South Africa is many things: sandstone mountains, brilliantly hued gardens, rolling hills cloaked in grape vines, all kissed by Atlantic and Indian Ocean breezes. The Rainbow Nation boasts rich natural diversity, to be sure; a VBT South Africa bike tour lets you peer inside its many cultures, too—nourishing your body, mind, and spirit along the way—from vibrant townships to family-run wine estates and the cosmopolitan flair of Cape Town.
South Africa is every cyclist’s dream. From the heights of Table Mountain with its stunning views of the Cape Peninsula to the rugged red landscapes of Little Karoo, from the blooms of the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens to the scenic roads of the Garden Route, it’s astonishing that one country is so astonishingly beautiful in so many ways. Our South Africa biking trip reveals the staggering magnificence to you on two wheels, leading you through sweeping vistas and into the nation’s more intimate enclaves.
Share a conversation with locals in Langa township, where Xhosa traditions still thrive. Take your place at the table with a local family, savoring a delicious, home-cooked dinner and delightful company. Discover centuries of cultural influences from Dutch-flavored Oudtshoorn to the “French Corner” of Franschhoek, settled by farmers who emigrated from France and brought their wine-making traditions with them.
As you cruise along our carefully selected bike routes, take time to pause and admire South Africa’s wildlife. At Boulders Beach, penguins waddle among massive stones. As you reach the crest of Meiringspoort mountain pass, black eagles soar above you on warm thermals and springer antelope leap from rock to rock. In Oudtshoorn, the feathery residents of an ostrich farm greet you. If you wish, head to the nation’s first game reserve, Kruger National Park, to seek out the Big Five.
Off the bike, slow down to immerse yourself in sweeping beauty and sophisticated culture. Ascend Table Mountain by cableway. Take leisure time to hike among the forests of Tsitsikamma National Park or swim in the Indian Ocean. Enjoy a private wine-tasting and a traditional brai barbecue. And at day’s end, relax in deluxe accommodations perfectly situated to help you experience South Africa to its fullest, from a chic metropolitan apartment in the heart of vibrant Cape Town to lagoon-side cottages in a lush setting. You’ll find VBT’s South Africa bike tour a feast for all the senses.
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Dramatic scenery, magnificent wildlife, a vibrant culture, a prominent role in modern history—South Africa has it all. And you’ll experience it up close, by bicycle.
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