A beautiful picture of the Off-Road Cycling, Slackpacking & Scuba Diving Adventure tour

Off-Road Cycling, Slackpacking & Scuba Diving Adventure

11 Nights

Tour Highlights:

Thrilling bike ride through picturesque vineyards
Indulge in coastal bliss with delectable seafood
Immerse yourself in an enchanting forest adventure

Off-Road Cycling, Slackpacking & Scuba Diving Adventure

Journey Overview

Embark on an extraordinary journey through Southern Africa's awe-inspiring landscapes, promising a blend of adventure and relaxation. Begin your exploration in Cape Town, where you'll kickstart your adrenaline with a thrilling off-road cycling adventure through Franschhoek's winelands. Venture onward to the charming towns of Franschhoek and Tulbagh before reaching the picturesque West Coast fishing village of Paternoster. Here, indulge in two nights of serenity amidst traditional cottages, pristine beaches, and delectable seafood.

Continue your escapade with a three-day "slackpacking" adventure in Tsitsikamma forest along the Garden Route. Traverse diverse fynbos, stunning coastlines, and pristine forests without the weight of a heavy backpack. Mornings can begin with invigorating sea swims or heart-pounding quad bike adventures.

Finally, revel in three nights on KwaZulu Natal's north coast, where the soothing ocean awaits. Opt for guided kayaking on Lake Sibaya, but don't miss the highlight: scuba diving amidst vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life. Or simply unwind in a hammock, surrounded by nature's tranquility. It's your scuba diving adventure of a lifetime!

day 1

Step Back in Time

  • Your Accommodation

    Your journey commences on DAY 1 with your arrival at Cape Town International Airport. Cape Town, fondly known as the "Mother City", consistently enchants and amazes, whether it's your first visit or a return trip.

    In Cape Town, you'll be staying at the renowned Parker Cottage (B&B). This delightful bed and breakfast is steeped in history, mirroring the rich tapestry of the city itself. Built in 1895 by John Parker, Cape Town's first mayor, Parker Cottage was originally two homes: one for John and his family, and the other for his in-laws. Parker's intriguing story, from a 15-year-old newcomer to a celebrated architect and mayor, is woven into the fabric of this place.

    Now, Parker Cottage stands as an elegant guest house with ten luxurious en-suite rooms. Pamela Nayler, the current owner, has skillfully preserved the historical charm while integrating modern comforts expected from a four-star establishment. Unique in its operation, Parker Cottage is one of the few heritage buildings in Cape Town entirely self-sufficient in water, electricity, and heating/cooling. It's also a Fair Trade Accredited establishment, underscoring its dedication to sustainability and ethical practices.

    Your home away from home:

    Parker Cottage
    www.parkercottage.co.za
    3 Carstens Street, Tamboerskloof
    Tel +27 (21) 424 6445

  • Your Travel Time

    25 minutes

  • Your Activities

    For those keen to explore, the Parker Cottage team can arrange tickets for the City Sightseeing Bus. This enjoyable and flexible tour option lets you discover Cape Town's highlights at your leisure. With over 30 stops and 50 attractions, the bus offers three different routes: the Red City tour, the Blue Mini Peninsula tour, and the Purple Constantia Valley Wine tour, complete with commentary in 15 languages and a special kids channel.

  • Your Food

    As evening approaches, Cape Town's dynamic dining scene awaits. With a variety of culinary options, the friendly Parker Cottage staff are more than happy to offer dining suggestions.

    After dinner, return to the comforts of Parker Cottage, a perfect place to unwind and prepare for the adventures that lie ahead.

    Meal Inclusions: Breakfast Only

day 2

Cycling Bliss: Nature & Culinary Delights

  • Your Accommodation

    DAY 2 brings a delightful fusion of cycling, breathtaking landscapes, and cultural exploration! Your adventure begins in the World Heritage Site of Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, a treasure trove with over 1,100 plant species and diverse wildlife. Here, mount your bike and embark on a picturesque journey through the reserve, taking in the awe-inspiring mountain vistas and verdant valleys. Remember to pause at the scenic waterfalls for a rejuvenating dip in the natural pools!

