Shipwreck Cycling

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  Tour Operator  Trails & Travel

  South Africa

 4 days (Bike: 3 days)

  112 km  (~37km per day)



Shipwreck cycling is a 4- day self guided cycling tour exploring the the southern tip of Africa where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The route covers interesting villages with friendly people, unspoilt nature, unique fynbos and birds, stunning views and an interesting history of shipwrecks, fishermen and Khoikoi beach nomads

Shipwreck cycling is in the southern Overberg (“Over the mountain”) region of the Western Cape, South Africa. The route is along country roads and charming villages at the tip of the African continent where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. The rugged, windswept coastal plain is geographically striking, with a rich natural and cultural heritage

Start in the town Bredasdorp and then charming historical villages such as Arniston, Struisbaai,  L'Agulhas and Elim

The coastline is renowned for shipwrecks, and streets and businesses in Cape Agulhas bear the names of some ill-fated ships. These include Meisho Maru, St Mungo, Brederode, Nossa Senhora dos Milagros, Juno and Martha. Some 250 ships have been wrecked here over time. History and information at the Shipwreck museum in Bredasdorp and the old Lighthouse at L'Agulhas

Coast and Plains
Ride inland along sand plains, farmland, vineyards, wetlands and dunes and along interesting rocky and ruggedly beautiful coast. 

National Park
Experience the Cape Agulhas National Park, which covers about 21 000 ha. It has more that 9000 species of flowering plants and the coastline supports a rich marine and intertidal life, with breeding sites of rare birds such as the African Black Oystercatcher. The focus is on some of the most splendid examples of lowland fynbos and lowland fynbos on limestone soils - considered endangered and restricted largely to the southern Overberg.

The Overberg area is the smallest plant kingdom in the world with the greatest number of different species. Of the nine thousand species, some can be found nowhere else. The Strandveld Agulhas Plain is unique and significant by international conservation standards due to its rich biodiversity. The Cape Floral Kingdom consists mostly of fynbos and renosterveld. Of the 800 Erica species in the world, more than 80 % grow in the Cape Floral Kingdom. Interesting plants in this habitat include the mountain bluebell, the flame red Bredasdorp lily, the granny bonnet and the Cape everlasting.

Stunning views, beautiful beaches, pebble bays, rock pools. Whale watching from September to November.

The country's second oldest working lighthouse was built at L'Agulhas in 1848. Other historical features include the 200 year old fishermen's village at Kassiesbaai and fisherman's cottages at Hotagterklip. You can also explore fish traps and other valuable historic and cultural legacy left by the Khoikhoi beach nomads who lived along this coastline for centuries.

Tour Information






3 nights accommodation in selected accommodation plus breakfast
Guesthouse to guesthouse luggage transfers along the route 
Detailed Route directions
Information about the area


Items not listed above, eg
Transport to and from Bredasdorp
Other lunches, snacks, drinks with meals
Bicycle rent


a range of attractions and activities that can be added to your itinerary 


Oct to April is High season


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