The Long One
The Long One
Length: 580km
Tour length : 11 days


The Baviaanskloof area is an amazing place to ride with its rich endemic plant community, its awesome cultural heritage and it’s abundance of bird and animal life. Chances of seeing Kudu, Red Wildebeest, Springbok, Bushbuck, and Baboons while riding are pretty good. Every time I have been to the Baviaanskloof I have seen all of the above as well the Black eagle – one of South Africa’s largest birds of prey!! There are also Buffalo and Rhino in the reserve but the chances of seeing them are pretty slim ... but you never know.

The kloof is a deep twisting ravine walled between two parallel east-west mountain ranges – the Baviaanskloof and the Kouga, situated northwest of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. It is one of the last truly wild protected wilderness areas in Southern Africa and it is a privilege to be able to cycle through the ravine.
11 day tour, 9 days riding. ( day 1 and day 11 are reserved for transfers to trail head.)

Day One - Transfer Patensie (Die Skoolhuis B&B)

Mountain Biking Africa will transfer you, your bike, and your luggage from Knysna to "Die Skoolhuis", situated at the start of the Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve, where we will spend our first night in preparation of our first day's riding.

Day Two - Die Skoolhuis to Zandvlakte

A fairly tough but exhilarating day. We start the day with a nice 2km climb up to Bergplaas. The views from here are magnificent. From Bergplaas we ride through Elandsvlakte, down the other side of Bergplaas and then up another 3km climb to Grassnek. From Grassnek we ride to Doornkraal, past Geelhoutbos and eventually arrive at Zandvlakte – our overnight stop on the other side of the main reserve. Hot showers, cold beer, good food ... enjoy. 61kms

Day Three - Zandvlakte to Makkedaatgrot

We carry on up the kloof through stunning country side, surrounded by mountains, to a truly memorable evening. We overnight tonight in a fully equipped cave. Hot showers, real flushing toilets, and very comfortable beds, in a cave, and dine on Tannie Henriette’s famous Kudu and Spinach pie. ( I have eaten here many times and it does not get better than this!). 48kms

Day Four - Makkedaat to Uniondale

This is a fairly long day mileage wise but a relatively easy ride with lots of gently sloping descents. From Makkedaat we ride up the Nuwekloof Pass to Vaalwater where we turn off the Baviaanskloof Road and head for Uniondale. There is a 50km stretch of gravel today from Makkedaat to the N9 between Willowmore and Uniondale. A 30km undulating stretch of tar road takes us into Uniondale where we overnight at the Cottages for the best meal in the Karoo!! 80kms

Day Five - Uniondale to Knysna

Today we follow the exact route as the 100km Karoo2Coast MTB race. You get to ride 100km's over the Prince Alfred Pass ( including the Ou Wapad ) through mountain Fynbos and the beautiful Knysna Forest. Wait for the 17km bone rattling descent before you climb for the rest of the day! Accommodation tonight is at the Graywood Hotel. Dinner tonight is for your own account. Choose one of Knysna's favourite restaurants, the famous Knysna Waterfront is a 5 minute walk from your hotel. 100kms

Day Six - Rest day in Knysna!!!

Optional MTB trip into Harkeville, or walk, hike, canoe, sleep, swim, surf ...the day is yours. Decide on a ride or alternative activity.

If you want ride in Harkeville Forest today we will provide a guide and transfers but entry permits are for your own account.

Accommodation is at Cunninghams Island Guest house on Leisure isle. Lunch and dinner for your own account today……do as you please!!

Day Seven - George to De Rust/Oudemuragie

This is the second part of our tour following the basic route of the 2004 Cape Epic. We transfer you to George where this part of our tour begins. A fantastic ride over the Outeniqua Mountains via Montagu Pass, Paardepoort, into the foothills of the Swartberg. Overnight on a working farm, hospitality like you’ve never experienced. Karoo lamb!! ±75 kms

Day Eight - De Rust to Calitzdorp

Today we ride through Rus and Vrede towards the Swarteberg Pass. With the majestic Swartberg Mountains as a backdrop, we ride alongside the Swartberg Private Game Reserve, through Groenfontein and finish in Calitsdorp. An awesome undulating ride. Accommodation at Soeterus. ±80 kms.

Day Nine - Calitzdorp to Rooiberg Lodge

From Calitizdorp we follow the exact route of the Epic for the first 50km over the Rooiberg Pass, and into the Badlands!! Accommodation at Rooiberg Lodge. ±50 kms

Day Ten – Rooiberg lodge to Grootvadersbosch

Transfer to R323 from the Lodge. An awesome day beginning with a pass no-one has ever heard of ... !! The Gysmanshoek pass takes us back over the Langeberg Mountain as we make our way towards Grootvadersbosch. This is MTB heaven ... almost as good as Knysna ... forests and Fynbos ... awesomeness. ±85 kms

Day Eleven

After a sumptuous breakfast and a well- deserved sleep, we transfer back to Knysna.

Tour Excludes accommodation in Knysna on the night of day 11. Please advise….transfers to from here to Cape Town or George airport are available on request after breakfast.
Price includes all accommodation, all Meals, snacks, and cold drinks during the ride.
Back up vehicle with ice-cold drinks, rolls, sandwhiches, fruit, energy bars, nuts, raisins, guide and driver.
Your hosts: Tony and his wife Claudia.

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