Hotel and Bike South Africa Safari Cycling

Hotel and Bike South Africa Safari Cycling (10 Days/9 Nights, approx. 185 km , 2260 hm)


How about you combine cycling with a safari experience? Our tour takes you to the Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces in the North-Eastern part of South Africa.

Visit the world-renowned Kruger National Park as well as the Mapungubwe National Park; the breathtaking Blyde River Canyon with the Three Rondavels and Bourke’s Luck Potholes as some of the highlights.

The tour is designed to offer you the opportunity to experience this diverse region, its culture, nature, activities, attractions, cuisine and the local population.

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Highlights of the tour
Scenic: The breathtaking Blyde River Canyon with the Lisbon Falls and the Three Rondavels
Culture: A visit to a traditional Citrus Farm and the Kaross embroidery
Activity: Jeep Safari and bush walks in the Greater Kruger National Park
Culinary: A traditional South African BBQ
Shopping: South Africa is known for ist incredible hand crafts and wine.

Itinerary

1st Day (Sun) Arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport

Welcome to South Africa! Upon arrival you will notice that you are in a country filled with smiles. A guide will meet you at O.R. Tambo International Airport and accompany you to your overnight accommodation at Bandelierkop, near Polokwane, the capital of Limpopo Province. The transfer will depart at 11 am from the Airport. Travel time from the Airport to the overnight accommodation is aprx. 4 hours. The first 3 nights will be spent at a Private Game Lodge. After settling in, we will end our first day in South Africa with a game drive and a cozy dinner in an African boma.

Includes: Dinner, Game Drive

2nd Day (Mon) Safari cycling (aprx. 12.5 - 25 mi./20 km – 40 km, 500 – 1,000 ft./150 – 300 m of elevation)

After breakfast, our first bike ride is an exploratory ride through the bushveld. Our aim with this safari cycle is to have personal encounters with some of the animals of the African Bush. The Lodge has a wide variety of non-dangerous animals including Giraffe, Impala, Zebra, Kudu and many bird species. Learn more about the lifestyle and habits of the different species as well as the tracking of animals. An optional afternoon activity includes a bushwalk or alternatively enjoy a relaxed afternoon next to the swimming pool. Dinner will be a unique South African experience served in the boma.

Includes: Bike ride, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Bushwalk

3rd Day (Tue) Mapungubwe National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site (hiking)

The day has an early morning start, but is well worth the effort. It consists of a visit to Mapungubwe National Park and is without a doubt one of the highlights of the tour. The ancient land of Baobabs is one of the most significant historical landmarks in Southern Africa. What was once known as the centre of the largest kingdom in the subcontinent, where a highly sophisticated people traded gold and ivory with China, India and Egypt, rests a magical place open for discovery. Partake in a walk up the Mapungubwe Hill and learn more about the fascinating history of the ancient kingdom of Mapungubwe. Apart from the incredible history, Mapungubwe is also home to some of the iconic wildlife of Southern Africa and it is a member of SANParks, like the Kruger National Park. A special moment in this tour is taking in the breathtaking view of the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers, separating South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Entrance to Mapungubwe NP, Tour to Mapungubwe Hill, Explore 3 countries with one view
*SANParks = South African National Parks Association

4th Day (Wed) Wolkberg Mountains (aprx. 9.4 – 19 mi/15 - 30 km, 1,400 – 2,150 ft./420 – 650 m of elevation)

After breakfast, we will depart to our next location which is the majestic Wolkberg Mountain range of Limpopo. The Wolkberg Mountains separate the highveld from the lowveld of Limpopo. It also contains some of the most intensive and well established Avocado and Macadamia Nut farms in South Africa. Our bike route for the day is a circular one that passes through Pine and Eucalyptus plantations with splendid views of the surrounding mountains and farms. Lunch will take place at a local restaurant with picturesque views of the Letsitele valley, our next location. A relaxing afternoon awaits our guests at the Coach House Hotel. The Hotel has a Spa that offers optional massage and Spa treatments. Drinks can be enjoyed in the historical bar and lounge and guests can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Wolkberg Mountains from the comfort of their balconies or next to the pool.

