Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger

Start: Johannesburg Finish: Johannesburg

Visiting: Johannesburg, Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Drakensberg Canopy Tour, Northern Berg Electrical & Irrigation Whole Salers, Dundee, Rorke's Drift Museum, eManzana, Songimvelo Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, Hazyview, Graskop, Mac-mac Pools, Panorama Road, Blyde River Canyon, Drakensberg, Mpumalanga, Drakensberg Mountains


Duration: 11 Nights

Physical rating: Moderate / Challenging

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Exodus

Group size: 5 - 14

Age range: 16 to 99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

This two wheeled adventure takes us through stunning mountain scenery and past dramatic rock formations, through abandoned gold mines, baboon inhabited forests and tranquil natural waterfalls. Part way through the trip we dismount our bikes and spend two days on safari in Kruger National Park where we have the chance to spot lions, rhinos, elephants, giraffes and various other wild animals. From Kruger we continue our pedal powered journey along the panorama route before ending at the mighty Blyde River Canyon. With perfect road surfaces and idyllic sunshine, there is surely no better way to experience eastern South Africa than by bike.

Highlights

  • iconDiscover the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains
  • iconCycle through vast mountain scenery, forests, waterfalls and canyons
  • iconSearch for the big 5 in Kruger National Park

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Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger
Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger
Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger
Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger
Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger
Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger
Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger
Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger
Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger
Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger
Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger
Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger
Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger
Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Start Johannesburg; transfer to Golden Gate National Park.

Location: Johannesburg, Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Glen Reenen Rest Camp or similar

Meals: Dinner

Upon arrival in Johannesburg we drive directly to the Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the Maluti Mountains of the Northern Free State. This transfer takes roughly 5 hours but will be broken up with stops along the route to stretch the legs and go to the toilet. The Golden Gate national park gets its name from the golden hue on the parks sandstone cliffs as the sun hits them. With 11,600 hectares of highland habitat, the national park is home to a number of animals including springbok, mountain zebra and wildebeest as well as the rare bearded vulture and bald ibis. Depending on the time of the group flights, we will either set up the bikes this afternoon or tomorrow morning. We will have a chance to test them out around the grounds of the accommodation before we begin the cycling.

icon Day 2 : Ride over a spectacular mountain pass with a chance of spotting wildlife; transfer to Northern Drakensberg and cycle to our lodge.

Location: Drakensberg Canopy Tour

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Sungubala Eco Camp or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Getting up early, we cycle 25km on roads through the national park. We start with a short climb up to a viewpoint where mountain zebra are often spotted before descending a long winding mountain pass. Later in the ride there are a few short steep up and down sections to get the heart pumping before it then levels out again. All along this road there are great opportunities to see wildlife from the saddle so make sure you have a camera to hand! At the park exit we transfer towards the Northern Drakensberg (60km) stopping at the 'Vulture restaurant' for the views over the Sterkfontein Dam and an early picnic lunch. We then get back on the bikes and cycle down the Oliviers Hoek pass all the way to the Sungbala lodge, our overnight stay. Here we have the whole night to take in the stunning view of the Drakensberg amphitheatre whilst enjoying a meal cooked by the guides.

icon Day 3 : Cycle to the Northern Berg before hiking and a chance to swim at a waterfall.

Location: Northern Berg Electrical & Irrigation Whole Salers

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Sungubala Eco Camp or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning we cycle towards the Drakensberg Mountains whilst following a back road route into the Royal Natal National Park in the Northern Berg. This ride is fairly undulating but the views of the Drakensberg amphitheatre at the top of each rise are well worth the effort. After entering the park, we continue on our bikes for approximately 2km to our picnic spot – before lunch we can get changed in to swimming gear and walk the short distance to the cascades waterfall for a well-deserved swim in the cool waters. After lunch there will be time to explore the park and its hiking trails or simply relax before transferring back to our accommodation.

icon Day 4 : Transfer to Dundee; afternoon ride to Rorke's Drift Museum.

