South African Safari & Bike Adventure: Kruger, Blyde River, and More

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9 nights
23 miles/day
Guided from EUR € 2590
Bike tour in South Africa
Rider Level: Recreational

South African Safari & Bike Adventure: Kruger, Blyde River, and More

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Rider Level: Recreational

9 nights
23 miles/day

Guided from EUR € 2590
Bike tour in South Africa

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  • Embark on a Thrilling Expedition: Cycling, Safari, and Culture in South Africa

    This unforgettable journey combines cycling and a safari experience to lead you through South Africa's diverse landscapes! You'll have the chance to interact with both the diverse culture and South African Wildlife!

    Beginning in Gauteng, you will cycle through the Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces of North-East South Africa. You'll have the opportunity to visit the celebrated Kruger National Park and the magnificent Blyde River Canyon. Visit the Three Rondavels and Bourke's Luck Potholes, along with the numerous other highlights on this amazing tour!

    • Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, South Africa. CC:Erwin Meier
    • Kruger National Park, South Africa. Bas van Brandwijk@Unsplash
    • Kruger National Park, South Africa. Bernard Dupont@Flickr
    • Potjiekos, traditional South African food! CC:Chrstphr.jones
    • Kruger National Park, South Africa. Diego Morales@Unsplash
    • Johannesburg, South Africa. Clodagh Da Paixao@Unsplash
    • Kruger National Park, South Africa. Andrew Liu@Unsplash
    • Spatlo, typical street food in South Africa. CC:EAT&ART TARO

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    Highlights

    • Nelson Mandela Square
    • Safari through the Bushveld
    • Wolkberg Mountains
    • Kruger National Park
    • Blyde Dam and River Canyon
    • Echo Caves


  • South African Safari & Bike Adventure: Kruger, Blyde River, and More

     Tour Description Daily Program 

  • Daily program

    Day 1: Johannesburg
    Individual arrival to O.R. Tambo International Airport where you will meet your guide and be transferred to your hotel. Feel free to explore and visit some of the highlights of South Africa's largest city. Recommended is a visit to Nelson Mandela Square, located directly across from your hotel or the hop-on-hop-off Johannesburg bus. Another possibility is the 4-hour-long Soweto bike tour. Departures are at 10 am and 2 pm and includes lunch and a transfer to and from your hotel (€110).

    Day 2: African Bush
    At approximately 8 am, you depart the hotel for a 5 hour transfer to the Private Game Lodge near Bandelierkop where you'll spend the next two nights. Along the way is an opportunity to visit an open-air museum that allows you to understand the daily life of the Bakone people who inhabited the Polokwane area 250 years ago. After arriving at your accommodation, enjoy an evening bushwalk followed by a delicious dinner in an African boma.

    Day 3: Safari Cycling (15 miles/ 25 km, 180m elevation)
    The first cycling tour through the bushveld gives plenty of opportunity for you to have up close and personal encounters with some of the infamous animals of the African Bush including giraffes, impala, zebra, kudu, and a plethora of bird species. This safari will teach you about the lifestyles and habitats of these animals, along with the tracking of animals. You have the choice to take a sunset drive or enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the pool followed by another delicious dinner in the boma.

    Day 4: Town of Tzaneen and surroundings (28 miles/45 km, 850 m elevation)
    After breakfast, a 60 minute transfer brings you to the start of today's bike ride outside the town of Tzaneen. Its name is derived from a Northern Sotho word 'Tsaneng', which means gathering place. This large, tropical garden town in a high rainfall, fertile region with tropical and subtropical agriculture taking place in a 20,000 square kilometers (7,700 sq mi) region. It is also home to Limpopo's highest mountain, the Iron Crown Mountain, lying more than 2,200 m (7,200 ft) above sea level. This paradise has been nicknamed "Land of Silver Mist" because of the frequent mist that occurs on the mountains above it. The bike ride is an undulating ride with beautiful views of Tzaneen and its surrounding areas. You reach the lunch spot after 40 kilometers where you can put your feet up and relax. After lunch, there's only 5 more kilometers until reaching your accommodation for the next two evenings.

    Day 5: Wolkberg Mountains (9.5-28 miles/ 15-45 km, 420-650 m elevation)
    The Wolkberg Mountains divide the highveld and the lowveld of Limpopo, and they contain incredible, well-established avocado and macadamia nut farms. The cycling route will take you on a loop through pine and eucalyptus plantations, where you'll see incredible views of the mountains surrounding you. Lunch will be in a local restaurant with a view of the valley, and you will have the afternoon to relax at the hotel.

