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Ride the Coast to Cape Town

South Africa Cycle CHALLENGING
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About the Challenge

South Africa is a land of incredible contrast and beauty. It possesses a vast array of landscapes, from spectacular coastline to a verdant, mountainous interior – which offer some of the most varied and enjoyable cycling on the continent.

Our ride takes us along the famous Garden Route, passing sweeping, deserted beaches and heading inland through vineyards, indigenous bush and forested mountain slopes. We finish on the beach at Gordon’s Bay, with vistas across to the Cape Peninsula and Cape of Good Hope.

As an added buzz, we then join the thousands of other cyclists on the Cape Town sportive around the roads of the Cape Peninsula – an unforgettable way to end your ride!


Ride the Coast to Cape Town

  • Fly to Johannesburg

  • We arrive in Johannesburg we take a short flight to Port Elizabeth, where we transfer (approx. 1 hour) to Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa’s surf capital. After ensuring our bikes are prepared for the off, there should be time to explore and watch the surfers on the famous ‘supertubes’ surf break. Night hotel.

  • We set off along the coast, enjoying a flattish warm-up before reaching the hills around Humansdorp – our first leg-testers. Flattening out as we ride through the beautiful Langeberg Mountains, we ride through forest and farms, before reaching Storms River, in the indigenous forests of Tsitsikamma National Park. Night hotel.

    Cycle approx. 105km

    Route Profile

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  • A good breakfast fuels us for a tough day ahead, surrounded by fabulous scenery! Our ride takes us through the heart of the Garden Route, to Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, appreciating the lush vegetation as we ride through indigenous forest. A steep climb through a ravine brings us to Bloukrans Pass, a testing challenge which marks the divide between Eastern and Western Cape Provinces. Within a short time we climb again to unspoilt Nature’s Valley. A long descent brings us into Knysna; the most significant climbs are now behind us. Riding on, we pass lush farmland and inland lagoons; anyone finding this a stage too far can shuttle the last part in a vehicle. Wilderness is a wild and beautiful area of the Garden Route set behind a long beach with crashing surf. Night hotel.

    Cycle approx. 147km

    Route Profile

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  • Another tough day awaits us today, with the undisputed highlight the climb up Outeniqua Pass. First we set out on our ‘Afrix-Roubaix’ detour, using quiet shaded roads and hard-packed dirt roads to avoid busy main roads to George. The Outeniqua Mountains form the backdrop to the Garden Route, their forest-clad flanks sloping fairly gently to the south, but steeper to the north. The scenery is magnificent, different again to what we’ve seen, as we ride up to the pass (800m). We ride amidst this dramatic green mountain scenery, then return and tackle the pass from the north side, treating ourselves to a well-earned descent towards the coast and Hartenbos, which lies on the outskirts of Mossel Bay. Night hotel.

    Cycle approx. 115km

    Route Profile

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  • Our day starts with a drive, and we hit the saddle again near Riviersonderend. Today’s cycling is different yet again, as we ride through wheat fields and rolling hills, over Shaw’s Pass and on through the rolling vineyards of the beautiful Hemel and Arrde Valleys. There are a few short sharp climbs to keep things interesting, but it’s not on yesterday’s scale. We stay in the popular seaside town of Hermanus, and should have time to explore its old harbour and wander some of the shops. Night hotel.

    Drive approx. 2.5 hours; cycle approx. 92km

    Route Profile

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  • Today’s ride must rank as one of the most scenic cycling routes in the world! Back on the coast again, we head around the undulating headlands, passing Betty’s Bay and Rooi-Els, before coming to Gordon’s Bay, which marks the end of our ride. Here we are greeted by vistas across the vast False Bay to Cape Peninsula, ending in the Cape of Good Hope. We celebrate with an invigorating swim and obligatory beach-and-bike photos! After lunch, we drive into Cape Town. Night hotel.

    Cycle approx. 80km; drive approx. 45-60 mins

    Route Profile

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  • Our trip just so happens to coincide with the largest timed cycling event in the world! Take to the closed roads of Cape Peninsula with roughly 35,000 other cycling enthusiasts, and enjoy the atmosphere of this exciting event with Table Mountain as an iconic backdrop. The route is hilly, but after your week in the saddle you’ll be fully prepared! We meet in the evening to celebrate our many achievements. Night hotel. (Lunch not included)

    Cycle approx. 109km

  • Free time to relax before transferring to the airport for our flight back to the UK.  (Lunch and Dinner not included)

  • Arrive back in UK

Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

    Please note min. group size is 10
    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target £4,700 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
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    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target £3,700 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
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    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure


    • All transport from London to Port Elizabeth / Cape Town return
    • All meals except where specified, and accommodation
    • Discover Adventure leaders; doctor with a group of 15 or more participants; local guides, mechanics and drivers
    • Local support and back-up equipment
    • Entry to National Park and any other sites included in the itinerary
    • Sportive entry fee and all services provided by sportive organisers (not managed by DA)


    • Any meals specified 'not included' in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Bike: Rental can be arranged in-country and must be requested at least 3-4 months in advance (approx. R8,000-10,000) or bring your own bike (allow approx. £135-150 for airline bike carriage fees)
    • Cycle helmet (compulsory and 2 water bottles)
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
    • Tips for the local guides and support crew
    • Inbound airport departure tax (no tax applied at the time of writing)
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions or activities
    • Airline taxes: we cap these so that £250.00 is the maximum you will pay
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
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Detailed Information

  • Group flights leave from London Heathrow or Gatwick, (we regret that we are unable to book connecting flights), and are booked through Discover Adventure Ltd under ATOL licence 5636. By travelling with Discover Adventure you are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We do not always use the same airline for each destination; if you wish to know the probable carrier please call for details. You will usually receive confirmed flight details several months before departure. Our itineraries are always based on current flight schedules and are therefore subject to change by the airline. If you prefer to book your own flights please ask us for a land-only cost.

