West Coast Cycling

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  Tour Operator  Trails & Travel

  South Africa

 7 days (Bike: 5 days)

  240 km  (~48km per day)

 Easy/Moderate

Semi-Supported

The 7 day/6 night cycling tour includes two nights' accommodation in Langebaan and two nights in the quaint village of Paternoster, situated in a beautiful Klein Paternoster Bay, as well as two nights at the unique !Khwa ttu San (Bushman) cultural center. You will also experience the West Coast National Park and and the West Coast Fossil Park and can enjoy local cuisine and hospitality. Up to about 200 km cycling trails in safe environment.

 West Coast Cycling is a self-guided cycling holiday. It is an opportunity to view the unique West Coast of South Africa.

Unique coast & fishing villages
Discover the beautiful Atlantic coastline with long stretches of unspoilt white sand and little coves of alternating rock and sand. Experience Yzerfontein, Langebaan and life in the fishing villages St Helena Bay (Shelley Point) and Paternoster.

Dolphins and Whales
A number of different species of cetaceans (dolphins and whales) move through the nutrient-rich waters of the West Coast, fed by the Benguela current. On your route you might spot seals, dolphins and whales. Southern right whales are regular visitors to the West Coast from middle winter onwards with the most sightings in December.

Wild flowers
Every spring, from August to September/October, the apparently barren soil of the West Coast, from the mountains to the ocean, bursts forth in a kaleidoscopic carpet of flowers. Many tourists are drawn to this glorious and world famous annual display.

Nature Reserves
The West Coast National Park, including the Langebaan lagoon, covers some 40 000 ha. The park is particularly well known for its bird life  and for the spring flowers which occur in the months from August to September. Over 280 species of birds. Seagulls, cormorants, sacred ibis and the Oystercatcher using this coastline as their breeding ground. Wildlife in the park includes large antelope such as eland, red hartebeest, bontebok, kudu, gemsbok, steenbok, mountain zebra, duiker and ostriches. 

The reserve at Cape Columbine is on a peninsula and covers 263 hectares of gorgeous wild, rocky coastline. The huge round rocks just inside the bays are ideal for the sightings of dolphins and whales- in season. The Cape Columbine lighthouse is the only brick and mortar in the reserve. Built in 1936, it was the first South African lighthouse to receive all navigational safety features.It is usually the first lighthouse sighted by ships coming from South America or Europe.

Accommodation 
4 star standard hotel or guesthouse. The seafood from the West Coast is legendary.

!Khwa ttu San Heritage Centre
Learn about the San Bushman culture- the history, livelihoods, challenges and successes of all San groups in southern Africa. The centre is the only one of its kind dedicated to the story of southern Africa’s first people.

West Coast Fossil Park
The fossil site near Langebaan is world-renowned for its exceptionally well-preserved fossil faunal remains. See the fossils of bears, sabre-tooth cats, short-necked giraffes and the many other exotic animals which inhabited the West Coast area some 5 million years ago.

Other activities
Other activities in the West Coast area can be added to the cycling package

Tour Information

From

!Khwa ttu

To

Paternoster

Inclusions

Excellent and varied 4 star accommodation, including breakfast- 6 nights
All transfers from !Khwa ttu and back to this point after completion of the tour.
Luggage transfer
Route directions, area information and electronic maps to allow self-guided cycling
Support by Route Manager

Exclusions

Items not mentioned above, eg.
Flights
Bicycle rent
Transport to the start of the tour and from end of route, back to the start. Transfers from Cape Town and back can be arranged, on request.
Lunches, dinners, drinks with meals, wine tastings
All admission fees to reserves, parks and attractions

Options

Choice of Standard or Superior accommodation.
Other activities in the West Coast area can be added to the cycling package
The route can be shortened to 4 nights / 5 days. 

 

Additional

Oct to April is High season. Aug-Sep is Flower season

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