    Day 6: Blyde Dam and the Kruger National Park (23 miles/ 37 km, 410 m elevation)
    Following the Blyde River through the canyon, you'll arrive at the Blyde Dam, offering unforgettable views of the Blyde River emerging from the western slopes of the Drakensberg near Sabie in Mpimalanga. You'll see the river drifting north past Pilgrim's Rest for over 100 kilometers. This area is filled with spectacular beauty along the eastern escarpment. You may even see some baboons and kudus on your tour! The Blyde Dam was completed in 1974, and you'll have the opportunity to explore the river on a boat cruise, where you'll hopefully get to witness hippos and crocodiles in the wild. Make sure to look out for the Three Rondavels from below! After lunch, leave for the Kruger National Park and end the day at your accommodation in Kruger where you can enjoy authentic South African Barbeque or "braai".

    Day 7: Kruger National Park
    Today is the big safari day! Kruger, renowned for the "Big 5"—elephants, rhinos, buffalo, lions, and leopards—has so much to offer! This national park is one of Africa's largest; covering an area of covering an area of 19,485 sq. km this wildlife sanctuary provides a unique way to experience the "heartbeat of Africa". After your day in the park, you'll enjoy a delicious dinner and share photos and stories of your spectacular day in the bush with your fellow travelers.

    Day 8: Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve (25 miles/40 km, 620 m elevation)
    The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest and greenest canyon in the world, and it is here that you will spend your day. The bike tour begins at the Pinnacle Rock, where you can enjoy this striking view of South Africa's diverse landscapes. The route will follow the escarpment to Wonder View, which, on a clear day, allows you to see all the way to Mozambique! You can visit a beautifully cascading waterfall before you head to Bourke's Luck potholes, formed over centuries of water flowing from the Treur and Blyde Rivers. From there, a short transfer brings you to the Three Rondavels lookout point and finally to today's accomodation with a view of this renowned escarpment.

    Day 9: Echo Caves (17 miles/ 27 km, 330 m elevation)
    Enjoy a final view of the Three Rondavels before hopping on your bike to head on today's mostly downhill tour through citrus farms! The destination today is the Echo Caves, an underground paradise discovered by a local farmer in 1923. Appreciate a visit to the caves before a transfer along the Abel Erasmus Pass through Lowveld for the last evening. A highlight of today is a guided afternoon game drive in an open game viewer. Relish one final dinner in a boma around a fire, listening to the African night!

    Day 10: Departure
    Begin the day with a final bushwalk with a game ranger through Big 5 territory. A replenishing breakfast sends you on your way as you say your final goodbyes before heading to either the Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit or Johannesburg. Transfers will be arranged.

    Extensions

    A 4 night extension in Cape Town is also possible either before or after your tour. Please contact us for a detailed itinerary.

    • Take the time to extend your holiday by one night with this pre-tour extension! Arrive a day early and enjoy an additional evening (Saturday) in Johannesburg with a 4-hour cycling tour in Soweto.

    • Interested in extending your tour by two nights? The post-tour extension in Hoedspruit is offered with different levels of services to suit your preferences!

      Itinerary
      Day 1: Upon arrival, lunch is served at 2 pm. Your first game drive will take place at 3:30 pm for about 3 hours. Enjoy the evening around the fire with dinner being served at about 7:30 pm.

      Day 2: It is an early morning start with coffee and rusks to wake you up. Hop onto the open vehicle for your sunrise drive at 5:30 am. Upon return, breakfast is served. Relax until lunch time and enjoy another sunset drive at 3:30 pm.

      Day 3: Before the end of your safari extension, enjoy the last sunrise game drive. After breakfast, your transfer will take you to Hoedspruit Airport.

      3-star Experience: Buffelshoek Camp or Ndzhaka Camp
      Would you like to experience South Africa’s wildlife even more intensively after your hotel or cycling trip? Then the three-day additional program at Buffelshoek Camp or Ndzhaka Camp is just for you! The program offers you both pre-organized and leisure activities. If you are looking for a Big 5 experience, then Buffelshoek or Ndzhaka is the perfect place for you. Located in the heart of Manyeleti Game Reserve, which shares its unfenced borders with Kruger National Park, Sabi Sand and Timbavati Private Nature Reserves, Ndzhaka or Buffelshoek offer a rustic bush retreat. Manyeleti is renowned for Big 5 animal sightings and offers a real African bush experience.

      Included services:

      • Transfer to the Camp
      • 2 nights’ accommodation at the Camp (including breakfast, lunch and dinner)
      • 2 guided game drives per day
      • Transfer from the Camp to Hoedspruit Airport at the end of your stay

      4-star Experience: The Sausage Tree Camp
      If you are looking for more luxury, the Sausage Tree Camp is a small, intimate, luxury tented camp in the Greater Kruger National Park offering you a Big 5 experience. Situated within the Balule Conservancy with dramatic hilltops, valleys and open plains providing breath taking views of uninterrupted bush all the way to the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains.

