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2017 Poorts and Passes: George to Patensie Cycle Tour

2017 Poorts and Passes: George to Patensie Cycle Tour

Our friend Julia Colvin is organising a cycle tour. We are going to joing her. Why don't you join us too?

12 day self-supported cycle tour through the magical Karoo and Baviaanskloof worldheritage site

Inclusive of meals, transfers, escort through the reserve, and comfortable accommodation

50-94km cycling per day on carefully selected routes through a unique and inaccessible region of South Africa

October 21st - November 1st

R9,300pp

Contact Julia Colvin on 0768190615 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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2016 Poorts & Passes Cycle Tour by Julia Colvin

2016 Poorts & Passes Cycle Tour by Julia Colvin

Text and pictures by Julia Colvin, tour organiser

Encompassing some of the most scenic parts of the country, this 600km, 12-day cycle tour is an absolute gem to suit your pocket and thirst for adventure. Staying in comfortable accommodation with hot showers and great food, this tour is a perfect blend of history, culture and wilderness

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2016 Poorts & Passes cycle tour by Jonathan Invernizzi

2016 Poorts & Passes cycle tour by Jonathan Invernizzi

​Writing a pictures by Jonathan Invernizzi. 2016 participant

The Karoo, a place I had first visited together with my family as a child, has always held a special place in my heart. A land of vastness, of sweet and succulent lamb and even sweeter jerepigo, of stark beauty, mysticism, colourful characters and star-filled night skies. Something I've long come to realise is a visit here is never one to be rushed. So when my girlfriend, Julia, suggested that I come along on a cycle tour through the Karoo and Baviaanskloof (an area I hadn't visited yet), I jumped at the chance. What better way to enjoy the Karoo than by the slow immersive meander that only bicycles can provide? My enthusiasm was tempered slightly when she went on to explain that this was going to be somewhat more of a working holiday. My duties were to include sharing the driving of the back-up vehicle, mechanical support for the bicycles and chef for some of the evening's meals among other tasks. No free ride for me it seemed…

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2016 Cycle Tour in Mongolia

 

A campsite with a view.

Writing and pictures by Charles Hughes, 2016 participant.

Going to bed with the sound of rain hammering down on my (not very watertight) tent, was rather depressing, but not nearly as bad as waking up, in my now damp sleeping bag, to the sound of even heavier rain still pounding down on the flimsy structure. I tried comforting myself with the thought that a tent always makes the rain sound worse than it actually is, but still, I was disappointed that our last riding day in Mongolia looked to a wet, cold and muddy affair.

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The Highest Eco-School in the World

Approaching Phey village, there is always something so very soothing and beautiful about Ladakhi villages

Approaching Phey village, there is always something so very soothing and beautiful about Ladakhi villages.

One of the most inspirational discoveries of this trip was finding Secmol campus, an eco-school in every sense. The getting there was a 20km cycle down the truck-heaving 'highway' past the army barracks that litter the outskirts of Leh. The dusty ride continued past the airport where rumbling airbuses hovered above my head and the serene Spituk monastery clung desparetely to a rocky outcrop.  Following the mighty green-grey Indus river I arrived in Phey village, where the school is located on cut platform alongside the Indus.

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