Our safari cycling tour in Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces
Please note: This tour has been updated for the 2020 season. Changes in the itinerary as well as the accomplishments may vary in comparison to the 2019 season.
Panorama 1 Sunday – Arrival to 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 in Johannesburg. The rest of the day is your own free time where you can rest or explore some of Sandton’s attractions. Please take a look at our recommendations below:
- Nelson Mandela Square (right across your hotel)
- Hop-on-hop-off Johannesburg (www.citysightseeing.co.za/destinations/joburg)
- Sandton City Mall
- Soweto (depending on your arrival time, we can add a 2 or 4 hour cycling tour through Soweto. The tours start at 10 am or 2 pm and include lunch and a transfer from your hotel to Soweto and back; Price: 90 or 110 euro per person).
Includes: Transfer to accommodation
Panorama 2 Monday – African Bush
Your transfer will depart at 10 am from your hotel. Travel time from Johannesburg to our overnight accommodation is approx. 5 hours. Along the way, we will stop to visit an Open-Air Museum which demonstrates the daily life of the Bakone people who inhabited the Polokwane area 250 years ago. The next 2 evenings will be spent at a Private Game Lodge near Bandelierkop. After settling in, we will end our day with a bushwalk to get acquainted with the African bush and a cozy dinner in an African boma.
Includes: Breakfast, Transfer to Lodge from Johannesburg, Visit to Museum, Bushwalk
Panorama 3 Tuesday – Safari cycling
(Pedal 20 km – 40 km, 150 hm – 300 hm)
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. Join us for a Sunset game drive 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, Game Drive
Panorama 4 Wednesday - Letsitele and Kaross Workshop
(Pedal 25 km, 150 hm)
Our next location is the Letsitele Valley and the small subtropical farming town of Letsitele. Letsitele is well-known for the production and export of different varieties of Citrus fruit. 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. Our stay for the next two evenings is at the Coach House Hotel and Spa.
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.
Panorama 5 Thursday – Wolkberg Mountains
(Pedal 15 km - 30 km, 420 hm – 650 hm)
After enjoying breakfast overlooking the majestic Wolkberg Mountain range of Limpopo we will explore this area on our bicycles. 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 area. 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 breath-taking views of the Wolkberg Mountains from the comfort of their balconies or next to the pool.
Includes: Bike ride, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Panorama 6 Friday – Blyde Dam and the Kruger National Park
(Pedal 37 km, 410 hm)
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. After lunch we will depart for the Kruger National Park. Enjoy your first evening in Kruger with a “braai”.
Includes: Bike ride, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Panorama 7 Saturday – Kruger National Park (Full day)
Today is your big Kruger Safari day. Although Kruger is renowned for the Big 5, 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, Brunch and Dinner
Panorama 8 Sunday – Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
(Pedal 16 km - 40 km, 260 hm - 620 hm)
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 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 is 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
Panorama 9 Monday - Echo Caves and Bush experience
(Pedal 27 km, 330 hm)
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
Panorama 10 Tuesday - 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 transfer to Johannesburg.
Advice on your return journey or an extended stay is available on request.
Includes: Bush walk, Breakfast