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South Africa Bike Tour

Western Cape and Winelands of the Rainbow Nation

6 days / 5 nights Level: 3Price from: $5,895Collection: 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 and blend your own bottle
  • Dine with a local chef during a private cooking demonstration
  • Luxuriate in four of South Africa’s flagship hotels, a selection of gorgeous properties

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 and kick off the tour with a lesson in blending a custom bottle of wine at one of the Western Cape’s top wineries. Take your bottle to go, walk into the vineyards, and find a picnic lunch ready and waiting. After a bike fitting and safety talk, we set out for our first South African spin. It’s an easy ride to our hotel, a historic Cape Dutch farm dating back to 1692. Tonight’s beautiful dinner is the definition of farm-to-table; we’ll accompany the chef as he harvests ingredients from Babylonstoren’s wheat fields, vegetable gardens, and fruit orchards, all destined to reappear right on your plate.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destination: Drakenstein
    Accomplished: 9 miles / 14 km, elevation gain: 384 meters
    Longer Option: 12 miles / 19 km, elevation gain: 701 meters
    Accommodation: Babylonstoren

  • Day 2

    Wine, Gin, or Whatever You Please

    After a decadent breakfast, set off for a gradual climb into Paarl Nature Reserve with fields of prehistoric-looking protea at our side and the smooth granite formations of Paarl Mountain ahead. Descend through vineyards on a single track trail to Rhebokskloof where a glass of wine (or wyn, in Afrikaans) awaits. Enjoy lunch beneath the estate’s oak trees, then head back to Babylonstoren or opt for an extra ride on the winery’s well-groomed trails, suited to beginners and advanced riders alike. Tonight, leave the wine behind and visit an international award-winning boutique distillery, where we’re hosted for dinner and a tasting, plus a few surprise cocktails and artisanal beers to accompany our meal.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Drankenstein, Simonsberg Nature Reserve
    Accomplished: 19 miles / 31 km, elevation gain: 688 meters
    Longer Option: 35 miles / 56 km, elevation gain: 1,245 meters
    Accommodation: Babylonstoren

  • Day 3

    The Best of the Cape Winelands

    Depart the countryside for 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 town has become. Spin on quiet little roads or take a single track towards one of our favorite wineries, an unpretentious spot owned by the Momberg family. Their reputation for receiving visitors in true South African style means a raging fire is ready to cook our lunch of traditional braai barbecue. Retire with a full belly to our boutique hotel situated right in downtown Stellenbosch, or walk it off with some shopping or a tour through Kayamandi township. For dinner, our chef friend opens the door to his kitchen and guides us through the hands-on makings of a fabulous meal.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Stellenbosch
    Accomplished: 16 miles / 25 km, elevation gain: 418 meters
    Longer Option: 34 miles / 55 km, elevation gain: 488 meters
    Accommodation: Coopmanhuijs

  • Day 4

    Atlantic Hike

    Today’s landscape shifts from vineyards to ocean views as we swap our bikes for hiking boots and head south to Hout Bay. Set off from Silvermine and encounter the unspoiled fynbos unique to South Africa and Elephant’s Eye Cave before descending towards the spectacular Atlantic. At a kiosk in Hout Bay beloved by locals, lunch on just-caught fish grilled simply to show off its fresh flavors. Once we’ve watched the sunbathing seals at Hout Bay harbor, it’s time to retreat to our hotel. The rooms here are so luxurious you may not want to leave, so we leave it to you to decide between a romantic dinner right on the property or a short trip into Hout Bay to dine on your own.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Silvermine Nature Reserve, Hout Bay
    Accomplished: 5 miles / 8 km hiking
    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. Continue north towards Boulders Beach to glimpse its famous penguins waddling around the inlets undisturbed before we break in Kalkbay for lunch. Overlooking the harbor, we’ll dig into the catch of the day, then finish the ride to our hotel. 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: Kalkbay
    Accomplished: 15 miles / 24 km, elevation gain: 625 meters
    Longer Option: 24 miles / 39 km, elevation gain: 1,138 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 walk along the water in Kalkbay. 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, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Cape Town, South Africa
Pick-Up Location: At the Cape Town International Airport

Depart

Airport City: Cape Town, South Africa
Drop-Off Location: At the Cape Town International Airport

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

2018Single Supplement From: $960

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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 wines with every meal

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection and 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

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

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Stance 1

Manufacturer: Giant

Type: Mountain

Revel 2

Manufacturer: Giant

Type: Mountain