This seven day mountain bike tour takes you from Cape Town to Hermanus. Explore off the beaten track trails through the Winelands areas of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Grabow. Ride inlands and southwards towards the scenic Cape South Coast to Hermanus. Nowhere else in our country will you get a more diverse ride for your penny than in the Western Cape.
Enjoy a cable car ascent to the summit of Table Mountain, one of the most famous natural landmarks in Africa, head south along the Peninsula towards Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Africa's most south-westerly point, observe the African Penguins at Boulders Beach, explore the verdant valleys of the Cape's Winelands, cross over the mountains to the most jealously guarded secret the "Whale Coast", watch the whales in Walker Bay (July to November) Some of our trail "honeypots" are tucked away in hidden belts of green relatively near urban civilization. Others are genuine wilderness rides, through nature reserves, up magnificent mountain passes, zigzagging single tracks and speedy downhills. All have one key element in common, the stunning beauty and captivating rhythm that is unique to South Africa.
Technical single and steep jeep tracks will provide an exciting challenge designed for moderate to fit mountain bikers.
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
* Mountain bike trail in Constantia green belt
* Chapman's Peak ride
* Cape of Good Hope Nature reserve
* Penguin colony (time permitting)
Total Distance on MTB
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
* Stellenbosch historical town
* Sky fall single mountain bike trail
* Banhoek concervancy mountain bike trail
* Franschhoek valley
Total Distance on MTB
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.
Be buoyed by the knowledge that today’s ride is the longest of all seven days and not the easiest! Healthy breakfast followed by a short transfer to the top of the Franschhoek pass, for a scenic tarmac warm-up 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 30mn with the minibus 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. The views from the top of this pass are magnificent, as you view the apple orchards below and gain a panoramic view of the valley. Grab the handlebars! Some sections require technical ability and prudence. Our lunch stop will be at the Oak valley estate home this year of the famous Mountain bike race the Cape Epic. After lunch our afternoon we will be spend riding the famous The Paul Cluver 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. There are some lung busting climbs rewarded with magnificent vistas over the Elgin valley. The Pofadder is a bermed bridge built from wine barrel slats at the foot of a waterfall followed by more great riding, loads of single-track and gravel roads linking all of the above make for a kick-ass ride.
Overnight in Grabouw
Lunch & dinner excluded
* Lebanon mountain bike trail
* Oak valley mountain bike trail
* Paul Cluver mountain bike trail
* Historical old wagon road
* Wildekrans wine estates
Total Distance on MTB
JEEP & SINGLE TRACK IN KOGELBERG NATURE RESERVE
Situated in the heart of the Kogelberg reserve and world heritage site, the first part of our journey the track takes us through the Lebanon MTB trail follow by Oak valley MTB trail and the famous bridges and skywalks of Paul Cluver estates, plenty of awesome singletrack. Our mid day lunch stop will be at the historical Houw Hoek inn located on the site of a toll gate established in Dutch East and Indian days, it is the oldest hotel in South Africa, situated at the foot of the Houw Hoek mountains. From here a ride down the valley using the old ox wagon route take us to Botriver at this encampment people came not only to trade but also to have their wagon wheels fixed (hopefully not ours!).. with a short stop to the local wine estates before arriving late afternoon on a beautiful wine farm. All your efforts will be amply rewarded by magnificent views and serious MTB fun.
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. The route is a mixed of single, jeep track and gravel road.
Light lunch & dinner excluded
Overnight in Botriver Lunch & dinner excluded
* Hemel-en-Aarde valley mountain bike trail
* Fernkloof nature reserve
Total Distance on MTB
JEEP & SINGLE TRACK WITH SANDY & ROCKY SECTION
Early breakfast, today's ride will take us to the valley of Hemel en Aarde situated on the outskirt of the town of Hermanus. The trails will follow the Botriver valley that links the four historic cottages on Bot river farm before going over the mountain. The route is a mixed of single, jeep track and gravel road with some technical section along the way which require more focus. This mountain bike route is also part of the yearly classic multi-stage race Wine to Whales. The rich and diverse flora and fauna of the region make this a stunning trail. Our mid day lunch stop we will be in the valley of Hemel-en-Aarde. Our after lunch ride will take us across the valley to the top of the Fernkloof nature for a panoramic view of Walker's Bay.
Overnight in Hemel-en-Aarde valley Lunch excluded & dinner included
* Hemel -en-Aarde valley mountain bike trail
Total Distance on MTB
JEEP TRACK & SINGLE TRACK
Early breakfast, the fresh sea air will feed your soul for the journey to come. The start out sees a fast section of tar road before reaching the entrance of " Heaven and Earth" Hemel-en-Aarde valley sounds like a pretty good place to start our journey for the last fire work.. Today's ride will take us up the valley, the opening climbs through the vineyards provide a great warm-up into the cool morning. The views along the way, as well as the drop down towards the vineyards are worth every effort, expect plenty single trail with few sandy and rocky stretches here and there. Last lunch together with some local wine and it is time to say Good bye..
In season option to go whale watching before your transfer back to Cape Town