Cycling South Africa

Bike Tour South Africa from $3792 NZD
(5/5) from 2 reviews

Cycle alongside the white beaches of the Indian ocean, through evergreen, indigenous forests into the barren Little Karoo. Explore the wild solitude of the Swartberg Mountains which stretch to the Cape Winelands and finish in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town.

Experience spectacular mountain passes, isolated gorges and breathtaking coastline while riding on good tarseal roads. From November to March its summer in South Africa and that means the weather is generally sunny and warm, particularly in the Cape Province. Another tour highlight is a visit to the Addo Elephant National Park where a wide variety of animals can be seen during a morning a game drive.

This is a reasonably challenging tour ideal for avid road cyclists who want to experience the beauty of the Western Cape!

12 Days
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • Best time to travel: February - March / November
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Reviews for Cycling South Africa - Tour

This was a really nice destination - didn't know exactly what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. The guide included several (but not too many) extra activities which added regional flavor to the tour. My special experience was getting to ride an ostrich!

Neil Rowland March 7, 2017

Everything was done very well. South Africa is a magical destination for cyclists.

Sue Semple-Rowland March 6, 2017

Port Elizabeth to Cape Town

Port Elizabeth
  • Road Cycling
  • Grade
  • Group size for this tour is 8-20
  • 27 Feb departure incorporates Argus Cycle Race (8th March)
  • USD330 single room surcharge
  • USD300 carbon road bike hire
  • This tour is invoiced USD
  • We may be able to customise this tour to suit your group and dates.
This is an ideal tour for experienced cyclists as the riding is challenging with many mountain passes to be climbed. A vehicle accompanies the group at all times, so less experienced cyclists may also like to join. You'll sleep in mid range guest houses, lodges and hotels selected for their personal touch and homely atmosphere. 28 Feb 2019 Tour: Join 35,000 international cyclists on the world famous Argus Cycle Tour around the Cape Peninsula on March 10, 2019. This is a premium highlight at the end of the tour.

Full Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival Day: Port Elizabeth

No cycling

Welcome to South Africa and the Eastern Cape province. Your tour guide/driver will meet you at Port Elizabeth Airport and transfer you to your city hotel. Relax, swim in the pool, check your bike and prepare for tomorrow's cycling.

Meals: None

DAY 2

Port Elizabeth to Addo Elephant National Park to Tsitsikamma

Cycling: 70 km

In the morning we'll take a game drive in an open jeep through ADDO Elephant National Park. As well as elephants, there are also zebras, lions, buffaloes, ostriches, tortoises, warthogs and bontebok antelopes here, to name a few. After this amazing experience, we'll drive to the tree-filled town of Humansdorp on the famous coastal road, the Garden Route. This afternoon our first ride takes us along the boundary of the Tsitsikamma Mountain Range. Your accommodation tonight is a comfortable village inn.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3

Tsitsikamma National Park to George

Cycling: 89 km

Our second ride takes us into the Tsitsikamma National Park where you can visit the beautiful Storms River bridge. Back on the coastal plateau, we head down the deeply cut river valley of the Bloukrans, to later arrive at the small holiday town of Nature's Valley, set amongst lush vegetation. Take a well-deserved break on one of South Africa's most beautiful beaches. Then it's back to the plateau heading towards the seaside resort of Plettenberg Bay. Finally we'll transfer to our comfortable guesthouse in the popular holiday town of George.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4

George to Oudtshoorn

Cycling: 135 km

We start the day at sea level and ascend gently towards the top of the Robinson Pass (860m) from where there are great views of the coastline. Soon you'll see the landscape morph from evergreen to the dry expanse of the semi-arid region of Little Karoo. From the ostrich town of Oudtshoorn, we'll cycle through Schoemanns Gorge to the famed Cango Dripstone Caves before returning to Oudtshoorn. Dinner tonight is a Braai — a traditional South African barbeque, featuring, of course, ostrich steak! It will be prepared by the host at our lovely historic guesthouse.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5

Oudtshoorn to Ladismith

Cycling: 107 km

After a possible visit to an ostrich farm in the morning, we'll ride on flat terrain to the town of Calitzdorp, well known for its port wine. Then we cycle up to the Huis River Pass (655 m) and along the Swartberg (black mountains) to the agricultural town of Ladismith, with its distinctive split peak of Towerkop (2189 m) towering over it. Tonight we will stay in a good mountain view guesthouse.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6

Ladismith to Montagu

Cycling: 140 km

We cycle through the grand expanse of Little Karoo to Barrydale, known for its arts and crafts. Later we reach pretty Montagu, a scenic wine town in the Cape Mountains. The hot springs, for which Montagu is famous, are very close to our comfortable hotel, where we'll stay 2 nights. Excellent news for our tired leg muscles!

