5 Day - 4 Night Tour

This five days mountain bike tour Cape Town - Hermanus, will take you exploring off the beaten track from the Table Mountain National Park to Hermanus and the Overberg region. Nowhere else in our country you will get a more diverse ride for your penny than in the Western Cape region.

Table Mountain, one of the most famous natural landmarks in Africa is also the start of your 5 days & 4 nights mountain biking adventure. Head South along the Peninsula towards Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Africa's most south-westerly point and observe the African Penguins at Boulders Beach. Explore the verdant valley of the Cape Wineland, cross over the mountains to the most jealously guarded secret the "Whale Coast", watch the whales in Walker Bay (July to November). Breathtaking views, awesome singletrack and jeep tracks meanders through vineyards and berry farms, be on the lookout for some Whales once you hit the top of the Fernklof Nature Reserve.

It doesn't have to be long and hard! This package includes five moderate rides, two within the iconic Table Mountain National Park, two in the Cape Wineland and the four's one over the Overberg mountain, through nature reserve and indemic Cape flora, toward hermanus and the Hemel en Aarde valley. Designed by a Mountain biker for Mountain bikers, our routes are a combination of easy fast flowing jeep track and sweet single, with one key element in common: a wealth of great riding set within truly stunning scenery.

Technical single and steep jeep tracks will provide an exciting challenge designed for moderate to fit mountain bikers.

Cape Town Winelands to Hermanus

Duration: 

5 days & 4 nights

Number of Riders: 

2 to 6

Total Distance on MTB: 

181km

Total Accent: 

3014m

Difficulty: 

7

Average Daily Distance: 

37km

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Day1
Day2
Day3
Day4
Day5
Cape Town South Africa

Highlights

* Table Mountain by cable car

* Mountain bike along Table Mountain jeep track

* Signal Hill & Lion's Head

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Day1

Total Distance on MTB

22km

Difficulty

7

LATE MORNING ARRIVAL OR AFTERNOON ARRIVAL AT CAPE TOWN AIRPORT

Meet and greet by our tour guide and transfer to your accommodation in Cape Town.

Cradled by Table Mountain, Devil's Peak and Lion's Head, Cape Town offers a rich historical heritage, scenic splendor, a kaleidoscope of color, activity and excitement. After having settle at your accommodation we will take you for a short but exiting mtb ride on the outskirts of the city of Cape Town. Our ride traverse the steep slopes of Table Mountain on loose gravel jeep track and technical single. Followed by a cycling liaison on tarmac across to Signal Hill. This latest addition of mountain biking trails in Cape Town takes us down a steep single toward the city bowl before heading in a northerly direction along the full length of Signal Hill testing your skill and fitness level with ruts and rocks, finishing with Heartbreak Hill climb to a great viewpoint. Last but not least the ride to take us around Lion's Head on a level and scenic coastal trail. The terrain is rugged and technically unforgiving, rocks are bound to rear their ugly heads every so often, be focused! The loop around Lion's Head give spectacular views of Cape Town expensive city bowl and beautiful beaches. It certainly has a wow factor that makes this ride particularly special finishing for a short visit of the waterfront. Late afternoon transfer to Table Mountain for a ride up... by cable car (weather permitting)

The majestic Mountain offers breathtaking views of the Mother City and its mosaic surroundings in all directions.

Overnight in Cape Town
Lunch excluded & Dinner included

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Highlights

* Mountain bike trail in Constantia green belt

* Chapman's Peak ride

* Cape of Good Hope Nature reserve

* Penguin colony

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Day2

Total Distance on MTB

30km

Difficulty

5

JEEP TRACK AND ROCKY SECTION IN TABLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

Early breakfast, we will ride in the cool morning and tour with the minibus in the afternoon. Your mountain bike excursion will take you from Signal Hill along the steep slope of Table Mountain National Park and through the exclusive suburb of Constantia green belt. The distance might sound short, but rest assured there is nothing flat on this mountain!

Planned by mountain bikers for mountain bikers, those fast flowing gravel jeep trails and single tracks will plant a huge smile on your face.

To ensure that you take in the full glory of the day and have a memorable time, the visit and discovery of the diverse attractions along the route will be on our menu as well. Viewing the African Penguins at Boulders Beach, heading south down the Peninsula towards Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Africa’s most south-westerly tip and legendary dramatic meeting place of two oceans is a truly unforgettable experience!

Overnight in Stellenbosch

Light lunch included & dinner excluded

 

Mountain biking looking for our route...

