Type: Guided Group Tour
You Will Be Able To:
- Spot amazing wildlife and stunning scenery
- Enjoy the rich history of Mpumalanga
- Visit waterfalls and Gods window
- Experience the traditional life of the Shangaan people
- Have an elephant interactive experience
- Game spotting tours in the world renown Kruger Park
- Early morning game walking safari
- Sundowner game safari
The Tour Will Consist of:
- 8 days cycling with 100% vehicle support
- 60% tarmac with some 40% hard pack dirt roads and trails
- Classic road tour with relaxed rides and a few challenging climbs
- Group normally 6 to 14 plus local leader. Min age 16
- 8 nights 5 nights hotel, 3 nights game lodge
- All meals while on tour
Cycle the rolling hills of Mpumalanga experiencing the scenic beauty of the Lowveld and having bucket list adventures along the way.
Renown as one of the most scenic areas of South Africa Mpumalanga offers fantastic vistas, cultural experiences, bucket list adventures such as Elephant interaction, and history. From riding the Long Tom Pass, named after the Boer field gun that was the bane of British Generals life during the Boer war. The pass was built for the waggoners to travel between Sabie and Lydenburg in the 1800’s.
Once your ride over the pass you are into the forestry areas of Sabie. Sabie means “Fearful” in the Shangaaan and refers to the crocodiles in the river. Visiting Pilgrims Rest takes you back to one of the oldest mining towns in South Africa. The village is a Heritage preserved area. No visit is complete without a drink in the Pilgrims Rest Hotel Bar where you can almost taste the history of a bygone era.
Visiting the scenic sights of Mac Mac Falls, Gods Window and down the long Graskop road to Hazyview will take the riders breath away. At Hazyview the rides will be short in-between the Shangaan cultural experience and the Elephant Sanctuary interaction. Spending two nights in Hazyview allows the riders to soak up the atmosphere of South Africa.
A ride down to White river for lunch and then transfer by road to Marloth Park a nature reserve on the Southern Side of the Kruger Park. 3 nights are spent at Bushwise Safaris Lodge where the riders are able to cycle the dirt roads around the park with only a fence separating them from various game along the Crocodile River. Riders will experience a daytime safari in the Kruger Park, an night time safari and an early morning walk in the Park. The Southern area of the Kruger Park is renown for its game viewing with the Big 5 being seen an a regular basis.
- Number of days cycling: 8
- Pace: Moderate: 13-16km/8-10miles an hour
- Terrain: 60% tarmac, 40% graded roads
Daily distance in km/miles:
- Day 2 – 30.0km/18.6miles
- Day 3 – 30.0km/18.6miles
- Day 4 – 40.0km/24.8miles
- Day 5 – 65.0km/40.4miles
- Day 6 – 20.0km/12.4miles
- Day 7 – 40.0km/24.8miles
- Day 8 – 20.0km/12.4miles
- Day 9 – 20.0km/12.4miles
Arrive in South Africa being meet at Oliver Thambo International Airport Johannesburg. Riders will be transported to their hotel and after settling in are free to explore Johannesburg at their leisure.
Riders are picked up from your Hotel or from the prearranged point at the Eastgate Shopping Centre in Befordview Johannesburg. Riders are transported by road via the town of Dullstroom where they will have lunch. Then its onto Lydenburg to start their first ride. Riders will be dropped off on the long Tom Pass Road allowing them to climb the Pass and decend into the town of Sabie where they will overnight. Riders can stop at the Long Tom gun site along the way for a refreshment break before heading down the fast decent into Sabie. The Pass is 2150 meters above see level.
Today is spent riding the trails in the Sabie forest and exploring the Sabie area. There are numerous trails in the Sabie forests and a ride to the Bridal falls is a must.
The fourth day starts at 08h00 leaving the hotel after breakfast and riding to Mac Mac Falls where we will stop to allow the riders to view the falls. The ride will continue to Pilgrims rest stopping at the Old Mine Diggins before the Town to view the exhibits of the Old Mine Workings. The riders will arrive in time for lunch at Pilgrims Rest and will have the afternoon at leasuire to visit the attractions of the village and maybe have a drink or two in one of the oldest Hotels in South Africa.
Day 5 sees the riders climb back out of the valley and proceed to Graskop set high up on the escarpment. The aim for the morning is Gods Window. The view sight is part of the Panorama tourist route. On a clear day you can see all the way down the 700 meter drop to the valley below, and the Lebombo Mountains can be seen clearly across the Kruger National Park. The riders will head back into Graskop and have lunch. Then its off to Hazyview which is the road enjoyed most by the riders. Great Downhill. Once at Hazyview the riders soak up some sun at the pool before heading for the Shangana Cultural village for an evening of cultural education, dancing and eating. Moping worms are on the menu !
