Cycle The Garden Route March 2022 with Cape Town Cycle Tour

It’s all systems go for the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2022, so why not cycle the garden route this March and get yourself in peak condition for race day!

After almost two years of travel bans, lockdowns and pandemic fatigue, most of us are ready for an overseas cycling holiday, and with temperatures reaching almost 30 degrees in Cape Town, the timing has never been better to pack your bike, grab your Lycra, and head below the equator for a two-wheeled adventure.

Can you travel to South Africa now? Will the Cape Town Cycle Tour go ahead this year? Let us answer your questions with our most popular FAQs.

Q:           Is South Africa Open For Tourism?

A:            Yes, absolutely! It’s been open since October 2020, and all Covid-19 protocols are in place. Bars and restaurants are open as normal, as are all hotels and tourist attractions. The only observations you need to make are wearing facemasks when you leave your accommodation and sanitising your hands before entering any establishment.

Q:           What Covid Documentation Do I Need To Enter South Africa?

A:            At the time of writing, the Covid entry requirements for South Africa are as follows: You need a negative PCR test taken no more than 72-hours prior to departure, to download the COVID Alert South Africa app, and complete a traveller health questionnaire before heading to the airport.

Q:           Is the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2022 Going Ahead?

A:            Yes. The Cape Town Cycle Tour is scheduled go ahead on Sunday 13th March 2022. Numbers are reduced and start times are staggered to meet government guidelines, but apart from that, the event will go ahead as normal. Entries are still available.

Q:           What Is The Garden Route Cycle Tour?

A:            The Garden Route Cycle Tour is a spectacular road cycling holiday covering some 750km from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town. It is the perfect warm-up ride for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, particularly for international cyclists from the Northern Hemisphere who have been unable to train.

Q:           What Does This South Africa Cycling Holiday Include?

A:            This complete package includes luxury four and five star accommodations, most meals, bi-lingual guides, a support vehicle with water, energy bars, snacks etc. luggage transportation between properties, guaranteed entry into the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2022, and much more. You can view more details here.

Q:           What Are The Dates For The Garden Route Cycle Tour In March

A:            This year, the pre-Cape Town Cycle Tour Garden Route Tour will start on Tuesday, 1st March and end on Monday, 14th March 2022.

Q:           What Happens If I Cannot Travel Due To Covid-19 Travel Restrictions

A:            We can transfer your booking to 2023 with no cancellation fees.

You can book your Garden Route Cycling Holiday March 2022 here. Limited spaces available.

NEW! Garden Route Training Tour For The Cape Town Cycle Tour 2021

We are delighted to announce that the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2021 will go ahead on Sunday 10th October, and you fellow cyclists, are invited to join Team Equatours on one of two fantastic packages!

As in previous years, our cycling packages include all accommodations, airport transfers, training rides with local guides, guaranteed entry into the Cape Town Cycle Tour, and much more, and we can help you secure travel insurance with Covid-19 protection if needed.

For a detailed itinerary and no-obligation quotation, please enquire below:

7-Night Cape Town Cycle Tour Package from £895.00 per person sharing

12-Night Garden Route Cycling Tour from £2095.00 per person sharing

We can extend any of the above packages with extra nights in Cape Town, a Kruger Park Safari, a trip to the Winelands, and much more. Please get in touch for a tailor-made quote.

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Cycle The Garden Route – Guaranteed Monthly Departures 2020

Cycling the Garden Route in South Africa is a life-long dream for many cyclists, and if you dream of riding the 750km from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town with a group of like-minded individuals from around the world, it could be the perfect road cycling holiday for you.

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Taking in many highlights such as Jeffrey’s Bay, Tsitsikamma, Nature’s Valley, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, Brenton-on-Sea, Wilderness, Oudtshoorn, Swellendam and Hermanus, Garden Route Cycling Holidays showcase the very best of what the region has to offer.

