Stunning coastal roads and winding mountain passes lie ahead on this ride through western South Africa
A ride in South Africa is more than a bit of exercise. It’s a ride through a long and troubled history and into a bright future, through the ever-changing terrain of cityscapes, towering mountains, heritage vineyards, nature reserves, and along winding coastal roads that look across fierce cliffs. From Cape Town, head into the country's famous winelands and savour scenic passes and local wines on the way to historic Stellenbosch. Cross nature reserves and twist through the Langeberg mountain range down to the continent’s southernmost point. Squeeze between mountain peaks, look out for whales in Hermanus, hug the edges of the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, then explore the tracks of Cape Peninsula. Return to Cape Town with memories of a lifetime.
Cycle in the shadow of the majestic Table Mountain, with the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean a constant companion by your side
Swap water bottles for wine bottles at the famous vineyards of Stellenbosch and beyond, refuelling with South African delicacies
Encounter the ‘real South Africa’ while cycling across the rural landscape dotted with small historic homesteads and towns
Get to know the two finest mountain passes in South Africa on two wheels, then be rewarded with thrilling freewheel downhill rides
Stand on Cape L'Agulhas – the southernmost point in Africa, where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet, and enjoy unobstructed views towards Antarctica
To complete this trip it is important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.
While the cycling distances on this trip are relatively short, the terrain of the Cape Town area is occasionally hilly and the climate warm, so you’ll need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy the trip. Remember the support vehicle is always on hand if you need to take a break for an hour or a day.
Riding is done on a mixture of sealed and unsealed/gravel roads, but there are no technical cycling skills required. However, given there are unsealed sections, we do suggest practicing riding off-road so you are comfortable with this once the trips begins. There are also numerous downhill sections on this trip.
There’s the possibility of a few hiccups along the way – a puncture here and there – but there’s no doubt this is an incredibly rewarding adventure.
The weather in this region can be varied depending on the season. Be prepared to get sweaty and for the occasional rainstorm, which may require a change of plans.
If you feel like doing all the riding but with less effort we have the option of hiring an electric bike (e-bike) on this trip.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 16 November 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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1. A single supplement is available on this trip, please see trip notes for details.
2. Bicycle hire is included in your trip price. Please advise your height at time of booking so as we can organise a suitable sized bike.
3. This trip includes an option of an electric-motor assisted bicycle (e-bike) at an additional cost. Please inquire at time of booking.
4. Bike helmets are compulsory on this trip. We are unable to hire bike helmets locally so please ensure you bring your own bike helmet from home.