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Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger - Exodus Travels
Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger - Exodus Travels
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8 reviews
Starts
Johannesburg
Destinations
+12
Ends
Johannesburg
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Start and end in Johannesburg! With the bicycle tour Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger, you have a 12 day tour package taking you through Johannesburg, South Africa and 12 other destinations in South Africa. Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger is a small group tour that includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
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Hotel
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14
Transportation
Bicycle

8 Reviews

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  • Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger reviewer 1
    Written on September 7, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    One of the best cycling trips I have done in 8 years.  The scenery, wildlife was awesome and the cycling was hard but very rewarding and the best sort of cycling for me - climb and climb and then glide down hills with amazing views.  I am now a big fan of South African pinotage too!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing my first wild giraffe!  The lions, the elephants right by the safari vans - it is hard to find which was best.  Listening to hyena in my tent at night in Kruger.  Stunning views from the house in Drakensburg. Zip wiring at Hazyview.What did you think of your group leader?The 3 group leaders were excellent.  They did us proud on the feeding and were hilarious to be with!  An excellent team and they really looked after us all.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This trip is a must  - but a little practice is needed for hills and the altitude takes your breath away - literally!Is there anything else you would like to add?I did not want to come home and returning to routine has been tough.  This tour is one of the best and now it's going to be hard to plan for next year to beat it

  • Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger reviewer 2
    Written on September 7, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    One of the best cycling trips I have done in 8 years.  The scenery, wildlife was awesome and the cycling was hard but very rewarding and the best sort of cycling for me - climb and climb and then glide down hills with amazing views.  I am now a big fan of South African pinotage too!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing my first wild giraffe!  The lions, the elephants right by the safari vans - it is hard to find which was best.  Listening to hyena in my tent at night in Kruger.  Stunning views from the house in Drakensburg. Zip wiring at Hazyview.What did you think of your group leader?The 3 group leaders were excellent.  They did us proud on the feeding and were hilarious to be with!  An excellent team and they really looked after us all.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This trip is a must  - but a little practice is needed for hills and the altitude takes your breath away - literally!Is there anything else you would like to add?I did not want to come home and returning to routine has been tough.  This tour is one of the best and now it's going to be hard to plan for next year to beat it

  • Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger reviewer 3
    Written on September 3, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was the most brilliant trip - long cycles - hot days and freezing cold nights - August! The group were great, supportive and fun and the tour guides and cycle guide brilliant.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?South Africa is just the greatest place - friendly people, great value and with the added bonus of Kruger with our guides superb knowledge of birds, mammals and the area - we were so well looked after - seeing a giraffe so close as our first Kruger animal ... looking at us - looking at him was priceless, as was the sunrise on the Drakenberg mountains from the most beautiful lodge in Berghaus.What did you think of your group leader?The group leader, tour driver ( and general comedian) and our cycle leader worked tirelessly for us for the whole 2 weeks - preparing all meals, always there for us with their expert & local knowledge, sense of fun, support and just great friends -  was 100% That's you guys Tallis, Bevan and Andrew! Thank you.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?We were in South Africa in August - clothing is very important! Warm sunny days and freezing cold nights - take layers for the days and woolly hats & socks for the evenings!Is there anything else you would like to add?Just a great trip - always to be remembered.. the group we were with got on really well - no one was pushed to be out of their comfort zone, yet the cycling was good and you knew you had done the distance, South Africa is vast though so a lot of cycling is along long straight roads to do the distances, the range of lodges, home made food by the guys all days, apart from 3 evenings, were outstanding. Easy going - good fun team - highly recommended and the time zone is only 1 hours difference! Brill - thank you 

  • Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger reviewer 4
    Written on September 3, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was the most brilliant trip - long cycles - hot days and freezing cold nights - August! The group were great, supportive and fun and the tour guides and cycle guide brilliant.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?South Africa is just the greatest place - friendly people, great value and with the added bonus of Kruger with our guides superb knowledge of birds, mammals and the area - we were so well looked after - seeing a giraffe so close as our first Kruger animal ... looking at us - looking at him was priceless, as was the sunrise on the Drakenberg mountains from the most beautiful lodge in Berghaus.What did you think of your group leader?The group leader, tour driver ( and general comedian) and our cycle leader worked tirelessly for us for the whole 2 weeks - preparing all meals, always there for us with their expert & local knowledge, sense of fun, support and just great friends -  was 100% That's you guys Tallis, Bevan and Andrew! Thank you.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?We were in South Africa in August - clothing is very important! Warm sunny days and freezing cold nights - take layers for the days and woolly hats & socks for the evenings!Is there anything else you would like to add?Just a great trip - always to be remembered.. the group we were with got on really well - no one was pushed to be out of their comfort zone, yet the cycling was good and you knew you had done the distance, South Africa is vast though so a lot of cycling is along long straight roads to do the distances, the range of lodges, home made food by the guys all days, apart from 3 evenings, were outstanding. Easy going - good fun team - highly recommended and the time zone is only 1 hours difference! Brill - thank you 

  • Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger reviewer 5
    Written on August 28, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An awesome trip mixing up cycling through the varied scenery of the Drakensberg Mountains & a decent amount of time for game drives in Kruger National Park.  Our guides were very efficient at managing all aspects of the trip but also a really good laugh.  Thinking of this trip and the Group will I know, always make me smile.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The most inspirational cycling part was the door to door 70kms from Badplaas to Barberton which was a whole day spent on quiet roads where steady climbs were rewarded by good descents.  The scenery all along the route was so stunning it kept your mind off turning the pedals up the climbs and gave great excuses for stopping to take a photo break.Doing the game drives, I found it funny wathcing people in other vehicles pointing at our trailer of bikes as this was obviously a pretty unusual sight.  Just to be clear though, you do not cycle on the game drive which I imagine may have been running through some of their minds.  On one of our drives we saw a pride of lions just lazing on the road with not a care in the world about anything including the 10 vehicles surrounding them which was incredible.What did you think of your group leader?Tallis was a very good leader who was very knowledgeable, well organised, solved any issues and great company with the group in the evenings.Bevan our cycle guide was like a machine when it came to cycling but always kept the group together and informed and at one point even gave us chance to have a go at being a pelaton which was a new experience for all of us.Andrew who drove for us was much more than just a driver being a leader guide himself.  His braais were awesome and the snack box was always full to keep us going even through the windiest sections.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?As with other Exodus cycling trips the distances cycled were broken up into very manageable sections of around 15kms at time before a snack, coffee or lunch break and although there are some hilly sections, they are steady climbs on quiet roads which most of the time have a decent hard shoulder.

  • Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger reviewer 6
    Written on August 28, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An awesome trip mixing up cycling through the varied scenery of the Drakensberg Mountains & a decent amount of time for game drives in Kruger National Park.  Our guides were very efficient at managing all aspects of the trip but also a really good laugh.  Thinking of this trip and the Group will I know, always make me smile.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The most inspirational cycling part was the door to door 70kms from Badplaas to Barberton which was a whole day spent on quiet roads where steady climbs were rewarded by good descents.  The scenery all along the route was so stunning it kept your mind off turning the pedals up the climbs and gave great excuses for stopping to take a photo break.Doing the game drives, I found it funny wathcing people in other vehicles pointing at our trailer of bikes as this was obviously a pretty unusual sight.  Just to be clear though, you do not cycle on the game drive which I imagine may have been running through some of their minds.  On one of our drives we saw a pride of lions just lazing on the road with not a care in the world about anything including the 10 vehicles surrounding them which was incredible.What did you think of your group leader?Tallis was a very good leader who was very knowledgeable, well organised, solved any issues and great company with the group in the evenings.Bevan our cycle guide was like a machine when it came to cycling but always kept the group together and informed and at one point even gave us chance to have a go at being a pelaton which was a new experience for all of us.Andrew who drove for us was much more than just a driver being a leader guide himself.  His braais were awesome and the snack box was always full to keep us going even through the windiest sections.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?As with other Exodus cycling trips the distances cycled were broken up into very manageable sections of around 15kms at time before a snack, coffee or lunch break and although there are some hilly sections, they are steady climbs on quiet roads which most of the time have a decent hard shoulder.

  • Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger reviewer 7
    Written on March 18, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A fantastic holiday with tremendous scenery, wonderful wildlife and a great group of fellow travellers. Certainly ot the most demanding cycling, but a great time nonetheless.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The most inspirational moment of the holiday was the dramatic scenery of the Blyde River Canyon. An amazing spectacle and our final cycling destination.What did you think of your group leader?Tallis was a very knowledgeable guide and tour leader. His enthusiasm for the flora and fauna of South Africa was infectious. His success at herding 14 'cats' was not always as apparent, despite this he always maintained a sense of humour.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?For those wanting a full-on cycling experience, this may not be for you, however, if you are happy to compromise on the cycling for the other aspects of the holiday then I would thoroughly recommend the trip.

  • Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger reviewer 8
    Written on March 18, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A fantastic holiday with tremendous scenery, wonderful wildlife and a great group of fellow travellers. Certainly ot the most demanding cycling, but a great time nonetheless.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The most inspirational moment of the holiday was the dramatic scenery of the Blyde River Canyon. An amazing spectacle and our final cycling destination.What did you think of your group leader?Tallis was a very knowledgeable guide and tour leader. His enthusiasm for the flora and fauna of South Africa was infectious. His success at herding 14 'cats' was not always as apparent, despite this he always maintained a sense of humour.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?For those wanting a full-on cycling experience, this may not be for you, however, if you are happy to compromise on the cycling for the other aspects of the holiday then I would thoroughly recommend the trip.

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  1. Day 1: Start Johannesburg; transfer to Golden Gate National Park.
  2. Day 2: Ride over a spectacular mountain pass with a chance of spotting wildlife; transfer to Northern Drakensberg and cycle to our lodge.
  3. Day 3: Cycle to the Northern Berg before hiking and a chance to swim at a waterfall.
  4. Day 4: Transfer to Dundee; afternoon ride to Rorke's Drift Museum.
  5. Day 5: Transfer to Badplaas before getting on the bikes for a great ride to our lodge.
  6. Day 6: Transfer followed by scenic ride on edge of the Songimvelo Game Reserve and on to our lodge.
  7. Day 7: Cycle to Kruger N.P. through the Kaaprivier Valley.
  8. Day 8: Game drives in Kruger N.P.
  9. Day 9: More game viewing, transfer to Hazyview.
  10. Day 10: Cycle to Sabie and on to Graskop; visit Mac Mac Pools.
  11. Day 11: Ride along the Panorama Route to God's Window via Bourke's Luck potholes rock formations; afternoon ride to Blyde River Canyon.
  12. Day 12: Drive to Johannesburg, end.

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 2,065 km.
    • Johannesburg (South Africa)
    • 262 km
    • Golden Gate Highlands National Park (South Africa)
    • 131 km
    • Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park (South Africa)
    • 94 km
    • Royal Natal National Park (South Africa)
    • 143 km
    • Dundee (South Africa)
    • 186 km
    • Mpumalanga (South Africa)
    • 669 km
    • Kruger National Park (South Africa)
    • 139 km
    • Hazyview (South Africa)
    • 36 km
    • Sabie (South Africa)
    • 18 km
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