Description

This 9-day tour will make you explore the magical southern Cape by mountain bike: you'll experience one of South Africa’s true wilderness areas and some of its last indigenous forests. After crossing the Outeniqua Mountains, you will get to the spectacular Indian Ocean village of Victoria Bay.  The Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve is a World heritage site with its rich natural diversity and history. There is no better way to explore this isolated gem of South Africa than on a mountain bike. You'll cover a total distance of 450 km and daily rides will be between 45 km and 90 km, and will include a designated lunch stop. Shared accommodation while camping will be in comfortable "dome style" tents. This tour is of course aimed at the experienced and fit mountain biker so bring your own bicycle or rent one from us.
 

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Port Elizabeth -Patensie
    Day 1
    Port Elizabeth -Patensie

    Arrive by own arrangement in Port Elizabeth: the guide will meet you at the airport at 1 pm. You will be transferred with vehicle and trailer to the frontier town of Patensie.

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  • 2
    The journey starts
    Day 2
    The journey starts

    Breakfast. You'll set off for your morning cycle. After the lunch stop and siesta, you'll spend the afternoon cycling. You'll arrive at Kudu Kaya set-up camp and explore the wonderful pools in the Ysrivier. You'll end the day with a unique dinner around the fire.
     

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  • 3
    Explore Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve
    Day 3
    Explore Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve

    After coffee, tea and rusks, you'll depart on your morning cycle and finally enter amazing Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve. You'll cycle up to Bergplaas and enjoy its beautiful views. You'll then descend to Doodsklip and have a picnic lunch. Tonight you'll sleep in a natural overhang or cave at Bakkrans and have dinner around the fire. Before going to bed, you'll spend some time gazing the stars in the African sky.
     

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  • 4
    Majestic mountains and natural reserves
    Day 4
    Majestic mountains and natural reserves

    After breakfast, you'll set off for your cycling journey. En-route we'll stop at the Seven Fountains and Fig Tree Forest. Our ride will take us along gravel roads in the Kloof between the majestic mountains and big private nature reserves and cattle farms. Enjoy swimming in a fresh mountain stream at lunchtime.

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  • 5
    Uniondale
    Day 5
    Uniondale

    After an early start and breakfast, you'll cycle through the Baviaanskloof Key and up the Nuwekloof Pass. After lunch, you'll cover the last stretch to Uniondale, a long sweeping downhill. You'll arrive in the city to a cold beer and warm bed.
     

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  • 6
    Uniondale - De Rust
    Day 6
    Uniondale - De Rust

    After enjoying breakfast on the hotel’s verandah, you'll depart from Uniondale and set off on a short ascent of the Prince Alfred’s Pass before we hit the fast downhill to the tiny hamlet of De Rust. Upon arrival at the campsite, take a dip in the river or grab a drink and a chat with the interesting owners.

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  • 7
    De Rust - Knysna
    Day 7
    De Rust - Knysna

    After breakfast you'll depart on a tough, but short day cycle through the thick indigenous forest of Knysna. You'll go up and over the Outeniqua Mountains and then cycle downhill to Knysna. You'll taste Indian Ocean seafood and other delicacies.

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  • 8
    Knysna -George
    Day 8
    Knysna -George

    After breakfast, we'll depart via the Seven Passes road to the small town of Karatara, with the Outeniqua Mountains as back-drop. We'll pass through George and after lunch we'll arrive at the end of our journey in Victoria Bay.

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  • 9
    End of tour
    Day 9
    End of tour

    Breakfast. Toerboer Great Trek Adventure Tours will drop you off at George airport or in George town.
     

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  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes

    • Breakfasts, lunches and three-course dinners will be served while on tour

    Price does not include

    • Bicycles must be brought from home or rented from Toerboer
    • Extra services and tips
    • Flights