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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 Cape Peninsula and the Cape of Good Hope.

March trips offer the extra buzz of joining thousands of other cyclists on the Cape Town sportive* around the roads of the Cape Peninsula – an unforgettable way to end your ride!

*The Cape Sportive Supplement of £175 on March dates


Ride the Coast to Cape Town

10 DAYS
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Our day starts with a drive, and we hot 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

  • 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 beachand-bike photos! After lunch, we drive into Cape Town. Night hotel.

     

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

  • Our March departure coincides 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!

    On other departures we enjoy a free day in Cape Town, enjoying the sights and atmosphere of the vibrant, beautiful city. We meet in the evening for a slap-up celebration meal to mark our achievements. Night hotel.

     

    (Lunch and Dinner 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

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target £4,700 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Contact Us
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target £3,700 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Contact Us
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £2,125 Airline Taxes £225.00 Contact Us

    Pricing Explained

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    Payable on booking

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

    Trip Cost (i)
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  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target £4,350 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target £3,350 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,950 Airline Taxes £225.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

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

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

    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target £4,700 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target £3,700 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £2,125 Airline Taxes £225.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

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

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

    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target £4,350 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target £3,350 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,950 Airline Taxes £225.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

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

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

    Download Challenge Details

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.

  • All food is included except for a few meals as specified in the itinerary. The food is plentiful, generally local in style, freshly-cooked and will give you plenty of energy. Sometimes we have packed lunches, sometimes meals are buffet-style, other times we stop at small local restaurants. Dinners are generally eaten in camp or at our hotel, depending on accommodation.

  • 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 are often 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.

  • All our leaders are from the UK or other English-speaking countries. Most work for us on an ad-hoc basis and have ‘real’ jobs in-between trips! We never send our leaders to the same destination for months on end – we want them to be as enthusiastic about your trip as you are. Although our leaders are trained in expedition first-aid, they are accompanied by an expedition doctor or medic (dependent on group size), who is there 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 number of crew looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but an average-sized overseas group would be led by two leaders and a doctor. 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 luggage, food, water and equipment is carried by vehicles, porters, mules, etc (depending on terrain and accessibility) from one night-stop to the next. 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 mobile phones, medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary. They always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. Our leaders 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 compulsory medical questionnaires – is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We could be exposed to bad weather at any time so be 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.

  • Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. 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 will 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 up-to-date and any visas are obtained in good time. For further information please see our Factsheet and Visa information page.

    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.

  • For most people, the main attraction of travelling to a different country is to see new sights and enjoy new experiences. Sometimes those new experiences can make life harder or more inconvenient than you may like, such as toilet hygiene or different food, or simply a different attitude to solving problems. This is all part of the challenge you are signing up for! We are very privileged to live in a country with a high standard of living, and travelling exposes us to different challenges – all of which help broaden our horizons. We can guarantee that coming face-to-face with experiences outside your normal ‘comfort zone’ will help you bond with your fellow trekkers and provide you with plenty of things to laugh about! A sense of humour and sense of adventure are two of the most important things to bring with you!

Extension

Gourmet Winelands

What better way to celebrate your achievements than a trip to discover Cape Town’s well-known winelands? Pampering opportunities await …!

We spend three days around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, staying overnight on historic, luxurious wine estates, enjoying the opportunity to taste fine wines and sample other gourmet delights. The pace is relaxed and the views are wonderful! You’ll also discover incredible scenery, charming small towns, lush gardens and artisan crafts, chocolate, cheese – and more wine!

This is a wonderful way to unwind, whether you’re a wine buff or simply want to treat yourself to a relaxing break in South Africa’s scenic interior.

Extension

Sights of Cape Town

Make the most of your time in South Africa and stay on to explore the sights in and around stunningly-situated Cape Town!

This extension trip is packed with a wide variety of scenic, historic and cultural highlights, from the spectacular coastal scenery around the famous Cape of Good Hope, to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. We’ll also get the chance to see marine life such as seals and penguins, explore the city’s historic sights and vibrant markets, and visit the township communities which are such a vital part of Cape Town’s past and present. Our time culminates with a cable car ride up Table Mountain to soak up the expansive views – a perfect way to end our adventure!

Cycle Training Weekends

Cycle training weekend

£160 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!

MORE INFORMATION

GRADE | demandING (2)

This trip ramps up the challenge with some tougher terrain and longer days to be expected. We will supply you with a thorough training guide when you have registered. Training for the challenge is all part of the preparation and requires commitment! Without it, you will find the challenge less enjoyable - and we want you to have the time of your life!
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