Anysberg to Laingsburg Bike Tour
Need a weekend breakaway? We have the perfect ride for you!
Our route via Montagu and Anysberg Nature Reserve provides the perfect adventure route to Laingsburg.
We stay at Laings Lodge which is known for dishing up delicious Karoo cuisine..
This combination of the route, accommodation and Karoo cuisine makes this the perfect weekend adventure.
Tour Dates: 3-4 Aug 2019
Duration: 2 Days
Closing Date: 26 July 2019
Tour Price: R1490 Per Person Sharing
Tour Price: R1700 Single Room
*Single rooms are limited and cannot be guaranteed. Rooms will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate 75% 75%
- GRAVEL 60% 60%
- TARMAC 40% 40%
Did you know that in 1936 the upper-southern part (5 197 ha) of the Anysberg Mountain was acquired by the Department of Forestry to investigate the planting of trees for timber production and declared as a Demarcated Forest.
During the 1970s and 1980s the farms Vrede, Goedehoop, Tapfontein, Kleinspreeufontein, Keurkloof and Grand Canyon, north of the Anysberg Mountain, belonged to the Anstey family. They farmed with goats, merino sheep, cattle, lucerne and wheat. They also had a small herd of karakul sheep. Four big dams were built, called the ‘Rooidamme’, for the irrigation of the wheat fields located just below the dam wall and also for the lucerne fields lower down the valley.
During those years the railway line between Touwsrivier and Ladismith served the farming communities in the area. The steam engine used on this line was affectionately known as Makadas (‘Make a dash’). In 1981 the Laingsburg flood occurred and the railway line was severely damaged. It was never repaired and was eventually removed altogether. As a result of the destruction of the railway line, which was a critical means of transport for the farming community, all the mentioned properties were sold. The new owner’s aim was to manage the area as a nature reserve.
Today the Anysberg Nature Reserve is 79 629.4 ha in size and the expansion of the reserve from the initial 5 197 ha of forest nature reserve located on the Anysberg Mountain is truly remarkable.
This friendly modern Karoo town is situated at the gateway to the Great Karoo with its proud tradition of old-fashioned hospitality. Known to many as a geologist’s wonderland.
Laingsburg, established in 1881, by Stephanus Greef and his wife Martha who named it after John Laing the commissioner of Crown Properties at the time, was almost entirely destroyed by the flood of 1981.
After three days of almost continuous rain in late January 1981 across the catchment area of the Buffels River, the usually desiccated soil of the Moordenaars Karoo had reached saturation point resulting in a wall of water that swept down the river towards Laingsburg.
The flooding of the Buffels River was augmented by the usually dry stream beds of the Wilgenhout and Baviaans Rivers also swollen by the incessant rain. On 25 January the flood swept through Laingsburg reaching a level 10-metres above its usual flow-level by late afternoon. Where the three rivers converged on the outskirts of Laingsburg an almost apocalyptic scene of destruction unfolded with people, livestock, motor vehicles, furniture, orchards, vineyards and even entire houses swept away in the raging torrent.
The magnitude of the flood was such that some of the victim’s bodies were recovered in Mosselbay, some 200-kilometres distant having been swept over the Floriskraal Dam wall. Most of the missing were never recovered.
The flood destroyed two-thirds of Laingsburg’s infrastructure destroying 184 houses and 23 commercial buildings including the town’s old-age home. The flood claimed 104 lives, with 72 bodies never recovered.
We leave Cape Town on on Saturday morning and head for Montagu riding a combination of tar and dirt. We stop at Die Kloof Padstal for some refreshments.
Afterwards we refuel and head up Ouberg Pass to Anysberg. Riding Anysberg is always a great one and the conditions is ever-changing making it an exciting and great ride. We exit the dirt just before the Floriskraal dam turn off and head into Laingsburg.
We stay at the lovely Laings Lodge, the perfect venue from where you can explore the town, it surroundings and experience true Karoo hospitality.
After breakfast we have various options to explore back to Cape Town. There is always a planned route and then there is the route that those that don’t rush to get home decide we do.
The planned route is back roads and 2 spoors heading into the Ceres Tankwa eventually ending up in Ceres. Whichever way we decide to ride back it will be a fun one as always.
We stay at Laings Lodge, which is no stranger to WAVOLT riders. Dinner and breakfast is included and you can be sure that we will treat you with some great Karoo cooking. The Lodge is the perfect breakaway and very central for those that want to explore the town and its surroundings.
Intermediate skill level – The routes on this bike tour is comfortable and will be easy to navigate for the average rider. You must be comfortable riding at an average of 80 KM/H on solid pack dirt roads and have the ability to handle some loose stuff here and there. Roads in the area are mostly solid pack dirt roads and tracks but depending on traffic and when last it was graded there can be a little loose stuff here and there.
Our Bike Tour Package Includes:
All the logistics and planning
Support vehicle and trailer
Fully equipped support vehicle with compressor, tools etc
Assistance with puncture repairs
On tour medic and basic medical equipment for those unfortunate mishaps
Accommodation, dinner and breakfast
Your luggage on our support vehicle so you can enjoy your bike to the fullest
Well trained and friendly staff
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