Location: Dundee, Rorke's Drift Museum

Accommodation: Battlefields Country Lodge or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast we leave the Drakensberg with a 210km (approx. 3 hour) transfer by road to Dundee. Here there will be time for a little shopping and resupply before continuing onto Rorke's Drift. At Rorke’s Drift we have a guided tour around the area where 150 British and Colonial troops defended a small garrison against nearly 5000 Zulu warriors. After a hearty lunch and a change into cycling kit it’s back onto our bikes for a 45km ride from Rorke’s Drift to our overnight accommodation. This is a great ride through the scenic cattle country; the first 17km is on a good quality compact dirt road where we often spot many types of vulture and eagle flying overhead, once back on the tarmac road we have a flat ride to our accommodation where we can relax in the pool.

icon Day 5 : Transfer to Badplaas before getting on the bikes for a great ride to our lodge.

Location: eManzana

Accommodation: Badplaas Forever Resort or similar

Meals: Breakfast

We have an early morning transfer (300km about 4 hours) towards the hot springs town of Badplaas in the Mpumalanga province. After lunch we get on the bikes and start our ride with a fantastic 17km descent before an undulating ride all the way to our accommodation located just outside of the town with stunning panoramic views of the Hlumu mountain range.

icon Day 6 : Transfer followed by scenic ride on edge of the Songimvelo Game Reserve and on to our lodge.

Location: Songimvelo Game Reserve

Accommodation: African Rest Lodge or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we start with a short transfer to Maanhaar, close to the border with Swaziland. From here we climb on the bikes and ride along a stunning gravel road which winds its way between the Songimvelo Game Reserve and the base of the Hlumu Mountains. We pass an abandoned mine which has now become home to Vervet monkeys so make sure you have your camera at the ready. As the road starts to climb we hop in the bus and transfer to the top of a mountain range overlooking the Songimvelo Game Reserve, we stop on this road for a quick photo stop at a breathtaking viewpoint that overlooks the valley below before getting back on the bikes to cycle into Barberton town and onto our accommodation.

icon Day 7 : Cycle to Kruger N.P. through the Kaaprivier Valley.

Location: Kruger National Park

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Kruger National Park Camp or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast we get on the bikes and start our ride through the Kaap River Valley as it winds its way towards Kaapmuiden. After about 50km we reach our stopping point and get in the van for a short transfer to a shopping centre where we can change out of cycling kit and stock up on cold drinks and snacks for Kruger. From here we have a very short transfer to get to the Malelane Gate where we enter the Kruger National Park and start our safari. We have a two hour game drive through the southern tip of Kruger to get to Skukuza Camp, keep your eyes peeled and cameras ready as the southern part of Kruger is known for its abundance of big cats.

icon Day 8 : Game drives in Kruger N.P.

Location: Kruger National Park

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Kruger National Park Camp or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we have an early start to beat the heat of the day and maximise our chances of seeing a predator. Because of the early start we will only have a small breakfast at the camp which will consist of a South African 'rusk' and a coffee. After several hours of looking for animals we stop in one of the designated lunch spots where our guides cook up a delicious brunch. From here we continue our game drive back to camp and have the rest of the day to relax in the pool or at the bar which overlooks the Sabi River. Tonight there is the opportunity to go on a night safari drive through the park in one of the official safari vehicles (this is an optional extra and should be paid for locally. Please see the optional activities section in the trip notes for prices and further information).

icon Day 9 : More game viewing, transfer to Hazyview.

Location: Hazyview

Accommodation: Gecko Lodge or similar

Meals: Breakfast

Today we aim to spend most of the day in the national park searching for animals, and once again start off with a morning game drive, but in the opposite direction to yesterday. We return to camp for some brunch and to collect our bags before heading out on our final game drive in Kruger as we make our way out of the park via the Numbi gate. From here we have a short transfer to our overnight accommodation in Hazyview where we can take a stroll down to the Hippo River or just relax by the pool.

icon Day 10 : Cycle to Sabie and on to Graskop; visit Mac Mac Pools.

