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9 Day, Culinary Cycle Tour – Western Cape
Our Culinary Cycle Safari takes you on a 9-day taste adventure, pedalling from Cape Town, up the West Coast, along spectacular mountain passes into the semi arid Karoo before finally into the valleys of the Western Cape’s famous Winelands. Indulge in deliciously fresh seafood, home-made cheeses, pickled olives, tender Karoo lamb, and much more, while learning about local culture and customs along the way. With some of the best cycling anywhere.
Day 1 - City cycle and Robben Island
Welcome to South Africa! We meet at 8am today for the start of this exceptional active tour and culinary journey. Our tour of Cape Town is the perfect orientation to this beautiful city under the foot of Table Mountain, with the Atlantic at its doorstep. Our food experience starts right away too, with a spectacular lunch at one of the city’s iconic botanical gardens. Later in the day we embark on an historic journey to Robben Island where Mandela’s 27 year incarceration resulted in one of the most remarkable human beings of his generation. Around the dinner table, at one of Cape Town’s best culinary tables, we reflect on the diversity, culture and history of South Africa’s mother city.
Day 2 - Franschhoek Winelands
Franschhoek Valley must be one of the world’s finest food and wine discoveries – both for the quality of ingredients but even more, situated in pristine natural setting surround by jagged peaks and drenched in blue sky. The day includes memorable riding, and three unforgettable meals. Cellar tours and wine pairing the norm on each occasion. The finest wines and wineries South of the equator.
Day 3 - Fairest Cape Peninsula And Khayelitsha Township Cycle
Today we venture a little further out along the Cape’s spectacular peninsula, on winding coastal paths, through quant seaside villages and stops at the famous Cape Point Peninsula park for game viewing, beach walks to break the pace from riding, and a gourmet picnic overlooking the azure waters stretching all the way to Antarctica! Make sure your camera batteries are charged. You’ll not want to miss a moment!
Day 4 -Prins Albert Cooking School
Arriving in Prins Albert on the edge of the Groot Karoo, one is struck by the total unexpected contrast to the greens and blues of the winelands and Cape Town’s oceans. But the most striking part is its culinary prestige, hosting one of the world’s top cooking schools. The next days are packed with culinary feasts, cooking techniques and insights that will flabbergast even the most jaded cook! Our hosts at African Relish delivers a superb two-days, without doubt the highlight of the journey.
Day 5 - Swartberg Moutain Pass & Fig Farm
The Swartberg Pass is simply put, just breathtaking and an awesome ride. It’s world renowned already for its setting, winding passes and vistas to infinity. A gravel road, you want to take your time, not only to admire and breath in every view, but to stay firmly on the road! If the picnic in Cape Point pleased you, the Prins Albert version will delight you! The afternoon is either spend relaxing or visiting the local fig farm, not really to be missed, with the areas crown export product.
Day 6 - West Coast Culture & Cuisine
We reluctantly say good buy to our friends in Prins Albert, only to be welcomed in one of the West Coast most hospitable and pretty fishing villages. Known for its crayfish industry, the town of Paternoster has reinvented itself as the Cape’s finest West Coast culinary destination. We explore the long beaches by foot, the food culture in style and the people of the West Coast, by invitation. If the Karoo lamb didn’t do it for you, then the rough hewn to fine dinning experience of the sea-salt-pepper kitchens are sure to wow.
Day 7 - On The Trail Of The Bushman
Just outside of Paternoster on the R27 leading back to Cape Town, a very special experience awaits our culinary and fresh-air-weary guests. Our day with the San community at !Khwa tt (pronounced ‘tsi-qua-to). The San and the Khoekhoe peoples are aboriginal to southern Africa. This means the San and Khoekhoe are descendants of the first peoples who ever lived here, before black or white people came to the region. The Khoekhoe migrated into the country about 2,500 – 2,000 years ago, occupying coastal areas, the southern Cape, and the major rivers, such as the Orange River (called !Garib). They may have made friends with the San hunters in some cases, but the San also appear to have withdrawn to the mountains and deserts of South Africa. The !Khwa ttu San Centre gives us the possibility to learn about the fascinating and complex history of the San. And a taste of the veld our ancestors experienced before the white man arrived.
Day 8 - Culinary Cape Town
Returning to Cape Town, we have one final day to relax, visit the markets and enjoy the city’s charm, before the inevitable last day arrives. Lunch and dinner are optional affairs, but we wouldn’t recommend you skip them. By now you may believe you’ve seen and experienced the best of the Cape. But by tonight, you will know that to be just an illusion. Because the true culinary wealth stretches far beyond what a mere nine days can offer! Be warned, this tour will have you yearn to return for more.
Day 9 - Short Market Street
And so the last day arrives and after yesterday’s indulgences, one final act of vigor remains. Table Mountain must be scaled, not only for the views, but for the magnificent fauna and flora. Our Fynbos guide ensures you will have a new appreciation for this phenomenon, and understanding why it’s aptly understood to be a plant kingdom. Our last meal today, from the top of the mountain, is an appropriate ending to an unforgettable couple of days.
2018 / 19 Season:
Standard Accommodation Option $ 3800.00 USD per person sharing
Luxury Accommodation Option $ 5400.00 USD per person sharing
• Bikes and all equipment
• Airport and hotel transfers and back-up vehicle
• All meals, beverages and refreshments, cooking schools, fine dinning etc.
• Excellent and varied lodging
• Personal service from the best guides in the industry
• ‘Special and Expert’ excursions en-route
• All admission fees to reserves, parks and attractions
Note: Prices are quoted in United States Dollars (USD) per person. Even so we are based in South Africa, the recent swings in the local currency necessitated the conversion to a USD based rate system. This means we don’t change our rates with the swings and can absorb a 2 to 3 point adjustment, up or down, without having to update rates within our partner and guest network. It ensures consistent quality and product availability throughout our product portfolio.
Minimum group size is 4 guests. Enquire about discounts for larger groups (typically 6 guests and over).
Advance booking essential.
Our journeys are carefully researched and custom-designed to ensure a perfect balance of adventure and luxury – with zero hassle for you.
Our lodgings are divided into three different categories.
These lodgings possess both elegance and authentic regional flair.
These lodgings are comfortable and appropriate to the area with such characteristics as authenticity, scenic settings and proximity to our activities.
9 Apr 2018 - 19 Apr 2018
7 May 2018 - 17 May 2018
11 Jun 2018 - 21 Jun 2018
9 Jul 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
6 Aug 2018 - 16 Aug 2018
10 Sep 2018 - 20 Sep 2018
*Book Early To Avoid Disappointment