GOURMET KAROO CYCLE TOUR

Unwind in Prince Albert with some gourmet cooking and adventurous calorie burning! Escape Cycle Tours and African Relish invite you to get on your bicycle and head for Prince Albert in the Great Karoo. Come and unwind with some creative cooking and cycling up the mighty Swartberg Pass and down into The Hell. Spend a few days on a culinary adventure while you work off the extra calories on your bike.

DAY 1
Depart Johannesburg after breakfast for Kuilfontein, our midway stop to Prince Albert. Kuilfontein Stable Cottages is a Karoo oasis conveniently situated with gates on the N1, 12 km south from Colesberg in the Northern Cape. The Southey family have converted their famous racehorse stables into a guest house of chic country appeal. Crisp white linen, mohair blankets, feather pillows and warm Karoo hospitality where guests are treated as friends. The new Paddocks include 6 self-catering units with 1 or 2 bedrooms. The resident chef creates delicious meals with fresh farm produce, served on gleaming yellowwood tables. Game viewing on foot, birdwatching, Anglo Boer War sites, boule court, spring water pool, mountain biking and stargazing are the attractions…. Arrive at Kuilfontein in the afternoon – check in. An afternoon MTB ride is an option. Dinner will be served at the Paddocks.
DINNER
19:00: Dinner at African Relish

DAY2
Depart for Prince Albert after breakfast – arrive at about 13:00. Enjoy a light lunch before a quick check in. This afternoon there will be a cooking demonstration – time for sundowners & freshen up before “tucking” in to this delicious cuisine.
LUNCH & DINNER
 Lunch in De Rust . Return to Prince Albert in transporter, stopping along the way for wine tasting. Dinner at African Relish.  Distance: 30 – 85 kms.

DAY 3
Early start at 06:30 – meet at African Relish for coffee & rusks. Cycle to De Rust via Prince Albert Valley & Meiringspoort Pass. Breakfast will be served at the top of Kredouw Pass. Enjoy a refreshing swim at the spectacular waterfall with soaring cliff walls and rock formations that line the 25 km tarred road which winds along the floor of the gorge, crossing the Groot River 25 times. The road through the poort is a remarkable engineering feat, but the overwhelming features of a cycle through Meiringspoort are the wonders of nature. The folds of the Table Mountain sandstone strata tower above the road, constantly changing colour as you move through sunlight and shade. Hardy plants, including indigenous pelargoniums, cling to the precarious rock faces while birds, baboons and smaller fauna abound in the protected kloofs and crevices. Among the most scenic spots is the Skelm tumbling into a dark pool which, legend has it, is bottomless. (In 1938 it stopped flowing for the first time in human memory).A beautiful mermaid was said to live in the pool at the foot of the waterfall. During the 1996 floods a story circulated that she had been washed out of the pool, down the Groot and Oliphants rivers and out to sea. She had been caught in a fisherman’s net and taken to the CP Nel Museum in Oudtshoorn, where she was preserved in spirits! The Museum was overwhelmed with telephone calls and visitors keen to see the mermaid! Lunch in De Rust Return to Prince Albert in transporter, stopping along the way for wine tasting Distance: 30 – 85 kms
DINNER
19:00: Dinner at African Relish

DAY 4
Coffee & rusks at African Relish then depart with transporter up Swartberg Pass. OR; cycle up Swartberg Pass! Unrack bikes & cycle along the road to The Hell (16km). Enjoy a gourmet breakfast in the veld at Kliphuisvlei!! Travel to (The Hell) Gamkaskloof in transporter, enjoy lunch under the trees and & an educational about Die Hel. After lunch return to top of Swartberg Pass & cycle down into Prince Albert. Distance: 16-40 kms
DINNER
20:00 – Dinner at African Relish where we enjoy the fruits of the day’s culinary endeavours and star gazing into the night.

DAY 5
Meet at African Relish for coffee & delicious homemade rusks. Cycle to Weltevrede Fig Farm (26km) Enjoy a country brunch at Weltevrede Farm & a tour of the fig orchards. Return to Prince Albert with transporter or cycle back. Have lunch & then the afternoon at leisure!! 17:00 – Gather at Prince Albert Hotel for astronomy talk and star gazing Dinner at African Relish with star gazing into the night. Distance: 26-52 kms
DINNER
Dinner at African Relish

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DAY 6

Early morning cycle around Prince Albert. Breakfast at African Relish, then at leisure to explore the many interesting shops in Prince Albert. Olive oil tasting at 11:00 13:00 Light lunch at African Relish followed by cooking another demonstration. 18:30 Ghost walk and village ramble – Ailsa Tudhope, historian and story teller, takes you on a journey back in time with tales of ghosts and village rogues from the past. Distance: +- 40 kms Dinner at African Relish

DAY 7

Depart for our homeward journey at 5am with our delicious packed breakfast from African Relish.

INCLUDES
All transport – including JHB/Prince Albert return. All accommodation. All meals. Tea and crumpets at Klaarstroom. Lunch in De Rust. Wine tasting. Cookery lessons + apron. Tour of fig farm. Ghost walk. Trip into “Die Hel”. Talk on “Die Hel”. Olive oil tasting. Talk on astronomy. Star gazing. 
EXCLUDES
Alcoholic beverages & Gratuities

 
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