The Cederberg region is a South African treasure, loved by adventure bikers, rock climbers and explorers. Join us us on a 3-day motorcycle tour from Stellenbosch to the treasures of the Cederberg, from 11 to 13 December.
This tour is for adventure motorcycles. For this route we recommend tyres with an off-road bias, or knobblies.
Tour dates: 11 to 13 December 2020 (3 days & 2 nights)
Group size: Approximately 20
Departure point: Pot Belly Coffee Shop, Klapmuts, Western Cape
Day 1: Fri 11 Dec. Klapmuts to Cederberg Oasis
Departure 12:00 | Arrival 15:00 | Distance: 190 km
Afternoon excursion: Stadsaal caves – 22 km round trip
We meet at Pot Belly in Klapmuts (near Stellenbosch and Paarl) at 11:30 on the Friday, to depart just after 12:00. To ease ourselves into the weekend, we’ll only ride a leisurely 190 km today. From Klapmuts we ride to Ceres. We turn north on the R303, pass through Prince Alfred Hamlet and ascend Gydo Pass.
We keep going north until we turn right after Op die Berg. The road turns to the north, and changes from tar to gravel. Here the peace and beauty of the Cederberg region will begin to envelop you! At Cederberg Oasis you will be assigned a sturdy tent (stretcher and bedding included), before we take an 11 km ride to the Stadsaal caves. We return to Cederberg Oasis for dinner around 19:30.
Coffee stop: Tremor Coffee Bar, Ceres
Day 2: Sat 12 Dec. Wupperthal, Eselbank and the CAO
Departure 09:00 | Arrival 15:00 | Distance: 240 km
Evening excursion: Cederberg Astronomical Observatory – 34 km round trip
Today our journey starts and ends at Cederberg Oasis. We ride towards Clanwilliam, passing through an ancient valley, while mostly riding gravel roads. In Clanwilliam we turn onto the R364, which meanders in a north-easterly direction, before we turn off towards Wupperthal.
Time permitting, we ride to Uitspankraal and back before continuing to Wupperthal. On the outskirts of the town we ascend a spectacular pass and ride to Eselbank. From this town, that seems forgotten by the world, we make our way back to Cederberg Oasis.
Night riders to the observatory
Those who wish to gaze at the stars through the CAO’s telescopes, may have an early dinner to leave Oasis by 19:15. The presentation starts at 20:00, and we leave from the observatory at around 21:00, to reach Oasis by 21:30.
Day 3: Sun 13 Dec. Cederberg Oasis to Klapmuts
Departure 09:30 | Arrival 15:00 | Distance: 300 km
Leaving Cederberg Oasis, we follow the previous day’s route at first, but turn towards Citrusdal. Here we join the R303, ride Middelberg Pass (gravel) and continue all the way to Op die Berg. Then we retrace our steps to Ceres and the Bain’s Kloof Pass, where we take a break at the Calabash Bush Pub. From here it’s a short ride before we disband at the Pot Belly Coffee Shop in Klapmuts.
Coffee stop: Calabash Bush Pub, Bain’s Kloof
Cost per rider/driver: R1 800 | Cost per pillion rider/passenger: R1 400
> Two backup vehicles, with luggage trailer and bike trailer
> Tent and bedding for two nights
> Limited technical support
> Jerrycans for extra fuel
> Dinner and breakfast
> A guide
> Fuel (budget for 800 km)
> Snacks, lunch and drinks
What to bring
> Snacks – for eating on the go, especially on the Saturday
> Full riding gear, boots, towel, sun protection and personal medicine
> Cash or credit card
> Your medical aid or hospital plan details (if applicable)
> Note: Cederberg Oasis is licensed to sell wine, beer and spirits.
Really important stuff
> Each guest has to sign a form that indemnifies the organisers.
> Experience of riding on gravel (with a pillion, if relevant) is required.
> Ride within your safety zone.
> The routes may be modified at the discretion of the organiser.
> No alcohol to be consumed before or while riding.
> NB: Please practise social distancing on and off the bike. Because Covid-19 still loves you.
To reserve your place, pay the full amount (R1 800 or R1 400) or a 50% deposit (R900 or R700) to Bike Routes, FNB cheque account 627 1428 1128, branch 250 655. Please use your name as a reference. The full amount has to be paid by 7 December. NB: Send proof of payment to firstname.lastname@example.org
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