Karoo Passes Bike Tour
There is no better place to loose yourself and/or find yourself than in the Karoo. This ancient semi-desert area is home to some of the most beautiful and spectacular mountain passes.
This Karoo Passes tour focus on these mountain passes crossing no less than eight of them.
Tour Dates: 5 – 7 April 2019
Duration: 3 Days
Closing Date: 29 March 2019
Tour Price: R2900 Per Person Sharing
Tour Price: R3300 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 70% 70%
- 30% 30%
Did you know that the Karoo is rooted in Gondwanaland and lies on the largest plateau of its kind outside Asia. It covers almost 40 per cent of South Africa’s land surface and straddles four of the country’s nine provinces – the Western Cape, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and Free State.
The Karoo is made out of many districts and the area is separated into various sub-regions by climate and biology. These are the massive Great Karoo (also known as the Nama Karoo); the Succulent Karoo (an ecological area including Namaqualand); the Tanqua Karoo, (between the Cederberg and the Roggeveld Escarpment with the Ceres Karoo at its southern section), the Worcester-Robertson Karoo, and the Klein Karoo.
Sutherland was founded in 1855 as a church and market town to serve the area’s sheep farmers. The large Dutch Reformed church in the centre of Sutherland was built in 1899. During the Anglo Boer War the church was used as a fort by garrisoned British soldiers.
In 1897, with the support of the Dutch Reformed Church Minister in Beaufort West, Pieter van der Merwe, the local farmers appealed to the church authorities to create a new parish. The village of Merweville was born and named in honour of Minister van der Merwe.
We leave Cape Town on Friday morning and head for the Tankwa Karoo. After a stop at the famous Tankwa Padstal we ride a stunning route via farm and dirt roads to Sutherland. We ride up Ouberg Pass and the view from the top will take your breath away.
We are based in the Sutherland Hotel for the duration of the bike tour, the perfect venue from where you can explore the town, it surroundings and experience true Karoo hospitality.
We take you on the road less traveled riding three forgotten passes all the way to the small Karoo town of Merweville. The ride is awsome ride and the views stunning as we decent to Merweville.
After a visit to the town with its friendly locals we will head back to Sutherland via Rammelkop Pass. The route provides beautiful views, awesome riding and lots of gates.
Saturday evening we treat you to delicious Karoo cuisine whilst we share stories of our ride over some cold ones.
On Sunday we make our way back to Cape Town riding a combination of dirt and tar roads.
For the duration of this tour we stay at the Sutherland Hotel. Dinner and breakfast is included and you can be sure that we will treat you with some great Karoo food. The hotel is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the friendly and hospitable locals.
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 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
BOOK THIS BIKE TOUR
This tour is open for bookings and 50% deposit or full payment secures your spot. Bookings close on 29 March 2019 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 email@example.com For payments use your Rider Number and Karoo as reference i.e 123Karoo
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