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!

 

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Road Cycling South Africa’s Garden Route: Monthly Departures November to May

There are many places in the world where one can enjoy a cycling holiday, but if you are looking for truly challenging road biking tour along one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world, South Africa’s Garden Route could be the perfect trip for you.

Road Bike tours Garden Route

A stunning 755km stretch from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town, the Garden Route features on most South African travel itineraries, but if you want to see more than just the most popular attractions, such as Tsitsikamma National Park, Plettenberg Bay, the Knysna Heads, and Oudtshoorn, one of the best ways to do so is on your bike.

cycle port elizabeth to cape town

While there are many different variations that one can take, you really should attempt to cycle as much as the route as possible if you want to say that you have cycled the ‘real’ Garden Route, but that means many hours in the saddle, and so this trip is only suitable for experienced cyclists who know what they are letting themselves in for!

Many people choose to cycle the garden route in the week before the iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour to get them in peak condition for race day, but with guaranteed monthly departures available from November to May, you can cycle this incredible route throughout the warmer summer months below the equator.

cape town cycle tour

So, want to know what to expect on your 8-day Garden Route Cycling Tour? Here’s an idea of what your daily itinerary will look like…

Day 1: Arrive Port Elizabeth

After building your bike and shopping for any last-minute energy bars and repair kits, join your fellow riders for a welcome dinner at the Boardwalk entertainment hub.

Day 2: Cycle from Port Elizabeth to Jeffrey’s Bay (Approx. 115km)

Your road cycling adventure along the Garden Route will start today with a 115km ride along the coast from Port Elizabeth to Surfers Paradise – Jeffrey’s Bay, where you will dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Cycle from Jeffrey’s Bay to Storms River (Approx. 110km)

After an early breakfast, your second day of cycling will take you to Storms River and the Tsitsikamma National Park, where you can walk along the suspension bridges and enjoy sundowners overlooking the ocean.

Day 4: Cycle from Storms River to Plettenberg Bay (Approx. 85km)

A slightly shorter ride today, you cycle from Storms River to Plettenberg Bay, one of the most beautiful parts of the Garden Route.  After checking in to your hotel, you can head down to the beach for an hour or two before returning for a delicious 4-course dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Transfer to Wilderness – Cycle to Oudtshoorn (Approx. 75km)

After breakfast today, your journey will start with a 1 hour transfer from Plettenberg Bay to Wilderness, where you will begin one of the most challenging days of your Garden Route adventure.  The route may only be 75km long, but there are some testing climbs along the way, and during peak summer months (January to March) you could be subjected to temperatures exceeding 40°C.

Day 6: Cycle from Oudtshoorn to Ladismith – Transfer to Swellendam (Approx. 100km)

Another challenging day, but perhaps not as tough as yesterday, you will cycle approximately 100km from the Ostrich Capital of Oudtshoorn to Ladismith, where you will hop on the bus and transfer to Swellendam for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Cycle from Swellendam to Stanford – Transfer to Hermanus (Approx. 120km)

Another long day, but one that you will most definitely enjoy, you will cycle approximately 120km from Swellendam towards the coast and the small riverside village of Stanford. To avoid competing with traffic on the extremely narrow roads here, you will hop on the bus and transfer the short 20-minute ride to Hermanus, the Whale Capital of the world, where you will dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Cycle from Hermanus to Gordons Bay – Transfer to Cape Town (Approx. 85km)

After 7 long days in the saddle, your last day will take you along the magnificent coastline from Hermanus to Gordons Bay, in what will ultimately be one of your best rides – ever! You will then transfer approximately 2 hours to Cape Town, where you can celebrate your achievement in South Africa’s Mother City.

Interested in a Road Cycling Tour along the Garden Route? Find out more!