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7

Montagu (Rest Day)

No cycling

Montagu is a great spot for a rest day. There are many opportunities for trips in the area such as hiking in the Bloupont mountain region, or a tractor and trailer excursion up the Papageikop (1400 m). You could play golf in Robertson, known as the valley of wine and roses (you will be visiting the town of Robertson tomorrow), or visit the most southern point of Africa: Cape Agulhas. Alternatively, visit the Montagu museum, go to the hot springs, or simply relax by the pool.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8

Montagu to Robertson

Cycling: 121 km (or 82km)

Today we continue cycling through the charming Kogmanns Gorge before the landscape opens up to expansive views. We ride through the Bree River Valley with vineyards on either side of us, to Bonnivale and McGregor, known for its old world charm. We will stay in a beautiful guesthouse in the winemaking town of Robertson. Along the way we can visit a winery and taste the excellent Cape wines.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9

Robertson to Gordon's Bay

Cycling: 76 km

A short transfer takes us to Theewaterskloof Dam, the largest water reservoir of Cape Town. Then its a steady climb up Franschhoek Pass (732m) where you'll see many different Protea and Heath species as well as Klipspringer antelope and baboon. From the top enjoy the great views over the famous wine growing areas of South Africa. At Boschendal Wine Estate visit the well-preserved manor house before continuing over Helshoogte Pass (380m) to Stellenbosch, the second oldest town of South Africa. As well as many historical buildings in the local Cape-Dutch style, its numerous road side cafes, art galleries and craft shops make this a pleasant place for a stroll. A short transfer takes us into the seaside resort of Gordon's Bay where we will stay in a comfortable Guesthouse.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10

Gordon's Bay to Cape Town

Cycling: 44 km

From our guesthouse its a beautiful ride following the coastline of False Bay. Sometimes you can spot whales and seals along the way. After returning to Gordon's Bay its just a short transfer to Cape Town, one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world. We'll explore the city including the Grand Parade, the Castle of Good Hope, popular Greenmarket Square with its local art, and the colourful Malay Quarter. While you're in Cape Town, try its famous lobster: delicious and affordable. We'll stay in a good quality boutique hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11

Cape Town to Cape of Good Hope

Cycling: 110 km

After a short transfer to Muizenberg, we cycle alongside the Indian Ocean to the Boulder Beach penguin colony and on to the Cape of Good Hope National Park. Then its up the other side of the Cape Peninsula and alongside the Atlantic Ocean back to Cape Town. The breathtaking coastal road over Chapman's Peak and Hout Bay is the site of the annual Cape Argus Cycle Race, attracting about 35,000 cyclists in March each year.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12

Departure Day: Cape Town

No cycling

Today it's time to say goodbye to South Africa, after some fantastic cycling! Depending on your flight departure time, you could take a trip up Table Mountain for amazing views over the town. Perhaps visit the prison cell on Robin Island where Nelson Mandela was held captive for the majority of his prison sentence. Your tour finishes with a transfer to Cape Town Airport.

Meals: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation: 11 nights in 3-star guesthouses, lodges and small hotels
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary (all breakfasts and 1 dinner)
  • English speaking cycling guide(s)
  • Support vehicle & luggage trailer
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure day
  • Water and fruit during rides
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing as listed in the itinerary

Tour Excludes:

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Passport and travel visas requirements
  • Travel insurance
  • Road bike hire
  • Drinks (except water while cycling)
  • Personal expenses
  • Entry fee for Cape Argus Bike Race (28 Feb tour)
  • Tips to guide and support crew