12 DAY WESTERN CAPE CYCLE TOUR

DAY 1
Meet guests off flight. Drive to the Cape Town Waterfront & check into The Portswood Hotel. Once settled in & freshened up, take a hop on hop off bus to get an overview of the city. A traditional dinner will be enjoyed at the hotel.

OVERNIGHT: Portswood Hotel DBB

DAY 2
Weather permitting visit Robben Island departing at 9:00. This is where the late Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum. Have lunch at the Waterfront & after lunch go up Table Mountain for magnificent views of Cape Town. Or, if not done the previous day, take the hop-on, hop- off bus, explore Cape Town at your own pace, stopping at any of the 18 stops on the circular route around the city, including Table Mountain. Tickets available from the Two Oceans Aquarium in front of the hotel

OVERNIGHT: Portswood Hotel DBB

DAY 3
We leave Cape Town at 09:30 after breakfast. Drive via the N2 to Caledon, Bredasdorp, then on to Cape Agulhas. Cape Agulhas is the geographic southern most tip of Africa. This is where the two great oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian, shake hands. The name L’Agulhas derives from the Portuguese word meaning ‘needles’. The early Portuguese explorers found that the needles on their compasses showed no declination. South Africa’s oldest lighthouse, dating back to 1849, still stands exactly where it was built these many years ago. Only today it has been replaced by a modern tower with an output of18-million candlelight. Looking down into the gloomy blue waters, standing on the edge of the cliffs near the lighthouse, your heart automatically skips a beat. This is the very place that seized many a sailor’s life, simply because he dared to dream what lies beyond her traitorous coast. Today the lighthouse is also a museum. On arrival, clients have lunch at our guesthouse while we offload bikes. Then bike preparation & cycle to the most Southerly Point in Africa, take pictures & continue further along to see some of the many ship wrecks. Dinner at guest house Distance: 20kms – (easy gravel)

OVERNIGHT: Cape Agulhas Guest House DBB

DAY 4
After breakfast set off on your bikes towards Struisbaai & then the little missionary village of Elim, stopping along the way for some fruit & water. Freshly baked bread & pates will be enjoyed with a refreshing glass of wine at the local restaurant in the missionary village of Elim! Whilst lunch is being eaten bikes will be racked & then we transfer to Hermanus – about 1.5 hours in the bus. Once in Hermanus, check into the hotel & then the evening is free to wonder around & have dinner at a restaurant of your choice. Distance: 46kms – (easy gravel road with a few gentle hills)

OVERNIGHT: Windsor Hotel B&B +Cafe Lunch

DAY 5
Breakfast & then we drive a few kilometres out of Hermanus from where we start cycling along the R44 towards Betty’s Bay. We stop here to see a colony of African penguins & have some refreshments. Continue cycling & after a short distance we cycle on a private gravel path to Rooi Els, here we will have lunch, relax & have a swim in the ocean! Then transfer 1 hour to Stellenbosch – centre of viticulture and learning, the historical university town of Stellenbosch is shaded by avenues of ancient oaks planted in the 1600s. The streets are lined with homes in the Cape Dutch, Cape Georgian, Regency and Victorian styles. Continue to our overnight venue. Dinner this evening is a traditional South African barbecue, drinking some local wines. Distance: 40kms (few hills – gravel & tar)

OVERNIGHT: Knorhoek Guest House DBB+Lunch

DAY 6
Breakfast, then we cycle over Helshoogte starting on the original old road to Franschhoek. Stop along the way at Camberley for wine tasting & lunch after about after 16 kms of cycling. The Helshoogte pass connects Stellenbosch to the small Boland town of Pniel and eventually on to the R45 road to Franschhoek. Helshoogte is quite spectacular and scenic as it winds its way between the Simonsberg and Stellenbosch Berg mountains. The Helshoogte Pass used today is a new road with a wide shoulder – a tough hill. After lunch continue into Franschhoek – the food capital of the Cape!! Sundowners will be enjoyed at Dieu Donne, overlooking the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, dinner here is optional Distance: 37 kms (tar – 1 fairly long steep hill)

OVERNIGHT: Le Ballon Rouge. BB Lunch on wine farm

DAY 7
After breakfast cycle in a circular route along the quiet Robertsvlei Road stopping for wine tasting at Rickety Bridge. Then lunch at your leisure & spend the afternoon & evening relaxing or shopping in this quaint little village. Distance: 16 kms (easy cycle on gravel)

OVERNIGHT: Le Ballon Rouge Guest House BB

DAY 8
We transfer, about 1.5 hours to Tulbagh, the historic country town of Tulbagh, nestles in an exceptionally beautiful valley surrounded by majestic mountains.This little town has stunning views, charming Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture. Depending on the time, we will have lunch first & then we will do leisurely cycling along quiet rural roads through superb countryside, stopping for wine tasting at Twee Jonge Gezellen. Dinner at the Olive Grove Restaurant. Distance: 30kms (easy gravel roads)

OVERNIGHT: Tulbagh Hotel DBB Picnic Lunch

DAY 9
After breakfast we transfer (half an hour) to Gouda where we start cycling to Riebeek-Kasteel: Riebeek-Kasteel is one of the oldest towns in South Africa, situated 80 km from Cape Town in The Riebeek Valley together with its sister town Riebeek West. During 1661 Commander Jan van Riebeeck initiated an inland discovery expedition under the leadership of Pieter Cruythoff. They set off in the direction of Paardeberg and on 3 February 1661 they ascended a lonely mountain and came upon the fertile vista of the Riebeek Valley. After lunch we go for a wine tasting at Allesvorloren. Lunch & dinner at the hotel. Distance: 30kms (easy gravel roads)

OVERNIGHT: Riebeek Valley Hotel DBB Lunch on lawn

DAY 10
Start cycling after breakfast. The Kasteelberg cycle trail takes in the villages of Ongegund, Riebeek West and Riebeek Kasteel, as well as the scenic (sand) Riebeeksrivier Road. Do this route at a leisurely pace, stopping to savour the views – picnic lunch along the way or back at the hotel. Wine tasting at Allesverloren Wine Estate. Distance: 36kms (few hills – gravel)

OVERNIGHT: Riebeek Valley Hotel BB Picnic Lunch

DAY 11
Optional 2 hour morning cycle is available. Then have breakfast & depart at 11:00 for a 2 hour transfer to Inverdoorn Game Lodge. Arrive in time for lunch outside under the trees starting between 13H00 – 13H30 Buffet 5 starters, 2 main courses and 2 desserts Safari in open 4X4 with a professional guide at 15H30 Aperitif and dinner in the boma under the stars at 20H00 Distance: 35kms (easy gravel roads)

OVERNIGHT: Inverdoorn Game Lodge DBBL

DAY 12
Early morning safari starting at 06H30 – followed by an English breakfast at 09H00. Check out at around 10H30 & depart for the 3 hour drive to the airport.

FOOTNOTE: A very comfortable support vehicle with trailer will be available at all times en-route, anyone can opt to rack their bike and enjoy the views with us in the air conditioned vehicle!!

 
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