In recent years, South Africa has promoted itself as an attractive travel destination, including for cyclists. It has become the kind of destination that everyone likes to include on their bucket list, because of the adventure experience, the fabulous landscapes and the country’s culture.
A few things to think about and some tips for when your plans really start to come together.
Language and safety
South Africa has 11 official languages but everyone pretty much speaks and understands English.
Like in other countries, we recommend avoiding the townships where you may attract too much attention. The crime rate can be high in places and your smartphone is the first thing to be snatched.
If you are a newbie, you may want to think carefully before considering this type of cycling tour. You really need to be in good shape for such an undertaking.
There is a risk of several diseases in South Africa, including malaria in the northern regions. It is said that approximately 25% of the population could be HIV positive.
Food and drink
Not a source of concern. Everyone usually loves South Africa because of the vast array of places to eat and drink, both in and outside the bigger cities.
Spring and early summer are probably the best times of the year to go cycling in South Africa.
If you planned to travel at another time of the year, then remember to bring the appropriate apparel to avoid unpleasant surprises. Finally, we wish to stress that cyclists generally receive a warm welcome in South Africa.