Tours

Exploring the Groot/Klein Karoo on a bicycle...

Sightseeing Tours

Sightseeing Tour 1

Swartberg pass sightseeing


Swartberg pass sightseeing
Swartberg Mountains, Klein Karoo

All tours start in Prince Albert at Dennehof Guesthouse or we can arrange pick up at your accommodation.

We take you on a highlighted tour of the Swart Berg Pass as we climb 1000 m to “Die Top”, stopping at the Dance Floor, Die Tronk, Teeberg and Die Top. At Die Top we stop for photo opportunities. This is also our coffee and homemade rusk stop for the trip. You can have a wonder around the area admiring the entire flora. Returning we show you the road to The Hell and the history of the lost valley.

Time: any time during the day


Tour Details


Cost per person (ZAR)
400

Cost per person (ZAR)

Duration (Hours)
3

Duration (Hours)

Cost: 1-2 pax + R400pp / 3-4pax = R350.00pp – includes coffee and homemade rusks at the Top

Sightseeing Tour 2

Trip into The Hell


Trip into The Hell

All tours start in Prince Albert at Dennehof Guesthouse or we can arrange pick up at your accommodation.

We take you on a highlighted tour of the Swart Berg Pass as we climb 1000 m to “Die Top”, stopping at the Dance Floor, Die Tronk, Teeberg and Die Top. At Die Top we stop for photo opportunities. Then it is a slow drive into the lost valley getting all the history of the inhabitants. We visiting old houses, the school, the info centre and then enjoy a traditional Karoo lunch and chat with local inhabitants at Die Hel kiosk, returning in the afternoon back to Prince Albert.

Time: Start 9am & Finish 4-5pm


Tour Details


Cost per person (ZAR)
1150

Cost per person (ZAR)

Duration (Hours)
9

Duration (Hours)

1 to 2 pax = R1150.00pp/3 to 4pax = R1050pp – includes, lunch in Die Hell, and refreshment on drive. But we can arrange transport into the Hell for lager groups with full history Talks on the Pass & Lost Valley (please enquire whatever your needs are) (Minimum 2 pax, Max 6 pax)

Mountain Bike.

Good Bike

Good Bike

A good quality bike is necessary to survive the rigours of these stages. 

Suspension

Suspension

Hard Tail bikes are fine, but dual suspension bikes will be more comfortable for riders.

Tyres

Tyres

Tubeless tyres with an internal silicone based sealant are suggested for these rides, but normal tyres and tubes with sealant is fine.

Safety.

Gravel Roads

Gravel Roads

All riding will avoid any major vehicular traffic routes. 

Riding Partner

Riding Partner

Riders will be expected to pair up in groups of two or more and stick together at all times to assist each other.

Back-up Available

Back-up Available

Mechanical assistance will be provided on tour and en-route during each day.

Limited Size

Limited Size

A maximum of 12 riders will be taken on each tour to ensure focussed attention, safety and efficient logistics.

Guided

Guided

The sweep rider / Tour Guide is trained in general first aid..

Cycle Tours

TOUR 1

Swartberg Pass


Swartberg Pass Callenge

Swartberg Pass Challenge Lindsay take you and bike up the top – cycle down

If you are an Adrenaline Junky or just enjoy the outdoors and the thrill of downhill Mountain Biking, this activity is for you. We take you to the Top of the the Swartberg Pass and you cycle back to Prince Albert. Apart from the thrill, the views are Spectacular and this is the best way to experience the Swartberg Mountain. 19km's of downhill with only 1 km of uphill cycling.

Time: any time during the day


Swartberg Challenge Tour Details


Cost per person (ZAR)
450

Cost per person (ZAR)

Duration (Hours)
3

Duration (Hours)

Cost: R450pp, includes bike, waterbottel & helmet.

