If you are thinking about cycling South Africa’s Garden Route, either on a winter sun holiday, or in the run up to the iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour 2018, you’ve probably got a great deal of questions about the route, the itinerary, and the average number of kilometres you are expected to cycle each day.
A demanding road cycling tour that should only be tackled by experienced cyclists, the Garden Route covers some 750km from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town, and you’ll be covering that in just 7-days, so you are looking at cycling around 100km every day.
Unless you book a private tour, you will be cycling the Garden Route with a mixed group, and while the guides do everything they can to balance the group, it is inevitable that some cyclists will be stronger than others, and there is every likelihood that your group will split into two. Anyone attempting this South African cycle tour should be able to maintain an average speed of 25km per hour across undulating terrain, and be prepared for temperatures up to 40°C, especially during pre-Argus week!
Here’s what a typical day looks like cycling the Garden Route from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town:
06:00am Wake-up call / shower / dress / pack as much as possible in your bag
07:45am Brush teeth / pack toiletries in your bag / load luggage onto the trailer
08:00am Start cycling / or if transferring by bus to the starting point / depart hotel
10:00am Snack break / refill water bottles
12:30pm Picnic Lunch Break / refill water bottles
1:00pm Resume cycling
2:30pm Snack break / refill water bottles
4:00pm Arrive at hotel
7:00pm Group Dinner
We’ve allowed a generous timetable, depending on the terrain and temperatures, you may skip the afternoon snack break and head straight to the hotel, arriving any time after 2pm.
Cycling the Garden Route is a once in a lifetime experience, but don’t be surprised if you want to do it again and again!