Eastern Cape | MTB

Zuurberg Mountain Village to Chintsa

01 – 06 August 2019

Eastern Cape MTB Tour

Explore the country’s lesser-known back-roads on this journey from Zuurberg, near Addo Elephant Park, to Cintsa on the Wild Coast – we guarantee hardly any cars, just You, your bike and the open road…

Day 1 – Arrival into PE Airport

Late afternoon pick up at PE airport (aim for 16h00) and transfer 45 mins to Zuurberg Mountain Village, spectacularly set on a mountain top, overlooking Addo Elephant National park. Here we settle in, check bikes and prep for the 5 days ahead.

Day 2 – Zuurberg to Somerset East – 90km/

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 Kommando, must have gazed down at his pursuers across the plains of the Eastern Cape. Our descent onto the plains is rugged, followed by a long, gradual pull to the town of Somerset East.We overnight at a number of B&B s situated fairly close to each other with dinner out on the town…

Eastern Cape MTB Tour
Eastern Cape Tour

Day 3 – Somerset East to Bedford – 80km/

Another beautiful climb up the Pass past some of the oldest indigenous 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.

Day 4 – Bedford to Katberg – 97 km/

We ride the tar road for 14 km towards Adelaide and then veer off through farmlands with a few gnarly climbs, before reaching the dirt road again and gently climbing up into the hills and through the Mpofu forests and Katberg forests, ending with a long climb up the Katberg Pass, followed by a VERY long and exhilarating downhill, to The Katberg Spa & Golf Estate.

Eastern Cape Tour
Eastern Cape Tour

Day 5 – Katberg to Stutterheim – 133 km

The first 17km is fast and mainly downhill to Seymore, but thereafter we are faced with the challenging Mitchell’s Pass, which takes us into the back of Hogsback. We cycle through the town towards the 3 Hogs before a long descent to the Sandile Dam, where we enjoy lunch. We then head past a series of hilltop villages, through St Mathews Mission and into the Keiskammahoek Forest to emerge just outside the town of Stutterheim.  Our hotel is situated at the base of the Amatola Mountains.

Day 6 – Stutterheim to Chintsa – 105 km

Our final ride takes us through frontier territories, where Africa’s Hundred Year War took place between the Xhosa and the British from 1779 to 1879. The terrain is rugged, but fast and flowing and you are likely to spot some wildlife. We end with a late lunch at Crawford’s Beach Lodge, then shower and head to the airport in East London OR ( highly recommended), *spend the night at this delightful spot overlooking the ocean, enjoy an afternoon at leisure and fly out tomorrow morning…

Eastern Cape Tour

*E-Bikes are welcome on all our tours and – bring your own or rent from us. Now anyone who can ride a bike can be included!

Price: R15 985 per person sharing

Single Supplement: Add R300 per person, subject to availability

Includes

  • Accommodation for 5 nights ( Good quality mid-range accommodations throughout)
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 – lunch on Day 6
  • All transport, incl group airport transfers
  • Vehicle back-up on all riding days. The vehicle will follow on the trail WHERE POSSIBLE and where not, it will meet up with the riders at the closest exit point.
  • Transfer of bicycles & luggage
  • Drinks & snacks en route daily while cycling
  • Entry permits where applicable
  • Qualified guides

Excludes

  • All items of a personal nature, e.g. tel calls, laundry, etc
  • All drinks not dispensed at the roadside, including soft drinks, fancy coffees, bottled water & all alcoholic beverages
  • Bicycle rental – bring your own bike (or rental bikes available)
  • Airfares
  • Bike courier fees
  • *Additional overnight at Crawfords Beach Lodge in Chintsa ( Add R1200 pp, sharing or R1450 single D,B&B)
  • Gratuities, except for meals

anything not mentioned above

 

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Eastern Cape | MTB







PLEASE NOTE

All participants are required to sign a copy of our indemnity form and wear a helmet at all times while cycling.

Deposit – A non-refundable deposit of R1500 is required to confirm the booking. No dates are firmly secured until this deposit has been paid.

Balance Payment – Balance of payment is required no later than 12 weeks (84 days) prior to departure. Late applicants may, however, join the tour subject to availability.

Cancellations – If the cancellation is received up to 84 days or more prior to departure, the appropriate deposit will be forfeited. In the event of cancellation less than 84 days prior to departure, the following charges will apply:

  • 83 – 56 days – 50% of total fare
  • 55 to 28 days – 75% of total fare
  • less than 28 days – 100% of total fare