My Strava profile - all the rides should be public (let me know if its not)
Chris - in short we made Rhodes Hotel our base, left our cars there. We had one support car for the ride. Nice old platteland hotel, very cheap. The town is also stunning with other accommodation options
Day 1 we cycled from Rhodes up to to the top of Naudesnek, there is a lodge called Tenahead (was the only expensive accommodation of the tour), a buddy & I felt energetic and cycled down & up the Natal side of Naudesnek as well.
Day 2 We cycled from Tenahead to Tiffendel along the Tiffendel-Teneahead-Traverse, a 30km contour jeeptrack along the Lesotho border (the only day a 4x4 was needed for the support vehicle). Tiffendale is unfortunately closed at the moment (think its bankrupt), but the guard at the gate was happy for us to take the track up to Ben McDhui, about 8km from the Tiffendell turn-off but give yourself about 2 hours to go up & down. From there we cycled back to Rhodes down Carlislepass - ridiculously steep, don't think its really possible to cycle up there without walking, was happy to go down it
Day 3 We cycled from Rhodes to Wartrail, we stayed at Frosty Peaks, a self catering farmhouse but the farmer provided food for braais & breakfasts
Day 4 we did an out and back from Wartrail over Lundean's nek pass to Telle, a town on the border of Lesotho - if one feels like it you can extend the day to cycle to the border post or up in Dangershoek
Day 5 we cycled from Wartrail to Barkley East, via Balloch, a stunning farm (looks a bit like a Disney movie setting) where the Sky Run from Lady Gray stops over, was about 60km in total. Also nice scenery and some interesting historic bridges & railway tracks. Stayed over in Barkly East.
On average we did about 50km a day, which doesn't sound much but between the high altitude (you are almost always above 2500m on day 1 and 2) and the climbing it's quite draining, I worked in a few extra breakfast rides and in total I did more than 7000m of climbing with just over 300km of riding.
There are very few people (and no shops & restaurants) along the road, so make sure to take all you need along. Always felt save, no chance of taking a wrong turn and ending up in a dodgy area. Roads are in a good condition (except for the tracks on Day 2)
Other alternatives would be to find time to ride Volunteershoek pass between Tiffendell and Wartrail which we didn't have time for (preferably down), stay over in Balloch farm which is picturesque and find a way to incorporate Joubert's Pass to Lady Gray which I understand is also very scenic.