Cape Passes Bike Tour
Five days, fifteen old gravel passes, indigenous forests, water-crossings, poorts, farm roads, Baviaanskloof, Die Hel and the list goes on, this adventure bike tour has it all.
The tour runs from Cape Town in the West to its furthermost point, Patensie in the East and back to Cape Town.
We ride some of the best adventure routes of the Overberg, Eden, Garden Route, Karoo and Klein Karoo districts. The tour offers lots of variety from campfires, beautiful scenery, star gazing, awesome dirt riding traditional Karoo cuisine and much more.
Tour Dates: 1-5 May
Duration: 5 Days
Closing Date: 19 April 2019
Tour Price: R5960 Per Person Sharing
*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 70% 70%
- TARMAC 30% 30%
Garden Route, George 7 Passes, Kom se Pad, Knysna Forest, Prins Alfreds Pass, Baviaanskloof, Grootrivier Poort, Antoniesberg Pass, Steytlerville, Karoo Farms roads, Prins Albert, Swartberg Pass, Die Hel. Groenrivier, Route 62 and many more
We leave Cape Town on Wednesday morning. The route takes us via Robertson, Bonniedale, Riversdale, and Herbertsdale riding a combination of tar and beautiful dirt roads. From Riversdale we ride some of the best dirt roads all along the foot of the mountain to George.
After George we ride the stunning old Kaaimans pass and then decent down into Wilderness where we overnite. The sunset and sunrise is just stunning from where we are staying.
It’s passes day! We leave Wildernis and ride eight of the fifteen passes en route to Baviaanskloof. The route take us via Knysna to Gouna where we ride Kom se Pad surrounded by stunning views of indigenous forest clad mountains. At the bottom of Prins Alfred’s Pass we take a break at the famous Angie’s G Spot.
We travel up Prins Alfred’s Pass to Uniondale, our last fuel stop before entering Baviaanskloof from the Western side. The ride into Baviaanskloof to our overnight spot is an easy one allowing you to enjoy the beauty of the kloof.
Our overnight spot will give you a typical farmhouse style stay. Fire, braai, cold ones and sharing stories around the fire of the days ride will be at the order of the day.
The days route is only 200km but will take us most of the day. From our overnight spot the road becomes mostly single track with lots of little river crossings, climbs, descents and lush vegetation making it a stunning ride.
We arrive around lunchtime in Patensie for a welcome lunch break. After lunch it’s time for some more awesome riding. The route to Steytlerville take us via Antoniesberg Pass and Grootrivier Poort. The fist section to the bottom of Grootrivier Poort (40km) is mainly single track and will keep you busy giving you lots to talk about over drinks the evening.
We overnight in the Steytlerville Royal Hotel where you will experience true Karoo hospitality and typical Karoo cuisine.
After breakfast we make our way towards Willowmore following the banks of the Grootrivier. Its a beautiful ride with typical Karoo landscapes and twisty roads all along the banks of the river. From Willowmore we get onto farm roads and there is a section of riverbed to ride for the more adventurous ones among us. Don’t worry you can stay on the road if you wish.
We arrive around lunch time in Prins Albert for a welcome lunch break. After lunch we head up Swartberg Pass and down into Die Hel where we will overnight.
To experience Die Hel you have to sleep over in the houses that once was home to the people living here. It will give you a real experience of what life in Die Hel was about.
You will be treated to traditional cooking prepared by Marinette, daughter to Annetjie Joubert (nee Mostert) the only remaining “born and bred” inhabitant that has retained property in Gamkaskloof and came back permanently in 1998.
Sadly after breakfast we head back to Cape Town but still have some good riding to do.
The route is a scenic one out of Die Hel over Swarberg Pass into the Klein Karoo where we follow the Groenrivier road to Calitzdorp. After a much need refuel in Calitzdorp we follow route 62 back to the Mother City.
Tour accommodation is in guest lodges, hotels and farm houses. All bedding is provided by our places of lodging. You need to pack your own toiletries.
Intermediate skill level – The route on this bike tour range from comfortable to a little more technical from time to time. The average intermediate rider should easily navigate through the route. The route is not pillion friendly but experienced riders with experienced pillions will be able to navigate the route.
You must be comfortable riding at 80 KM/H on solid pack dirt roads and have the ability to handle some loose, rocky and technical stuff here and there. We have done this route many a time giving you peace of mind that we know the pitfalls and can assist you to easily navigate through them.
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
BOOK THIS BIKE TOUR
This tour is open for bookings and 50% deposit or full payment secures your spot. Bookings close on 19 April 2019 or when fully subscribed.
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