While you’ll be spending much of your time in the saddle, covering around 100km each day, you’ll be making plenty of stops along the way at the various viewpoints and picnic spots, and you can easily extend your trip with a safari in the malaria-free Eastern Cape and extra nights in Cape Town if you would like to spend a few extra days exploring the delights of South Africa.

In 2020, you’ll be able to indulge in a Garden Route Tour every month of the year, and while you may see more rain and clouds during the winter months of July and August, you could still see plenty of sunshine, and as accommodation prices drop during off-peak season, you can enjoy this magnificent cycling holiday for less.

Garden Route Cycling – The Itinerary

Here is a brief overview of the itinerary. Some transfers are included on certain days to limit the number of kms cycled and to avoid busy roads during peak travel times:

  • Day 1 – Arrive Port Elizabeth
  • Day 2 – Warm-up Training Ride Port Elizabeth
  • Day 3 – Cycle Port Elizabeth to Jeffrey’s Bay
  • Day 4 – Cycle Jeffrey’s Bay to Nature’s Valley
  • Day 5 – Cycle Nature’s Valley to Brenton-on-Sea
  • Day 6 – Cycle Brenton-on-Sea to Oudtshoorn
  • Day 7 – Cycle Oudtshoorn to Swellendam
  • Day 8 – Cycle Swellendam to Hermanus
  • Day 9 – Cycle Hermanus to Cape Town
  • Day 10 – Free Day Cape Town
  • Day 11 – Departure

Departure Dates 2020 – Guaranteed for 2 Cyclists and More

  • 25th March 2020
  • 22nd April 2020
  • 20th May 2020
  • 10th June 2020
  • 22nd July 2020
  • 19th August 2020
  • 23rd September 2020
  • 21st October 2020
  • 28th November 2020
  • 10th December 2020

Private Departures – Any Day of The Year!

If the above dates don’t work for you, choose your own departure date on any day of the year! Available for groups of two cyclists and more.

For more information and a no-obligation quote, contact Bicycle Beyond today!







Cycle The Garden Route: New Tours for 2020/2021

Tomorrow sees the start of our Winter Garden Route Cycling Tour season, and if you love the idea of cycling along South Africa’s Garden Route but don’t have the time to join one of our 2019/2020 departures, you’ll be pleased to know that our Winter 2020/2021 schedule has finally been released, and we’ve got those all-important dates for your cycling diary.

Cycle the Garden Route

The Garden Route is a magnificent stretch of coastline that homes some of the most beautiful beaches and breath-taking vistas in southern Africa. While the official garden route is a 300km stretch from Mossel Bay in the west to Storms River in the east, most visitors start their tour in Cape Town and end in Port Elizabeth (or vice-versa) due to its remote location, covering 750km in total.

A great area for road cycling, the Garden Route boasts well-maintained roads, very little traffic as soon as you get outside the main towns, and the most awe-inspiring topography, vegetation, and wildlife, with landscapes that change every day.

It’s a demanding trip, covering some 100km a day in the saddle, but Garden Route Cycling Holidays are designed to be enjoyed, not rushed, and so they are suitable for any cyclist who is comfortable spending up to 5 or 6 hours a day on their bike.

The beauty of this type of trip, is that non-cycling partners can join too, and so if you love to cycle and your other half doesn’t, they can go off sightseeing with their very own guide while you head out onto the open road with the rest of the cycling gang. At the end of the day, you’ll regroup at the hotel to share your experiences, so it really is a win-win for everyone.

All Equatours Garden Route Cycling Tours are hosted in English, German, and Afrikaans, with a bit of Spanish and Portuguese thrown in for good measure, and open to cycling enthusiasts from around the world.