Includes: Bike ride, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

5th Day (Thu) Letsitele and Kaross Workshop (aprx. 12.5 mi./20 km, 500 ft./150 m of elevation)

Our next location is the Letsitele Valley and the small subtropical farming town of Letsitele. Letsitele is well-known for the vast amounts of citrus fruits produced and exported. The morning’s ride will take us through orange tree groves with a stop along the way to visit a citrus packhouse to learn about the workings of a citrus farm, from the planting and farming phase, ending with the packing and export of the fruit. From the packhouse we continue along the canal to the Kaross embroidery. Kaross was started by Irma van Rooyen to create opportunities for rural women to make a living through their embroidery skills. Indulge yourself in the beauty of the embroidery followed by a typical South African lunch. The evening will be spent in the African bushveld.

Includes: Bike ride, Kaross tour, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
*Depending on the time of year, we may visit a citrus packhouse. Alternatively we may visit an avocado/ macadamia nut packhouse.

6th Day (Fri) Blyde Dam and the Kruger National Park (aprx.17 mi./ 27 km, 1,350 ft./410 m of elevation)

Our bike ride follows the Blyde River through the canyon to a spectacular viewpoint of the Blyde Dam. The Blyde River rises on the western slopes of the Drakensberg near Sabie in Mpumalanga and flows northwards past the town of Pilgrim’s Rest for more than 62.5 mi./100 km, through a region of extraordinary beauty along the eastern escarpment and into the Blyde Dam which was completed in 1974. Along the way be on the lookout for kudus and baboons. Lunch will take place on the banks of the Blyde River after which we will depart for the Kruger National Park. In the late afternoon, we explore Kruger on a drive. Enjoy your first evening in Kruger with a “braai”.

Includes: Bike ride, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

7th Day (Sat) Kruger National Park (Full day)

Today is your big Kruger Safari day. Although Kruger is renowned for the Big 5 (African elephant, Black rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, African lion, African leopard), it has so much more to offer. Get your cameras ready to capture the special moments in one of Africa’s largest national parks covering an area of 19,485 square kilometres. This wildlife sanctuary is like no other, its atmosphere so unique which will allow you to experience the true heartbeat of Africa. After our day in the Kruger National Park, we will be treated with a delicious dinner. Take time to share stories and photos of your special day in the African bush.

Includes: Full day in KNP, Breakfast, Brunch and Dinner

8th Day (Sun) Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve (aprx. 12.5 – 25 mi./20 – 40 km, 1,400 – 2,040 ft./420 – 620 m of elevation)

Welcome to the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest and greenest canyon in the world. Our bike ride starts at the Pinnacle Rock where we will get ready the bikes whilst you savour the magnificent view. The route follows the escarpment to Wonder View, which is said, on a clear day it is possible to see all the way to Mozambique. Our next stop for the day are the Lisbon Falls which is the highest waterfall in Mpumalanga. Extend your bike ride by cycling to our lunch spot or hop into the bus for a relaxed drive to lunch, after which we will visit the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. The potholes were formed over centuries of water flowing from the Treur and Blyde River. From here it is a short drive to the famous Three Rondavels lookout point and onto our overnight stay overlooking this escarpment.

Includes: Bike ride, Entrance to Lisbon Falls and Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

9th Day (Mon) Echo Caves (aprx. 17 mi./27 km, 1,090 ft./330 m of elevation)

Take in a last look at the striking panorama of the Three Rondavels before we get onto our bicycles. Our route, which is mostly downhill, is surrounded by citrus farms. The Echo Caves marks the end of our cycling. This underground wonderland was stumbled upon by a local farmer in 1923, whilst looking for his lost cow. We will visit the cave before driving along the Abel Erasmus Pass and entering the Lowveld for our last evening. The adventure begins with a late afternoon game drive in an open game viewer with an experienced guide. Dinner will be served in a boma around a fire with sounds of the African night in the background.

Includes: Bike ride, Entrance to Echo Caves, Game Drive, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

10th Day 10 (Tue) Departure

Your final day starts with a bushwalk accompanied by an experienced game ranger through Big 5 territory. Experience the bush as never before with the chance of a cheetah encounter on foot. After the bushwalk, enjoy a leisurely breakfast whilst saying farewell to your cycling companions. This will be the end of our time together. Return to your home country via the Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit or a Private Transfer to Johannesburg.
Advice on your return journey or an extended stay is available on request.

Includes: Bush walk, Breakfast

Rental bikes

Silverback Spectra Comp 2017 (29-inch)

The Silverback Spectra Comp 2017 is a mountain hardtail. The all-new alloy frame is lightweight, utilising round tubing profiles resulting in a comfortable and light-ride feel. Featuries: disc brakes, cable shifting and Shimano components. Available in 29″ wheel size.

