7 Night break with your bike to breathe in the
fresh Karoo air while exploring the beauty of the landscapes around you.
Karoo Crossing Cycle Tour
7 Night break with your bike to breathe in the fresh Karoo
air while exploring the beauty of the landscapes around you.
Karoo Crossing Cycle Tour

Your chance to experience the Little Karoo in a unique, exciting, and eco-friendly way. Take a break with your bike and breathe in the fresh Karoo air while exploring the beauty of the landscapes around you. Cycle from Knysna via various gravel roads and mountain passes through all the best the Little Karoo has to offer.

Some of the bucket list places you can explore are Meiringspoort and Swartberg Pass, to name a few. Be pampered with massages and dinners while a support vehicle is there to back you up all the way. This trip can also be tailored according to your fitness levels and requirements.

Included

  • All transfers to and from the start and finish 
  • Transport of luggage and bikes
  • Backup vehicle on the entire route
  • 7 x nights accommodation as indicated (Subject to availability)
  • 1 x full body massage on your splurge night
  • Meals (7 x Breakfast, 7 x Dinner)
  • Water, snacks, and energy bars throughout the trip

Excluded

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Meals not indicated on inclusions
  • All drinks
  • Bicycles – bring your own bike (Rental bikes available at additional cost)

Your journey begins 

Day 1 – Cape Town to Knysna (Transfer)

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Settle into the Little Karoo at The Russel Hotel

You will be greeted at the meeting point in Cape Town (CBD) in the morning and transferred in an air conditioned vehicle to Knysna. Your support driver and bicycles will be waiting for you at The Russel Hotel upon arrival.

You have the afternoon to spend at your own leisure and will meet for dinner. If you want to meet at a different point in the Western Cape, then it can be arranged upon request.

The Russel Hotel is a modern 3-star hotel that offers luxurious accommodation right in the middle of town. 

Your adventure continues 

Day 2 – Cycle 59km’s from Knysna to De Vlught 

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Outeniqua Mountain Lodge - Escape to nature

Your day starts with an early departure after breakfast, where we head for De Vlught. After you reach Gouna the rest of the route until you reach your destination will be a gravel road as you pass through Kom Se Pad pass, Diepwalle and Prince Alfred’s Pass.

You will arrive at Outeniqua Trout Lodge where you will spend the night in a Teepee Tent.

Outeniqua Mountain Lodge is a delightful refuge for those who love to escape from the world- the perfect place to catch your breath. The lodge is situated on the scenic Prince Alfred’s pass that was built in 1860 along the route used for millennia by elephants.

Three spacious Indian (tipi) tents makeup the wonderful Camp Gwaai, nestled under pecan nut trees. The camp facilities are communal and the tents are situated some distance away from the entertainment area and are well spaced for maximum privacy.

Road conditions:  Gravel road & Gravel mountain pass

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

YOUR ADVENTURE CONTINUES 

Day 3 – A slightly longer day of 69km’s from De Vlught to Buffelsdrift

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Eagle Falls Country Lodge - The wonder of water

After an early rise and breakfast, brace yourself for a 13km climb at the start of the route as we head to Uniondale and then on to Kamanassie road towards Buffelsdrif road and off the grid.

Eagle Falls Country Lodge is a green oasis shaded by willow trees in the Kammanassie Valley. The Meul river runs by this well-appointed site and it’s within walking distance of plunging gorges and thundering waterfalls.

Road condition: Gravel road

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

YOUR ADVENTURE CONTINUES 

Day 4 – Early start to tackle 71km’s from Buffelsdrift Road to De Rust 

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Meijers Rust - True farm feel in the heart of Meiringspoort

Today we head West on the Kamanassie road and pass through a working farm to Dysselsdorp. We will be passing some busy roads and gravel roads and also cross the Olifants River heading for De Rust. After reaching De Rust, we will head onto the N12 for the final stretch to get to Meijers Rust where we spend the night. 4km outside of De Rust and into Meiringspoort.

Meijer’s Rust is a working farm offering accommodation within the heart of Meiringspoort. You will spend the night in the beautiful self-catering chalets and your dinner will be delivered from town or alternatively, a homestyle dinner will be cooked.

Road conditions: Gravel roads and busy roads

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

 

YOUR ADVENTURE CONTINUES 

Day 5 – Approx 80Km’s from De Rust to Prince Albert 

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De Bergkant Lodge - Meiringspoort and Massages

Today we head North on the N12 through Meiringspoort, which is a beautiful highlight for cyclists. Stop at the parking and do a short hike to the waterfalls to dip into the cold water before we continue with our trip. We then turn off and take the middelwater gravel road for about 20 km, before we turn onto the tar road and ride about another 40km towards Prince Albert where we will stay in Church street at De Bergkant Lodge. Upon arrival we will be welcomed for a well deserved full body massage at the lodge.

The ‘De Bergkant Lodge’ is a beautiful Cape Dutch homestead in the enchanting town of Prince Albert – home to the majestic and world-renowned Swartberg Pass. Set in the tranquil ambiance of the Karoo, ‘De Bergkant Lodge’ offers guests a relaxing and luxurious traveling experience.

Road conditions: Gravel road and tar road

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner with Massage included

YOUR ADVENTURE CONTINUES 

Day 6 – A steep scenic 31km ride from Prince Albert to Matjies Rivier

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Kobus se Gat- The Swartberg Experience

Today is only 31 kilometres of cycling, but you will be crossing over the Swartberg pass to Matjies River, Caution, steep descent.

You will spend the night at the  Swartberg Cottages which is nestled at the foot of the Swartberg Pass. Enjoy a traditional braai at Kobus se gat restaurant for dinner.

Road conditions: Gravel mountain pass

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

YOUR ADVENTURE CONTINUES 

Day 7 Your final 58km’s from Matjies Rivier to Calitzdorp  

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Port Wine Guesthouse - History on the R62

This morning will be our final day and we are heading west to our final destination, Calitzdorp. After about 5 km, the tar road will become gravel for the rest of the route until we reach Calitzdorp. 

Port Wine Guesthouse is a lovely historic Guest house in Calitzdorp on the famous Route 62. This stylish 1830 homestead is centrally situated in the heart of the port capital of South Africa, Calitzdorp, overlooking port vineyards and within walking distance of all the wineries, galleries, shops and the museum in town.

The thatch roof homestead in Karoo and Victorian architecture has large vine-covered patios, where you can enjoy the Karoo sunsets, scrumptious dinners and breakfasts. Relax in the lush garden, including a fragrant rose garden, or by the sparkling pool.

Road conditions: Mostly gravel

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

 

The END OF THE ROAD….for now