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cape town

South Africa ‘The Garden Route’ – 2019/20

£1,995.00£2,095.00

TOUR REF:  SA91/SA20
LEVEL: Moderate
DATES:
07 Oct – 20 Oct 2019
05 Oct – 18 Oct 2020 

DURATION: 14 days / 13 nights (12 days cycling)
ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: Standard 

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Cape Town to Port Elizabeth 
 
*  The Garden Route
 
*  A cycling paradise
 
*  Follow the whales along this spectacular coast
 
This is a truly breathtaking ride along the iconic Garden Route.
 
With its mix of ancient forests, secluded artists communities, mountain hideaways, and deserted beaches this is an eclectic part of Africa where the sunshine and the hospitality are guaranteed.
 
We start in the shadow of the majestic Table Mountain in Cape Town on the Atlantic coast. The first day take us around the Cape of Good Hope to meet the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. We then head east to follow the coast for 11 days where your camera will get as much exercise as you legs with baboons, zebra and ostrich just some of the possible distractions. You may even get lucky enough to witness the migrating whales.
 
The route makes extensive use of minor roads where possible and drivers in South Africa are generally very respectful of cyclists even giving encouraging beeps on their horns on occasions.
 
The route is suitable for moderately fit cyclists with some moderately challenging climbs and between 60 and 70 miles per day.
 

 

DAY 1 Arrive in Cape Town with the rest of the day free to explore or chill on the beach.

DAY 2 Cape Town to Simons Town – 58 miles

Following the coast we head around the peninsula with a chance to take in the Cape of good hope. There are a few climbs to warm up the legs with and spectacular views to inspire the soul

Day 3 Simons Town to Bettys Bay – 57 miles

Riding east now the route takes us around False bay where the Indian ocean starts to influence the warm the waters. Time for a swim.

Day 4 Bettys Bay to De Kelders – 58 miles

A small detour inland to cross an estuary taking in some beautiful old colonial towns with plenty of opportunity to sample the local hospitality and produce but with the Rand where it is you may need some panniers. then back to the coast for the night.

Day 5 De Kelders to Bredasdorp – 55 miles

Heading inland the route passes through fertile valleys with national park and farmland on display a day of undulating roads with lots to ponder

Day 6 Bredasdorp to Swellendam – 45 miles

A shorter day trough the hinterland on deserted roads with a feeling of isolation abounding until we arrive in the market town of Swellendam

Day 7 Swellendam to Riversdale – 53 miles

A day of rolling countryside with Ostriches and Zebra for company before a stay in the delightful town of Riversdale.

Day 8 Riversdale to Mossel Bay – 56 miles

Heading back to the coast the route continue across rivers and through farmland with mountains on view in the distance and enormous skies.

Day 9 Mossel Bay to Knysa – 66 miles

A slightly longer ride to take us in to a well deserved rest day taking in some great coastal and inland roads with the gem that is Knysa to welcome you at the end of the day

Day 10 Rest Day . A chance to unwind in this Beautiful place on the banks of the Knysa estuary you may want to explore on your bike or in a Kayak or a motor boat or maybe just sit back and enjoy the vibe

Day 11 Knysa to Storms River – 63 miles

Tear yourself away from paradise and turn the pedals again for a day with a couple of challenging climbs through river passes, which can be avoided by staying on the main road if you fancy a flatter and shorter day

Day 12 Storms River to Jeffreys Bay – 61 miles

By now you will think that 61 miles is a breeze with mountains in the distance the route skirts the coast through national parkland and cattle ranches into the quaintly named Jeffreys Bay.

Day 13 Jeffreys Bay to Port Elizabeth – 65 miles

A day to reflect on this trip of a lifetime and to talk of coming back to explore further what this magical place has to offer. Oh and the small matter of 65 miles around the coast to arrive at Port Elizabeth

Day 14 Fly Home

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