South Africa Mountain Bike Tour

Western Cape and Winelands of the Rainbow Nation

6 days / 5 nights Level: 3Price From: $5,995Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Cycle picturesque Chapman’s Peak Drive, considered the most beautiful road in South Africa
  • Taste exceptional local wines by South Africa’s top winemakers, including an exclusive opportunity to sample historic vintages
  • Ride some of the best MTB trails in Africa, including single tracks that sparked a countrywide mountain biking movement
  • Visit a local township and taste traditional vetkoek frybread prepared by a beloved community member
  • Luxuriate in two of South Africa’s flagship hotels, a pair of gorgeous boutique properties showcasing both wine country and the coast

Eat

Braaivleis (barbecued meat), biltong jerkey, pap (a type of polenta), and mieliebrood (cornbread with a South African spin)

Drink

Local Savanna cider, award-winning South African wines including Cabernet and Syrah, and especially the indigenous varietal Pinotage

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  • Day 1

    Welcome to South Africa

    Our guides will pick you up from Cape Town International Airport. After a bike fitting and safety briefing, set out for our first ride in Jonkershoek, a nature reserve occupying a dramatic valley near the major wine destination of Stellenbosch. Some say that South African mountain biking was born right here, since the trails in this mountainous preserve launched the sport’s popularity. It’s an ideal place to get your sea legs on the region’s mix of dirt roads and thrilling singletracks, followed by an even deeper dive into the MTB scene at a popular cyclist café where we’ll have our post-ride lunch—they even have a bike wash! Right next door is our hotel, an iconic example of Cape Dutch architecture built in 1692 and one of the most luxurious hotels in South Africa. Settle in as we celebrate our first of three nights at this Stellenbosch wine estate.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destination: Jonkershoek
    Accomplished: 15 miles / 25 km, elevation gain: 1,076 feet / 328 meters
    Accommodation: Lanzerac

  • Day 2

    Into the Vineyards

    Today we explore Stellenbosch, discovered by Simon van der Stel when he first arrived in South Africa—the farm he built on the Western Cape was the beginning of the oak tree-peppered paradise the area has become. It’s one of the country’s first Dutch settlements and retains a distinctive European identity, full of shady tree-lined streets, whitewashed buildings, and flourishing restaurants and galleries. Just outside of town we’ll hit the trails of Bottelary Hills conservancy, an immaculate network of mountain biking routes connecting nearly 40 local vineyards. Great pains were taken to preserve the native flora, including fruit orchards, lilies, and fynbos (a type of vegetation unique to South Africa). Our ride rewards us with views all the way to Table Mountain, and we’ll stop for lunch at our friend’s winery for an introduction to Pinotage—a distinctly South African grape variety. After, hop in the van and head back to the hotel for a restful afternoon or complete the loop with some stellar single track riding. Spend tonight on the town during dinner in Stellenbosch.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Bottlerary Hills, Stellenbosch
    Accomplished: 20 miles / 33 km, elevation gain: 915 feet / 279 meters
    Longer Option: 36 miles / 58 km, elevation gain: 2,211 feet / 674 meters
    Accommodation: Lanzerac

  • Day 3

    Cape Winelands Fine Dining

    After breakfast we’ll ride to Boschendal winery via bike trails beloved not only by local cyclists, but also the pros—in fact, Boschendal has played host to South Africa’s Cape Epic mountain bike race more than once. Today’s ride lends itself well to every type of cyclist, so get in plenty of miles or take it easy and treat yourself to another glass of wine (or wyn in Afrikaans), if you prefer: we’ll explore the country’s complicated history as we pedal through a landscape of pristine manors juxtaposed with humble agricultural villages, following single tracks through the vineyards to arrive at Boschendal. In the werf, or farmyard, we’ll have an incredible al fresco lunch showcasing local ingredients. Tonight is another epicurean experience at a wine estate that’s recognized as one of the best in the Cape Winelands. Chef Caroline Coetzee’s food is complemented by local artwork on display in the restaurant—an all-around showcase of the talents of the rainbow nation.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Helshoogte, Kylemore, Boschendal
    Accomplished: 18 miles / 30 km, elevation gain: 1,063 feet / 324 meters
    Longer Option: 28 miles / 45 km, elevation gain: 2,893 feet / 882 meters
    Accommodation: Lanzerac

  • Day 4

    Wine to Waves

    As we pedal out of Stellenbosch this morning, we may cross paths with the South African pheasants called tarentaal as they scurry noisily through the vines or eagles manning their posts, protecting the vineyards from predators. Early European settlers realized the appeal of these peaceful foothills and their exquisite terroir, and the countryside remains some of the most coveted real estate on the continent. Just ask golfer Ernie Els, who scooped up a Western Cape winery where we’ll have lunch after a string of estate tastings. This afternoon, check into our final hotel: the luxurious Tintswalo Atlantic, located at the base of Table Mountain National Park. Dine at the hotel restaurant and soak up the sea views, or head into Hout Bay for dinner on your own.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Somerbosch, Hout Bay
    Accomplished: 19 miles / 32 km, elevation gain: 1,430 feet / 436 meters
    Accommodation: Tintswalo Atlantic

  • Day 5

    Chapman’s Peak

    Enjoy a laid-back morning before hopping on the bike for a final day of cycling. The road to Chapman’s Peak is considered the country’s most beautiful byway, so our ride over the peninsula includes plenty of photo stops. Hop off the bike at an informal South African settlement, where we’ll get to know a few local personalities as we refuel. After one final climb up Suikerbossie Pass, descend into Clifton Beach and dig into just-caught seafood while overlooking the white sands and water. Choose to take it easy on the beach for the rest of the afternoon, or keep riding back to Tintswalo. For our final night, it’s sundowners and dinner on the deck as we toast to our wonderful week together.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Camps Bay, Chapman’s Peak
    Accomplished: 19 miles / 31 km, elevation gain: 2,578 feet / 786 meters
    Longer Option: 29 miles / 47 km, elevation gain: 3,483 feet / 1,062 meters
    Accommodation: Tintswalo Atlantic

  • Day 6

    Totsiens!

    Spend your final morning in South Africa as you wish, whether you prefer to sleep in late or take a short hike to get your endorphins for the day. Before our guides bid you farewell, transfer with them to Cape Town International Airport or right into the city for those adding additional days to their trip.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Destinations: Kalkbay

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Cape Town, South Africa Pick-Up Location: Cape Town International Airport or a downtown waterfront hotel Pick-Up Time: 8:00 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Cape Town, South Africa Drop-Off Location: Cape Town International Airport or a downtown waterfront hotel Drop-Off Time: 12:00 pm
Travelers Take Note

Familiarity with mountain biking is essential for this tour, as the majority of all riding takes place on dirt roads and single tracks.

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates. Go Private

2021Single Supplement From: $1,200
2022Single Supplement From: $1,200

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • Bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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Stance 1

Manufacturer: Giant

Type: Mountain

Revel 2

Manufacturer: Giant

Type: Mountain