An classic mountain bike themed, culinary, vineyard and vine day excursion for riders of all levels through the Cape Winelands
Cape Town | Cape Winelands | Stellenbosch | Lanzerac Wine Estate | Jonkershoek Valley |
Franschhoek Valley, Wine Estates and Town | Tour Code CERSCW01
On the Stellenbosch ride you’ll start at one of the oldest wine farms on this famous Cape wine route and then explore the stunning Jonkershoek Valley with its waterfalls, indigenous flora and rugged kloofs. On the Franschhoek ride you’ll bike along back roads and paths amongst beautiful wine farms before passing through the charming town centre on your way to the handsome monument dedicated to the French Huguenots. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch and wine tasting followed by further sightseeing to round off the day for either option.
This tour is also available on a private guided basis – see our dates and price sheets for details.
The Travel Experience
Service Level – Classic Trips (C) Classic Trips are a perfect way to experience the culture, wildlife, history and highlights of a destination, with a mid-range 4 star level of comfort and organization that allows you relax and enjoy an authentic travel experience, without having to rough it. Expect accommodations handpicked for their great locations, very good amenities, facilities and service.
Activity Theme – Mountain Bike Explorer Rides Our Explorer Rides feature fun, easy and scenic riding on double track, great country roads, and easy single track, with a bit of introductory mountain bike skills instruction thrown in the mix for good measure. These programs also cater for those traveling with non-rider partners, friends and family
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Beautiful Stellenbosch is home to the oldest wine route in the Cape Winelands. We start cycling from the historic Lanzerac Wine Estate which was first farmed in 1695. We continue up through the incredibly scenic Jonkershoek Valley where you will see Fynbos, fern-lined kloofs and spectacular waterfalls. The valley is guarded by a wall of rock and the Jonkershoek Twin Peaks. We ride onward through a plantation which offers a 10 km course for beginners and more demanding course of up to 40 km for the more experienced mountain biker.
Franschhoek is named after the French Huguenots, who settled here in the 17th Century and utilised their expertise to transform this landscape into a prime wine producing area. We set off on secondary roads and paths which provide 20 – 40 km of scenic cycling routes surrounded by the Groot Drakenstein Mountains. We’ll ride past lush wine estates and then through the historic town to the Huguenot Monument at the foot of the Franschhoek Pass. The charming town centre is renowned for its boutique shops, gourmet restaurants and art galleries.
For lunch we cycle to one of the many wine estates in the region for a gourmet picnic lunch. The afternoon can be spent enjoying more wine tasting or visiting other attractions in the area before returning to Cape Town. This mountain biking tour can also be adapted for cycling and hiking enthusiasts.
What to bring:
Wear light weight and comfortable clothing suitable for biking
Shoes for biking
Sunscreen, sunglasses , cap / hat
Tour Leaders & Guides
Hit The Road Mountain Biking is a division created by travel experts and mountain bikers for mountain bikers, a team that knows the specific needs of a mountain biking traveler, and that can help you on your next tour, whatever the destination.
Please note that mentioned guides lead or support the majority of our tours in this region. Your preferred guide may not always be available for private guiding, rest assured their replacement will not disappoint – its our guarantee.
Riding Hours, Travel Distances & Times
Any Travel distances and times stated on your itinerary are affected by many factors beyond our control, are approximate only and have been prepared in good faith.
Your tour leader will usually set the pace and some tour members want to ride all day; others want to stop more frequently, meet the locals, and see the sights. The riding hours that might be indicated with every tour description include time for coffee stops and photo stops, but do not include time for picnics/lunches.
Lanzerac Wine Estate
Fynbos, kloofs, waterfalls
Valley back roads, paths and wine estates
Alternatives, Trip Types, Inclusions & Exclusions
Pricing & Trip Types
It is important to note that prices fluctuate dependent on group size, time of year and other factors. Please contact us to obtain a detailed pricing for this itinerary if you have a traveller or group configuration not catered for on our pricing sheets.
We have a limited number scheduled dates available for this program – it can run at any date subject to accommodation and guide availability.
Private Guided Tours
This tour can be run on a private guided basis for 2 – 20 people. There is usually space in the support vehicle to allow non-riding partners or family members to join the tour.
- Transport in air-conditioned vehicle
Mountain bike and helmet
Excursions and activities as per itinerary
Registered and qualified Tour Guide with relevant cycling experience
Entrance fees and wine-tasting
- <Tips, other items of a personal nature
- Drinks and meals not listed on itinerary
- Gear: All your personal riding gear for the duration of the tour
- Optional excursions and activities
- Travel and personal accident insurance (obligatory)
- All personal medical insurance with repatriation
Responsible Travel & Earth Issues
Africa & Responsible Mountain Biking – During your journey take time to observe the miracle of life. Celebrate this continent’s rich and wonderful diversity, the animals, communities and landscapes that you will encounter. Take some quiet time to consider the human impact on our planet, consume resources in a sustainable manner, and when you get home tell your story.
We support the work of these organizations and a portion of your tour fare is donated.
The JAG Riders initiative is just one of the programmes of JAG and focuses on cycling. The foundation provides young riders the opportunity to cycle at a BMX track in Bonteheuwel. The programme will be spearheaded by former professional South African Cyclist, Graham Hector. Under the trained coaches’ supervision, older children also develop their skills on the MTB bikes and participate in a number of cycling events on a regular basis.
BEN South Africa
The Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) is a non-profit organisation. The main mission of BEN is to address poverty and mobility through the promotion of the bicycle in all its forms. BEN imports used bicycles from overseas and distributes them to low income areas, trains recipients of the bikes in safety and maintenance, establishes Bicycle Empowerment Centre’s (BEC’s) and encourages cities to implement bicycle planning and infrastructure.