Odyssey Mountain Bike Trail and Safari

Overview

Imagine waking up every morning to go Mountain Biking in the pristine beauty of the African landscape. Chance encounters with wild life along the way as you tackle endless kilometres of single track with your mates or like-minded adventurers. Now you can on this amazing tour. The distance, pace and route is tailored to each group. Generally around ten participants in recommended but can be done with just two. The aim is to ride 4-5 hours per day, covering 30-40km’s. Catering for all fitness levels, this really is an amazing tour.

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Highlights
  • Cycle safari in the Mpumalanga Highlands and Northern Tuli Game Reserve
  • Fully catered, supported and equipped with guide (just bring your own bike/cycle related equipment)
  • Cycle routes range from pristine single track to gravel roads
  • See the African wildlife up close
You will Stay At

MOUNT ANDERSON RESERVE

MPUMALANGA HIGHLANDS, SOUTH AFRICA
STAY 4 NIGHTS

Enjoy hiking, birding, leisure, relaxation, fishing, and more

Mount Anderson Reserve, an exclusive and unique mountain retreat is set on 7 300 hectares (20 000 acres) of dramatic landscape. Situated in the mountains above Mashishing (Lydenburg) in Mpumalanga, it’s an ideal getaway for those seeking refuge from the rigors of everyday city life.

mashatu tented camp - botswana

MASHATU TENTED CAMP

NORTHERN TULI GAME RESERVE, BOTSWANA
STAY 4 NIGHTS

Enjoy Adventure, Birding, Cycling, Flora, Hiking, History & Culture, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Wildlife, and more

Eight completely private tents are tucked under the branches of enormous trees, accessible via meandering pathways. Mashatu Game Reserve is located in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve of Botswana bordering South Africa.

Itinerary

Odyssey Mountain Bike Trail and Safari

Imagine waking up every morning to go Mountain Biking in the pristine beauty of the African landscape. .Chance encounters with wild life along the way as you tackle endless kilometres of single track with your mates or like-minded adventurers. Now you can on this amazing tour. The distance, pace and route is tailored to each group. Generally around ten participants in recommended but can be done with just two. The aim is to ride 4-5 hours per day, covering 30-40km’s. At Mount Anderson, being a mountainous area, the trails are challenging with a fair amount of climbing and treacherous rocky sections. Beautiful single track has been carved into the area and for the trail for the most part, is very ridable. Rated 4/5. At Mashatu the terrain is fairly flat and the pace is generally easy going with regular game sightings and scenic picnic stops. Rated 2/5. A backup vehicle is on hand at all times to rescue tired riders or tired bikes! What are you waiting for? See Africa like never before.

Day 1
Drinks: None
Room: Dinner Bed Breakfast And Lunch

Meet your guide at OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, or preferred hotel and drive 4hrs to Mt Anderson Reserve. Upon arrival you’ll have an opportunity to settle into our stunning location, prep our bikes, and enjoy a sundowner on the terrace. The Golden cottage is a luxurious ranch style homestead, catering for a max of 6 guests in 3 double en-suite rooms. All mountain bike enthusiasts will love this.

Day 2
Drinks: None
Room: Dinner Bed Breakfast And Lunch

You’re on holiday, so no wake up calls this morning. After a light breakfast we climb steadily to above 2000m. We emerge on highland plains and cruise down winding single track trails, herding eland, wildebeest and zebra as we go, eventually dropping into the Spekboom river valley. We break for a swim and lunch and head back to the cottage for well-deserved siesta. (Approximately 30 km’s). We’ll ride mostly single track today, in pristine highland wilderness (up to 2000m), at a relaxed pace with plenty of stops to soak up the views. We may encounter wildlife including zebra, black wildebeest, baboons, reedbuck, jackal and eland.

Activities For The Day

  • Mountain biking

Day 3
Drinks: None
Room: Dinner Bed Breakfast And Lunch

After breakfast we ride the Bushman’s trail – short steep climbs, winding single track along an escarpment with dramatic views of the valley below, through late 1800s gold prospecting scars, flowing descents with some technical and steep sections, past San rock art and over stream bridges. We’ll lunch on the trail and be back at the cottage in the afternoon for down time. (Today’s covered distance is approximately 30 km’s).

Day 4
Drinks: None
Room: Dinner Bed Breakfast And Lunch

Wake up to a hearty breakfast and set for perhaps the longest day’s ride of the trip. Over Olifant’s Nek, we descend the course of the upper Blyde River mostly on forestry dirt roads, through unparalleled vistas, as it tumbles down to the 1800’s Gold mining town of Pilgrims Rest. We lunch in a local tavern and spend some time exploring the historical village. We’ll shuttle back to the Golden Cottage. (Approximately 50 km’s)

Day 5
Drinks: None
Room: Dinner Bed Breakfast And Lunch

We depart early for the five and a bit hour drive to Pont Drift border post where we’ll meet the Botswana team. After sandwiches and packing the land cruisers we ride to our 1st wilderness camp. (Approximately 20 km’s). The wilderness camps are set up prior to our arrival and contain basic amenities to offer comfort without distracting from the wilderness experience. Meals prepared on open fires, hot water bucket showers, camp cots and cold beers all add up to a comfortable and exhilarating night out.

Day 6
Drinks: None
Room: Dinner Bed Breakfast And Lunch

We awake at sunrise to a healthy breakfast of yogurt, cereals, toast and fruit. We ride a variation of paths and single track trails to return to our camp by lunchtime. We relax during the midday hours and then enjoy a sundowner from a vantage point in the afternoon. (Approximately 30 km’s)

Day 7
Drinks: None
Room: Dinner Bed Breakfast And Lunch

The riding at Mashatu is very relaxed where we ride for approximately 4 to 5 hours today, with many rest stops en-route. You’ll most likely encounter wildlife such as elephants, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala, kudu, and eland among others and occasionally we see lions and leopards. Two qualified trails guides accompany each group and ensure the safety and enjoyment of the group. A back-up safety vehicle is in radio contact with the group at all times.

Activities For The Day

  • Mashatu Cycle Safaris

Day 8
Drinks: None
Room: Dinner Bed Breakfast And Lunch

After a breakfast and home brewed coffee, we ride out on our last cycle to the sandstone ridges of the Limpopo valley, through stellar moonscapes and gardens of Eden. We’ll arrive at our Kgotla camp where we’ll enjoy an afternoon of relaxation and a final epic sunset. (Approximately 40 km’s)

Day 9
Drinks: None
Room: None

We wake in your own time, have breakfast and the pack bikes. We’ll return to Pont Drift border post for the road transfer back to Johannesburg and a farewell to new discovered friends.

DURATION 8 NIGHTS

CAN BE EXTENDED


STARTS FROM JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA
ENDS AT JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA

From ZAR 24 200

per person sharing


INCLUDED

  • Accommodation – Mount Anderson guests stay in luxury ranch-style homestead.
  • Accommodation – Mashatu guests stay in beautiful bush camps in tents
  • Road transfers as specified
  • Two fully qualified guides and safety vehicle support
  • All meals

EXCLUDED

  • Travel Insurance
  • International flights
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Visas if necessary
  • Guests are recommended to bring their own mountain bikes, helmets and cycle relevant equipment.
  • No bike, no problem, one can be rented at R250.00 per day
  • A fully stocked bar is available for drinks purchases (guests own account)
  • Please bring own snacks for in between meals or on rides.