This unique guided Mountain bike tour can be done as an E-Bike tour or normal cycle tour . Cycle through beautifull winelands scenery from Stellenbosch to the quaint seaside town of Hermanus. Beautiful and unique accommodation is included along the way with lazy wine estate lunches available to reinvigorate the body and soul after a morning of biking through some stunning scenery.

Day 1: Cycle to Franschhoek and its vineyards

Today we cycle from Stellenbosch to the winelands town of Franschhoek.

We will cycle mostly off road over the old Helshoogte Pass, a route used by the first Dutch and French families who settled here in 1688. Enjoy fantastic views and sites along the way. Learn about small mission stations and local people living in the Banghoek Valley. Get a chance to spot Eland and Blue Wildebeest as we cycle along multiple mountain streams in the Banhoek Conservancy.

Enjoy lunch on a Franschhoek Wine estate while we load the bicycles. (Lunch on own account)

The afternoon we will depart by bus to our accommodation in the Elgin Valley. We will see the amazing Franschhoek Pass, Theewaterskloof dam and much more. Our accommodation is in upmarket glamorous tents on a farm in a pine forest.

Tonight your guides will prepare a typical South African Braai for dinner. Remember to bring a book to relax in one of the hammocks! (If there is no availability at Cherry Glamping, we will book beautiful farm cottages in the area.)

Day 1 Route Info
Distance : Approximately 45- 50 km
Elevation: Approximately 867 m
Road: Mostly jeep track and MTB trails, approximately 15 km of tar road
Ride duration: Approximately 4 hours
Skill level : Intermediate

Meals included: Braai Dinner

Accommodation: Twin sharing tent or Farm Cottages

Day 2 : Cycle Elgin to Hermanus

This morning we embark on a great day of cycling through plantations, winelands and small towns and rural villages towards Hermanus.

End the day’s ride on the manicured trails of the Hemel and Aarde valley with its many beautiful wine estates. You will have time for lunch after the ride in Hermanus before we depart back to Stellenbosch via the beautiful Clarence drive with magnificent sea views.

Day 2 Route Info
Distance : Approximately 40-50km
Elevation: Approximately 817 m
Road: Mostly jeep track and MTB trails, approximately 8 km of tar road
Ride duration: Approximately 4 hours
Skill level : Intermediate

 Meals included: Breakfast.

 Included

  • Mountain bike or E- Bike
  • Guide
  • Back up vehicle and trailer for luggage and bikes
  • Accommodation twin sharing room as specified
  • Braai dinner on day 1 and Breakfast day 2.

Excluded

  • Meals not specified
  • Optional activities
  • Items of personal nature

Rate :  R 3 800 pp

What to Bring:

  • Cycling Pants and gloves
  • Helmet (we can provide a helmet if needed)
  • Your own cycling shoes if you want to use cycling shoes, otherwise normal trainers
  • Day Backpack or Camelbag for cycling and own water bottle
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes or sandals for afternoons. Swim costume.
  • 1 rain jacket and 1 warm top and jeans
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and hat and Buff
  • Book for afternoon leisure time
  • You need to have your own travel insurance and medical insurance in place.
  • Insurance information – health and travel information including policy numbers and phone numbers.

Bicycles:

Our E-bike is a Giant Mountain Bike with and electric motor that can assist you in pedaling. Each bike has 4 strength settings, OFF, Eco, Normal and Sport Mode. Your guide will explain these features to you.

Your guide has a spare tube and patch kit and pump. If you would like to bring your own pedals and shoes we recommend doing so—your tour leaders will install them during the bike fitting. We have flat pedals available and will also be providing helmets if needed.

You are also welcome to use your own bike or use one of our hard tail Giant Talon bikes if you would like to do the tour in a normal bike. Please make sure that you are fit enough to do the tour in a normal bike.

Vehicle Support:

Full vehicle support including: luggage shuttle, water and snack resupply, mechanical assistance, and rides for tired cyclists!

Accommodation:

We have carefully chosen all our accommodations for their charm and location. They are typically small, family run hotels or Guesthouses that offer you a glimpse into the local culture. We prefer hotels near interesting sites in the centre of town or in the best location along the best cycling route in the area. Accommodation is booked on a double or twin room sharing basis.

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Pre-tour bike transport:

Wynand from Cycle Transport Logistix offers a transport service for your bicycle from Johannesburg to Stellenbosch in a safe and convenient way. More info on www.cycletransport.co.za

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