27-Gear Hardtail
Sizes available: S, M, L

Bike rental is inculded in the tour price.

Journey

How to get to Hoedspruit

A flight is the fastest and easiest way to get to South Africa.

To investigate and book a suitable flight you can for example use the website www.opodo.com.

Arrival: The tour starts at the O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. The pick-up time on Sunday (the first day of your tour) will be at 11 am at the airport. Please ensure your flight arrives before 10 am. If you would like to arrive the day before the tour starts, we can offer you a pre-extension program. Please see the Soweto and Johannesburg Pre-Extension. Our transfer to the start of the tour takes about 4 hours.

Departure: The tour ends at 10 am on Monday. The flights from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (HDS) depart at 12 o’clock (noon), 1:20 pm and 1:55 pm depending on your destination. Guests will be transferred to the Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (HDS) in time for their flights. In case a guest prefers travelling to Johannesburg by car, a private transfer can be booked with us. Please note the transfer takes aprx. 6 hours with a stop along the way.


Extended stay

Extend your stay in South Africa

If you want to spend a few days in South Africa before or after your hotel and cycling trip, we offer various additional programs in Johannesburg or Hoedspruit. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you are interested in one of the programs described below, simply send us an e-mail with your inquiry:

Email: info@islandhopping.com

PRE-EXTENSION PROGRAMS JOHANNESBURG & SOWETO

3-days or 2-days Pre-Extension Module in Johannesburg

Take the time to extend your holiday by a few days in Johannesburg with a program, which offers you the comfort of organized activities, along with the right dose of leisure time to enjoy your stay to the fullest.

3-days Pre-Extension tour includes
– Transfer from O.R. Tambo International Airport to the guesthouse
– 2 night’s accommodation at a guesthouse with breakfast
– Transfer to Soweto and back to the guesthouse
– 4 Hour Cycle tour in Soweto with lunch
– Transfer to the start of the tour on Sunday is already included in your 10-day cycling tour Price

Price per person
– 360 euro (double occupancy)

2-days Pre-Extension program includes
– Transfer from O.R. Tambo International Airport to the guesthouse
– 1 night’s accommodation at a guesthouse with breakfast
– Transfer to the start of the tour on Sunday is already included in your 10-day cycling tour Price

Price per person
– 165 euro (double occupancy)

POST-EXTENSION PROGRAM IN THE PHELWANA LODGE IN HOEDSPRUIT

3-day stay after the hotel and bike trip at the Phelwana Game Lodge* in Hoedspruit

Would you like to experience South Africa’s wildlife even more intensively after your hotel or cycling trip? Then our three-day additional program at the Phelwana Game Lodge is just for you! The program offers you both pre-organized and leisure activities.

* Phelwana Game Lodge is a 4 star lodge offering luxury tent accommodation looking out onto a dam which is often visited by hippos and other wildlife. The game farm is home to wildlife such as buffalo, hippo, giraffe, zebra and other plains game.

Included services for the extended stay after the regular trip:
– Transfer from the last accommodation of the regular tour to Phelwana Game Lodge
– 2 nights (including breakfast, lunch and dinner) in the luxury tent at Phelwana Game Logde
– Wi-Fi in the main lodge building
– Guided game drive at the Phelwana Game Farm
– Guided bush walk & guided catch & release fishing
– Guided tour of the Timbavati Bush School
– Transfer from Phelwana Game Lodge to Hoedspruit Airport

Price: 550 euro per person in double room
* optional: booking of further additional nights is possible: 200 euro per person/night in a double room

POST-EXTENSION PROGRAM IN THE NDZHAKA CAMP OR BUFFELSHOEK CAMP NEAR HOEDSPRUIT

3-day stay after the hotel and bike trip at the Ndzhaka Camp*

Would you like to experience South Africa’s wildlife even more intensively after your hotel or cycling trip? Then our three-day additional program at the Ndzhaka Camp or the Buffelhoek 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 Ndzhaka or Buffelhoek are the perfect places 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 offers a rustic bush retreat. Manyeleti is renowned for Big 5 animal sightings and offers a real African bush experience.