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TOUR 2

Cycling into "die Hel"


Cycling into "die Hel"
Option 1

Cycle from Dennehof Guesthouse to Hell - moderate to strong riders Distance 64 km

All tours start in Prince Albert at Dennehof Guesthouse or we can arrange pick up at your accommodation. You can cycle from Dennehof Guesthouse up the Swartberg Pass with complete back up all the way. It is a gentle climb and we stop on the way. 14 Km before we reach the turnoff to Die Hel turnoff then 45 Km of up and down to lunch spot at Die Hel kiosk. This tour is recommended for the reasonably fit cyclist. It is gravel road all the way with water points along the way and stops for photo opportunities, will help ease the journey(minimum 2 pax)

Time: Early morning
Distance: 64km - Moderate to strong riders


Die Hel Tour Details (Option 1)


Cost per person (ZAR)
1250

Cost per person (ZAR)

Duration (Hours)
6-9

Duration (Hours)

Cost: R1250 pp / 3-4pax = R1100 pp – includes full back up, water points and lunch & transport back to Prince Albert. (All tours start in Prince Albert at Dennehof Guesthouse or we can arrange pick up at your accommodation).


Cycling into "die Hel"
Option 2

All tours start in Prince Albert at Dennehof Guesthouse or we can arrange pick up at your accommodation.

 We hop in the car with the bikes loaded onto the back and take a gentle drive up the mountain stopping on route to take photos and talk about the Pass and the work gone in the building this magnificent route.  We drop you off at the turnoff to Die Hel, then it is 45 Km’s of up and downs into the lost valley we will have lunch with refreshments at Die Hel kiosk and you can chat to the local inhabitants of the Gamkaskloof Valley.  We then load back up and transport you in comfort back to Prince Albert and Dennehof.

Time: Early morning.
Distance: 45km - moderate ride


Die Hel Tour Details (Option 2)


Cost per person (ZAR)
1250

Cost per person

Duration (Hours)
6-9

Duration (Hours)

Cost:1-2pax = R1250pp / 3-4pax = R1100 pp – We take you up Swart Berg Pass to Die Hel turn –off and then you cycle into the Hell 45 Km’s.

TOUR 3

Three Passes


Three Passes in one day
Swartberg Pass, Montagu Pass & Outeniqua Pass

This is one of the highlighted tours for social cyclists of any fitness level. We start in Prince Albert at Dennehof Guesthouse or alternatively we can pick you up at your accommodation.

Our first Pass is the stunning Meirings-Poort which is a short 55 km away where we then swap 4 wheels for 2 and you cycle through the wonder land of squashed and folded rocks forming high wants on either side of the road. As we twist and turn, criss crossing the river 25 times until we pop out at the other end.  While away time to walk up to the impressive waterfall and even jump into the crystal clear water to cool down.  Then gentle drive to the second impressive pass, Montagu Pass.  This pass opened in early 1847, allowing the passage over the Outeniqua Mountain and named after John Montagu, Colonial Secretary of the Cape.   After this impressive cycle we pick up and drive over the Outeniqua Pass to Famous Road side Pizza café for lunch, after which we are on our way to the last Pass for the day.  Swartberg Pass there is two options for this beautiful Pass. One being, dropped off at the foot of Pass, then a 10km of steep accent up to “Die Top” 1385m above sea level. Option two being, drive up to “Die Top” and cycle down the spectacular 19 km to Prince Albert. On your return to Prince Albert, you will have done three of the most amazing cycling routes in South Africa, cycling through magnificent scenery.

Time: 8-8:30am just after breakfast.
Easy ride lovely for families


Three Passes Tour Details


Cost per person (ZAR)
1250

Cost per person (ZAR)

Duration (Hours)
9

Duration (Hours)

Cost: 2pax = R1250.00pp/3 to 4pax = R1100pp, (includes full back up, water points and Pizza lunch & transport back to Prince Albert) Easy ride, lovely for families.

TOUR 4

Top of the Swartberg Pass to the Ou Poskantoor


Top of Swartberg Pass to the Ou Poskantoor

All tours start in Prince Albert at Dennehof Guesthouse or we can arrange pick up at your accommodation.

