Garden Route Cycling Tour

A classic trip along the Garden Route begins in Cape Town, winds through the rugged scenery of the Little Karoo to Oudtshoorn, over the dramatic Outeniqua Mountains, along vast stretches of coastline and through indigenous forests ending in Addo Elephant National Park, in the Eastern Cape.

This route is perfect for discerning travellers seeking a combination of adventure and creature comforts. Tours can include cycling through stunning scenery along with many other activities.

Explore the ancient Cango Caves, soak up the flavour of the Klein Karoo, hike in Tsitsikamma National Park and Robberg Peninsula, whale watch or sea kayak with Dolphins in Plettenberg Bay, bungy jump off Bloukrans Bridge (the world’s highest commercial jump), mountain bike in the Knysna Forests and track the “Big Five” on safari in Addo – the choice is yours!

The Garden Route is sandwiched between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Indian Ocean. The Outeniqua Mountains and Tsitsikamma National Park are a unique mixture of Cape Fynbos and temperate Afromontane indigenous forest. The wide variety of birdlife gives you an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the elusive Narina Trojan and the inquisitive Knysna Loerie, who enjoy the tranquil shade of the leafy canopy.

On the Northern side of the Outeniqua Mountains, discover the stunning rugged scenery of the Klein Karoo. Agriculture predominates in this area and a visit to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital, is a must to get a sense for South African farm life.  Many thrilling and magic mountain passes connecting Karoo and Garden Route await the adventurous cyclist and passionate photographer.

We tailor-make a privately guided Garden Route itinerary for our guests upon request. According to your fitness level and cycling or hiking preferences, we will create an itinerary for you that suits your travel preferences and needs. For more information on a recent personal account of a tour read blog

Kayak or boat from Plettenberg Bay where you can see dolphins, seals and a host of other marine life. Various bays along the Garden Route are nurseries to endangered Southern Right Whales which calve here in the winter and spring (July to December).

Guests are also welcome to bring your own bike, pedals and/or seat that we will fit for you. Or we can provide you with a variety of bikes such as either hardtail, full suspension or electric bike: (Please specify which option you prefer)
Silverback Spectra-Comp-Air-Fork hardtail mountain bike is an entry-level rider looking for the comfort and stability of 29-inch wheels. The alloy frame is lightweight, utilising round tubing profiles resulting in a comfortable and light ride feel. The large 29 wheels smooth out the trails, inspiring confidence over rough terrain, and multi use efficiency. SR Suntour XCR air suspension fork, 100mm travel
• Optional full-suspension bikes can be hired from third-party supplier on request
Giant Toughroad bridges the gap between mountain and road bikes. It will be very comfortable for touring with aluminum frame and carbon fork with Shimano M315 hydraulic disc brakes and Low Rise MTB handlebar with gear ratio at front 44/32/22 and rear cassette 11/36, Shimano shifters Acera 27 speed, tyres 700x45c
Giant Talon e-bikes with 29er wheels, 10 speed rear derailleur, 180mm hydraulic disc brakes and SyncDrive Core motor, 50Nm, Powered by Yamaha. You can ride these pedal-assist electric bikes for an optional extra rate on request.

AWOL Tours offers private guided Garden Route cycling tours with small group sizes at rate of R5600 per person per day sharing plus additional accommodation as per preference. Please email us if you would like a personalised customised mountian biking, road or off road gravel biking tours varying from 4-10 days. We have a variety of suggested itineraries

Please Enquire about our hiking, mountain biking, gravel biking or road cycling Garden Route itineraries.