Victoria Falls to Cape Town Cycling Holidays
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Victoria Falls to Cape Town (South Africa) Guided Cycling Holiday
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Tour Summary


Bikes, big game and bushmen – The ultimate cycling adventure of Southern Africa

“This tour is ideal for fit bikers with stamina and looking for a real African adventure.”

· See the magnificent Victoria Falls
· Unforgettable game drives at Moremi
· Cycling across the wild Namib Desert
· Ride part of `The Long Way Down` route

3 nights guesthouses, 17 nights camping, 14 days biking, 1136 kilometres (710miles), 60% road, 40% dirt road, 95% vehicle supported, Max altitude – 2347 metres, Join in Livingstone – depart Cape Town. MEAL PLAN: All meals except 6 dinners included

Tour Introduction


This wide-ranging and exciting biking holiday begins at the world-famous Victoria Falls and finishes in Cape Town. After time to visit Africa’s most impressive waterfall, we employ a sensible mix of vehicle transfers and cycling stages, as we bike from Zambia across Botswana by way of the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari Desert.

An early highlight and an unforgettable experience, is riding alongside Botswana’s shining white Magadigadi Saltpans. We also have some time away from our bikes, to enjoy game drives in the Moremi Game Reserve. Additionally, shortly before entering Namibia, we spend a morning with the San (Bushman) people and learn a little of their self-sufficient lifestyle, before continuing our journey to the Namibian capital Windhoek.

There follows a few days of wild cycling, as we cross the vast Namib Desert and visit the amazing sand dunes at Sossusvlei. Still heading south and following sections of the ‘Long Way Down’ route, our epic biking journey takes us to the awe-inspiring Fish River Canyon.

Crossing into South Africa, we stop off to ride a loop into the spectacular Cederberg Mountains, as we make our approach to journey’s end in Cape Town. This is a sustained biking expedition and the experience of a lifetime.

Day-by-Day Cycling Holiday Itinerary


Day 1: Fly to Livingstone.

Rendezvous at the group campsite in Livingstone. Package services begin with a single group transfer from Livingstone Airport to the campsite. Afternoon optional visit to Victoria Falls

Day 2: cycling out of Livingstone to Kasangula.

We begin our African epic by cycling out of Livingstone to the Botswana border at Kasangula. Crossing the border into Botswana by ferry, we transfer to our camp by the Chobe River and enjoy a river cruise.

Ride distance 80 km (50 miles).

Day 3: Ride to Mpandamatanga transfer to Nata.

Starting early to make the most of the cool, we ride to Mpandamatanga on a good quality tar road. After lunch we transfer to the border town of Nata and visit the Mgadigadi Saltpans, before driving to our camp at Planet Baobab.

Ride distance 106 km (66 miles).

Day 4: Ride to Maun transfer to Audi Camp.

We start out with a ride from camp towards Maun, then have an afternoon transfer to Audi Camp, which is a short distance from Maun. We have a free afternoon today.

Ride distance 65 km (41 miles).

Day 5: Game Drive Search for Big 5.

A day off the bikes, as we take a game drive in search of the ‘Big 5’ in one of Africa’s most beautiful wildlife reserves at Moremi. Tonight we camp wild in the reserve ..!

Day 6: Game Dive in Moremi.

An exciting early morning game drive in Moremi, when many of the animals are at their most active, before returning to Audi Camp and another refreshing dip in the pool.

Day 7: Transfer to the edge of the Kalahari Desert.

Today starts with transfer to the edge of the Kalahari Desert. From here, our day’s ride is split into 2 sections either side of a leisurely lunch stop. Relatively flat roads through a stunning landscape. A short final transfer takes us to our camp at Ghanzi.

Ride distance 120 km (75 miles).

Day 8: Guided Bushmen Walk.

This morning we go bush in the company of the San Bushmen, enjoying a guided walk in their backyard, before a major transfer into Namibia and overnight at a guesthouse in the capital of Windhoek.

Day 9: Transfer to Gamsberg Pass.

Our crew stock up on supplies this morning, so we have a slightly later start today. We transfer to the Gamsberg Pass, then it’s downhill on gravel roads and an undulating ride to our camp.

Ride distance 80 km (50 miles).

Day 10: Ride to Solitaire transfer to Sesriem Camp.

Starting early to get the best of the cool desert morning, we ride across the stunning Namibian landscape, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn en-route to Solitaire. From here, we transfer to Sesriem and our camp – with pool.

Ride distance 100 km (62 miles).

Day 11: Ride to Dune.

A pre dawn start today for the ride to Dune 45. We climb the dune enjoying a spectacular sunrise. We ride a little further and then make a second, short desert hike to Hidden Vlei. Overnight at Sesriem.

Ride distance 60 km (38 miles). Walk distance 12 km (7 miles).

Day 12: Ride to Betta.

A very early start for an epic ride across the Namibian Desert to the camp at Betta. The roads are mainly hardpacked gravel, but there are some tough sandy sections too.

Ride distance 140 km (87 miles).

Day 13: Ride to Kanaan.

More tough desert riding today to the wild campsite (with showers) at Kanaan. We’ll stop for lunch under a shady accacia tree, before completing today’s stage.