We drop you off at “Die Top”, then a 10km downhill cycle passing KOBUS SE GAT eatery, after which you turn right onto the Kruisrivier road for 15 km tar road then joining the gravel to Kruisrivier, another right turn onto the “Groenfontein” road with the mighty Swartberg Range on your right.  Be on the look out for the array of wild animals that can be spotted.  Our lunch stop for the day is at “Die ou Poskantoor”. We then load the bikes back up and travel back to Prince Albert with a full tour of the surrounding area.

Time: 8-8:30am just after breakfast
Distance: 55 km - easy to moderate ride


Tour Details


Cost per person (ZAR)
1250

Cost per person (ZAR)

Duration (Hours)
8

Duration (Hours)

Cost: 1-2 pax = R1250.00 pp / 3-4 pax = R1100 pp, includes full back up, water points and lunch & transport back to Prince Albert.

Reservations for PA2C and Tankwa Trap

The accommodation in the small towns and relatively small hotels and lodges poses a challenge, as a group of 12 riders normally occupies between 80 and 90 percent of the accommodation. The nature of the tour also means the booking is usually for one night only. This precludes the establishment to cater for any other longer staying small groups. They therefore require an earlier block reservation.
Karoo Cycle Tours requires a group size minimum of 4 riders.
Karoo Cycle Tours requires that tours be booked 2 months in advance with a 50% deposit.
Full payment must occur 2 weeks before the tour commences.
TOUR 5

PA2C


PA2C
Starting in Prince Albert and ending on the beach at Wilderness.

Great Cycle Tour for the semi-fit cyclist who what to experience cycling across the Great & Klein Karoo.

Day 1 ( 60km ): Up and over Swartberg Pass, climbing 1000m in the the first 19km, rest mostly down-hill to overnight stop on a 4Star Game Lodge. Dinner Bed & Breakfast, game drive included. Day 2 ( 80km ): Good gravel roads across the Klein Karoo, climbing 1200m during the days ride. Lunch on a farm mid way to overnight stop on a Farm Stay under the Outeniqua Mountains. Dinner Bed & Breakfast. Day 3 ( 40km ): In first 4km we climb 800m then it's all down-hill to the coast.


PA2C


Duration (Hours)
On Request
Duration (Hours)
3-4

Duration (Days)

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TOUR 6

Tankwa Trap


Tankwa Trap

For the Social Cyclist who would like to discover the Great outdoors, cycling across the Wide open spaces of the Tankwa Karoo, starting from a farm 20km's out of Calvinia and ending 3 days later @ the Tankwa Padstal.

Day1: Board the bus in Prince Alert and drive towards the Nuweveld Mountains, passing Fraserburg, Williston and on to Calvinia to buy any last minute supplies before heading to our overnight Farmstay at Keiskie se Poort. DB&B  Day2: Early start, following route towards Middelpos, stopping along way for coffee and later lunch and arriving at overnight stay at Gannagalodge DB&B (90km's) Day3: Great start today as we cycle down the Gannaga Pass and turn left crossing the Tankwa Karoo Park and overnighting at the Tankwa Guest House. DB&B (80km's) Day4: Easy day to end off with, great cycling and ending at the Tankwa Padstall (lunch) Board bus for transport back to Prince Albert


Tankwa Trap Tour Details


Duration (Hours)
On Request
Duration (days)
3

Duration (days)

The quality of the tracks is mind blowing! Spending every night under the stars is just great! All that is needed is a comfortable Mountain bike, Padkos, 2-3 litres Camel pack, Large sunhat, because everything else is catered for 3 nights d/b/b. Everyone riding this had an interesting story or two to share. If you are looking for an adventure with a difference this ride is a must-do.

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Prince Albert offers its visitors sensational sunsets, we have some spectacular places to view the sunsets and nature.  Speak to us to find the secrets spots, and enjoy a homemade picnic hamper on your trip. Picnic baskets should be ordered in advance and includes a seasonal selection of pates, local cheese from Gay’s Diary,  Olive chutneys, cold meat selection, salad, bread, dessert a bottle of wine. Price on request.
For those that like to do things at their own pace, or discover the surroundings by themselves, we rent bicycles for half a day or full day.  Please speak to Lindsay / reception..