    Your ride then takes you to the culinary gem of Franschhoek, South Africa’s renowned food capital and the historical heart of the French Huguenots. Pedal through rolling vineyards and past charming farms, all set against a backdrop of classic Cape Dutch architecture and stunning landscapes.

    Your accommodation for the night is the exquisite Akademie Street Boutique Hotel (B&B), where luxury meets homely comfort. Settle into one of their elegantly designed suites or cottages, each boasting its own distinct charm.

    As you relax in the luxurious embrace of Akademie Street Boutique Hotel, you're perfectly poised to recharge for the exciting days ahead. This day beautifully illustrates that cycling adventures can harmoniously blend exhilaration, magnificent scenery, and a dash of luxury. Get ready for more thrilling experiences!

    Your home away from home:

    Akademie Street Boutique Hotel
    aka.co.za
    5 AKADEMIE STREET FRANSCHHOEK
    Tel +27 (0) 82 517 0405

  • Your Travel Time

  • Your Activities

    Arriving in Franschhoek, you'll be greeted by a plethora of enticing restaurants, art galleries, stylish boutiques, and intriguing museums, inviting you to immerse yourself in the town's vibrant culture and flavors.

    The hotel offers ample opportunities for relaxation, including four swimming pools, tranquil gardens, and even wood-fired hot tubs for a lavish unwind.

  • Your Food

    Fancy something special? Opt for a private dinner or an exclusive wine tasting at the hotel, making for a perfect end to a day filled with discovery and enjoyment.

    Meal Inclusions: Breakfast Only

day 3

Valley to Valley: Cycling Delights

  • Your Accommodation

    DAY 3 promises a day full of excitement and discovery! After a nourishing breakfast, mount your bicycle and set off towards the stunning Riebeek Valley mountains. Today's 40 km journey, though longer, is made incredibly rewarding by the awe-inspiring views of undulating wheat fields, aromatic vineyards, and vibrant orchards. Keep an eye out for wildlife like antelope, zebra, and ostrich, and be sure to capture these moments with your camera!

    Upon completing your exhilarating ride, you'll arrive in Riebeek Kasteel, a sanctuary for artists, food enthusiasts, and wine aficionados.

    Then, it's time to cycle towards the historic town of Tulbagh, located in the heart of the Cape Winelands. The ride to Tulbagh is as captivating as the destination itself, featuring spellbinding views of the Winterhoek Mountains and the verdant valley below. Your route takes you through the scenic Nuwekloof Pass, a gorge with a rich history, once traveled by Voortrekkers and British soldiers.

    Upon reaching Tulbagh, you’ll be greeted at the elegant Bartholomeus Klip (B&B), a luxurious farm hotel nestled within a private nature reserve. The welcoming staff will escort you to your spacious, well-equipped room, boasting amenities such as a fireplace, minibar, and a balcony with breathtaking views of the Elandsberg Nature Reserve.

    Your home away from home:

    Bartholomeus Klip
    www.bartholomeusklip.com
    Elandsberg Farms, Bo Hermon Road, Hermon
    Tel 022 448 1087

  • Your Travel Time

  • Your Activities

    Take some time to explore Riebeek Kasteel's attractions, including the artistic Môi Art Gallery, the Kloovenburg Wine and Olive Estate, and other cultural gems.

  • Your Food

    Indulge in a delectable lunch at one of Riebeek Kasteel's varied restaurants, where you can savor everything from authentic Cape Malay cuisine to Mediterranean-inspired dishes.

    Bartholomeus Klip (B&B) offers a range of facilities for your enjoyment, including a swimming pool, library, lounge, and a conservatory restaurant. Here, you'll dine on gourmet meals crafted from fresh, local ingredients, rounding off your day in sophisticated comfort.