Highlights

* Stellenbosch historical town

* Sky fall single mountain bike trail

* Banhoek concervancy mountain bike trail

* Franschhoek valley

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Mountain bike profile Stellenbosch to Boschendal
Mountain bike profile l'ormarin to Franschhoek

Day3

Total Distance on MTB

53km

Difficulty

5

    JEEP & SINGLE TRACK WITH ROCKY SECTION

Breakfast and ride through the picturesque town of Stellenbosch, with its charming character, historic architecture and oak-lined avenues, it is a must to visit on anyone's itinerary. The first farms were allocated before the end of 1679 and the village was formally established in 1685. Salut! A touch of France is coming our way in today's ride as we will be heading toward Franschhoek.

Crank up into cloud country for your first killer climb of the day through shady plantations up the north slopes of Jonkershoekberg. From here, you descent into the Banghoekrivier valley, you will encounter the middle section of our trail winding its way past lush green fields, orchards, well-kept farmsteads and wine estates to refill our liquids...

Following the course of the Berg River, expect a rollicking ride before ascending the stunning Franschhoek Mountain slopes for the second serious ascent of the day, before yet another tricky descent towards home.

Overnight in Franschhoek
lunch & dinner excluded

Mountain biking

Highlights

* T waterkloof nature reserve (Antilope, Cape Mountain Zebra & Cape Eland)

* Oak valley mountain bike trail

* Paul cluver mountain bike trail

* Old historical wagon road

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Day4

Total Distance on MTB

45km

Difficulty

7

JEEP TRACK & SINGLE TRACK IN OVERBERG AREA

Be buoyed by the knowledge that today’s ride is the longest of all five days and not the easiest! Healthy breakfast followed by a short transfer to the top of the Franschhoek pass, for a scenic ride of 8km down to the purgatory, where we enter the Theewaterskloof nature reserve. The track around the dam is gentle and undulating, a variety of antelopes may be spotted as well as Eland and Cape Mountain Zebra. Conservative riding is best; don’t beat yourself up here as the main course of the day is still to come! We will have a short transfer of 15mn to the start of our next MTB trail alongside the Groenlandberg nature reserve. The rich and diverse fauna and flora of the region make this an interesting route, with the many natural obstacles adding to the challenge. The trail will follow the track of an old wagon road linking the two valleys. As you gain height the views from the top of this pass are magnificent. On the way down grab your handlebars! some sections require technical ability and prudence. Our lunch stop will be at the Oak valley estate home of the famous Mountain bike stage race Cape Epic in 2015. After lunch our afternoon we will be spend riding the famous Paul Cluver & Oak valley trails, starting in the amphitheatre with the Swing, a bridge built on a massive tree trunk. The fun continues with lots of berms, flowing singletrack with some technical riding. Look out for the Mamba, a rollercoaster through a river valley with 6 bridges as well as for the Pofadder a bermed bridge built from wine barrel slats at the foot of a waterfall. Adding to the mix some lung busting climbs rewarded with magnificent views over the Elgin valley make this outing a kick-ass ride.. or call it a day after lunch and relax around the pool of the hotel. 

Overnight in Houwhoek or Bot River

Lunch & dinner excluded

View over Hermanus

Highlights

* Hemel en Aarde valley mountain bike trail

* Wildekrans mountain bike trail

* Hermanus coastal town

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Day5

Total Distance on MTB

38km

Difficulty

7

JEEP & SINGLE TRACK WITH SOME TECHNICAL SECTION

Breakfast at the Houw Hoek Inn or (guest house in Bot River), located on the site of a toll gate established in Dutch East and Indian days, it is the oldest hotel in South Africa. Situated in the heart of the Kogelberg reserve and world heritage site the Nature Reserve is one of the world's richest hot spots of biodiversity. Welcome to the Heart of the Cape Flora Kingdom (best viewing in spring from July to September)

The first part of our journey the track takes us down the historic Katpass to the village of Bot River and along the Botriver on single tracks that link the four historic cottages, follow by ondulating fast flowing trail.

The second part of the trail will require more focus with some technical single before arriving at the Hemel en Aarde valley..

The route is a mixed of single, jeep track and gravel road. Our mid day lunch stop will be in the Hemel en Aarde valley.

The rich and diverse flora and fauna of the region make this a stunning mountain bike trail. In November 2011 a young leopard had been photographed in the area.

Lunch excluded

Transfer back to Cape Town

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