So without further ado, here are the Garden Route Cycling Holiday Departures for 2020/2021:

  • 28.11.2020: Cycling Port Elizabeth to Cape Town
  • 10.12.2020: Cycling Cape Town to Port Elizabeth
  • 09.01.2021: Cycling Port Elizabeth to Cape Town Including the Stellenbosch Cycle Tour 2021
  • 20.01.2021: Cycling Cape Town to Port Elizabeth
  • 30.01.2021: Cycling Port Elizabeth to Cape Town Including the 99er Cycle Tour 2021
  • 06.03.2021: Cycling Port Elizabeth to Cape Town Including the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2021

If you cannot wait until next winter to explore South Africa on 2 wheels, there are two departures still available on our 2019/2020 schedule:

  • 06.12.2019: Port Elizabeth to Cape Town (special offer, contact us for details!)
  • 06.03.2020: Cycling Cape Town to Port Elizabeth Including the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020

Secure you place now!

Garden Route Cycling Holidays: A Typical Day on Tour in South Africa

Garden Route Cycling Holidays are one of this years biggest cycling trends, and if you are looking for a winter cycling destination where you can ride all day, dine under the stars, and share your cycling stories with a small group of likeminded individuals, this is most definitely the trip for you!

Garden Route Cycling A Typical Day on Two Wheels

There are multiple variations of the Garden Route and no two tours are the same.  Some operators will take you in a loop, starting and finishing in Cape Town, while others will take you along the full 750km stretch, cycling from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town, so it all depends what you are looking for in terms of distance and difficulty.

Some operators even allow you to do it on an E-bike, but as hardcore road cyclists, we won’t even go there! If you are going to cycle the Garden Route, you might as well go for the ‘Full Monty’ and cycle the full route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth or vice-versa, where you’ll get to cycle around 100km each day.

So what should you expect during your Garden Route Cycling adventure? Here’s an overview of a typical day, taking into consideration photo opportunity stops, re-grouping on climbs etc.:

06:30     Wake Up, Shower, Pack Your Bag

07:00     Breakfast

07:45     Load luggage onto support vehicle, pump tyres, fill water bottles

08:00     Departure

10:00     Short snack break / water bottle refill / toilet stop

12:00     Picnic lunch

14:00     Short snack break / water bottle refill / toilet stop

16:00     Arrive at hotel / massage / free time

19:00     Dinner

10:00     Bed

It’s an action-packed day with ever-changing landscapes and weather conditions, but the scenery is nothing short of spectacular.

There are some fabulous Garden Route Cycle Tours in December, February and March, so why not book on one today!

What to Pack for Your Garden Route Cycling Holiday

Packing for a cycling holiday takes careful planning, particularly if you are Cycling the Garden Route in South Africa and staying in a different hotel every night, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot pack light.

With a well-thought-out holiday wardrobe, you can cycle in style and still look your best when you head out in evenings, and you might even have room for the odd souvenir, although you might have to keep it to a Table Mountain fridge magnet! It’s all about using the space you have available, and mastering the art of mixing and matching.

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Here Are Our Top Tips for Packing for a Cycling Holiday

While it is possible to rent most things these days, there are a few essentials that you should consider taking with you on your cycling holiday.

Cycling Essentials

  1. Helmet

They are obligatory in most countries and rented cycle helmets never fit right, so take your own for safety and comfort.

  1. Cycling Shoes

If you are not taking your own bike, make sure the rental company has the right pedals to match your cleats. If not, take your pedals and fitting tool with you too! Top Tip: Pack your shoes and pedals in your hand luggage, if they get lost in transit, you’ll spend the first day of your cycling holiday running around trying to buy expensive shoes.

  1. Sunglasses

Essential for any cyclist, sunglasses not only protect your eyes against damaging UV rays, but they create a barrier between you and any kamikaze bugs!

  1. Water Bottles

If you are renting a bike, chances are that your rental company will provide you with water bottles, but not all companies use new bottles each time. Check with your provider, and if they reuse their bottles, you might want to consider taking your own.

  1. Saddle Bag/Spares Kit

Again, if you are renting a bike from a local supplier, they should supply you with this, but if you are taking your own bike, remember to take everything you need (pump, spare inner tubes, tyre lever, multi-tool etc.) and if you are going on a longer trip, take more than you usually would.

