The Cross Cape Cycle Route

Ride the heart of the Cape - 700km trail from Plettenberg Bay to Stellenbosch

Ride the heart of the Cape…

The iconic Cross Cape Route stretches over 700kms from Plettenberg Bay to Stellenbosch. This route covers the length of the Western Cape and offers numerous stopovers in quaint and friendly small towns as well as majestic landscapes along the Garden Route, Klein Karoo, Cape Overberg, and Cape Winelands.

The route is mostly made up of well-graded gravel road ensuring a smooth trip. Along the way riders will have the opportunity to meet friendly locals and experience the rich and diverse culture the region has to offer, from local Cape and Xhosa cuisine to the rich and unmistakable taste of the Cape’s finest wines. But it’s not all feet up and relaxing: each section is challenging and will test your cycling prowess through decent climbs and energy taxing passes both off-road and on.

When you embark on the Cross Cape cycle route, you’re opening yourself up to a multitude of invigorating and unique experiences. The smell of fynbos, the feel of cool ocean breezes, the sights of wide open spaces, the sounds of wildlife and the tastes of local culture will move you like no other journey can.

That’s why the Cross Cape cycle route is no ordinary journey. It’s a journey through the senses. Being immersed in your surroundings means you can see, touch, taste, hear and feel all that this captivating landscape has to offer. Our mission is to grow cycle tourism in the Western Cape and with each turn of the pedal, you’ll find yourself closer and closer to the authentic heart of the Cape. This route is open 24/7/365, free of charge. Simply download the map, pick your pace, plan accordingly, and go for a ride.

Follow this link for full details of the route and ride conditions as well as mapping resources.



Cape Cycle Routes, an initiative of the Western Cape Government, aims to put the Western Cape on the map as not just a premier tourism destination but as the best cycling destination in Africa. As we grow and share more routes to explore you will be able to experience the Cape to the fullest and venture through the different environments the region has to offer.

There are plenty of adventures on offer for cyclists and explorers alike and we look forward to tantalising your senses as you experience the endless possibilities the Western Cape has to offer.

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