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9 Days Road Cycling Holiday on South Africa's Garden Route Ending with the Cape Town Cycle Tour
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Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

South Africa Cycling Holiday

A fully supported road bicycle tour of the Garden Route of South Africa, starting from Port Elizabeth Airport and ending in Cape Town with the Cape Town Cycle Tour (formerly known as the Cape Argus Cycle Tour), the largest, and most beautiful, individually timed bicycle race in the world. The ride has water and snack stops and the option to ride as much or as little as you want by always having the option to get in a support vehicle. Staying in good level accommodations with lovely food and riding beautiful roads in an iconic part of South Africa is what you can expect.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Terrain: Good paved road
  • Starts in: Jeffrey’s Bay
  • Ends in: Cape Town
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime,31-45 miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 400 Miles / 644 Kilometers
  • Type of bike: Road bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 600 ZAR per day
  • Minimum 8 participants

Highlights

  • Take part in Cape Town Cycle Tour
  • Navigate your bike through wheat fields and rolling hills
  • Ride through one the best scenic cycling routes in the world
  • Service of guides and support vehicle included
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals and snacks
  • Airport transfers

Styles


9 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 40 participants
Airport transfer included: Cape Town International Airport
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Accommodation

During the tour, you will stay in various accommodations arranged by Daytrippers.

Program

Day 1: Port Elizabeth - Jeffreys Bay

You start with a late afternoon arrival in Port Elizabeth when Daytrippers will run a group airport shuttle 40 minutes to the small coastal town of Jeffreys Bay. Here you overnight at the world-renowned Super Tubes surf break, with the chance to spot dolphins and stroll along the beautiful beaches famous for their incredible seashells.

Day 2: Jefferys Bay - Storms River Village (105 kilometers / 65 miles)

Leaving from the accommodation with full vehicle and trailer back up support, you warm up the legs on an easy initial 10-kilometer fast-flowing stretch through J-bay town before riding the road to Humansdorp passing by some impressively huge wind turbines. You ride on the old highway where rolling hills take you over beautiful rivers before it flattens out alongside the Langeberg Mountain range.

There is a refreshment stop (Sag stop) where fruit, water, snacks, bars, and energy drink are ready and waiting under the trees at 46 kilometers. An optional stop at Oudebosch Farm Stall at 73 kilometers, before cycling on through the indigenous forest of the Tsitsikamma National Park and reaching your destination in Storms River Village at the historical, cozy Tsitsikamma Village Inn.

Here you enjoy lunch on arrival. Spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure, relaxing by the pool or exploring the village.

Day 3: Storms River Village - Wilderness (102 - 147 kilometers / 63 - 91 miles)

This is the heart of the world-famous "Garden Route," with plenty of thick, indigenous afromontane forest Bloukrans Pass & Nature’s Valley provide two wonderful challenges with stunning descents and testing climbs that will surely take your breath away.

After a refreshment stop at the Garden of Eden, the route takes you through to Knysna (102 kilometers) and then the option to shuttle or cycle the 54 kilometers on to The Wilderness, where you overnight at a hotel overlooking the Wilderness National Park lagoon.

There are lovely boardwalks along the lagoon where you can spot many rare and special bird species from little bird hides set over the water.

Day 4: Wilderness - Hartenbos (115 kilometers / 71 miles)

You ride out of the hotel directly onto White’s Road for an “Afrix-Roubaix” climb which takes you on hard-packed dirt, along quiet, shaded roads, and into George. You then ride up and over the spectacular Outenique Pass, both ways, after which you make your way along the R102 to Hartenbos on the outskirts of Mossel Bay.

The hotel is set on the river mouth overlooking the ocean. Here you can try spot the local flock of flamingos playing in the waters alongside the hotel while taking a dip in the swimming pool.

