3 days / 2 nights
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50% deposit is required on confirmation of booking.
MIN / MAX PAX
6 / 16
55km / 105km
Dependant on chosen distance
The VIVID Seweweeks Gravel Tour is one for the bucket list. The 3-day, 2-night adventure between the regions of the Klein (Little) Karoo and the Groot (Great) Karoo. Both known for their fascinating geological features that give the landscape a special character. With over 180 million years of history, we cycle through remote World Heritage sites, Cape Nature Reserves, rolling plains and through passes in the magnificent Cape Fold Mountains. Our evenings are spent in well-appointed accommodation accompanied by sumptuous catering by our very own Vivid foodie. Let your legs decide the distance you feel comfortable with each day as the Tours are fully supported with a forward vehicle and a sweep vehicle. Just you, your bike, big, wide-open space, no traffic, spectacular scenery, and friendship… soul riding!
On day one our crew stops at the Anysberg Nature Reserve. The Reserve is home to Cape mountain zebra, several antelope species, the black-backed jackal, caracal, riverine rabbit, and brown hyena. Leopards still roam the mountains, although they are seldom seen. Approximately 180 bird species are regularly spotted on the reserve.
A key highlight of the tour is riding through the Seweweeks Pass on day two. This surreal experience gives you a complete sense of being one with nature, for 20km of cruising slowly down the pass. It’s moments like these we live to relive.
Ask us about the option for a sunset game drive on day two.
The final stretch of the tour takes us through rolling hills and towns are reminiscent of old times past. We end the tour at Barrydales famous, Diesel & Creme, for juicy gourmet burgers and milkshake.
- Intermediate and above fitness level required.
- Beginner to intermediate skills advised but not necessary on gravel.
- Temperatures can vary between 10 –20 Degrees in winter 20 – 35°C in season.
- Airport transfers
- Vehicle, trailer and driver/guide for 3-days
- 2 guides for 3-days. This is dependent on group size.
- Accommodation at 4/5 star Bed & Breakfast
- *All prices are based on double rooms per person sharing.
- *Single room supplements are available on request. (Number dependent)
- Bike hire
- Taxi to dinners
DAY 1 / 80km Gravel Riding
- Early departure shuttle from Cape Town to the Klein Karoo town of Montagu
- Essential coffee top up and riders brief. Mount up and head out into the wilderness of the Klein Karoo on superb hard pack gravel roads to the World Heritage site of Anysberg Reserve.
- Lunch stop in Anysberg Nature Reserve.
- Short shuttle through some challenging sections and then cycle into our accommodation for the evening.
- Well appointed accommodation and a delicious spread prepared by our foodie Nicky Noodle. Take a walk through the reserve, chill by the pool or put your feet up and enjoy the view.
DAY 2 / Gravel Riding distance 90km
- Sunrise in the spacious Klein Karoo and a healthy brekkie.
- Cycle out of our accommodation on rolling gravel roads from plateaux to valley, from arid browns to lush shades of green towards the spectacular Seweweekspoort pass.
- Enter Seweweekspoort, the ravine or poort is view to some of the most beautiful rock folds in the country which form a serpentine 17km gravel road.
- Snack stop in Seweweekspoort
- Shuttle through Calitzdorp to the top of Rooiberg pass. The pass is 14km long, is 790m above sea level and has an altitude variance of 509m. Don’t forget to place a stone on the cairn at the top as gratitude for safe passage.
- At the top of the pass, we get back on the bikes and roll down towards the accommodation. We follow a lush green water-coursed valley towards the lodge, an oasis in the mountains. The lodge is set in the Assegaay Nature Reserve, so keep a lookout for all manner of critters.
- Cheese platter served with wine from the region
- Dinner at the lodge
DAY 3 / Gravel Cycling distance 55km or 105km
- Full breakfast served at the Lodge. Early birds may get lucky and spot Zebra or buck grazing on the lawns between the chalets.
- Cycle out of the Assegaay Reserve towards Vanwyksdorp and then onto Barrydale. Short rolling hills transition into long undulating gravel perfection as you make your way towards Barrydale.
- Van Wyksdorp is a window into a past world. The town has 3-shops, a school, a restaurant, 2-bottle stores, a post office, a diesel pump, satellite municipal office a clinic
- From Vanwyksdorp we head towards Barrydale. It is difficult to explain in words the sensation of riding in this open expanse…the space is just enormous; everything around you has a different rhythm about it, peaceful, relaxed and calm.
- Lunch in Barrydale. The town is culturally diverse with English and Afrikaans speaking inhabitants as well as some direct descendants of the indigenous Khoisan tribe. There are many “roadside” cafes to choose from, ours is the “Diesel & Creme” famous for their glorious milkshakes, yum…
- Homeward bound – shuttle back to Cape Town