5 day’s cycling……345km! (You'll need to be fit enough to be able to do 60 to 90km per day)
Explore the greater Baviaanskloof Wilderness area and Grootrivierpoort from the saddle.
Mountainbikingsouthafrica will take you on a trip not to be forgotten. Accommodation will be either in a lodge, farmhouse or mountain hut. You will experience nature at its best. All you have to do after your hard day’s cycling is to sit down and enjoy a beer while you watch the sun set.
The Baviaanskloof (valley of the Baboons) lies between the Baviaanskloof Mountain range in the north and the Kouga mountains in the west This 192 000ha conservation area was awarded ‘World Heritage Status’. It is home to a wide variety of habitats and species. Proteas, Karoo scrubs, Yellowwoods and many more can be seen. A variety of animals like Kudu and Mountain reedbuck roam the hills and valleys. If you are lucky you will see the Baviaanskloof Rhino. On the Baviaanskloof side there are campsites and lodges. You will see other mountain bikers or hikers as well as people in their 4x4’s. On the Grootrivier poort side of the Baviaanskloof Mountains it is extremely remote and the silence is overpowering.
Along the route snacks and will be provided. A backup vehicle will follow you. A guide will accompany you on the bike. This is quite a tough ride but is within the means of any fit individual.
We have two different itineraries for the tour. The total distance is 345km. The amount of days to cover this distance depends on the group fitness: The group will accommodate only 12 riders.
DAY 1: arriving
Ripple Hill Hotel in Patensie on eve before the tour. We meet in the restaurant.
DAY 2: cycling
50km to Hadley farm. Do not think this is an easy day! The climb out of the Grootrivierpoort is spectacular and will test you climbing skills.
DAY 3: cycling
95km to Nooitgedacht farm. Experience the Karoo side of things. Look out for slow traffic...giant tortoises and Angora goats
DAY 4: cycling
59km to Cederkloof. The Nuwekloof pass is part of today’s adventure. At the end awaits a home cooked meal in Martha’s restaurant.
DAY 5: cycling
89km to Bergplaas. Today’s route will take your breath away for more than one reason. Look out for Rooihartbees when you get to the mountain hut.
DAY 6: cycling
51km back to Patensie. A climb or two and then downhill and a winding road through the orange orchards. Celebrations at the Hotel restaurant
DAY 7: Home sweet home
A minimum of 12 riders per tour at quoted rates. For smaller groups a special rate will be applicable. Information available on request. Contact us for details
Included on the tour:
- All accommodation (5/6 nights depending on option), meals on cycling days, snacks at lunch time.
- Full backup support, guide, transfer of your luggage when cycling
- Transport to and from Patensie (can be organised at an extra cost) Contact us for help with this.
- Alchoholic Drinks (A cash bar will be available)
- Medical cover for emergency situations. The route is remote and although we have support, you will need this cover in case of emergency.
- Supper on arrival and final day in Patensie
You'll need to bring:
Your mountain bike, extra spokes and deraileur hanger bike specific, personal clothes, toiletries and medication, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, cycling clothes for any weather conditions, sleeping bag and pillow, extra snack and energy bars, headlamp, camera, rain jacket
More detailed itineraries with daily mileage and pitstop information are available on request.
Contact us for more information
Full backup support is part of the deal. Luggage will be transported while you ride.
Tours will be quoted on depending the size of the group and the time of the year.