CAPE TO tiffendell BIKE TOUR
Get your share of adventure this September with our Cape to Tiffendell tour.
Ride through the desolation of the Great Karoo, experience the magic of Gariep and the beauty of the Eastern Cape and ride some of the highest passes around Rhodes all in one adventure packed tour.
Book your spot today and make sure you don’t miss the adventure of a lifetime.
Tour Dates: 18-26 September
Duration: 9 Days
Closing Date: 13 August 2021
Tour Price: R13 980 Per Person Sharing
COVID 19 Notice: This tour is subject to government regulations in terms of COVID 19. Should the tour be cancelled 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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Riding the desolation of the Great Karoo from Cape Town via towns like:
- Victoria West
- De Aar
Experience riding the high passes of the Eastern Cape around Rhode:
- Jouberts Pass
- Otto du Plessis Pass
- Barkley Pass
- Naude’s Nek Pass
- Carlisleshoekspruit Pass
- Volunteershoek Pass
- Lundean’s Nek Pass
- and much much more
B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D= Dinner
SAT 18 Sept (D) CT to Loxton 550 km – We leave Cape Town on Saturday morning heading via Sutherland to Loxton. We stop in Sutherland for a lunch break and chill for a while to enjoy the tranquility of this Karoo town. After a bite and something cold we head towards Loxton riding the open spaces of the Great Karoo.
We spend a night in the picturesque Loxton where you will be treated with true Karoo hospitality. You can walk the beautiful streets, visit the truck museum or just relax while we prepare a perfect Karoo style braai for dinner.
Sun 19 Sept (B&D) Loxton to Karoo Nights Gariep 390km: It’s a big Karoo day all the way to Gariep. The Karoo offers great riding and en route to Gariep our route takes us via some Karoo gems like Victoria West, de Aar and Colesberg. The route itself will show you the true beauty of the Karoo and its little koppies.
We stay at the beautiful Karoo Nights, a working Karoo farm. Lost in the South African outback, this magnificent sheep farm entertains a delightful mixture of simplicity and comfort. Set amongst tranquil gardens and shaded trees, this oases is great for stargazing, glorious Karoo sunsets, short walks, bird watching and farm animal interaction. Cool down in the farm dam, whilst soaking in the splendid surroundings. Dinner will be a typical Karoo experience.
Mon 20 Sept (B&D) Karoo Nights Gariep to Mountain Shadows Elliot 370km: We leave Karoo Nights after breakfast heading towards Lady Grey where we start heading into the the mountains.
It’s a beautiful route from Lady Grey crossing Joubert’s Pass, Otto du Plessis Pass and Barkley Pass before reaching our place of lodging, Mountain Shadows, situated amongst the picturesque mountains of the Southern Drakensberg Mountains, in the heart of the Eastern Cape.
Tues 21 Sept (B&D) Mountain Shadows to Rhodes 230km: It’s a scenic route to Rhodes where we spend 3 nights. Our route to Rhodes takes us via Maclear and then up stunning gravel passes like Potriver, Elandshoogte and Naude’s Neck before descending into Rhodes Village.
The term ‘frozen in time’ takes on new meaning when applied to the little village of Rhodes , perched in the Eastern Cape Highlands virtually on the border with Lesotho at the foot of the highest mountain pass in South Africa.
The Rhodes Hotel is our home for the next 3 nights.
Wed 22 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 Rhodes
Fly-fishing – fishing for trout is a favourite pastime in Rhodes Village. The cold mountain streams are the ideal home for a variety of great catches, including large yellowfish. There are five trout farms, guaranteeing productive fishing for trout and other species. Otherwise, the main trout-fishing rivers are the Kraai, Bokspruit, Bell and Joggemspruit rivers.
Hiking, mountain biking or horse riding the mountain paths in summer. Abseiling down the face of one of the local mountains is sure to get the heart racing while you enjoy fabulous views of the landscape from your elevated positioning.
Being such a mountainous area, the many caves here were once occupied by indigenous folk who lived off the land. They left fascinating insights into their lives and customs in the form of rock art, painted on the caves’ walls. A tour of these natural art galleries is memorable, to say the least.
Thurs 23 Sept (B&D) Rhodes to Lundean’s nek Pass loop – 120km: It’s a big gravel passes day with amazing scenery. We ride up Carlislehoek pass to Tiffendell. Unfortunately at the moment Tiffendell is closed and therefore denies us access to Ben Macdhui, the highest point. We will monitor the situation and if accessible at the time we there we will take the adrenalin junkies to the top!!
After Tiffendell we go down Volenteershoek Pass to Wartrail. Wartrail is not, as many people think, a ‘trail’ but a farming district. The name derives from skirmishes between the cattle raiding parties of King Moshesh, and the Xhosa people living nearer to Barkly East. From here we ride up Lundean’s Nek Pass before returning to Rhodes.
Fri 24 Sept (B&D) Rhodes -KarooPark Graaff-Reinet 500km – Sadly we start heading back but the route is a beautiful ride through the Eastern Cape via Barkley East. Dortrecht, Hofmey and many more to Graaff- Reinet.
We stay at Karoopark guesthouse, no stranger to WAVOLT customers and know for their great hospitality and food.
Sat 25 Sept (B&D) KarooPark to Mooiplaas Volmoed – 360km: We hit the road early riding beautiful route via Aberdeen and Rietbron to Klaarstroom where we stop for a break and something cold.
From here we ride the stunning Meiringspoort with its flowing bends, any bikers dream. We heading towards Volmoed just outside Oudtshoorn for our final nights stay.
Our final night is in a very special place, Mooiplaas just outside Oudtshoorn. We end the tour on a high with a great food and an awesome setting.
Sun 27 Sept (B) Mooiplaas Volmoed to CT: 390km 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 a 50% deposit provisionally secures your spot. Bookings close on 3 September 2021 or when fully subscribed. Full payment is required by 3 September 2021
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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 email@example.com For payments use your Rider Number and Rhodes as reference i.e 123Rhodes
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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