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South Africa and Botswana

Biking Safari

Guided Mountain Bike Tour

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Duration

9 days

Prices from

$3,245 P.P.
South Africa and Botswana

Biking Safari

Guided Mountain Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

9 days

Prices from

$3,245 P.P.
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A unique mountain bike holiday in South Africa and Botswana full of incredible contrasts including a luxury mountain lodge, thrilling singletrack, vast African wilderness and intimate wildlife viewing.
Starting in the Waterberg we base ourselves at Summerplace Farm, nestled in the beautiful mountains of Limpopo. Riders of all levels will have fun here. We have access to a network of trails including rough singletrack and open farm roads. Our next location is Leshiba where we will discover a private game reserve that has one of South Africa’s highest biodiversity of flora and fauna with unrivalled scenery, unspoilt nature, and a rich variety of wildlife. We will explore a large network of single track and jeep track on the reserve, the riding is exhilarating and fun.
A transfer takes us over the Platjan border to Botswana. We will be traversing across privately owned concessions, over vast areas of unfenced wildness, giving us the opportunity to experience the diversity of this area. It is dominated by open savannah and the thick river vegetation of the mighty Limpopo River. Our accommodation here is a combination of wilderness camps and a private lodge with pool area. All offer good comfort without distracting from a true wilderness experience! The riding is a relaxed affair and we’ll often encounter elephants, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and occasionally see lions and leopards.
There will of course be a back-up vehicle and armed riding guides with us at all times. During our time in Botswana we will have an option to undertake game drives in the afternoons to ensure you get the very most of this incredible area and see these elusive animals up close.
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Highlights

  • Biking the sweet singletrack of Waterberg
  • Sundowners after a day in the saddle
  • Spotting the Big Five – let’s hope so!!
  • Intimate wildlife encounters on a safari game drive
  • Challenging purpose built singletrack
  • Camp coffee and sunrises

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Itinerary

Day 1
Departure for South Africa

Depart for South Africa on one of the many overnight flights arriving the next day in Johannesburg.

Day 2
Arrive in Johannesburg, transfer to Waterberg
22 Miles / 35 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Dinner

After meeting your local Skedaddle guiding team in Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport you will head off on your transfer to Waterberg in the Limpopo region of South Africa. Just 3.5 hour’s drive from the city of Jo‘berg, the Waterberg is a pristine rugged wilderness boasting mountains, savannah and dense forests.

Having stopped for lunch en-route and checked in to Summerplace Farm we are set to get on our bikes for an afternoon exploring an amazing network of single track. We’ll return for sundowners and dinner at the farm house.

Day 3
Ant's Nest Reserve
35 Miles / 55 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

After a good night’s rest, we wake up to freshly brewed coffee, rusks and fruits. We depart on our bikes and cycle through the farm on a combination of rough single track and farm roads. We arrive at Ant’s Nest in time to feed the Rhino’s and enjoy a full English breakfast while cherishing the movements of these prehistoric and endangered animals.

We return to our bikes and explore more of Ant’s Nest reserve – home to giraffe, zebra, kudu, buffalo, and rhino. We climb uphill before arriving at Zip-line Adventures for lunch overlooking the Waterberg gorge.

After a light afternoon lunch, we ride down the mountain on a newly designed single track back to the farm house for sundowners and dinner.

Day 4
Waterberg to Leshiba
10-20 Miles / 17-30 Kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

We’ll take an early breakfast before we depart for Leshiba. We unload our bikes at the base of the Soutpansberg Mountains – this where the real challenges begin. We have a tough rocky climb (approx. 10km/6Miles) before we enter the reserve and cycling on to our accommodation. After check-in at Luvhondo Camp, we can choose between a short afternoon ride or an afternoon at leisure. We’ll have dinner in the boma (camp enclosure).

Situated high on the plateau of the Soutpansberg mountains in the Limpopo Province, this reserve has one of South Africa’s highest biodiversity of flora and fauna with unrivalled scenery, unspoilt nature, a rich variety of endemic wildlife species.

Day 5
Leshiba to Venda Village
20 Miles / 30 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

After a light breakfast, a full morning is taken to explore Leshiba by bike, with a mixture of brilliant single track and jeep trails. En route we’ll stop for a late morning picnic brunch in the reserve. We’ll cycle to Noria’s gallery where you will be staying for the night. A game drive is offered in the afternoon with a chance to view Leshiba’s wildlife from the comfort of a game viewing vehicle. Spend the afternoon enjoying the beautiful views from Leshiba’s Venda Village and dip in the swimming pool, or for those feeling energetic, a short cycle or trail run.

Noria Mabasa, an internationally renowned local artist, has created the authentic Venda Village and sculpted a wonderland of artworks that seamlessly blend art and living spaces.

Day 6
Leshiba to Botswana
10-15 Miles / 15-25 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

After a leisurely breakfast, we head down the mountain and off to our Game Reserve in the Northern Tuli, Botswana. We’ll stop for a break and snack en-route before arriving at the Platjan Border Post at around midday. After border formalities we unload the bikes and ride out into the wild African bush along ancient elephant paths and some jeep tracks.

