Mtb Tour - All new Itinerary Eastern Cape
This promises to be a fantastic mid-winter break with an intimate group! As usual, there will be short-cuts and/or shuttles available for those who might be daunted by distances or gradients. The terrain is NOT TECHNICAL AT ALL and suitable for road and mountain bikers alike.
Day 1: Meet and greet in Port Elizabeth
Late afternoon pick up at PE airport ( aim for 16h00) and transfer to Zuurberg MountainVillage, spectacularly set on a mountain top, overlooking Addo Elephant National park. Here we settle in, check bikes and prep for the week ahead. www.addo.co.za
Day 2: Zuurberg to Somerset East 90 km
As we turn out of the hotel PE is still almost visible to the south and after a few climbs we top out on a ridge where it is quite likely that Denys reitz the famed Rebel Boer commando must have gazed down at his pusuers across the plains of the Eastern Cape. Our descent onto the plains is rugged and then there is a long gradual pull to the town of Somerset East in the distance. We overnight at a number of B&B s situated faily close to each other with
dinner out on the town...
Day 3:Somerset East to Bedford 80km
Another beautiful climb up the pass past some of the oldest Knysna-Amatole Montane forests in the country. There are dairy and hunting farms up here and we cross the Great Fish and Baviaans Rivers close to their cofluence, before looping around to the historic town of Bedford. We overnight at the newly re-furbished Duke of Bedford Hotel – an unexpected surprise in this sleepy EC town www.dukeofbedford.co.za
Day 4: Bedford to Katberg 95km
We ride the road to Adelaide and then start gently climbing up into the hills and through the Mpofu forests and Katberg forests, ending at The Katberg Spa & Golf Estate http://katleisure.co.za/hotels/katberg-eco-golf-estate-2/
Day 5: Katberg to Hogsback 50 km
Dropping down through Seymore, before a brutal climb up the other side of the valley, we then we do a circuatous ride to Hog 3, site of J.R.R Tolkien’s inspiration for Lord of The Rings. This is where the Giant Snake of Xhosa Lore resides – hopefully it does not develop into a tornado, as legend has it, while we are riding here…It is also the same mythical snake that inspired JRR Tolkien’s Smaug the dragon. We overnight at Hogsback Arminel Hotel nestled amidst in the mountains & indigenous forests http://katleisure.co.za/hotels/arminel-hotel-hogsback/
Day 6 Hogsback to Stutterheim 72 km:
We cycle out on forestry roads past Hog 3 and then down through the Keiskammahoek Forest. We are now riding in the frontier territories where Africa’s 100 year war was fought between the British settlers and the Xhosa from 1779 to 1879. We should be arriving in Stutterheim in time for showers & lunch before heading back to the East London airport. Aim for a flight departing approx 17h00.
COST: R12, 830 pp Sharing
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: R3, 000 ( subject to availability)
- accommodation for 5 nights ( Good quality mix of hotels & B&Bs)
- all meals, from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 6
- all transport, incl *group airport transfers
- qualified guide/s
- vehicle back-up on all riding days.
- transfer of bicycles & luggage
- drinks & snacks en route daily
- all items of a personal nature, e.g. tel calls, laundry, etc
- all additional soft drinks & all alcoholic beverages, bottled water & fancy coffees
- bicycle rental – bring your own bike or rental bikes available on request
- bike courier fees where applicable
- * any transfers outside of the group transfer times
- anything not mentioned above
TERMS & CONDITIONS:
50% deposit is required to confirm the booking. No bookings will be secured until this deposit has been paid
- BALANCE OF PAYMENT
Balance of payment is required no later than 6 weeks (42 days) prior to departure, i.e. by 13 June. Late applicants may however join the tour subject to availability.
If the cancellation is received up to 42 days prior to departure, the appropriate deposit will be forfeited. In the event of cancellation less than 42 days prior to departure, the following charges will apply:
42 – 28 days – 60% of total fare
27 - 14 days - 85 % of total fare
Less than 14 days - 100 % of total fare
All participants are required to sign a copy of our indemnity form and wear a helmet at all times while cycling.