  • Accommodation is usually on a twin-share basis in hotels or camp. Occasionally we may use hostel-style accommodation. Please tell us if you know somebody else on the trip that you would like to share with and we will try our best to accommodate your request. If you don't know anyone else in the group don't worry, we always pair you up with someone of the same gender, and a similar age where possible. We do not charge a single supplement if you are a solo traveller in a shared room.

  • We stay in a variety of hotels/lodges ranging from quite simple, friendly guesthouse-style to more international-style hotels in larger towns or cities. Standards are generally good, in great locations, but there may be a night or two where facilities are more basic, as you'd expect in very remote, untouristed or rural areas.

  • The food provided is plentiful, often local in style and freshly-cooked, and will give you plenty of energy. Sometimes we enjoy a buffet-style lunch-stop, other times we might have packed lunches. On some trips we stop at small local restaurants. Dinners are generally eaten in camp or at the hotel, depending on accommodation. In some regions there may be less variety than you are used to, and in others fresh meat or produce can be harder to come by. Any meals not included are listed in the itinerary and are generally on travel / free days, giving you the opportunity to explore and try other culinary experiences! There is always something to suit different budgets.

    Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. Please do not expect as much variety as you would have access to at home – we may be in very rural or remote areas and among people of a different culture who may not understand your requirements, however willing they are to help. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat we strongly recommend you bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Please feel free to ask us for advice.

  • Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders. Our leaders are selected for their experience in harsh wilderness environments, knowledge of travel in remote areas, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. They are also trained in expedition first aid. You are in very safe hands with a Discover Adventure leader. Usually leaders are based in the UK or other English-speaking countries and lead for us regularly throughout the year in many different countries. In some instances, trips are led by in-country guides with a wealth of knowledge about the region; they have been trained by us to provide the level of support expected on a Discover Adventure trip.

  • An expedition doctor or medic accompanies the group (dependent on group size.) Their role is to look after the well-being of the whole group and deal with any incidents. They help the leaders to ensure the trip runs smoothly, and encourage you when things get tough. The total number of crew looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but at Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader: participant ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.

  • Our local support crew is made up of local guides, assisted by drivers, porters, cooks and other support staff, depending on the type of trip. Local guides know the area well, and are a great source of knowledge about local lifestyles. The Discover Adventure crew work closely with the local crew to ensure your trip runs smoothly and safely. In some destinations we work together as a team with local guides to help set up or break camp, or prepare meals. Your leader will arrange a collection of tips for the local support crew at the end of your trek, and you will be provided with a guideline amount in advance. Tipping is not obligatory, but once you see how hard they work on your behalf you will be happy to donate something!

  • Your luggage, food, water and equipment is transported for you from one night-stop to the next. If there is easy road access this is done by vehicle; if not porters, mules or even camels might carry your bags, depending on the destination and terrain.

    Space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft bag, rucksack or expedition kitbag. Ask us about our specially-designed low-cost kitbags if you don’t have one already. You should also bring a small daypack to carry for items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening.

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary, should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration - such as medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.

  • For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, check

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

  • This is designed to be a challenge, and it is vital that you train sufficiently for it. We will supply you with a thorough training guide once you have registered. We expect all participants to train hard in advance, but we respect everyone’s limits and do not expect everyone to maintain the same pace. Inadequate training is likely to have an impact not just on your chances of completing the challenge, but enjoying it too - and we want you to have the time of your life!

    Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners may find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.

  • Entry requirements vary depending on your destination and nationality. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid, and any visas are obtained in good time. Check the FCO’s advice on entry requirements for your destination to be sure. To find out if you need a visa you can check requirements on our website; please ensure you allow plenty of time.

    Your routine UK schedule of vaccinations should be up-to-date (especially tetanus). We recommend you check Fit For Travel for further details. You should always check with a GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.


Andrew - April 2017

A great trip through some of the world's most beautiful scenery, fantastic accommodation, food, rider support and of course top top cycling.

Cycle Training Weekends


£180 Special Offer - Only when you book at the same time as registering for your main challenge

Discover Adventure Cycle Training Weekends take place in and around the valleys and ridges of the chalk downs around Salisbury. They are designed to gauge your fitness so that you can be confident you are well prepared for the challenge ahead!


GRADE | demandING (2)

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Trip grades range from Challenging (1) to Extreme (5).

DEMANDING trips ramp up the challenge with some long days over tough terrain, and require good stamina, fitness and determination.

See Trip Grading Explained.

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