  1. Computer/GPS Bracket

You’ll have this already if you are travelling with your own bike, but if your renting, don’t forget to take the bracket for your WAHOO, Garmin, or GoPro.

  1. Plug Adapter

For aforementioned electronics and your smartphone, camera etc.

Cycling Gear

  1. Cycling Shorts

If you are cycling out and back to the same hotel every day, then you can limit the number of shorts to just 2 or 3 pairs and have them washed onsite, but if you are travelling along the Garden Route, you should consider taking a fresh pair for each day. It may sound a lot, but you’ll be in them for around 7-hours a day, and it is unlikely that the hotel will be able to wash them by the time you arrive.  Handwashing is not an option, they won’t dry overnight, so pack plenty – you’ll be glad you did by the end of the trip!

  1. Cycling Jerseys

You could get away with handwashing lightweight cycling jerseys, specially in hotspots such as Oudtshoorn, but we would still recommend taking at least five jerseys, so you have plenty spares.

  1. Cycling Socks

They are lightweight and easy to squash into the corner of any bike box or suitcase, so take a fresh pair for every day.

  1. Gilet and Waterproof Cycling Jacket

For those fresh morning departures and chilly downhill descents, a gilet is perfect. There is every chance you could encounter a downpour or two during your Garden Route Cycling Holiday, so make sure you have a Pakajak or similar.

  1. Arm and Leg Warmers

Forget heavy tights and long-sleeved jerseys, pack a set of arm and leg warmers instead. It will free-up a huge amount of space in your suitcase.

  1. Cycling Gloves

If there is one item you are likely to forget on your cycling trip, it will be your gloves. Pack them first or forever hold your peace!

  1. Buff/Cap

A buff is ideal for protecting against the wind, and a cycling cap will protect your head from the elements (while looking super-cool!).

Holiday Wardrobe

  1. Smart Casuals

After a day in the saddle, you’ll want to change into something cool and comfortable. Lightweight trousers, skirts, t-shirts, shirts, and smart shorts that you can mix and match throughout your cycling holiday are ideal. The smart-casual dress code will take you almost anywhere in South Africa.

  1. Footwear

Flip-flops are perfectly acceptable in South Africa, but if you want to smarten-up for the evenings, sandals, trainers, and loafers are fine.

  1. Swimwear

If you have booked your Garden Route Cycling Holiday with a reputable company, there’s every chance that there will be a pool at your hotel, so pack some swimwear and a light cover-up, which will also take you to the spa for that much-needed post-ride massage.

  1. Toiletries

You know what you need here, but things you shouldn’t forget to pack include sun lotion (factor 50 recommended for SA), personal medications, insect repellent, allergy sprays, eye-drops, and perhaps most importantly of all, chamois cream!

  1. Small Bag/Backpack

Take a small bag that you can leave on the back-up vehicle with any essentials such as nutrition, medications, rain gear etc.

  1. Underwear & Sleepwear

We’ll leave this category to you, but ladies, don’t forget your sports bras for cycling!

  1. Compression Wear

If you find that compression wear helps after a long day in the saddle, take a set of compression wear and socks with you. You could even sleep in it to save on packing space!

If you are taking your own bike with you, use a Scicon Bag or similar to maximise on packing space. You can put your cycling clothes in zip-lock bags and pack them around your bike, which not only protects your beloved bike during transit but frees-up space in your suitcase!

You can buy everything you could need for your Garden Route Cycling Trip in South Africa, but quality gear costs even more below the equator, so take it with you, and showcase your unique sense of style as you cycle Africa’s most beautiful coastline.



Garden Route Cycling Tour December 2019: Amazing Rides, Amazing Hotels!

Garden Route Cycling Tours are the perfect end of season trip for European road cyclists, and with just a week to go until we come to the end of summer here in the Northern Hemisphere, now is the perfect time to plan your winter Garden Route Cycling Holiday in South Africa.

