Small Karoo and Overberg

  Road bike
  Suitable for Sport and Elite level riders
  7 Day Tour: 6 days riding, 1 day transfer

A 7-day tour criss-crossing the mountain range that dominates the region all the way from Cape Town to Mossel Bay and separates the semi-arid Small Karoo from the Overberg. The tour can be done in either direction, but we’d advise taking the seasonal wind direction into account.

Day 1: Arrive/Transfer and bike build

Other than driving, a flight to George airport where we’ll collect you is an option to get to the start of this tour too.

Day 2: Hartenbos to Oudtshoorn – 75km (1550m altitude gain)

Starting in Hartenbos we head away from the coast and the lush Garden Route up the scenic Robinson Pass. As we descend from the top of the pass towards Oudtshoorn the transition from green Garden Route vegetation to typical Karoo-veld is very evident, and the contrast is hard to miss. We end the day with a transfer along the R62 to the town of Ladismith and our overnight accommodation.

Day 3: Ladismith to Riversdale – 96km (1230m altitude gain)

After a good farm breakfast we head out into the Karoo on some of the quietest roads in the country, after a quick stop to fill bottles and have a bite to eat, we head up and over the Garcia Pass and finish the day in Riversdale. We transfer from here to the town of Swellendam as our overnight stop.

Day 4: Swellendam to Montagu – 104km (1827m altitude gain)

This day provides some of the best cycling you’ll do in the Western Cape. Starting with Tradouw Pass at an average gradient of 3.5% and about 7km, this is a great way to enjoy the magnificent scenery of this historic Pass. After a short breather we head up the second and final pass of the day, Op de Tradouw, after which there is only another 35km of rolling road left to get us into Montagu, our overnight stop.

Day 5: Montagu to Bredasdorp – 110km (1300m altitude gain)

Today’s route starts off gently with not much climbing to speak of for the first 50km. After this, it’s mostly rolling hills through the canola and grain fields of the Overberg. There is an option to extend today’s route by a further 32km on a very flat road that leads to Struisbaai and the southern-most point of Africa – Cape L’Agulhas.

Day 6: L’Agulhas to Gansbaai – 106km (620m altitude gain)

After a good night sleep at the southern tip of Africa we head out of town on what must be one of the flattest 30km stretches of road, once through Bredasdorp we’re back in the farm lands and winelands of the Overberg. Passing through towns like Baardskeerdersbos (literally translated to “beardshaversbush”), and the old Moravian mission station of Elim to finish in the fishing village of Gansbaai. We transfer from here to our overnight stop in Hermanus.

Day 7: Hermanus to Gordon’s Bay – 82km (1000m altitude gain)

Of all the roads in the world, today’s ride is rated right up there with the best of them. Majestic mountains and panoramic sea views welcome us into Gordon’s Bay and the end of our tour. After a drink and a bite to eat we’ll transfer you to your hotel in Cape Town.