminating in an ascent of the Rooiberg Pass. Although challenging, the 11km climb rewards with breathtaking hillside views. Reaching the summit promises an exhilarating descent towards Van Wyksdorp.

    Next, you'll cross Garcia Pass, named after a pioneering trader, entering the cool climate near the Langeberg Mountain range. Descending, you're welcomed by the sight of Riversdale, under the “Sleeping Beauty” mountain.

    Your accommodation, De Doornkraal Vinotel, offers a luxurious stay, complete with award-winning dining.

    Your home away from home:

    De Doornkraal Vinotel
    www.dedoornkraal.com
    Riversdale, 6670
    Tel 028 713 3050

  • Your Travel Time

    78km ride including a challenging 11km climb

  • Your Activities

    In Riversdale, rich in history and culture, numerous attractions await. Visit Riversdale Old Jail, now a unique flea market, coffee shop, and art gallery, where you can explore old jail cells and enjoy local crafts and food. The Julius Gordon Africana Centre offers a dive into local heritage, displaying various artifacts including a unique 19th-century invention. For nature enthusiasts, Korentepoort Dam is perfect for relaxing, picnicking, and enjoying the local wildlife. Finally, the NGK Church, dating back to 1859, showcases stunning Gothic Revival architecture and is a national monument.

  • Your Food

    Meal Inclusions:
    Breakfast Only

day 6

Victorian Charm and Mountain Majesty

  • Your Accommodation

    Today, your scenic 100km ride from Riversdale to Swellendam will span about 5 hours. Initially, you'll tackle some invigorating hills near Riversdale, offering both challenge and thrill. As you near Heidelberg, the breathtaking Duiwenhoks valley unfolds, providing a gentle cycling stretch leading up to the formidable Heartbreak Hill. Conquering this climb rewards you with the serene Grootvadersbosch area. You'll then glide down to the quaint village of Suurbraak, immersing yourself in its rich history and culture.

    The final leg to Swellendam introduces you to its distinctive Victorian colonial architecture. This farming town, split from the Cape Colony in 1743, now thrives as a tourist hub. It boasts opportunities for wine tasting, hiking, cycling, and embracing a serene, unplugged lifestyle. Your night's stay is at the luxurious Fazenda, a secluded forest haven in the Langeberg mountains. Its opulent cabins offer the perfect setting to unwind and rejuvenate.

    Your home away from home:

    Fazenda
    fazendaswellendam.co.za
    Hermitage N Ave, Swellendam
    Tel 083 446 1123

  • Your Travel Time

    100km ride, spanning 5 hours.

  • Your Activities

    For the adventurous, options abound from mountain hiking, mushroom foraging, to harvesting organic produce. In the evening, experience Swellendam's culinary best at the renowned Field and Fork restaurant.

  • Your Food

    Meal Inclusions:
    Breakfast Only

day 7

Picturesque Pedals Through Natural Beauty

  • Your Accommodation

    Today's cycling tour progresses from Riversdale to the idyllic village of Greyton, covering a scenic 109 km stretch. Greyton is celebrated for its exceptional cuisine and locally brewed craft beer. Your destination is Hemelsbreed Farm, a tranquil retreat managed by Christo and Estelle van Loggerenberg. The farm, situated at the foothills of the Sonderend mountain range, offers a beautifully renovated farmhouse and two charming farm cottages. Your accommodation at the farm will be the exquisite Witpeer Cottage, providing the comfort and independence of self-catering. Experience a blend of rustic charm and modern amenities, ensuring a memorable and comfortable stay in the heart of Greyton's natural beauty.

    Your home away from home:

    Hemelsbreed Farm
    www.hemelsbreed.co.za
    Greyton
    Tel 083 280 1109

  • Your Travel Time

    109km ride

  • Your Activities

    Today's cycling journey offers a relaxed pace and breathtaking views of picturesque landscapes and the Sonderend River. Upon reaching Greyton, explore the village's culinary delights and indulge in locally brewed craft beer, adding a gourmet touch to your journey. Greyton is known for its exceptional cuisine, and you'll have the opportunity to experience the relaxed atmosphere and culinary delights that the village is famous for.

  • Your Food

    In Greyton, savor the exceptional cuisine that the village is renowned for. Indulge in locally brewed craft beer, adding a gourmet touch to your culinary experience. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Greyton and explore the various dining options available, each offering a unique and delightful culinary experience. If you have specific dietary preferences or any other culinary requests, feel free to share them for a more personalized experience.

days 8 - 9

Majestic Journey's Culmination

  • Your Accommodation

    As you culminate your cycling journey, Gemoedsrus Farm welcomes you with warm hospitality from Linda, the owner, and Letwin, the manager. The King room at Gemoedsrus Farm promises a serene and restful night, providing a refreshing shower and comfortable amenities for your stay.

    Your home away from home:

    Gemoedsrus Farm
    gemoedsrus-farm.hotels-of-stellenbosch.com/en/
    Devon valley road, Stellenbosch
    Tel 079 962 9981

  • Your Travel Time

    Exhilarating 109km ride from Greyton to Stellenbosch, expected to last approximately 6 hours.

  • Your Activities

    Today's cycling adventure takes you on a final, exhilarating 109km ride from Greyton to Stellenbosch. Enjoy enchanting experiences along the route, including the majestic Franschhoek Pass, historic Helshoogte Pass, quaint villages, lush fruit farms, and vibrant vineyards. A delightful pause in Franschhoek for coffee and pastries adds rejuvenation to your journey.

    Day 9 begins with a delightful breakfast at Gemoedsrus Farm, setting the perfect tone for your day. Following this, you have the choice to either head
    homeward or continue your journey to your next exciting destination.

    We can't wait to welcome you back for your next cycling adventure. Safe travels!

  • Your Food

    Your evening plans include dining at the exquisite Indochine at Delaire Graff, a gastronomic delight. Experience a delicious breakfast at Gemoedsrus Farm to start your day. If you have any specific dietary preferences or requests, feel free to share them for a more personalized culinary experience. Enjoy a delightful blend of cycling, scenic beauty, and culinary delights as you conclude your day's adventure in Stellenbosch.

YOUR JOURNEY ENDS HERE

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