Day 6 sees the riders taking a short ride to the Elephant sanctuary just outside Hazyview. Here the riders will interact with Elephants and experience taking the Elephants for a walk and riding the Elephants after learning how the centre works for the Elephants in their care. The interaction is at 10H00 and last for approximately one hour 30 minutes. The riders will then have a gentle ride back to Hazyview and have lunch before cycling back to the hotel and have the afternoon at their leisure by the pool.
Day 7 and the riders depart for White river around 09h00 after breakfast. The ride is only 40 kilometres but it has a few hills in that will strain the muscles ! Arriving at White River in time for lunch. After lunch the riders will be transported to Marloth Park near the Crocodile Bridge entrance to the Kruger National Park. After settling in the riders will be able to have a short sundowner ride along the perimeter fence separating Marloth Park and the Kruger National Park game spotting as they ride along the pathways.
Today starts with an early morning walk in the Kruger National Park. The riders will return to the Lodge around 10h00. A short ride can be undertaken through the Marloth Park Nature reserve and returning to the lodge in time to depart on a sundowner game safari drive in the Kruger National Park. On returning to the lodge the riders will experience the African Boma supper before retiring for the night.
Day 9 a short ride around Marloth Park Nature Reserve and then breakfast. After Breakfast the riders will depart for a daytime safari drive in the Kruger National Park returning to the Lodge around 16h00, in time to have one last cycle along the perimeter fence road of the reserve and a sundowner drink close to the Crocodile River.
After a relaxed breakfast the riders will be transported back to Johannesburg. We tend to like the back roads so will travel back via Barberton, allowing time for some last scenic photos to be taken. We should arrive back in Johannesburg approximately 15h30.
This is a small group guided holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together. The pace is upto the individual rider. A ride guardian will always be with the riders and the escorting vehicle will be close by. Any one can jump onto the transport and drop off when they wish to ride.
You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. We have included several bucket list activities on this tour. The aim is to combine the passion for cycling with the passion for adventure.
- All meals while on tour
- All accommodation
- All transport and listed activities
- Tour leader throughout
- All drinks including alcohol, excluding premium brands of alcohol,wine and champagne
What’s not included
- Travel insurance
- Visas or vaccinations
We stay at small hotels and game lodge during this trip. All of the owners and managers of the hotels and lodges are known to us and we expect our riders and guest to receive the best of attention at all times.
Vaccinations and Visa
British passport holders and most European and Commonwealth Passport holders do not require a visa to travel to South Africa. Please note that all travellers to South Africa who do require a visa are required to have a minimum of 2 blank consecutive pages in their passport i.e. a left hand page and a right hand page to enable an entry visa to be issued. Please note that new regulations from the 1 June 2015 mean that any child under 18 travelling to South Africa needs to be in possession of an unabridged birth certificate with the names of both parents. If a child under 18 is only travelling with a single parent, they will also have to have an affidavit, no less than 3 months old, from the absent parent confirming the child can travel with the other parent; a court order granting full legal guardianship of the child; or a death certificate of the deceased parent.
There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.
Eating & drinking
All breakfasts, 8 lunches and 7 dinners.
Below is a rough idea of what the meals will consist of:
Breakfast: Continental breakfasts with fresh fruit and the occasional fried breakfast.
Lunch: Fresh salads, cold meats, cheese, bread, condiments, fruit, or anything that cyclist love to eat like cakes!
Evening meal: Biggest meal of the day, stews, pasta, curry, local cuisine. Vegetarians easily catered for.
Please be aware that we need at least two week’s notice to deal with special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or allergies.) For this reason if you did not indicate these on your booking form please advise the Massive office as soon as possible.
The tour leaders do all the shopping and meal planning for each group. Each tour has a cool box for cold drinks. We will supply all drinks during the rides and at meal times including alcohol, excluding premium brands of spirits, wine and champagne
This trip is mainly on road except for in Marloth Park where the roads are dirt and the perimeter fence paths are dirt. The tour can be ridden on a road or Mountain bike depending on the riders preference.
Average daily distance: 45km (28miles)
No. of days cycling: 8
Vehicle support: 100%
Terrain and route: a classic road tour with relaxed rides and the opportunity for a few challenging climbs. Mainly good quality tarmac apart from in Marloth Park where the roads are hard packed dirt.
This trip uses main roads which can be busy, but the scenery from the route we take is wonderful. All of the roads used are of good quality tarmac.
You should be aware that cycling of all kinds has its dangers and that accidents can happen from time to time. Please ensure that you are properly prepared for the riding you are going to undertake. Helmets must be worn by all cyclists in South Africa.
Legal Note: all group members joining this tour will be asked to sign an indemnity form at the start of the holiday.
Dates & Prices 2016/17
All prices are fully inclusive as specified excluding items of a personal nature.
All tours can be arranged for specific client tour dates as required.