Included services for the extended stay after the regular trip:
– Transfer from the last accommodation of the regular tour to Ndzhaka Camp or Buffelhoek Camp
– 2 nights (including breakfast, lunch and dinner) accommodation at Ndzhaka Camp or Buffelhoek Camp
– 2 Guided game drive per day
– Transfer from Ndzhaka Camp or Buffelhoek Camp to Hoedspruit Airport

Price: 590 euro per person in double room
* optional: booking of further additional nights is possible: 210 euro per person/night in a double room

BOOKING & VOUCHER DELIVERY

Booking the additional package

If you would like to book this additional tour module, please refer to it in the comments field of your booking request or write to us at info@islandhopping.com
– Which additional package would you like to book?
– For how many people would you like to book?
– Single supplement (on request)
– Detailed flight information to provide a reliable transfer Service

Voucher delivery
After booking the additional program you will receive a simple confirmation/invoice from Islandhopping. You will receive the hotel- and activity voucher from the transfer Driver.

Prices & Accomplishments

Base tour price per person (double room occupancy)

– 2,190 euro

This tour is secured as of 4 participants. Maximum number of participants is 10.

Included in the tour price

– 10 days/9 nights tour
– 9 evenings in 3 star accommodation
– Meals: Full board (9 x Breakfast, 8 x Lunch, 9 x Dinner)
– 6 days cycling with vehicle support (combination of paved and gravel roads)
– Guided walk up Mapungubwe Hill
– Entrance into Mapungubwe National Park
– Entrance into Kruger National Park
– Activities as per itinerary
– Transfer from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) to first night’s accommodation
– Transfer from last night’s accommodation to Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (HDS)
– High quality bicycle rental
– Drinking water for the cycling stages

Additional optional services (on request)

– E-Bike rental 220 euro per tour (please note that there are limited numbers of E-Bikes per tour)
– Single room, surcharge 320 euro
– Spa treatments (when available)
– Private transfers from our last night’s accommodation in the Hoedspruit area to Johannesburg: 180 euro per person/way for 2 guests. Price reduces when more guests use the same transfer.
– A non-private shuttle service is also available. Pick-up at 11 am from Hoedspruit Airport, arrive at O.R. Tambo International (JNB) between 5 and 6 pm: 90 euro per person/way
– Extension programs in Johannesburg

Not included in the base tour price

– Travel to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
– Departure from Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit (HDS)
– Beverages and Gratuities

 

Things to note

Changes to the itinerary

Changes to the order of the itinerary can occur due to the availability of accommodation.

A bicycle tour can be affected by changing weather conditions and therefore the itinerary of a tour may change. But don’t worry, we always have a B-plan and we will find the best solutions to offer you an equally exciting tour.

Cycling Fitness Requirements: Level 2

We recommend our tours to everyone who has an acquired basic stamina either through using their bike as an everyday vehicle or as a leisure activity. Since we travel through such a variety of areas during this tour, the bike rides vary from day to day. We pace our tours leisurely so that there is no rush even if you push your bicycle uphill. Remember, you are on holiday and should enjoy every moment of it as well as capture the memories. So don’t feel rushed and take as many photos as you like!

The bicycle tours take place on gravel roads and asphalted roads. The asphalted roads that we cycle on are less travelled on and safe for cycling. All tours are accompanied by two guides and a support vehicle.

Additional Activities

Extra activities are included in the tour price for example: a hike up the Mapungubwe Hill, a visit to citrus/avocado packhouse, bush walks, game drives, a visit to the Echo Caves, a visit to the Bourke’s Luck Potholes and a visit to Kaross.

 

Meals

This tour offers full board (B, L, D) and we make sure to offer local dishes. If you are a vegetarian or vegan or if you have any special requests regarding your diet, for example a food intolerance, let us know in advance so that we can best cater for you.

Accommodation

Our tour offers a variety of accommodation throughout the trip. The 3 star accommodation ranges from lodges, small hotels to chalets. All of which have been chosen to offer you the uttermost comfort after each bike ride.

Bike rides / Safaris in South Africa

Our tours are accompanied by 2 guides – a cycling guide and a nature guide with a support vehicle.

Whether by foot or game viewer, when we are exposed to wildlife we are accompanied by trained guides. We are always kept at the right distance from the wild animals in order to enable us to appreciate them but to avoid any danger.

*Please note we do not cycle within the Kruger National Park.

Malaria in South Africa

Malaria is evident in the Kruger National Park. Please contact your doctor about taking Malaria Prophylactics.