Location: Graskop, Mac-mac Pools

Accommodation: Mogodi Lodge or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After a few days of well-earned rest, today we get back on the bikes for the most challenging ride of the trip. After a hearty breakfast in Hazzyview we cycle from our lodge up the escarpment and towards Sabie. This first part of the ride is stunning and very different from what we have seen earlier in the tour as our route takes us through Avocado plantations and dense forests before arriving in Sabie where we can stop at a café for a muffin and coffee milkshake. From Sabie we continue to climb until we arrive at Mac Mac Pools, here we stop for a swim in the natural pools whilst our guides make lunch. After lunch our ride heads downhill for a visit to Mac Mac Falls and continues all the way to Graskop and our accommodation which overlooks the escarpment.

icon Day 11 : Ride along the Panorama Route to God's Window via Bourke's Luck potholes rock formations; afternoon ride to Blyde River Canyon.

Location: Panorama Road, Blyde River Canyon

Accommodation: Blyde River Canyon Forever Resort or similar

Meals: Breakfast

Our final day of cycling will take us through yet more beautiful scenery as we cycle along the Panorama Route. In the morning we visit God’s Window to take in the breathtaking landscape view before cycling past ‘Wonder view’ and on to Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Here we stop for lunch and go for a walk around the curious rock formations before getting back on the bikes for the last time and cycling to the spectacular viewpoint over the Blyde River Canyon and on to our accommodation. For our last night in South Africa we will have a big group meal in the hotel restaurant which has an amazing view of the three Rondavels and the canyon.

icon Day 12 : Drive to Johannesburg, end.

Location: Johannesburg

Meals: Breakfast

After a leisurely breakfast and a short walk to the private viewpoint within the grounds of our accommodation we get in the bus and transfer through the small towns of Ohrigstad, Lyndenburg and Dullstroom as we make our way back to Johannesburg Airport. This transfer is roughly 420km but we break it up with plenty of short stops and a longer lunch break. Please note that due to the often high levels of traffic surrounding Johannesburg we leave our accommodation with plenty of time to complete this transfer. This does mean that on some occasions when the roads are traffic free we might arrive at the airport early and have a longer wait before the return flight departs. **

What's Included

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    Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

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    All accommodation 

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    Local bike hire

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    All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

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    Tour leader throughout

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    All transport and listed activities

What's Not Included

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    Single accommodation (available on request)

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    Visas or vaccinations

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    Travel insurance

Food

11 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners are included on this tour. For breakfast you can expect a good selection of cereals, toast, jams, fruit and yogurt as well as coffee and rusks. Occasionally we have a cooked breakfast or buffet in some locations. Meals which are included in the trip are cooked and prepared by your guide and drivers. On two days you will have a cooked lunch, but most days you will have a large selection of sandwich ingredients including cold meats, bread, salad, cheese and crisps. Vegetarian and other dietary requirements are well catered for but please inform our team at least two weeks before you travel. The tour leaders do all the shopping and meal planning for each group. Each tour has a cool box for cold drinks and you will be made aware of nights when alcohol is not available so you can purchase some before hand. We supply the following drinks on all tours: fruit juice and squash served with breakfast & lunch, tea and coffee served with breakfast and dinner. All other beverages will be at your own expense.

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Reviews

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Cycling the Drakensberg and Kruger
If you love South Africa and cycling this is an excellant trip to do- the scenery is stunning and the wildlife spectacular. This unique tour combines enjoyment and a challenge ....more If you love South Africa and cycling this is an excellant trip to do- the scenery is stunning and the wildlife spectacular.

This unique tour combines enjoyment and a challenge to physical fitness with many experiences of the south african culture along the way.

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SOUTH AFRICA: CYCLING DRAKENSBERG & KRUGER
This was the most brilliant trip - long cycles - hot days and freezing cold nights - August! The group were great, supportive and fun and the tour guides and ....more This was the most brilliant trip - long cycles - hot days and freezing cold nights - August! The group were great, supportive and fun and the tour guides and cycle guide brilliant.

