bicycle tours of any length. While the nation is currently struggling with issues of racism, finance and a lack of technological infrastructure, South Africa is arguably one of the best locations in the world for both guided and self-supported bicycle tours of various lengths.
Whether you’re looking for a 1-2 week guided bike tour where your food, lodging, and transportation is all taken care of for you so that you can simply sit back and enjoy the ride… or you want to travel on your own, create your own cycle touring route and experience some of the lesser known regions of the country, South Africa might just be the bike riding destination you’ve been dreaming about!
I’ve just recently completed my own bicycle touring adventure in South Africa… and it was (for the most part) amazing! I spent two weeks in South Africa’s Garden Route area as a participant in a high-end guided bike tour with a company called African Bikers, and then I conducted two-and-a-half more months of solo travel across the country (and it’s neighboring countries of Lesotho and Swaziland) on a self-supported bicycle tour of my own making.
I learned a lot during my three months of travel in South Africa, so I’d like to take this time to share with you some of the things I learned and answer some of the most common questions I’ve received about bicycle touring in Africa’s southern-most nation.