Day 5: Riviersonderend - Hermanus

The route threads through wheat fields and rolling hills to Caledon. From here, you ride over Shaw’s Pass and into the beautiful Hemel and Aarde Valley, with vineyards and fynbos all around you. You finish today in the popular seaside resort town of Hermanus.

You overnight right on the ocean and if you wish to walk around town, there is a wonderful coastal path to take in the views and many shops, bars and restaurants as well as an old harbor you can visit.

Day 6: Hermanus - Cape Town

You ride out of Hermanus to Kleinmond and from here hug the coastline past Betty’s Bay & Rooi Els to Gordon’s Bay – which must be one the best scenic cycling routes in the world – as it overlooks the massive False Bay across to the Cape Peninsula and Cape Point.

You finish the ride at Gordon’s Bay Bikini Beach where the prospect of a reinvigorating swim and lunch will be available before you transfer to Cape Town for drop off at a city hotel as close as possible to the start of the race. This evening you go out for dinner together in the city and the time with you officially ends. Your bike boxes will be delivered to the hotel before arrival.

Day 7: Cape Town free day

Rest and recover. Visit the CTCT Expo at the Cape Town Stadium at your leisure, collect your race packs and soak up the pre-race vibe and excitement.

Day 8: Cape Town Cycle Tour (105 kilometers / 65 miles)

Joining the 35,000 other cycling enthusiasts in the biggest individually-timed cycle race in the world on one of the most spectacular routes will be an experience of a lifetime. The entire route is closed off to public traffic for the duration of the race, allowing riders to enjoy the freedom of the open roads.

Riding out of town on the biggest highway in Cape Town, without a car in sight, on perfect smooth tar roads is something truly special. Winding through the city's lush southern suburbs with thousands of cheering spectators and fresh legs makes the first 30 kilometers fly by like an absolute dream!

From Muizenberg, the False Bay coastline is flat and fast all the way through St James, Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Simons Town. For this whole section, the Atlantic Ocean is a stone-throw away. Once you turn the corner in land after the Smitswinkle Bay climb, you head through Scarborough and reconnect with the other side of the Cape Peninsula, riding along the coast through Misty Cliffs and past Ocean View before the penultimate climb of the event, Chapmans Peak Drive, affectionately known by the locals as "Chappies."

This stretch is without a doubt the highlight of the day, with its imposing cliffs and mind-blowing views over Noordehoek and Hout Bay it will be a climb to remember. After Suikerbossie it's home free on the super fast-flowing stretch past Llandudno, Camps Bay, Sea Point and finishing with the grand finale at the Green Point Stadium!

Day 9: Cape Town Departure Day

Free day in Cape Town until a group airport transfer. Alternatively, please make other arrangements if you’re staying on in Cape Town after the Cycle Tour.

Location

This tour takes place in South Africa. From Port Elizabeth, you will go to Jeffreys Bay, Storms River Village, Wilderness National Park, Hartenbos, Hermanus, and ends in Cape Town.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Vehicles for transfers and en-route back-up
  • Special bike / luggage trailers
  • Qualified tour guides
  • Tool kit, foot pump, first aid kit, etc.
  • Accommodation for 8 nights (good mid-range establishments throughout the tour plus 3 nights CT hotel)
  • Breakfast daily
  • All other meals from dinner on day 1 to dinner on day 6
  • Energy drinks, coke, water, energy bars, snacks and fruit en route daily
  • CTCT entry and fees

What's not included

  • All drinks not dispensed at the roadside, including soft drinks, bottled water, fancy coffees, and all alcoholic beverages
  • Road bike rental (bring your own bike or Daytrippers can arrange rental – subject to availability – road bikes are always in very high demand over this period)
  • Any personal nutrition preferences, e.g. gels, recovery drinks, etc.
  • All items of a personal nature, e.g. telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Courier fees where applicable
  • Airfares
  • Gratuities and porterage
  • Any airport transfers outside of the group transfer times
  • anything not mentioned in "What's included"

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Cape Town International Airport Airport transfer included: Cape Town International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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