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Better than expected
While the scenery, the riding, the safaris were everything we hoped for, what really made the trip were the guides. Peter with his excellent knowledge, Bradley with his encouragement and ....more While the scenery, the riding, the safaris were everything we hoped for, what really made the trip were the guides.

Peter with his excellent knowledge, Bradley with his encouragement and concern, Vuyo, with his driving skills and always being there, made the trip so enjoyable.

They had great insights, a great sense of humour and their efforts enabled us to do it all.

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Inspiring and challenging adventure
This was a spectacular trip. Absolutely packed full of wonderful experiences and adventure. The balance of challenging cycling, stunning scenery and wildlife was perfect. The scenery changed with every ....more This was a spectacular trip.

Absolutely packed full of wonderful experiences and adventure.

The balance of challenging cycling, stunning scenery and wildlife was perfect.

The scenery changed with every day of the trip and the cycling was equally varied.

Every beautiful view felt a well deserved reward for a challenging climb.

There were several opportunities to swim both in National Parks and at the lodges - heaven after a hot day on our bikes.

The minibus transfers passed quickly with well timed stops, so many interesting towns and landscapes and excellent company.

Kruger, like every aspect of this trip, was so much more vibrant than I had imagined.

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Cycling Drakensberg and Kruger
This is the trip for you if you're looking for challenging cycling through soaring mountain scenery combined with wildlife spotting in the Kruger National Park. There's also time for relaxing ....more This is the trip for you if you're looking for challenging cycling through soaring mountain scenery combined with wildlife spotting in the Kruger National Park.

There's also time for relaxing away from a city environment in comfortable accommodation in beautiful natural surroundings.

The trip is a good mix of active cycling days on a variety of routes (mostly low traffic) but with hills! The game drives in Kruger give a good break before two quite challenging cycling days toward the end of the tour.

All round a great trip for people who enjoy active outdoor holidays.

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Cycling Drakensberg and Kruger
This tour is not a race it’s about taking your time and embracing the scenery, culture and everything the trip has to offer. This tour is not a race it’s about taking your time and embracing the scenery, culture and everything the trip has to offer.

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SOUTH AFRICA: CYCLING DRAKENSBERG & KRUGER
One of the best cycling trips I have done in 8 years.  The scenery, wildlife was awesome and the cycling was hard but very rewarding and the best sort of ....more One of the best cycling trips I have done in 8 years.

  The scenery, wildlife was awesome and the cycling was hard but very rewarding and the best sort of cycling for me - climb and climb and then glide down hills with amazing views.

  I am now a big fan of South African pinotage too!; ....less
SOUTH AFRICA: CYCLING DRAKENSBERG & KRUGER
A fantastic holiday with tremendous scenery, wonderful wildlife and a great group of fellow travellers. Certainly ot the most demanding cycling, but a great time nonetheless. A fantastic holiday with tremendous scenery, wonderful wildlife and a great group of fellow travellers.

Certainly ot the most demanding cycling, but a great time nonetheless.

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cycling drakensberg and kruger
fabulous trip. Guides Tellis, Bevan and Tish were outstanding. Great selection of accomodations. all very unique fabulous trip.

Guides Tellis, Bevan and Tish were outstanding.

Great selection of accomodations.

all very unique;
Cycling and Safari in South Africa
This was a good trip with a great balance of cycling and safari. However, there are some really long transfers between days, not just the transfer to and from the ....more This was a good trip with a great balance of cycling and safari.

However, there are some really long transfers between days, not just the transfer to and from the airport.

With 14 in a 14 seater mini bus it was not the most comfortable of journeys, especially for the men with their larger shoulders.

Make sure you do some training before you go as there are some long hills, which require endurance.

The guides were most helpful and encouraged everyone.

They also prepared some good meals, taking into account everyone's dietary needs.

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