South-Africa Cross Cape
South Africa | TOUR
A personalised 9 day mountain bike tour following the Cross Cape route. Tailored, guided and supported by Onbike, with custom short lefts and some sweet spots in between.
This captivating journey will expose you to the smell of fynbos, cool ocean breezes, panoramic views of where forest and semi arid desert meets, sounds of wildlife and the tastes of local culture. Onbike’s cross cape tour offers the highlights of this thrilling area like no other experience can. Being our backyard playground and the terrain on which we normally prepare for our own adventures, we know the sneaky short lefts and personal contacts to customise the Cross Cape route to your liking.
The Cross Cape forms part of the Cape Cycle routes initiative, initiated by the Western Cape Government to promote tourism and to establish the Western-Cape as the best cycling destination in Africa. As arguably the most iconic biking route in Africa, the route is deeply embedded in the history of great mountain bike stage races like the Cape Epic and Trans Cape. We offer the platform to experience these routes at your own pace with your kind of people. Cruising down forest trails, playing on single track, steadily climbing up famous passes and taking in the vistas as we descend through the Klein Karoo.
3 – 11 November 2018
9 days | 8 nights
6 to 12 Riders
Level 2 Fitness
Level 1 Technical
Level 1 Adventure
Cross Country | Touring
R24 500 / per person
WHY WE LOVE THIS:
Ride the ever changing landscapes of the Garden route, Klein Karoo, Overberg and Cape Winelands
Visit two of the oldest towns in South-Africa
Enjoy true South-African hospitality
Navigate the foothills of the Outeniqua, Swartberg and Langeberg mountains
Ride through the Cape floral world heritage site
Sample local delicacies like roosterkoek, gemmerbier, koeksisters and ostrich
Enjoy your ride as Onbike takes care of all the logistics
Relax and refuel in hand picked accommodation and restaurants
Our journey starts in Plettenberg Bay, the coastal town situated on the south coast of South-Africa. Riding across the Western Cape through the Cape Garden Route, Klein Karoo and Overberg regions, ending in Stellenbosch the heart of the Cape Winelands.
Arrival – Plettenberg Bay
The beautiful coastal town of Plettenberg Bay situated on the south coast of South Africa is where we will gather for our cape biking adventure. We’ll enjoy dinner and discuss the last details for our departure the next day.
Plettenberg Bay > Knysna
79 km / Elevation gain 1768m / Tar , gravel roads / B & B, Guesthouse / Breakfast, lunch, dinner
We start our adventure in the heart of the Garden Route. Kicking off with with an ascend of Wittedrif Road, continuing deep into the indigenous sub-tropical Knysna forest. In the surrounds of the Diepwalle forestry station and Gouna road, we keep our eyes open for elephants which are said to roam free around here. Ending our route at the Knysna lagoon, we enjoy the hospitality of Knysna. A quaint coastal town, built around a large warm water estuary.
Knysna > George
79km / Elevation gain 1751m / Gravel roads / B & B, Guesthouse / Breakfast, lunch, dinner
With the famous ‘Heads’ behind us, we cross the red steel bride and head up Phantom Pass. We pass through the farm villages of Rheenendal, Karatara and Homtini along the Seven Passes Road. Dairy farms, indigenous forest and river beds decorates our journey through the rural side of the Garden route before arriving at our destination for the day. George is the capital of the southern cape and is situated on a 10 kilometre plateau between the majestic Outeniqua Mountain to the north and the Indian ocean to the South.
George > Oudtshoorn
83km / Elevation gain 1312m / Gravel roads / B & B, Guesthouse / Breakfast, lunch, dinner
We leave the green vegetation of the coastal belt behind, climbing over the Outeniqua mountain range via an 11km ascend of the Montagu Pass. Soaking in the panoramic views, we start descending to enter a much drier “Klein” (Little) Karoo through down the valley into. Oudtshoorn is the Ostrich capital of the world and home to the spectacular Cango Caves, Africa’s largest show cave system. Three distinct plant biomes (succulent karoo, cape thicket and fynbos) converge here alongside the Swartberg mountain range which is part of the Cape Floral World Heritage Site.
Oudtshoorn > Calitzdorp
77km / Elevation gain 1451m / Gravel roads / B & B, Guesthouse / Breakfast, lunch, dinner
We fuel our bodies with a big Karoo style breakfast to make sure we are ready for one of our more demanding days on the bike. Meandering over and through the foothills of the Swartberg mountain range, we will be surrounded by diverse flora and wildlife.
