“Travel South Africa’s southern Cape by mountain bike and discover some of the country’s true wilderness areas.”
For the intermediate to experienced mountain bike rider, the Settler in the Saddle tour will take you through South Africa’s incredible landscapes in a truly unique way. Going ever as fast as your legs will let you, you’ll get to fully enjoy the scenery as you cycle through the Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve, cross the Outeniqua Mountains and reach the Indian Ocean. A World Heritage Site, Baviaanskloof is rich in biodiversity and history. As you go, you’ll meet the people that live in the area and listen to their stories and those of their ancestors. You’ll travel 450 km in total with daily rides of between 45 and 90 km. But don’t worry, you’ll be able to rest your legs along the way with blissful dips in mountain rivers, natural pools, and the Indian Ocean!
We have a strong commitment to promoting action-fuelled adventures that are also environmentally friendly, priding themselves on their respect for Africa's nature. They use biodegradable products when camping in the wild and strive to protect and nurture local communities. Toerboer supports organisations including 'Qhubeka', a World Bicycle Relief program that is dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities for Africans by utilising sustainable transport. This organisation provides locals with bikes, expanding their ability to travel and educate themselves with minimal impact on the environment. They also advise their customers on how best to be an environmentally responsible traveller and offset their flights, carbon emissions, with a donation through the organisation 'Atmosfair'.
Port Elizabeth Airport – Ripple Hill Hotel (Patensie): You'll be met at Port Elizabeth Airport by your guide and transferred to the frontier town of Patensie. You'll overnight at the charming Ripple Hill Hotel where you can sit back and enjoy a drink and a nice meal at the authentic bar and restaurant.
Today is the start of your mountain bike adventure. You'll saddle your bike and ride to the greater Baviaanskloof area where you'll immediately get a sense of the unique atmosphere. After a refreshing dip in the Baviaaskloof River, you'll reach Kudu Kaya Guest Farm where you'll set up camp for the night. You'll get a chance to explore the Ysrivier and its pools. The day ends with a relaxing dinner by the fire.
Today, you'll ride to the Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve. You'll be rewarded with breath-taking views as you climb to Bergplaas and freewheel down to Doodsklip. You'll cross the Baviaans River a couple of times before stopping for lunch. Keep your eyes peeled for black rhinos and buffalos! You'll camp at Bakkrans, a natural overhang carved into the Baviaanskloof Mountains. Enjoy a delicious braais by the fire and a rejuvenating night in the open-air!
Today you'll feel as if you're riding down the throat of the Baviaanskloof as you make your way between the imposing mountains. After a detour to the Seven Fountains and Fig Tree Forest, you'll stop at the monument to the Campbell Family who lost their lives during the great flood of the last century. You'll reach the charming Uitspan Guest Farm for a relaxing evening at their homely bar and dining area.
Today, you'll pass through the Baviaanskloof Key, a set of rock formations at the bottom of Nuwekloof Pass. Then, leaving the Baviaaskloof behind, you'll follow the road to the small town of Uniondale where you can enjoy a cold beer and a well-deserved rest at the Uniondale Lodge.
After a good breakfast, you'll ride to the Prince Alfred's Pass and onto De Rust. The views from the top are truly unique and the descent thrilling. Stop for scone and tea at De Rust before reaching a camp next to the river by the name of Angie's G-Spot! It is said Angie's G-Spot never disappoints...
Today you'll start with a heavy climb and follow the route towards the ocean. You'll ride through the Knysna Forest. Stories of an era of gold miners and forest men, and, if you're lucky, Knysna Forest elephants, will accompany you along the way. Then, you'll cross the Outeniqua Mountains and enjoy a splendid free-wheel down to the coastal town of Knysna. In the evening, indulge yourself in a glass of good wine and some oysters at Drifter's Lodge.
Today is your last day of riding. You'll ride the Seven Passes road to the town of Karatara, passing farms and local villages with the Outeniqua Mountains always in the background. Like the multitude of rivers flowing down the mountains, you'll be making your way to the Indian Ocean. You'll reach Victoria Bay where the warm ocean will be a soothing sight. You'll spend the night at the Victoria Bay Lodge, which is perched on the rocks overlooking the ocean.
Take a blissful early morning dip in the ocean before saying farewell. You'll be transferred to George Airport or George Town to continue your journey, wherever it might be!
- The rate shown is a 'from' price per person (based on two sharing)
- A single supplement will apply
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- Three meals per day
- Professional guides
- Entry fees
- Back-up vehicle to carry luggage
- Water to fill your personal water bottles
- Expenses of a personal nature (e.g. laundry)
- Transport to the start point
- Bicycle (can be rented for approx. £15 per day)
- Cycle equipment (including compulsory helmet)
- Any other services or activities not mentioned in inclusions - if in doubt, click 'Ask a Question' to speak to the operator!