There are many reasons to visit South Africa, and the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2016 is one of them, but if you are an international cyclist travelling all the way from Europe, the United States, Australia or Japan, then it makes perfect sense to extend your stay in Africa with a trip along the Garden Route and a Safari in one of the country’s spectacular National Parks.
For those short on time, an 8-day self-drive itinerary taking in Cape Town, Hermanus or Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and one of the malaria-free safari parks of the Eastern Cape will work really well. You can pick up a rental car in Cape Town on arrival, spend a couple of nights in the Mother City while you cycle the world’s largest timed cycle race, and then make your way to either the Whale Coast of Hermanus, or the Ostrich Capital of Oudtshoorn for a night.
From here, you can continue up the Garden Route to Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, where there are numerous sightseeing opportunities, endless land and water-based activities, and fabulous boutique hotels and dining venues dotted along the coastline. You will need at least 2 nights here, before you proceed to the end of the Garden Route (not forgetting to stop at Tsitsikamma National Park along the way), and make your way to your safari lodge in the Eastern Cape. We particularly like Kuzuko at Addo Elephant National Park and Pumba Private Game Reserve. After 2 nights of getting up close and personal with South Africa’s Big 5, you can drive to Port Elizabeth Airport, drop off your rental car, and catch your flight home.
If you have a couple of weeks to spare, even better! You could spend 4 or 5 nights in Cape Town over the Cycle Tour (Cape Argus) weekend, before spending 2 nights in the winelands (Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek or Wellington), sampling South Africa’s finest wines. From here you could take in Hermanus, Stanford and Walker Bay for a day or 2, before heading up the Garden Route, stopping at Swellendam, George, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.
After dropping your car off at Port Elizabeth Airport, you can catch a flight to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport, where you can enjoy a 3 day safari in Kruger National Park or the über luxurious Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Our favourite lodges include Nottens Bush Camp, Chitwa Chitwa and Motswari.
After an unforgettable safari experience, you can driver along the Panorama to Johannesburg, where you can catch your return flight home.
There is so much to see and do in South Africa… the Cape Town Cycle Tour is just the start!