Africa & Middle East
South Africa South Africa Active Private

Beauty & Splendour

It’s hard to believe that so much beauty, diversity, and wine can be found so close to Cape Town—not to mention first-class hotels and truly spectacular biking. In fact, this trip is not dissimilar to many of our European jaunts, as we explore a compact area and pop easily from elegant hotel to elegant hotel. Pedaling well-paved roads lined with dramatic vistas, we move from the Cape Peninsula to the winelands then finish with a few days on safari.

B&R’s newest way to travel! This itinerary is one of our new locally supported, private trips. They use the hallmarks that we’re known for: great hotels, friendly and talented local guides plus memorable experiences, but it’s just your group and on the dates that work best for you.

Trip Details

Moderate
Cape Town to Johannesburg
10 Days / 9 Nights


Price per person from: $9,750
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Best Time to Visit

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Day by Day

Welcome to South Africa! Upon arrival we’ll meet you at the door of the aircraft and take short drive to the Cape Grace.

Take a scenic drive through the southern suburbs of Cape Town and the stunning coastal villages. Explore the Cape Point Nature Reserve for a chance to view game such as baboon, zebra, eland or ostrich and visit the African Penguin colony in Simonstown.

Tackle Table Mountain by foot or cable car, presenting options for scenic hikes. Take a short walking tour of the Bo-Kaap, extending to the Companies Garden in the heart of Cape Town before returning to the hotel.

Today we’ll head to the Under Oaks wine estate, just outside of Paarl and take a scenic cycle around the estate, through vast wheat fields and past trellised vineyards with sweeping panoramas of the Hottentots Holland mountain range.

Take an undulating ride through farmlands and vineyards, ending at the Middelvlei Estate to sample a traditional Boere Braai (barbeque). Explore historic Stellenbosch on foot and enjoy dinner at the award-winning Tasting Room in Franschhoek.

Visit the Daschbosch Winery and bike through the spectacular Slanghoek valley, an area seldom travelled by visitors offering stunning mountain top landscapes. Stop to enjoy a private tasting at one of a very few organic vineyards in the country.

Head back to Cape Town and board your flight to the Sabi Sand Reserve. At 65 000 hectares, the reserve has been successfully conserved and now contains the highest density of big game in South Africa.

Spend the day exploring the reserve and experiencing unforgettable close encounters and prolific sightings, particularly of the elusive leopard.

While at Singita you’ll have twice daily game drives with professional guides and trackers as well as the option to join some guided safari walks for an unbelievable experience.

After breakfast your guides will take you to the airstrip to bid farewell to a fabulous time on safari.

Hotels

Cape Grace, Cape Town

Situated on its own private and serence quay, the newly refurbished Cape Grace offers luxury accommodation located at the iconic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Its dramatic backdrop is Table Mountain, and each room is designed using unique and refreshing décor from local artisans. After a day of exploring Cape Town, Cape Grace offers the perfect spot to relax and unwind. View hotel website »

Le Quartier Francais, Franschoek

Le Quartier Français is a Victorian residence hidden away in the heart of the Franschoek Valley’s vineyards. Our hosts provide many special touches which can be seen in everything from the Egyptian cotton bed linens to each room’s creative flair. The Quartier’s remarkable restaurant is host to the culinary creations of famed Margot Janse, one of South Africa’s top chefs. View hotel website »

Singita Boulders Lodge, Sabi Sand

A natural stone lodge offering unparalleled views, the luxurious Singita Boulders features a lookout deck allowing the perfect spot from which to observe wildlife drawn to the Sand River. The lodge offers twelve magnificent stone suites with floor to ceiling glass walls and a contemporary African decor style. Rooms also feature a heated plunge pool, double-sided fireplace, private lounge and game-viewing deck. View hotel website »

Activity Level

Moderate

This trip is rated Moderate. This is a biking trip amid the vineyards and farmlands of South Africa’s Western Cape. The riding is all on asphalt roads, mostly of an undulating nature although you can expect to encounter a few steep hills and at least one steep descent. We offer both Cannondate bikes and Pinarello road bikes fitted to your personal specifications. There are plenty of shorter and longer options available each day to accommodate a wide range of fitness levels.

Gear

The Bikes

You can't enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip you'll be riding customized Cannondales; there are three models to choose from to ensure you'll have the perfect bike. Click here for a detailed description. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.

What's Included

  • All hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated with wine (as selected by B&R)
  • Services of B&R guide and support van
  • Use of a customized Cannondale or Pinarello bicycle and helmet
  • Use of two lightweight, telescoping walking sticks
  • All special events and private tours
  • All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
  • All baggage transportation
  • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service except while on safari.


At Your Service

We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.Learn more about our guides »

Accolades

“We have taken many B&R trips, and this was one of the best. All hotels, food, scenery and experiences were first-rate, but what pushed the trip to the top of the list were our amazing guides who were there to anticipate our every need.”

— Virginia Gerst,
South Africa Biking 2011

South Africa Active Private

Notes from the Road

  • Reunited with Rae RaeWhen six-year-old Emily left Rae Rae, her stuffed bunny, behind while on safari with B&R, she worried he was gone for good. But as Emily’s mom Amy explains, a little magic resulted in a rabbit being pulled out of a… well, a paper bag. By Amy Ramos, B …
  • Q&A with Ralph BousfieldYou could say that Ralph Bousfield knows a thing or two about safaris. I mean, you could say that. But you’d be significantly understating things. Hailing from a family whose history as safari guides dates back five generations(!), Ralph experienced …
  • A Dazzle of ZebrasPublished in Luxury Travel magazine | By Margo Pfeiff “A sounder of warthogs!” someone shouts as we cycle a dirt road through low desert shrubs. “A journey of giraffes!” comes another cry on the shoreline of a white salt plain. Spend enough time amid …

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