Type: Guided Group Tour
You Will Be Able To:
- Ride some of the highest points in Southern Africa, stunning scenery
- Ride across rural Kwa Zulu Natal off the beaten track
- Climb the world famous Sani Pass 2876 Meters
- Climb Tlaeng Pass 3251 Meters
- Climb Mahlasela Pass 3222 Meters
- Ride down Moteng Pass 2820 Meters
The Tour Will Consist of:
- 5 days cycling with 100% vehicle support 2 days traveling by vehicle to and from Johannesburg
- 60% tarmac with hard pack dirt roads
- Classic tour with a lots of very challenging climbs
- Group normally 6 to 10 plus local leader. Min age 16
- 6 nights lodge accommodation
- All meals whilst on tour
Cycle through the rural areas of Kwa Zulu Natal and Lesotho
The tour begins in Johannesburg with the riders being transported to Currys Post for the first nights accomadation. The cycling route takes you through the heartland of the KZN Midlands from Currys Post, Dargle, and Impendle onto the Sani Pass road.
Overnighting at the bottom of the Sani pass, the following day the riders climb the 2876 meter Sani Pass clearing South African and Lesotho border formalities arriving at the famous Sani Pass. Riders will be able to cycle around the area at the top of the pass acclimatising to the altitude.
The following days is approximately 70% tar to Afriski. The riders will climb the highest road pass in Southern Africa, Tlaeng Pass is at 3251 Meters. A day is then spent cycling the MTB tracks on top of the mountains.
The following day the riders begin their journey back to South Africa riding down the 2820 meter Moteng Pass through Butha Buthe and heading for Fouriesburg and the finish of the tour. After overnighting at Fouriesburg the riders are transported back to Johannesburg.
- Number of days cycling: 5
- Pace: Hard: 13-16km/8-10miles an hour
- Terrain: High Altitude; 60% tarmac, 40% graded roads cattle paths at the top of Sani Pass if riders want to ride the area after climbing Sani
Daily distance in km/miles:
- Day 1 – 101.0km/62.75miles
- Day 2 – 22.0km/13.67miles
- Day 3 – 120.0km/74.56miles
- Day 4 – easy +-30 KM
- Day 5 – 82.0km/50.95miles
The riders will be picked up from the Eastgate Shopping Centere in Bedfordview, Johannesburg at 09h00 or from their hotels earlier by arrangement and will be transported with there bikes to Currys Post in Kwa Zulu Natal where they will overnight at the Currys Post. Riders will have time to set up their bikes and there should be enough time for the riders to have a cycle along the Currys Post Road, making sure they are prepared for the next days riding prior to having dinner at the hotel.
The ride will begin at 07h00 taking the riders down a short distance along the Currys Post Road before heading towards Dargle. Once the riders travel approximately 29 kms along the Dargle road they will begin to ride on district dirt roads through Impendle and onto the Sani Pass. The distance today is 101 kms. The riders pass through rural villages and isolated farming areas with the Drakensburg escarpment always in view.
The Ride will begin today at 09h00 heading up the Sani Pass. Once leaving the hotel the riders head up hill towards the South Africa Border post approximately 14 kms away. After clearing the border formalities the riders head up the famous Sani Pass. Depending on the riders personal abilities the 8kms to the Lesotho border post at the top of the pass can take an hour or four hours. The views up and down the pass have become some of the most iconic pass views in Southern Africa. Everyone wants to drive or cycle up the pass before the pass is tarred. Tarring the pass has been on the cards for many years and although progress has been made its nowhere near completion. Once Passing through Lesotho immigration the riders head over to the Sani Mountain Lodge, which is famous for having the highest pub in Africa. Riders are able to ride or hike around the cattle paths and single tracks of the Sani top if they wish, a guide will be provided for this. Or the riders can adjourn to the pub and marvel at their latest accomplishment of climbing the famous Sani Pass.