Ride distance 85 km (53 miles).

Day 14: Ride to Hobas Campsite.

After breakfast we hit the road and transfer towards the Fish River Canyon – our objective for the day. Reaching Hobas Campsite, we will make the short out and back ride to the canyon’s edge to enjoy the sunset views.

Ride distance 20 km (12 miles).

Day 15: Ride to Ai Ais.

Another early start, as we bike down the length of the canyon towards the camp at Ai Ais. The afternoon is free to try out the natural thermal pools which are perfect for soaking weary legs after 2 weeks of hard riding.

Ride distance 70 km (45 miles).

Day 16: Orange River Camp.

A leisurely start and a short transfer to our camp on the banks of the Orange River. The landscape changes as we move south. There’s the option (at extra cost) of canoeing on the river this afternoon.

Day 17: Transfer to South Africa.

An overland day today, as we transfer into South Africa and reach Algiers Camp in the Cederberg Wilderness Area. This basic, wild camp is by a river.

Day 18: From Camp to Cederberg Wilderness.

Riding from camp, we bike into the Cederberg Wilderness – a region of rugged, mountainous terrain. We also ride the ‘Lot’s Wife’ bike trail, before hiking the final section to the Maltese Cross rock formation. Overnight at Algiers Camp.

Ride distance 80 km (50 miles).

Day 19: Ride to Clan William transfer to Melkbosstand.

We ride on dirt roads for a couple of hours to Clan William, before taking a transfer to Melkbosstrand. After lunch, it’s back on the bikes for the ride into Cape Town and our lodge.

Ride distance 75 km (47 miles).

Day 20: Cape of Good Hope nature reserve to Cape Town.

We transfer to Cape of Good Hope nature reserve and ride back to Cape Town via Chapman’s Peak Drive and Hout Bay. This stunning coastal route is part of the Cape Argus race route. We spend a second night in Cape Town.

Ride distance 80 km (50 miles).

Day 21: Group transfer to Cape Town

Package services end after breakfast. In the late afternoon, a single group transfer to Cape Town International Airport is provided.

Map & Route Information

Route Profile – Important

Suitable for regular, fit bikers with stamina and a thirst for real African adventure. This African odyssey is a fascinating mix of adventure biking, travel and exploration through Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

A mountain bike fitted with semi-slick tyres is best suited for the long stretches on tarmac, but a set of off-road knobbly tyres is also needed for the Namib Desert, where traction and control are crucial.

Mainly biking on dirt and tarmac roads, our route is not technical. However, with many days of sustained riding under the hot African sun, this trip presents a real challenge.

Our accommodation ranges from comfortable guesthouses to camping wild under the African night, as well using fixed campsites – often with pools.

Due to the sheer distance that needs to be covered within a three-week holiday, a number of vehicle transfers are necessary. However, we have planned the itinerary so that we cycle the most interesting sections of this amazing journey. Vehicle support is almost always available.

Average 90 kilometres per day. This is one of our toughest biking holidays and will provide a real sustained workout.

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Holiday Overview

Please read carefully as important information is contained in the below…

What’s Included.

• A locally based English speaking bike guide
• Single timed group airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 21 of the Land Only itinerary
• All land transport involved in the itinerary
• One or more support vehicles and drivers
• A camp assistant
• All accommodation as described
• All meals as described
• Chobe River cruise

What’s Not Included

• Travel insurance
• Visas (if required)
• Tips for local guide and crew
• Airport transfers (other than the group transfers on Day 1 and Day 21)
• Airport departure taxes (if applicable)
• Optional activities
• Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
• Miscellaneous personal expenses – drinks and souvenirs etc
• Bike Carriage on the flights – please check with your carrier for charges

Meal Plan

All meals are included (except 6 dinners).

Accommodation

During this trip the group will spend 3 nights in guesthouses and 17 nights camping.

For the nights spent wild camping, facilities will naturally be minimal and basic – although the locations more than compensate for this.

All organised campsites that we use have washing facilities, toilets and many have swimming pools.

All accommodation is allocated on a twin-sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex.

Single tent and single room occupancy can be pre-booked.

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for regular, fit bikers with stamina and a thirst for real African adventure. This African odyssey is a fascinating mix of adventure biking, travel and exploration through Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

A mountain bike fitted with semi-slick tyres is best suited for the long stretches on tarmac, but a set of off-road knobbly tyres is also needed for the Namib Desert, where traction and control are crucial. Mainly biking on dirt and tarmac roads, our route is not technical.

However, with many days of sustained riding under the hot African sun, this trip presents a real challenge. Our accommodation ranges from comfortable guesthouses to camping wild under the African night, as well using fixed campsites – often with pools.

Due to the sheer distance that needs to be covered within a three-week holiday, a number of vehicle transfers are necessary. However, we have planned the itinerary so that we cycle the most interesting sections of this amazing journey. Vehicle support is almost always available. Average 90 kilometres per day. This is one of our toughest biking holidays and will provide a real sustained workout. Excellent bike hire available locally.

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Victoria Falls to Cape Town (South Africa), 21 days, 20 nights
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