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!

 

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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.

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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.

PRE CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR 2020 GARDEN ROUTE CYCLING TOUR

– 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

POST CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR 2020 GARDEN ROUTE CYCLING TOUR

– 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!

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…!

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.

 

 

 

Cycling South Africa’s Garden Route: A Typical Day on the Road

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.

Pre Argus Training Camp

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

07:00am Breakfast

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!

 

 

 

 

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.

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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.

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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!