Tag: Cycle Trips

CapeStorm talk: Cycling the Highest Roads in the World 24/02 – A fundraiser for Funda Nenja

[caption id="attachment_1177" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="Funda Nenja -literally translates from isiZulu as 'learning with the dog'. Every Friday afternoon about 10 volunteers and 65 dogs with their handlers gather in Mphopomeni township to share interspecies and multicultural communication. The vision of 'Funda Nenja' is to develop respect and compassion for all living things by promoting a bond with a dog, using dog training as a vehicle. Education on animal welfare, the…

Himalayan Tours 2011

Due to the popularity of the Himalayan cycle tours we led last year, we are running 2 more in 2011 to 'Cycle the Highest Roads in the World' in the Himalayas of Kashmir in Aug and Sept. This 17 day high himalayan experience will take you through the most spectacular landscapes of Ladakh crossing passes over 5000m. The cost is ZAR 13,100 (includes all accom, transfer, jeep support and meal…

Trailblazing in the battlefields (Tugela River)

[caption id="attachment_1101" align="aligncenter" width="534" caption="Typical geology of these eastern highlands: sandstone buttresses sculptered into curious castles by the wind and rain ."][/caption] Kwazulu-Natal is reknowned for having some of the most superb trails and mtb-ing routes in the country. The best part is that many of them are right at my doorstep or not too far afield and keep me more than satisified during the 'in between the long distance bike trips' . Last weekend 18…

A Ride on the Wild side

[caption id="attachment_396" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Our beautiful Wild Coast. For the last 2 years Sarah has been organising bike trips along the wildcoast. This year she very generously offered to take her friends! see www.active-escapes.co.za for more info about Sarah's tours"][/caption] South Africa’s ‘wild coast’ is one of the last stretches of unspoiled coastline along our 3000km of beach. The roughly 280km stretch, starts from at the Kei River mouth and…

Day 1: Kei Mouth – Xhora River

Day 1: 46km 4hr20 ride time: Starting from the great Kei River mouth and the boundary of the former 'homeland' of the Transkei we headed north for 220km to Port St Johns. Never could I have imagined how spectacular and unspoiled this coastline really is, just goes to show what we expect as 'normal' . Sun-kissed and inspired, I lapped up all the details, the landscapes and the sweat  in a blissful but tough 5…

Day 2: Xhora River – The Haven

Day 2: 39km , 4hrs30 ride time:  Today we crossed the Xhora, Jajura, Ngadla, Xhixini, Ngabara and finally the Mbashe river mouths, all named so beautifully with the Xhosa click. Passing through the Dwesa forest reserve I was astounded by the size and the condition of this incredible pocket  of coastal forest, certainly one of the largest in South Africa.  We whizzed up and down excrutiatingly steep jeep tracks through Dwesa enjoying once more a…

Day 3: The Haven to Coffee Bay

Day 3: 5hrs to pedal 47km,  This was without doubt one of the most spectacular days or riding (also one of the toughest), encompassing every element of the wildcoast: Wide open sandy beaches, headlands jutting out to sea, the last remaining pockets of coastal forest on our eastern shores, exquisite estuaries, quaint villages, relentlessly steep hills, sweeping grasslands and views enough to make you want to ride off the edge....  …

Day 4: Coffee Bay – Mpande

Day 4: 46 km, 7hrs.   Coffee bay will remain with me as being ironically the most disappointing coffee experience of my life (not a decent cup in sight and the barely acceptable instant we found at the backpackers came at a hefty price !) . Apparently it was named after a ship carry coffee beans ran aground in the late 1800s, although a few beans seeded themselves the conditions proved too harsh for the plants…

Day 5: Mpande to Port St. Johns

Day 5:  32km in 8hrs. Deceivingly easy to start with, we enjoyed graded road rolling up and over the hills clocking up our best average time to date : some 20 odd km in as little as 2hrs. However once that ended some serious bundu-bashing and sandy tracks brought us back to the wildcoast ( so appropriately named) It took us another 5 hrs to complete the final 15km which brought us to our finishing…