Langeberg Traverse to the Coast
6 Day Tour : 4 days riding, 2 days transfer, 5 nights’ Accommodation
Suitable : Sport and Elite Riders
- Selected Transfers (Free from Stellenbosch/Somerset West).
- 5 Nights’ Accommodation.
- 4 Lunches, 5 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners.
- Bike Wash and Lube.
- Cold Water
Come and enjoy the spectacular scenery there is to offer through the Klein Karroo to the coast, as we traverse the Langeberg mountain range through the amazing fynbos of Boosmansbos wilderness area forming part of the Floral kingdom “World heritage site”. Down into the foothills of the mountain range we experience breath taking views on our bikes with chances of seeing magnificent birdlife as we make our way. Ending off with a fresh breeze of the Atlantic near the southernmost Tip of Africa.
Our Support vehicle will be with us throughout the tour carrying all our supplies. If you feel you had enough riding for the day, the van is there for you to relax in with some drinks as we make our way to the next stop.
Day 1: Arrive/Transfer and Bike Assembly
- Transfer Shuttle from Cape Town/Int. Airport.
- If time allows, we can do a short ride to test your bike and get a taste of what’s to come.
Day 2: The Burchell’s Ox Wagon Trail
The Gysmanshoek Pass follows an historical ox wagon route dating back to the mid 1700's. This is an old gravel pass through a natural cleft in the Langeberg Mountains between Heidelberg in the South and the Little Karoo in the North.
We start this day early as the Klein Karroo is known to get Hot!! This day is a fast, flowing rollercoaster profile of farm roads and a mixture of jeep track. We will have stunning scenery of the Langeberg mountain range and good chances of seeing some Buzzards and Hawks.
Distance: 80kmOvernight in Riversdale
Day 3: Riversdale to Heidelberg
We spend most of the morning in the foothills of the Langeberg mountain range and cover some distance.
We will have a Stop along the way for our famous on the go Mojoe artisan coffee brew and a bite to eat. Once everybody has had a short break we head off just past Heidelberg town to our stop over for the night to relax around a fire and have a swim in the pool to relax those legs.The Lodge offers extra activities like bird watching or a tractor farm tour after the days riding.
Distance: 50kmOvernight in Heidelberg
Day 4: Grootvadersbosch Trail Network
The Grootvadersbosch Conservancy includes three main vegetation types, namely: fynbos, afromontane forest and lowland vegetation (including Renosterveld and Silcrete Fynbos). Of these areas, the Renosterveld is the most critically endangered. The lowland vegetation is mainly threatened by the expansion of agricultural activities, over-grazing of veld and incorrect fire regimes.
The Grootvadersbosch area has large areas of Southern Cape Afromontane forest, estimated at roughly 760 ha. The forests are confined to fire and wind sheltered sites with year-round moisture. The forests are home to many species, including a variety of bird species.
The Grootvadersbosch Conservancy is classified by Birdlife Africa as an Important Bird Area. The forest patches in the conservancy are home to several endemic birds, including Forest Buzzard, Knysna Woodpecker, Knysna Warbler and Forest Canary. Other forest species, some of which are at the western limit of their distribution, include Olive Bush-Shrike, Narina Trogon and African Crowned Eagle. The forest is also home to an endemic butterfly, which has been declared a protected wild animal. In addition, the Cape ghost frog is endemic to the conservancy forests.
We will be lucky enough to be riding through most of this vegetation on purpose built trails and hopefully see some of these mentioned animals and reptiles. 80% Single track. We Have a full day access on these amazing trails, if you have some legs left you can do as much riding as you would like.
Distance: Varies (20-50km)Overnight in Heidelberg
Day 5: Grootvadersbosch to Witsand
After our two night stay over in Heidelberg we head off on our final day, leaving the Langeberg mountain range behind us we hit the gravel travel route to the small coastal village of Witsand.
On the route the landscape is vast and the roads are quiet. We will have a good chance to see our country’s national bird, the Blue Crane. As we get closer to the coast we will start feeling the crisp fresh air in our faces telling us we are near to our final destination.
Witsand is also known for its whales. Each year the Southern Right Whales come to our shores between June and November to mate and calve. Witsand enjoys the lion’s share of this visit due to the bay being the prime nursery for cow/calf pairs.We end our Trip off at the Pili Pili restaurant with cocktails and dinner.
Day 6: Transfer/Bike Disassembly and Departure
- Disassemble and Box Bikes the night before departure.
- Transfer Shuttle to Cape Town / Airport after breakfast.