Day 9 of 16 Cape Town to Victoria Falls
Continuing northwards we run parallel to the river Klipaat
It’s a feast for our eyes today as we prepare for one of our most beautiful days of biking so far. Continuing northwards we run parallel to the river Klipaat, crossing it from time to time. A mixture of asphalt and gravel roads take us through breath-taking scenery, continually changing from vast, open plains to dramatic rugged mountains. It’s almost hard to keep your eyes on the road with so much beauty around!
After an adventurous steep ride up the highest mountain in the Eastern cape, we end up at the illustrious Ski resort of Tiffindell for a cosy catch up by the fire.
More of South Africa’s rolling countryside and great gravel!
Queenstown lies at the heart of the Komani River
We pass through wide open areas of farmland, stopping for a refuel at the picturesque town of Queenstown, the capital of this prosperous farming community. It’s former nickname being the ‘Rose Capital of South Africa’ named for its lavish Rose collection within it’s large open gardens. Queenstown lies at the heart of the Komani River, right at the foot of the magnificent Hangklip mountain, which lucky for us we get to enjoy ogling over as we try out some light refreshments the waterfront cafe has to offer.
The charming Victorian-era village of Rhodes
The outstanding landscape continues as we make our way through the charming Victorian-era village of Rhodes, only accessible by gravel tracks. Enveloped in mountainous terrain and untouched rivers this primordial neighborhood, radiates enchanting and timeless beauty.
Through the vast farmlands of Queenstown
From Southern Drakensberg Mountains to the kingdom of Lesotho
We have a spectacular climb ahead of us as we make our way to our accommodation located high up in the Southern Drakensberg Mountains (2720m). The last 30km of our journey will be spent mastering this steep climb to the best of abilities, with sharp twists and turns along the way. Remember help is always on hand whenever you need. Once at the top we get our first peak into the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho, also known as the ‘Kingdom of the Sky’ labelled for it’s high altitude and striking surroundings.
We end this incredible day with a delicious buffet dinner
Our comfortable Ski Lodge is situated 100m from South Africa’s one and only “ski” slope, so get your hats and fleeces on as it’s rather chilly up here. The views from our bedrooms are fantastic, providing the clouds don’t decide to engulf us in their foggy mist. We end this incredible day with a delicious buffet dinner and a warm up by the log fire in the cosy bar.
Pleasant gravel tracks though the countryside towards our Ski Lodge in Tiffendel
The hills are alight………!
Scarecrows or effigies
More scarecrows or effigies
The spectacular climb to our ski lodge accommodation – high in the Drakensburg mountains.
At the top of the ski-run is the hidden mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.
Big views from our bedrooms
A “chocolate bike” – after a freak mud storm!