With its incredible coastal vistas, rolling hills, picturesque lagoons, excellent beaches, Outeniqua mountain range, and long winding roads, South Africa’s Garden Route is the perfect cycling holiday destination. The 750km stretch from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town (or vice-versa) highlights the glorious natural beauty of the region, and you’ll have plenty of sightseeing opportunities along the way.

There are many places you can stop and stay when cycling the Garden Route, and with numerous cycle-friendly properties along the way, there is something to suit every budget, but after a long day in the saddle, we think every cyclists deserves to be wrapped in comfort, and so here are our top boutique accommodation choices for our December 2019 Garden Route Cycling Trip:

The Windermere

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Supertubes Guesthouse

Buffelsdam Country House

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Brenton Haven

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La Plume

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Gaikou Lodge

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Whale Rock Luxury Lodge

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If you’d like to Cycle the Garden Route and stay in these amazing accommodations this winter, join us on our 06th December 2019 departure!


Garden Route Cycling: New Back To Back Tours for Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020

While entries for the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020 are not due to open until next month, many international cyclists are already busy planning their trip to the Mother City to take part in this world-famous cycling tour.

Cycling South Africa

South Africa is a long way to go, especially if you are travelling from Australia, the United States, Europe, or South America, and so it makes perfect sense to extend your stay with a cycling holiday along the Garden Route, but these tours sell out fast, and you need to book early if you are to secure your space.

Cycling the Garden Route from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town (or vice-versa), is a demanding road cycling tour for experienced cyclists who are happy to cycle around 100km every day. The scenery in this part of the world is spectacular, as are the cycle-friendly accommodations, and if you love the idea of spending a week with a small group of likeminded individuals, this could be the perfect cycling holiday for you.

Here’s a sample itinerary of Back-to-Back Garden Route Tours organized around the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020. Please note, some bus transfers are included in certain areas to limit the number of kilometres cycled.


– 26.02.2020 – Arrive Port Elizabeth
– 27.02.2020 – 50km Warm Up Ride
– 28.02.2020 – Cycle Port Elizabeth to Jeffrey’s Bay 115km / 71miles
– 29.02.2020 – Cycle Jeffrey’s Bay to The Crags 110km / 68miles
– 01.03.2020 – Cycle The Crags to Brenton-on-Sea 85km/52miles
– 02.03.2020 – Cycle Brenton-on-Sea to Oudtshoorn 75km / 46miles
– 03.03.2020 – Cycle Oudtshoorn to Swellendam 100km / 62miles
– 04.03.2020 – Cycle Swellendam to Hermanus 110km / 68miles
– 05.03.2020 – Cycle Hermanus to Cape Town 85km / 52miles
– 06.03.2020 – Optional 50km Spin Cape Town
– 07.03.2020 – Cape Town Cycle Tour EXPO and Briefing
– 08.03.2020 – Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020 109km / 67miles
– 09.03.2020 – Departure


– 06.03.2020 – Arrive Cape Town
– 07.03.2020 – Cape Town Cycle Tour EXPO and Briefing
– 08.03.2020 – Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020 109km / 67miles
– 09.03.2020 – Optional 50km Spin Cape Town
– 10.03.2020 – Cycle Cape Town to Hermanus 120km / 75miles
– 11.03.2020 – Cycle Hermanus to Swellendam 110km / 68miles
– 12.03.2020 – Cycle Swellendam to Oudtshoorn 125km / 77miles
– 13.03.2020 – Cycle Oudtshoorn to Brenton-on-Sea 75km / 46miles
– 14.03.2020 – Cycle Brenton-on-Sea to The Crags 85km / 52miles
– 15.03.2020 – Cycle The Crags – Jeffrey’s Bay 110km / 68miles
– 16.03.2020 – Cycle Jeffrey’s Bay – Port Elizabeth 115km / 71miles
– 17.03.2020 – Departure

These tours include guaranteed entry into the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020, so you can bypass the entry system in October and book your place now!

