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.

Cycle Garden Route South Africa

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…!

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South Africa: Cycling the Garden Route Fixed Departures November to April

If there is one cycling holiday that every cyclists should take during their lifetime, it would have to be Cycling the Garden Route in South Africa.

A magical journey on two wheels, it starts in the friendly city of Port Elizabeth and continues all the way to Cape Town covering some 750km over 7 days. Aimed at experienced cyclists who are happy to spend up to 6 hours per day in the saddle, cycling the garden route is definitely demanding, but when you combine great cycling with beautiful scenery, fabulous accommodations, group dinners in local restaurants, and full vehicle support, it makes for an unforgettable cycling holiday.

The actual route that you will take when cycling from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town (or vice-versa) varies from operator to operator, but you need to cover the full 750km if you are to say that you cycled the Garden Route. Shorter versions just don’t count, so check the itinerary before packing your bike box!

Having tried and tested several route variations, we’ve come up with what we think it the best Garden Route Cycling itinerary for road bikers, and as our pre Cape Town Cycle Tour Garden Route Trip sells out months in advance year after year, we will now be offering this tour with fixed monthly departures from November 2019.

Garden Route Cycling: The Itinerary

Below is a brief overview of our Garden Route Itinerary.

  • Day 1: Cycle from Port Elizabeth to Jeffrey’s Bay – a mecca for surfers
  • Day 2: Cycle from Jeffrey’s Bay to Storms River – home of the Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Day 3: Cycle from Storms River to Plettenberg Bay – South Africa’s leading beach resort
  • Day 4: Cycle from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn – time for some climbing as you head to the Wild West and Ostrich Capital of South Africa
  • Day 5: Cycle from Oudtshoorn to Swellendam – the 3rd oldest town in SA (more climbing!)
  • Day 6: Cycle from Swellendam to Cape Agulhas – where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, before transferring to Hermanus – the Whale Coast
  • Day 7: Cycle from Hermanus to Cape Town incorporating the beautiful Clarence Drive

We use only high-quality accommodations, so you have somewhere comfortable to relax after a full day on the bike, all meals are included from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 7, and there are plenty of sightseeing opportunities along the way.

Next Available Departures:

  • 11.2019
  • 12.2019
  • 01.2020 (Option to Extend to Include Stellenbosch Cycle Tour 2020)
  • 02.2020 (Extended Tour Includes Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020)
  • 03.2020
  • 04.2020

Are you ready to cycle South Africa’s Garden Route? Find out more!

 

Cycling the Garden Route South Africa: Best Places to Stop and Stay

Cycling the Garden Route is perhaps one of the best road cycling tours that South Africa has to offer. Stretching some 750km from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town, it is the perfect winter training tour for those who reside in the northern hemisphere, and there is perhaps no better way to get in peak condition for the iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour than cycling along this incredibly scenic route.

Garden Route Cycle Tours

Due to the logistics involved, most international cyclists prefer to book a fully organised small group Garden Route Cycling Tour that includes everything from accommodations and luggage transport, to professional cycling guides, most meals, and a well-planned itinerary. Monthly departures are generally available from November to April each year when temperatures are nice and toasty below the equator, and your trip will usually last around 7 or 8 days.

There are endless accommodation options available along the Garden Route ranging from economical backpackers and B&B’s to luxurious guesthouses and boutique hotels, so there really is something to suit every budget. But, after a long day in the saddle, a little comfort goes a long way, and so here’s some of the best places to stop and stay during your Garden Route Road Biking adventure:

Port Elizabeth: The Boardwalk Hotel

Centrally located in a ‘safe’ part of town, The Boardwalk Hotel in Summerstrand provides the perfect starting point for your trip. With large rooms, friendly staff, and numerous different dining options within walking distance, it is ideal for those who want to relax after their long flight and prepare for the days ahead.

Jeffrey’s Bay: On the Beach Guesthouse

Jeffery’s Bay is South Africa’s surfer’s paradise, and so it makes perfect sense to stay close to the beach while you are here. On the Beach Guesthouse is exactly that – and this lovely boutique property is cyclist-friendly too!

Tsitsikamma / Storms River: At the Woods Guesthouse

There are some great accommodation choices in and around Tsitsikamma National Park, but if you are travelling as part of a group and you need plenty of space to store your bikes and park your support vehicle, At the Woods Guesthouse is a good choice. There’s a great restaurant on site, but if you want to head out for a walk, Storms River Village is just a short stroll away.

Plettenberg Bay: Lairds Lodge Country Estate

By the time you arrive in Plettenberg Bay, you will begin to realise just how popular the Garden Route is! There is a huge choice here when it comes to accommodations, but Lairds Lodge Country Estate stands out head and shoulders above the rest! Just outside of town in Hawkerville, it is a luxury retreat with beautiful rooms, lovely relaxation areas, and a fine dining restaurant. It may sound a little ‘posh’ for cyclists, but after a few days in the saddle, you’ll appreciate the comfort!

Oudtshoorn: Hlangana Lodge or De Zeekoe Guest Farm

We had to list 2 options here as they are both equally as good! Oudtshoorn is South Africa’s Ostrich Capital, and so if you want to try Ostrich meat (a delicious lean protein – perfect for cyclists!) this is the place to do it.  Hlangana Lodge offers great accommodations that are walking distance from town. Their champagne breakfast is one of the best you’ll eat on the Garden Route, although you might want to skip the bubbly if you are to cycle 100km in 40-degree heat! De Zeekoe is situated 7km outside of town in the Garden Route’s Klein Karoo. A fabulous retreat where you can relax, enjoy your surroundings, and take a ‘walk on the wild side’ on one of their fabulous Meerkat Adventure Tours.

Swellendam: Gaikou Lodge

Situated on the Cape Trade Route, Swellendam is recorded as South Africa’s 8th Oldest Town, and you’ll get to cycle through it on your Garden Route Cycling Tour! There’s only one place to stay in Swellendam, and that is Gaikou Lodge. Situated on the outskirts of town at the foot of the Langeberg Mountain, it offers huge rooms (perfect for storing you bike), beautiful scenery, and a fabulous breakfast each morning.

Hermanus: The Harbour House Hotel

No visit to South Africa’s Whale Coast would be complete without at stay at the Harbour House Hotel. It’s right on the seafront, and just moments from shops, supermarkets, and the best restaurants in Hermanus.

Cape Town: The Winchester Mansions, The Hyde Hotel, or The New Kings Hotel

As you would imagine, Cape Town is bursting with hotels and so the options are endless here, but if you are looking for a good quality, cyclist friendly hotel on the Atlantic Seaboard (best place in Cape Town for cyclists), the Winchester Mansions, the Hyde Hotel, and the New Kings Hotel are your best options.