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When: 23 January 2014 - 28 January 2014
Where: Knysna to Cape Town, Western Cape
Category: MTB

A nostalgic ride down memory lane, following the original Cape Epic journey from Knysna to Cape Town, but with the option of hopping in the bus, a warm, comfortable bed every night and no pressure of cut-offs. Great training for the Argus and Epic!


Not at all too technical ,so suited to all levels.


Day 1: Pickup at George airport at 17h30 and transfer to Knysna

(Or make your own way to Knysna if arriving earlier)


Day 2: Knysna to George - 108km

This is a flowing easy ride with interspersed dirt and tar along the Seven Passes Road at the base of the Outeniqua Mountains through indigenous forest and dairy farmland.


Day 3: George to Garden Route Game Lodge - 120km (Recommended shuttle incl.)


We skirt along the Jonkersberg plantation and down past Botlierskop, perchance a game sighting and wet feet through the river, but this is only the start! There is an ex-bridge across the Gouritz River, which could be flowing. This opens the way to enter the Garden Route Game Lodge and do a short ‘game drive’ on bikes, escorted by rangers, to our accommodation. An evening braai at the thatched Boma completes this epic day.


Day 4: GRGL to Swellendam 136km

(Recommended shuttle included.)

The riding is along flowing dirt roads and fairly flat until the hill just before Heidelberg, which has a kick like a mule. We then meander along the twisting Duiwenhoks River until a Mother of a hill gets us up onto the Grootvadersbosch road. The last bit flattens out through Suurbraak and then (for EFI-ers) the quickest way into Swellendam includes a bit of N2 (or shuttle)


Day 5: Swellendam to Greyton 111km


The route sticks close to the Breede River, which is just out of sight and then ducks down the Riviersonderend tributary including an old wagon trail and a small jeep track. After the town by the same name, the road becomes bigger and cruises all the way to Greyton. There are some optional single track sections for those with excess energy.


Day 6: Greyton to Botriver 80km


The trail picks its way along the river with some really nice ride-able trails past sheep and grain farms and along gravel roads to Botrivier. From here we cycle 10km uphill alongside the railway line, emerging at Houw Hoek Inn, where we shower and have a late lunch before transferring to CT airport. Don’t arrange flights before 19h00 to be safe.



R 9500.00 p.p, sharing. Single supplement: add R 2500.00 (subject to availability)




  • accommodation for 5 nights ( Good quality mix of hotels, B&Bs and one night Game Lodge)
  • all meals, from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 6 ( incl soft liquid refreshment with breakfast & lunch)
  • all transport, incl airport transfers
  • Qualified guide/s
  • Vehicle back-up on all riding days.
  • Transfer of bicycles & luggage
  • drinks & snacks en route daily



  • all items of a personal nature, e.g. tel calls, laundry, etc
  • all additional soft drinks & all alcoholic beverages
  • bicycle rental – bring your own bike or mid level 29-er mountain bikes with front shocks available for rental @ R1500 for the duration)
  • bike courier fees where applicable
  • Airfares
  • Gratuities

Cost: R 9500 p.p. sharing . Single supplement: add R 2500.00 ( subject to availability)


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Oh my word, this could become huge, it sounds great, I am in for j2c next year but if you are doing it in 2014 I will join

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