There are many reasons to visit South Africa. The weather is great during our winter months, the current exchange rate makes it a very affordable destination (to say the least!), and there is so much to do in this beautiful country that you could easily spend a whole year exploring the very best of what it has to offer.
Sadly, most of us do not have a year, or even a month to holiday in South Africa, but if you have two weeks to spare, a cycling holiday along the illustrious Garden Route could be the perfect trip for you. A stretch of some 750km along the most beautiful coastline in Southern Africa, the Garden Route was made for cycling, and if you intend to take part in the iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour in March 2017, this fabulous 12-day adventure is the perfect warm-up tour for the big event!
Cycling the Garden Route South Africa
Day 1: Port Elizabeth: Transfer to hotel, build bikes, and enjoy the beach before a group briefing and dinner.
Day 2: Cycle from Port Elizabeth to Jeffery’s Bay (approximately 95km): Ride out along the rocky coastline before heading inland to the rolling hills to surfer’s paradise Jeffrey’s Bay.
Day 3: Cycle from Jeffrey’s Bay to Tsitsikamma National Park (approximately 110km): Today’s cycle will lead us through lush farmlands to Storms river and the world-famous Tsitsikamma National Park.
Day 4: Cycle from Tsitsikamma National Park to Knysna (approximately 100km): Today we will leave the pretty village of Storms River behind as we ride through the Tsitsikamma forest and across the magical Bloukrans Pass before heading to the nature lover’s paradise of Nature’s Valley. After a short climb out of the valley, we will continue along the main road via Plettenberg Bay to the lagoon city Knysna.
Day 5: Transfer to Wilderness: Cycle to Calitzdorp: Transfer to Swellendam (approximately 130km): To cover as much ground as possible today, our day will start with a 1-hour transfer from Knysna to Wilderness, where we will start cycling on the old George to Knysna road that will take us up and over the impressive Outeniqua Pass to the Ostrich Capital of the world – Oudtshoorn. From here, we will continue along the famous Route R62 to the Port Wine capital of South Africa – Calitzdorp, before transferring to Swellendam, the 3rd oldest town in South Africa.
Day 6: Cycle from Swellendam to Hermanus (approximately 115km): Today we will enjoy rolling hills as we make our way through farmlands, huge wheat fields, and the winelands towards the coastline and the whale watching capital of South Africa, Hermanus.
Day 7: Cycle from Hermanus to Gordon’s Bay: Transfer to Cape Town (approximately 85km): Our final ride before race day, today we will cycle the incredibly scenic route from Hermanus to Gordon’s Bay along what is, undoubtedly, the most beautiful coastline in Southern Africa.
Day 8: Free Day Cape Town
Day 9: Cape Town Cycle Tour Registration & Expo
Day 10: Cape Town Cycle Tour 2017: The highlight of our trip, today we will cycle the iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour with 35,000 cyclists from across the globe.
Day 11: Free Day Cape Town
Day 12: Departure
This fabulous cycling tour of South Africa is available for just 12 international cyclists, so secure your place now to avoid disappointment.