There are certain precautions you can take between dawn and dusk:

– apply insect repellent to exposed skin  
– close windows and doors at night unless they are screened
– spray an aerosol insecticide inside the sleeping area
– burn mosquito coils and mosquito mats in sleeping areas
– wear long-sleeved clothing, trousers and socks if outdoors during this time

Best Travelling Time

South Africa is a large and diverse country with climate that varies from region to region. The Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces experience a summer rainfall with heavy thundershowers from December to February and a dry winter period from May to October. South Africa is a large and diverse country with a climate that varies from region to region:South Africa is a large and diverse country with a climate that varies from region to region: Cape Town and the Western Cape experiences winter rainfall (June to August) and a largely bone-dry hot summer while much of the rest of the country, including the Kruger Park area, have heavy summer thundershowers (December to March) and a dry winter period from May to October. The Garden Route and Eastern Cape on the other hand can experience rain at any time of yearThe best time to visit these areas depends on what you would like to see and which climate you prefer. In summer, the African bush is at its greenest and birdlife is abundant. In winter, wildlife is easier to spot because there is less vegetation and animals gather around rivers and waterholes.

Seasons in South Africa:

Spring – September and October
Summer – November to March
Autumn – April to May
Winter – June to August

January – The first month of the year is characterized by lush vegetation that has been generated by the early summer rains. Temperatures can soar into the high thirties, but thundershowers often bring a welcome relief from the heat in the late afternoon.

February – Considered to be one of the warmest months of the bushveld summer and thunderstorms are still possible. The general colour of the bush is still green and the vegetation remains thick.

March – The weather is warm, and although there may still be some rainfall in the north, it is easing off. On safari in Kruger the bush will be thick and rivers full as this is the end of the rainy season.

April – April brings with it the changes of the year and is often the time of the year when the very short bushveld autumn takes place. Water begins to dry up and the temperatures are pleasant, but can vary between hot during the day and chilly in the evenings.

May – It is a good time of year to visit the country if you are not seeking particularly hot weather. The temperature difference between day and night is more pronounced, the evenings require warmer clothing, but the days are very pleasant

June – Drier temperatures are in the north and east of the country and this is a great time for game viewing as animals congregate around water holes. When setting out in the morning it is better to “dress to strip” as the temperature will increase during the day.

July – In many respects July is similar to June, the only difference is that it is drier. Towards the end of the month it slightly starts to warm up during the day, though the evenings are still cold.

August – August is the driest of the months, the temperature rises during the day and although the nights are cool the days are very pleasant. The grass is now a gold to brown color and tends to thin out for a big part.

September – September is a month of great contrasts, the bush is still dry, but many of the trees begin to blossom. The animals are out in full force, with many giving birth this month in the bush. 

October – Temperatures start to heat up throughout the country but the rains are yet to come in the north. If thunderstorms occur, they do not usually bring much rain, but certainly enough to start the early growth of the bush and flush a fresh green colour.

November – It heats up across the country and the rains start in the Kruger National Park. Late afternoon  thunderstorms clear the air and can be spectacular.

December – The festive season is extremely busy in South Africa. In the northern parts of South Africa, rain is prevalent  yet temperatures are very high. 

Dates & Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed
March 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 10.03-19.03South Africa - Wildlife Nature Reserve CyclingAfrica - Hotel & BikeJohannesburg AirportHoedspruit Airport2190 book
April 2019
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 07.04-16.04South Africa - Wildlife Nature Reserve CyclingAfrica - Hotel & BikeJohannesburg AirportHoedspruit Airport2190 book
May 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 05.05-14.05South Africa - Wildlife Nature Reserve CyclingAfrica - Hotel & BikeJohannesburg AirportHoedspruit Airport2190 book
 19.05-28.05South Africa - Wildlife Nature Reserve CyclingAfrica - Hotel & BikeJohannesburg AirportHoedspruit Airport2190 book
June 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 02.06-11.06South Africa - Wildlife Nature Reserve CyclingAfrica - Hotel & BikeJohannesburg AirportHoedspruit Airport2190 book
August 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 18.08-27.08South Africa - Wildlife Nature Reserve CyclingAfrica - Hotel & BikeJohannesburg AirportHoedspruit Airport2190 book
September 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 01.09-10.09South Africa - Wildlife Nature Reserve CyclingAfrica - Hotel & BikeJohannesburg AirportHoedspruit Airport2190
October 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 06.10-15.10South Africa - Wildlife Nature Reserve CyclingAfrica - Hotel & BikeJohannesburg AirportHoedspruit Airport2190 book

Any questions?

Contact us:

Monday - Friday
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Tel. +49(0)7531 361860

info@islandhopping.com