Hugging the Nelsriver we welcome the cool shadows and fast flowing Groenfontein valley. Nestled between the Outeniqua, Swartberg and Rooiberg mountains, we arrive in the village of Calitzdorp. Known as the Port wine capital, it is home to 200 plant species, found nowhere else on earth.
Calitzdorp > Riversdale
115km / Elevation gain 1534m / Gravel roads / B & B, Guesthouse / Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Our 11km climb over the narrow and rocky Rooiberg Pass gets our heart rates up before descending onto our stretch to Garcia Pass. We traverse Garcia Pass before heading downhill to re-enter the cooler terrain south of the Langeberg Mountain range and into the town of Riversdale. It is located beneath the Langeberg Mountains to the north, with Sleeping Beauty Mountain overlooking it, Riversdale produces and abundance of fynbos of export quality and has many routes that takes you through it. CJ Langenhoven, known as the father of the Afrikaans language, spent the last two years of his school life in Riversdale. He wrote the poem used for ‘Die Stem’, South Africa’s apartheid era national anthem. Today it has been incorporated into the last two verses of Nkosi Sikelel’iAfrika – representing two sides of a divided country now united.
Riversdale > Swellendam
93km / Elevation gain 1064m / Gravel roads / B & B, Guesthouse / Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Rolling hills alongside the mountain takes us out of Riversdale. Approaching Heidelberg, we go through the valley of Duiwenhoks to “Heartbreak Hill,” which lifts us up to the Grootvadersbosch area, a 250 ha stretch of indigenous forest. A welcome leg of easy riding takes us through the old mission station village of Suurbraak and into the historic town of Swellendam. Part of the Cape trade route, Swellendam is the third oldest town in South-Africa. With more than 50 provincial heritage sites, it has a long and rich history. In 2011 Swellendam re-declared itself a Republic after being one for a short while in 1759 before the arrival of british settlers. This republic is now dedicated to the principles of the New South Africa, celebrating rural life, racial harmony, respect for nature and it promotes sustainability and an “unplugged” way of life for all to enjoy.
Swellendam > Greyton
11km / Elevation gain 1166m / Gravel roads / B & B, Guesthouse / Breakfast, lunch, dinner
We enter the Cape Overberg along the Breede River. The Breede river was used by ships sailed which sailed 35 km up river to Malgas to unload and load merchandise. Rolling hills takes just through the grain growing region until we reach the Drew Bridge. We divert, following the Riviersonderend river through Riviersonderend, before heading on toward the quaint, oak-lined village of Greyton. Greyson’s Cape Vernacular architectural heritage has remained largely intact, combining old-world charm with modern conveniences. Dating back to 1846, we get to enjoy the craft centred approach to food, beer and life of this little town with its gravel roads, thatched roof cottages and beautifully restored buildings.
Greyton > Stellenbosch
07km / Elevation gain 1497m / Gravel roads / B & B, Guesthouse / Breakfast, lunch, dinner
The Cape Winelands welcomes the fine leg of our route. A smooth and mostly tarred ride with 2 iconic passes to maneuver, Franschhoek Pass and Helshoogte Pass. We pass Franschhoek and take advantage of the coffee shops and pastry bistros to fuel up for our final push through Helshoogte Pass. A lovely descend into Stellenbosch concludes our tour in the heart of South-African wine and a hub for adventure. We spend our final night in Stellenbosch where we will savour and maximise our opportunity to explore the beauty and activities it offers. As the second oldest town in South Africa with the oldest wine route, its streets are lined with Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture. Secluded lanes, water furrows, cosmopolitan restaurants and coffee shops are surrounded by views of mountain, vineyards and orchards. Nietvoorbij Institute of Viticulture and Oenology has one of the most modern experimental wineries in the world, and the University of Stellenbosch has the only viticultural and oenological department in the country.
- 9 Day 8 night Cross Cape guided & supported mountain bike tour
- 1 Scheduled airport transfer from George to Plettenberg Bay on day 1 as per itinerary
- 1 Scheduled airport transfer from Stellenbosch to Cape Town International Airport
- 8 Nights accommodation per person sharing (3-4 star accommodation)
- Support vehicle and driver
- Luggage and bike transfers on route
- Meals as per itinerary (breakfast ,lunch, dinner – from dinner day 1 to lunch on day 9)
- Onbike cycle shirt & bib shorts worth R 2000
- Qualified & Experienced guides
- General group bike repair kit in support vehicle
- Entrance fees and riding permits
- All Flights
- Alcoholic / Non-Alcoholic beverages
- Travel & medical insurance
- Personal cycling equipment
- Mountain bike hire
- Bike specific repair parts
- Any cost outside the itinerary
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