      Included services:

      • Transfer to the Camp
      • 2 nights’ accommodation in luxury tent (including breakfast, lunch and dinner)
      • 2 guided game drives per day
      • Transfer from the Camp to Hoedspruit Airport at the end of your stay

      5-star Experience: Kapama Buffalo Camp
      Spanning 15 000 hectares of the pristine South African bush, Kapama offers the perfect sanctuary for a wide variety of wildlife. Here, over 40 different species of mammals including the Big 5 – elephant, lion, leopard, African buffalo and rhinoceros – as well as 350 bird species, thrive in their natural habitat. High in the treetops, accessible only by elevated wooden walkways, the old-world luxury tents of Buffalo Camp are the closest you’ll get to living alongside the wildlife. This luxury tented camp, in Kapama Private Game Reserve near the Kruger National Park, is a quiet and intimate lodge where you can unwind in the shade of the trees and simply absorb the surrounding peace. The perfect luxury South African Safari escape. Each luxury tent features en-suite bathrooms and air-con, as well as additional blankets for cooler weather comfort. Tea and Lavazza coffee facilities come standard, along with a fully stocked minibar. Kapama Camp also features a spa, if you would like to book any treatments during your stay!

      Included services:

      • Transfer to the Camp
      • 2 nights’ accommodation in luxury tent
      • All meals, teas and snacks
      • All local drinks, a selection of wine and premium drinks
      • 2 guided game drives per day
      • Transfer from the Camp to Hoedspruit Airport at the end of your stay

    Surface and terrain

    Most of this tour is on tar or gravel roads.


    Hotels

    These are sample hotels and may vary by availability.

    Johannesburg: Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel

    Bandelierkop: Private lodge

    Tzaneen: Coach House Hotel

    Kruger National Park: Orpen Rest Camp

    Graskop: Blyde Canyon Forever Resorts

    Hoedspruit: Tshukudu Bush Camp


    How to get there

    Tour start:
    The tour starts at the O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg on Sunday. Arrival is possible at any time on Sunday and your transfer to the hotel will be organized accordingly. A guide will welcome you at the Arrivals Terminal with a sign with your name on it.

    Tour end:
    The tour ends at 10 am on Tuesday followed by transfer to Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (HDS) in time for their flights. Please do not book flights before 12 pm. If you prefer to travel to Johannesburg by car, a shuttle transfer can be reserved. Please note, this transfer takes approx. 6 hours with a stop along the way.


    South African Safari & Bike Adventure: Kruger, Blyde River, and More

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  • Dates

    Apr 21; May 12; Aug 11; Sep 1; Oct 6, 20, 2024

    Please note a minimum of 4 participants is required for departure.

    Prices

    Tour package

    Per person, double occupancy €2590
    Single use room (1 person/1 room) €2870

    Bike Rentals

    Electrically assisted bike (limited number available) €250

    Extra nights, Johannesburg

    Per person, double occupancy €85
    Single use room (1 person/1 room) €140

    Extensions

    Please see details under Program tab.

    Johannesburg & Soweto
    Per person, double occupancy €195
    Single use room (1 person/1 room) €260
    Hoedspruit 3-star 4-star 5-star
    Per person, double occupancy €665 €960 €1350
    Single use room (1 person/1 room) €90 €1160 €1950
    Cape Town
    Per person, double occupancy €1210
    Single use room (1 person/1 room) €1710
    Winelands cycling option in Franschhoek €330

    Included services

    • 9 nights of accommodations
    • Full board (9 x breakfast, 9 x lunch, and 9 x dinner)
    • Drinking water during cycling stages
    • 6 days of cycling with vehicle support
    • Luggage transfer (please limit to 1 suitcase weighting no more than 23 kg and one small backpack/carry on
    • Entrance to Kruger National park
    • Activities as per itinerary
    • Arrival transfer from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
    • Departure transfer to Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (HDS)

    Bike rentals

    Bikes available on this tour and included in the tour cost (must be reserved in advance, at the time of booking):

    • Hardtail MTB (Silverback Spectra Comp 2017 or Silverback Splash 2 2018 and 2019 (27.5”- 29" wheel size)

    Bikes available to rent:

    • Electric bikes (29" and 27.5”-wheel size with a mid-motor, sizes xs, s, m, l, and xl). Limited number available. 

    Bikes come equipped with: 

    • Handelbar bags

    Bike Protection:
    Bike protection can be purchased at the time of booking. You can read more about that HERE.


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