Cycling the Garden Route: New Video Reveals All

If you are thinking about Cycling the Garden Route in South Africa you probably have a list of questions as long as your arm. How far will we cycle each day? What are the accommodations like? How demanding is the tour? These are all common questions, but unfortunately, no two Garden Route Cycling Holidays are the same, and there are no standard answers.

Some cycling companies offers shortened tours starting halfway down the Garden Route, others offer mountain bike tours, and some even offer e-bike tours (tut-tut!), but if you want to cycle the ‘real’ Garden Route, you need to do it on a road bike, you need to cycle from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town (or vice-versa), and you need to prepare for around 100km in the saddle each day!

Cycling the Garden Route is a magnificent experience for keen cyclists, and if you book with a reputable company, you are in for a spectacular ride. You will be cycling on open roads, and you will face roadworks and heavy traffic at times, but if you are confident in your riding abilities, there is no reason why you shouldn’t cycle the Garden Route safely and arrive at your final destination with both wheels intact and a huge smile on your face.

To get an idea of the roads, the scenery, and the type of accommodations you will stay in when cycling along the Garden Route, take a look at this fabulous video taken in February 2019:

On the above trip, your itinerary will look something like this:

Day 1: Cycle Port Elizabeth to Jeffrey’s Bay

Day 2: Cycle Jeffrey’s Bay to Nature’s Valley

Day 3: Cycle Nature’s Valley to Brenton-on-Sea

Day 4: Cycle Brenton-on-Sea to Oudtshoorn

Day 5: Cycle Oudtshoorn to Swellendam

Day 6: Cycle Swellendam to Hermanus

Day 7: Cycle Hermanus to Cape Town

Some short transfers will be included to limit the mileage between certain sections, but you’ll be doing most of it in the saddle. With guaranteed departures from November to March each year, it’s a great winter cycling holiday, and if you join the ride in February, your Garden Route Cycling Tour will culminate with the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020!

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Cycle the Garden Route: Guaranteed Departure December 2019

Forget spring, summer has already arrived in many parts of Europe, and with wall-to-wall sunshine, warm temperatures, and a full cycling season ahead of us, now is the perfect time to unhook the Zwift and get out there on the open roads!

Garden Route Cycling Holidays December

There are some spectacular European cycling sportives coming up in the summer months, with the Mallorca 312 in May, the Stelvio Santini in June, the Maratona dles Dolomites in July, and the mighty Öztaler Radmarathon in September, but by October, things start to calm down, and that leaves many cyclists looking further afield.

Winter cycling holidays are widely available for international riders who refuse to pack away their wheels until the first frost appears, and while most of them involve a long-haul flight, it’s a small price to pay for an extension on your 2019 cycling season.

You could take a Road Cycling Holiday in Patagonia or Cycling Adventure in Africa’s Mountain Kingdom Lesotho, but if your idea of the perfect winter cycling trip includes spectacular scenery, fabulous boutique hotels, delicious dining options, and around 100km in the saddle each day, Cycling the Garden Route in South Africa should be your number #1 choice.

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Garden Route Cycling Holidays have grown in popularity in recent years, but there are many different variations of the route. While the original route stretches some 750km from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town (or vice-versa), many tours divert to Oudtshoorn to add a ‘mountain stage’ or two, while others skip Port Elizabeth and Plettenberg Bay altogether and start riding in Wilderness.

If you are going to cycle South Africa’s Garden Route, you might as well do the Full-Monty and cycle the route in its entirety from PE to Cape Town. Your journey will take approximately 7 days and stop at highlights such as Jeffrey’s Bay, Storms River, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Swellendam, and Hermanus before you finally arrive in the Mother City of Cape Town.

If this sounds like your perfect winter trip, you’ll be pleased to know that there is a guaranteed Garden Route Cycling departure starting in Port Elizabeth on 6th December 2019! Check out the video below for inspiration and book your place today…!