6 Day Trip | Best of The Cape East Coast
Day 1 - 58km's to Onrus
The cycle starts in Elgin and ends at Arniston bay on the East Coast, near Cape Agulhasa in Arniston.
The Elgin Valley is the natural home for
lovers of fresh food,
cool-climate wines and beautiful country living.
We gather the first night in Elgin at Tri-Active Lodge for supper, to meet our guides and the tour briefing.
The following morning's cycle takes us from Elgin to Hemel & Aarde near above Onrus, near the coastal town of Hermanus, a easy 58km cycle
over breathtaking passes and along quiet country roads -
where sometimes it's hard to distinguish where earth and sky meet. At approximately the 38km mark we break for one of our trademark signature picnics.
After lunch and ample time to absorb the breathtaking views, we saddle-up for the afternoon's cycle, another 10km, give or take, that will bring us to tour 2nd night's stay above Onrus, in the heart of the Hemel & Aarde Valley (Heaven & Earth Valley). Our host at High Seaon Chalets, Quinten Mitchell, has chosen the area's most beloved restaurant where a sumptous dinner with the best of the Hemel & Aarde Valley's produce awaits us, a suitable end to our first day of activity.
Day 2 - 60km's to Stanford
The unique little village of Stanford, overlooked by the moody slopes of the Klein River Mountains, lies just inland of Onrus, forming the tip of a triangle with the coastal towns of Hermanus and De Kelders.
The first 38km's before our picnic break, is mostly on grade off-road gravel or country road, whilst the last 10km will route us back onto tar before hitting the final strecth into Stanford and our guest lodge for our overnight stay.
Two of the ‘must do’s’, when in Stanford are the Birkenhead Brewery, a
boutique brewery open for beer tasting and lunches, and the Stanford
Walking Trail, which wends its way along the banks of the Klein River
through the town and offers visitors some wonderful glimpses of the many
birds in the area, including the endangered Blue Crane.
A sunset beer overlooking the stunning Klein River Mountains at the end of a beautiful day's cycle is surely a highlight on anyone's list of things to do!
Day 3 - 72km's to Arniston
After a sumptous breakfast in Stanford, the morning's 37km cycle along a quiet country road brings us to the historic town of Elim, and our lunch stop.
After lunch, we cycle the next 35km on mostly tarred country road to the coastal holiday town of Bredasdorp.
The last 20km stretch of level tarmac to Arniston is a breeze and here you have the coice of either hopping into the support vehicle or satisfy your need for more cycling.
The quint, historical fishing village of Arniston, makes for the perfect stop from where to explore over the next two days, the most Southern tip of Africa.
And so is the Arniston Bay Hotel, right on the beach, to end each days activity and watch the sun set and experience some of the best sea swimming on the East Coast. Not to mention the fresh fish which is daily harvested and brought to shore next door at the harbour.
Day 4 - 85km's to Cape Infanta
The morning's cycle takes us along a natural vlei or wetlands past abundant birdlife, such as flamingoes and pelicans and a stagering variety of local water birds where we break for a picnic lunch.
Doubling back for the afternoon ride, taking us on more backroads, we return to Arniston for a swim in the sea and to explore on foot the town's architecture and rich heritage. Hereafter you're free to go for a sauna or a massage and simply enjoy the luxury of your accommodations.
The evening another feast of local quisine awaits before the discussion around the bar area and a bit of star gazing.
The next morning after breakfast we have one last chance for a short cycle before heading back to Cape Town via Elgin.