    Meal Inclusions: Breakfast

days 4 - 5

Ocean Oasis: Paternoster Pedals

  • Your Accommodation

    Your journey on DAY 4 takes you back towards the ocean, leading you to the West Coast National Park. This sanctuary is home to a variety of wildlife, including numerous antelope species, zebras, ostriches, and flamingos. A standout attraction is the stunning Langebaan Lagoon, a radiant turquoise oasis set amidst a landscape of floral splendor. Your day unfolds with a guided cycling tour to the charming fishing village of Paternoster. Along the way, enjoy expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean and rugged coastline, passing by picturesque cottages, colorful boats, and local artisans.

    For the next two nights, your accommodation will be the serene Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel (B&B), situated against a backdrop of unspoiled white sandy beaches. This hotel perfectly marries luxury with natural elegance, offering spacious rooms, organic dining, and a tranquil spa. You'll have access to a private deck, a heated pool, and a cozy fire pit, making it an ideal spot for relaxation and rejuvenation in peaceful surroundings.

    Your home away from home:

    Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel
    www.strandloperocean.com
    Patterson Slot, Paternoster
    Tel 021 794 5858

  • Your Travel Time

  • Your Activities

    Spend your time soaking in the sun, swimming in the clear waters, and releasing the stresses of everyday life. Explore the West Coast National Park, home to diverse wildlife, and marvel at the beauty of Langebaan Lagoon. Take a guided cycling tour to Paternoster and immerse yourself in the charm of the fishing village. Additionally, discover nearby attractions such as the Cape Columbine Lighthouse, Tietiesbaai Nature Reserve, and the West Coast Fossil Park. In such a magnificent setting, it's easy to wish your stay could last forever!

  • Your Food

    Meal Inclusions: Breakfast Only

day 6

Dolphin Trail Delights: Coastal Odyssey

  • Your Accommodation

    DAY 6 heralds the start of The Dolphin Trail (DLB&B), an enchanting 17 km hike that spans over three days, offering amazing scenery and cozy lodges along the route. Rest assured, your luggage will be expertly transferred between each stop, allowing you to trek without the burden of heavy bags – all your luggage needs are efficiently taken care of!

    Your adventure commences at the delightful Dolphin Trail chalets, situated within Tsitsikamma National Park. These welcoming accommodations provide stunning ocean views, comfortable beds, and all the necessary amenities for a relaxing stay.

    Your home away from home:

    Dolphin Trail Chalets
    www.dolphintrail.co.za
    Tel 042 280 3588

  • Your Travel Time

  • Your Activities

    Spend your day discovering the park's wonders, and be sure to join your trail host at the restaurant in the evening for an informative briefing.

  • Your Food

    Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

day 7

Nature's Staircase: Coastal Hiking Bliss

  • Your Accommodation

    Start DAY 7 with a revitalizing breakfast, setting the tone for a 7.5 km hike through a variety of landscapes - from fynbos and pristine forests to the captivating coastline. Keep an eye out for whales, dolphins, and otters along the way.

    Your path takes you to Storms River Mouth, crossing a suspension bridge that offers a spectacular view towards Plettenberg Bay. At Lookout Point, enjoy a refreshing snack, then continue your journey, descending through a native forest to the beach, an ideal spot for a picnic lunch. The ascent up Steilkop, aptly named for its steep incline in Afrikaans, leads you to Misty Mountain Reserve (DLB&B).

    Your home away from home:

    Misty Mountain Reserve
    www.mistymountainreserve.co.za
    Farm 438, Bluelillies Bush
    Tel 079 715 4621

  • Your Travel Time

    7.5 km hike

  • Your Activities
  • Your Food

    You'll be welcomed with refreshments and settle in for a comfortable evening complete with a three-course meal and a selection of award-winning estate wines.

    Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

day 8

Fernery Elegance: Hiking's Grand Finale

  • Your Accommodation

    Begin DAY 8 with a nourishing breakfast before setting out on a 9.5 km hike along the coast, where you'll discover hidden gems such as waterfalls, caves, and ancient rock formations. This sea-level route offers striking views and presents opportunities for swimming and snorkeling in natural rock pools.

    Your day culminates at The Fernery (DLB&B), a sumptuous lodge located along the Sandrift River. Unwind in elegant chalets that boast splendid views, take advantage of the lodge's facilities.

    Your home away from home:

    The Fernery
    www.fernery.co.za
    Forest Ferns Estate, Bluelilliesbush
    Tel 042 280 3588

  • Your Travel Time

    9.5 km hike

  • Your Activities
  • Your Food

    Enjoy a delightful à la carte dinner at the Fernery Restaurant, ensuring a pleasant conclusion to your day of exploration.

    Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

days 9 - 12

Ocean Oasis: Beach Escape Adventure

  • Your Accommodation

    The adventure takes an exciting turn on DAY 9 with a picturesque flight to Richards Bay, followed by an adventurous 4x4 journey to the splendid Thonga Beach Lodge (DLB&B), a magical oasis located within the pristine iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This luxurious lodge will serve as your home base for the next three nights, offering a perfect combination of adventure and relaxation.

    Upon arrival at Thonga Beach Lodge, you'll step into the luxury of a Deluxe Ocean View Room. These elegant accommodations offer stunning views of the Indian Ocean, each featuring a private plunge pool and a spacious deck.

    Your home away from home:

    Thonga Beach Lodge
    www.thongabeachlodge.co.za
    Manzengwenya
    Tel 035 474 1473

  • Your Travel Time

    Approx. 8 hours

  • Your Activities

    DAYS 10 and 11 invite you to explore an untouched coastal paradise, where you can enjoy the beauty of pristine, wild beaches. Don't miss out on scuba diving at Thonga Beach, where the nearby vibrant reefs provide enthralling encounters with schools of game fish, impressive sharks, and playful bottlenose dolphins in the crystal waters. Alternatively, take time to unwind on the beach or relax in hammocks, soothed by the gentle sounds of the ocean. For additional relaxation, the lodge's spa offers an array of rejuvenating and beauty treatments.

    Adventure seekers can embark on kayaking trips on Lake Sibaya, possibly catching sight of hippos and crocodiles in their natural surroundings. Or, immerse yourself in the enchanting forest with engaging nature walks and birdwatching experiences, guaranteed to be captivating and memorable.

    DAY 12 marks the conclusion of your South African adventure. Today, you'll journey from Thonga Beach Lodge to Durban, preparing for your departure from Durban International Airport.

    We trust that you're leaving with an array of wonderful memories to cherish until your next visit.

    Safe travels and bon voyage!

  • Your Food

    Your time here includes delightful breakfasts, leisurely lunches, and romantic dinners, all set against the beautiful ocean backdrop.

    Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

YOUR JOURNEY ENDS HERE

Contact Us

Exceed House
Springfield Office Park
Belleville, Cape Town
7450

Cell / WhatsApp +27 72 136 9096

WhatsApp +27 72 136 9096

Email: travel@whereitallbegan.co.za

Contact Us

About

We’re an ethical private travel planning company focused on Southern Africa.

We offer ready-made and also customised holidays and journeys across this unique region of the world.

When our clients travel with us, they are assured that their travel spend is directly supporting local African companies that offer sustainable products and services, both in terms of people and planet.

Ethos

Our logo is an image of a skull found in the Rising Star Cave System in Gauteng, South Africa in 2013. It was named ‘homo naledi’, meaning ‘human of the stars’.

The cave system has so far given rise to the remains of over 15 individuals, making it the largest hominid fossil remains site ever discovered.

Travelling to Southern Africa is truly a return to the source of humankind, to Where It All Began.

Whatsapp Icon
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.