Wildlife includes impala, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, eland, elephant, lion, leopard and black-backed jackal. The 2 hour ride ends at a rustic wilderness camp where luggage awaits alongside comfortable meru-style stand up tents. It is a temporary, low-impact, fully-equipped camp where you can enjoy hot bucket showers, ice-cold drinks and meals cooked over an open fire.

Day 7
Limpopo Valley
20 Miles / 30 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

As dawn’s colours touch the horizon, you awaken to freshly brewed coffee and a light breakfast.

We set off for unchartered landscapes, discovering new skills and testing biking abilities on a 30km/20Mile route with a mix of rocky outcrops, sandy river beds and smooth flowing single track. A morning will be spent exploring a beautiful reserve, home to a variety of big game viewed at a leisurely pace as you ride. The mid-morning tea/coffee break will be at one of the many scenic picnic spots en route, and after a bit more exploring we arrive at the camp where we will be staying for the night on the banks of the Limpopo river (overnight in dome tents). We can spend a lazy afternoon at leisure before riding or walking to a nearby sundowner point. We’ll enjoy dinner around the camp-fire, accompanied by the night sounds of the wild.

Day 8
Game Reserve
22 Miles / 35 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

After a light breakfast, we depart with an energetic cycle towards the next camp – testing terrain and changing landscapes making for a great ride. Eventually we reach camp, an open-aired boma and traditional meeting place, under majestic Mashatu trees. After a delicious lunch and shower, spend the afternoon relaxing in the shade of the giant trees. Take a short drive to a nearby high view point for sundowners before returning to Limpopo River Lodge for dinner and a good night’s rest in the comfortable chalets.

Day 9
Departure from Johannesburg
12 Miles / 20 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast

After a last breakfast, take an (optional) final ride back to the Border Post, or transfer by vehicle, arriving around 10am. After clearing customs and immigration, we head back to Johannesburg and O.R. Tambo International Airport for homebound evening flights.

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The Cycling

Terrain

The first half of your trip explores old miners paths, rocky tracks and purpose built singletrack that provides challenging routes; well suited for intermediate and advanced riders. There are frequent more technical sections, however these are short and you can always push if they take you too far out of your comfort zone.

After crossing the border in to Botswana the riding largely follows game trails and dusty routes across the Savannah. These are largely non-technical and allow you to keep your head up and stay on the look out for animals.

Please bear in mind that the routes may alter depending on level of the group. In South Africa most riders will benefit from the increased comfort and control of full-suspension on the rocky terrain.

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Mountain Biking Grade

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Grade 3 - 4: Moderate/ Challenging

25-50 miles / 40-80 kms per day

Aspects of both our grade 3 and 4 trips

For mountain bikers with some experience of singletrack and steeper terrain

May include rocky features and switchbacks

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Trips that are graded as a 3-4, will have aspects of both our grade 3 and 4 trips. If you have experience of off road riding on a variety of terrain, and would like a taste of more challenging terrain, a grade 3-4 trip could be for you. Terrain will include singletrack and steep sections (both up and down) which require more bike handling ability. Shorter technical and demanding features suchs as rocks, roots and tricky climbs will be encountered on occasion on most days. A day’s ride can see you on the trails for around 8 hours (with breaks) and covering between 25-50 miles depending on the terrain. If you’re generally fit and manage to ride frequently this could be the level for you.

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Dates & Prices

Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms or tents)

B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Filtered drinking water during rides and at camps

D) Full tour service, including Skedaddle guides

E) Unless stated, at least one leader qualified in first aid

F) Support vehicle and luggage transfers

G) Rhino experience and Zip-Lining

H) Afternoon game drives

I) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival and departure day from O.R. Tambo airport (JNB)

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike hire (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Meals not stated in the itinerary

D) Single room (very limited availability)

E) Travel insurance (available to UK residents if required)

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)

H) Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)

I) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days

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The Essentials

Travel Options

The arrival and departure airport for this trip is Johannesburg (JNB). Our trip is scheduled to fit overnight flights arriving in Johannesburg by 10:00am on Day 2, and departing in the evening of Day 9.

Common international connections to Johannesburg include London, Amsterdam, Istanbul and Dubai.

Please check with us before booking flights, to make sure we have reached the minimum number required to guarantee your holiday and to ensure your flights fit with our scheduled transfers. Please note – If you make arrangements that fall outside of the above there may be an additional charge for individual transfers.

Accommodation

This tour makes use of a varied and fascinating selection of accommodation. Your first host location is the comfortable private estate farmhouse at Summerplace Farm, offering a warm welcome to Africa.

In the private reserve of Leshiba we stay at the permanent Luvhondo Camp, and at the Venda Village, a lodge created in an authentic traditional village style.

Once into Botswana we stay at a number of semi-permanent camp sites set up with washing and dining facilities. These offer an unrivalled African safari experience.

Due to the very limited number of rooms available at these remote locations, single rooms are not available as standard, but may be available on request when we have smaller groups.

As with all of our trips we aim to use accommodation which showcases the style and hospitality of the area you are visiting. We always have comfort and convenience in mind when selecting such places.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have bikes available to hire. These bikes are typically very good mountain bikes featuring front suspension, disc brakes and good quality components.

We can include a helmet and all necessary spares for the trip. Please request helmets at the time of booking.

If you choose to rent a bike from us you are welcome to bring your own saddle with you, and if you would like to use SPD/clipless pedals you will need to bring these with you.

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