Day 4 & 5
The ride will start at 07h00 and the distance to the Afriski is 120kms. This day is hard and you will climb the highest pass in Southern Africa, the Tlaeng Pass is at 3251 meters, along with other passes such as the Mahlasela pass at 3222 meters. The scenery and vistas are incredible. The riders start with a climb up the newly tarred Black Mountain. Once at the top its a fast 35 km ride down the Back Mountain and through the valleys to Moklahong and joining the A1 main route to Butha Buthe. The road is tarred for a while and then becomes a rough mixture of tar chips and dirt road. The road is in the process of being tarred but as of writing it is still a year or more from completion. The tar only begins again near Afriski at the moment. The riders will have a lot of climbing to do on this day passing the famous Leseng Diamond mine as the cycle up along the escarpment. Once arriving at Afriski the riders are treated to life in an African Ski resort. With the hardest day over its normal for the riders to partake in some skiing drinking traditions ! Day 5 will be spent at Afriski cycling the MTB trails on top of the mountains.
Today the riders have approximately 82 kilometres to Fouriesburg. After climbing out of Afriski and up the pass the riders are presented with a very fast downhill to Oxbow. Then the climb starts again up to the Moteng Pass at 2820 Meters. The pass has magnificent views. The ride down Moteng pass is fast and must be treated with respect. The hairpin beds can be icy and the traffic on the pass can be dangerous. Goats and Sheep can also be a problem as they graze on the side of the pass and are oblivious to passing traffic. Caution descending the pass is a must. Once the riders are at the bottom of the pass its an undulating ride to Butha Buthe and the border post of Caledonspoort. Once immigration formalities are concluded its a 10 km ride to the Fouriesburg for the last nights accommodation.
The riders are transported back to Johannesburg after they have enjoyed a relaxed breakfast at the hotel. The journey back takes approximately 4 to 5 hours depending on traffic.
This is a small group guided tour. The group is usually between 4 and 10 in size. The group receives very personal service during the tour. Riders may cycle all the tour or if they wish jump onto the escorting vehicles and start riding at a later point they may do so at any time. Although the tour is tough physically we hope that the riders smell the roses and enjoy some of the best sights and highest points in Southern Africa whilst riding this challenging tour.
You need to be moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Should you at anytime feel the need to rest up the support crew and vehicles are always close. The fitter you are the more you will enjoy this tour. The total accent for the 5 days of cycling is 8620 meters.
- All meals whist on tour
- All accommodation
- All transport from Johannesburg to Currys Post and from Fouriesburg to Johannesburg
- Tour leader throughout
- Bike transport to the start and from the finish of the tour
- Vehicle support Through out the tour
- All drinks including alcohol but excluding premium brands of spirits, wine and shooters supplied during the rides and at meal times
What’s not included
- Travel insurance
- Visas or vaccinations
We stay at small country hotels and lodges that we have stayed in ourselves and the owners and operators of the establishments are known to Massive Adventures. This ensures that we receive a high level of service and riders can expect excellent service from our suppliers.
Vaccinations and Visa
British passport holders and most European and Commonwealth Passport holders do not require a visa to travel to South Africa or Lesotho. 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 have changed and travellers children no longer need an unabridged birth certificate. Please check for the latest regulations should you be travelling from overseas with your travel agent and the nearest South African Embassy.
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 meals whilst on tour.
Below is a rough idea of what the meals will consist of:
Breakfast: Continental breakfasts with fresh fruit and the occasional fried breakfast.
Lunch: Sandwiches, fruit, local biltong and droewors, snacks cyclist type of food.
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 Exodus 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 drinks during the ride and at meal times.
This tour is better ridden on a mountain bike, the conditions of the dirt roads is extremely good in South Africa. In Lesotho the tar roads are excellent but the dirt road/tar chipped up road is poor. The condition of the Sani Pass is commensurate with the weather conditions. If its cold and wet the road is poor, if its sunny then the road is normally dry and in better condition apart from the river crossings. Riders should be prepared for extreme weather conditions including snow, even during summer.
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. This indemnity form is a requirement of the South African Tourism Service Association which our local supplier is a member of.
This tour will take you to the highest points in Southern Africa. Although the tour requires a certain fitness level cyclist can opt to cycle parts of the tour and to opt out of parts they do not want to cycle. The cycling day is broken up with refreshment stops at regular intervals and there is alway medical assistance on all of our tours.
Dates & Prices
This tour is in operation twice a year on request of clients. Please contact us to arrange your tour on dates that suit you.