4-day Swartberg, Route 62 and Little Karoo Adventure

Explore Bains Kloof Pass, Ceres, the historic town of Maitjiesfontein, Seweweekspoort, Swartberg Pass, Meiringspoort and Route 62 on this on this fun 4-day adventure;

Trip Details

Route Highlights
Cape Town – Bains Kloof Pass – Michel’s Pass – Ceres – Maitjiesfontein – Seweweekspoort – Swartberg Pass – Meiringspoort – Oudtshoorn – Route 62 – Barrydale – Joubert Tradouw Wine Farm – Malgas – Franschhoek Pass

Dates: Bookings available year round, weather permitting
Group size: 1-4 riders
Total Distance: 1150km
Riding Days: 4
Rest Days: 0
Average distance: 290km per riding day
Riding Time per day: 5-6 hours
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate – a mix of good tar and gravel roads with some washboard surfaces and loose gravel

Route Details

Day 1 - Cape Town to Maitjiesfontein: 260 km. We head north-east out of Cape Town towards Ceres via Bains Kloof Pass and Michel's Pass. After Ceres we head through the southern reaches of the Great Karoo before turning back south to the historic town of Maijtiesfontein and an overnight stay in the grand Lord Milner Hotel.

Day 2 - Maitjiesfontein to Prince Albert: 245 km. Today we ride through four spectacular passes and 'poorts' as we explore the Swartberg mountain range. These include the famous gravel road through Seweweekspoort and a tarred descent through Huisrivier Pass then the magnificent gravel Swartberg Pass before we reach our overnight stop in the town of Prince Albert.

Day 3 - Prince Albert to Barrydale: 297 km. Our exploration of the Swartberg mountains continues as we ride a good tar road through Meiringspoort. We turn west and head through the historic Ostrich town of Oudtshoorn before connecting with Route 62 and our overnight stop at the Joubert Tradouw wine farm,

Day 4 - Barrydale to Cape Town: 350km. Our final leg begins with a descent through the spectacular Tradouw Pass before we turn west towards Cape Town along the southern ridges. We end with a ride over one of the most spectacular routes in the country - Franschhoek pass.


On this ride all accommodation is in 3-4 star lodges and hotels. These include the iconic Lord Milner Hotel at Maitjiesfontein and Lentelus B&B on the Joubert Tradouw Wine Farm

Lord Milner Hotel - Maitjiesfontein

Lentelus B&B - Joubert Tradouw Wine Farm

“A big thank you to you and your team for what turned out to be a memorable and very enjoyable experience. As a long time tour organiser and operator, this was actually the first time I’ve ever gone on a tour as a customer and you far exceeded my expectations. It wasn’t just the riding or the bikes, it was the whole package, the choices of accommodation, the great meals but above all the enthusiasm and willingness to go that extra mile (or 100 km) that shone through in you and your team. I somehow think I haven’t seen enough of Africa.” Owen Holcombe

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Andrew is the owner and lead guide for Ride Down South. You can reach him here:

Cell: +27 79 6977110

Email: andrew@ridedownsouth.com


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