CAPE TO HOGSBACK BIKE TOUR
Get your share of adventure this September as we bring you the desolation of the Karoo, the beauty of the Eastern Cape, Hogsback with it’s magical world of forests, mountains and waterfalls and the exhilarating Baviaanskloof all in one adventure packed tour.
Book your spot today and make sure you don’t miss the adventure of a lifetime.
Tour Dates: 19-27 September
Duration: 9 Days
Closing Date: 21 August 2020
Tour Price: R13 800 Per Person Sharing
COVID 19 Notice: This tour is subject to government regulations in terms of COVID 19. Should the tour be canceled due to COVID 19 all tour deposits will be refunded in full
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate 75% 75%
- GRAVEL 60% 60%
- TARMAC 40% 40%
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Hogsback is a village on the Amatola Mountain Range that overlooks the Hogsback Mountains. You will find Away with the Fairies located at the lowest part of Hogsback, at an altitude of 1200m. Gaikas Kop is the highest point in the area, at 1963m.
The name Hogsback was taken either from Captain Hogg of the British army based here in the 1880′s, or more likely, from the shape of the 3 mountains which overlook the village. These stunning looking mountains are topped by rocky ridges which resemble the bristles on a hog’s back.
The Amatola Mountains around Hogsback boast more waterfalls per square km than anywhere else on earth. Hogsback alone has dozens of waterfalls. In front of Away with the Fairies there is Swallow Tail falls, Bridal Veil Falls and not to mention, the famous Madonna and Child.
B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D= Dinner
SAT 19 Sept (D) CT to Merweville 380 km – We leave Cape Town on Saturday morning heading via Ceres to the Tankwa Karoo. We stop at the Tankwa Padstal where we chill for a while and enjoy tranquility of the Tankwa Karoo. After a bite and something cold we head towards Merweville via Jukhoogte pass and Thyshoogte pass. We have a beautiful decent into Merweville down Rammelkop Pass and Amandelnek Pass with breathtaking views over the Moordenaars Karoo. The evening will be vestive in true Karoo hospitality style at the Springbok Lodge in Merweville.
Sun 20 Sept (B&D) Merweville to Graaff-Reinet – 351km: Today is a long gravel day to Graaff-Reinett. Our route take us via a scenic road overlooking the Moordenaars Karoo as we decent to the small Karoo town of Merweville. We head to Beaufort West and then follow a stunning route via Nelspoort to Murraysburg.
Mon 21 Sept (B&D) Graaff-Reinet to Hogsback – 310km: We make our way to the highlight of the tour, Hogsback
Tues 22 Sept (B&D) Hogsback loop 1 – 230km: We ride a stunning loop through farmlands via Cathcart and lunch at the mesmerizing Old Village of Thomas River. After lunch we head back to Hogsback via Stutterheim with a stunning route through the mountain forrests.
Wed 23 Sept (B&D) Rest Day – Its a day of leisure and you decide what you want to do. There is a lot to explore in and around Hogsback from waterfalls, forests, mountain hikes, pubs to name but a few. The day is yours to do whatever you feel like. We meet at dinner again.
Thurs 24 Sept (B&D) Hogsback loop 2 – 300km: Its a big gravel day with amazing scenery. We ride the beautiful Katberg pass and ride on top of the Amatola mountains with a beautiful view into the valleys below
Fri 25 Sept (B&D) Hogsback to Patensie: 362km – Sadly we start heading back but the route is a beautiful ride through the Eastern Cape via Riebeeck East and over Zuurberg Pass and the small town of Addo. Our overnight spot will be Patensie.
Sat 26 Sept (B&D) Patensie to de Rust – 309km: We hit the road early and enter Baviaanskloof. Baviaans never disappoints no matter how many times you ride it it changes all the time and I am sure the evening around the campfire there will be lots of stories to tell. Our final night is in a very special place de Rust. We will end on a high with a mouth watering home cooked meal.
Sun 27 Sept (B) Klaarstroom to CT 446km – Sadly we say our goodbyes and head back home.
All accommodation is in Hotels and/or bed and breakfast facilities and towels and line is provided. Some establishment may have capacity for single rooms and others may have limited capacity. We will as far as possible try and accommodate single room requests. .
Dinner and breakfast is served at our places of lodging and is included in the tour price. All establishments have bar facilities
Intermediate – This bike tour is not for beginners to adventure riding. Most of the roads that we will be traveling on this bike tour will be solid pack dirt roads. That being said, the roads can change quickly depending on the amount of traffic, rain in the area and when last it was graded. You need to be comfortable riding at least 80KM/H on solid pack dirt roads. Although this is a tried and tested route the roads on this bike tour can vary from solid to a little loose gravel and a bit of sand here and there but nothing you should not be able to navigate.
Our Bike Tour Package Includes:
All the logistics and planning
Support vehicle and trailer
Fully equipped support vehicle with compressor, tools etc
Well trained and friendly staff
Accommodation, dinner and breakfast
Your luggage on our support vehicle so you can enjoy your bike to the fullest
Assistance with puncture repairs
On Tour Medic
BOOK THIS BIKE TOUR
This tour is open for bookings and R4 500 deposit or full payment secures your provisional spot. By 10 July another R4 500 tour deposit needs to be paid and secures your spot. Full payment of tour fees is required by 21 August. Bookings close on 21 August 2020 or when fully subscribed.
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Riders who have registered before please click on Book Tour, complete and submit your booking. Once we confirm availability the tour deposit needs to be paid within 48 hours and proof of payment mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org For payments use your Rider Number and Hogs as reference i.e 123Hogs
PLEASE NOTE: Confirmation of payment is required within 48 hours from your provisional booking. If confirmation of payment is not received within 48 hours your booking will expire.
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