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4-day Cycle Wilderness (2016)

September 23  to 26, 2016

Bike ancient elephant trails and slumber to sounds of the wild under starlit skies in Botswana’s wilderness.

This ride is for fit, confident mountain bikers who regularly ride grade 3 trails and above.  The riding at Mashatu is manageable for most mountain bikers.

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  • Adventure camping in the Mashatu Wilderness Area
  • Mountain Biking along ancient elephant paths
  • Unique Mountain biking terrain


  • 3 nights Mashatu adventure camping (BLD)
  • Collection from Pont Drift Border post and intercamp transfers
  • Vehicle support during the tour and on the trails 
  • Bike hire for 4 days
  • Camping gear hire (sleeping bags and towels for 3 nights when at Mashatu)


  • Snack and drinks on airport transfers
  • Bar purchases
  • Outsourced adventure activities such as horse safaris, walking safaris and game drives
  • Gratuities 
  • International Flights


Pont Drift Border, Botswana


Johannesburg, South Africa


10 days

Countries visited

Botswana, South Africa


Small Group. Set departure dates


From ZAR$10,040
per person sharing*

Group Size

4 - 10 people

Safari Type

Adventure Camping


Lodge and Fully-serviced Classic Mobile Camping


Day 1 - Arrive Johannesburg

Upon arrival into Johannesburg Airport you will be met at transferred to Marben Manor (or similar)   You are booked on a Dinner, bed and breakfast basis. 

Day 2 - Transfer to Mashatu
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

You guide will meet you early at Marben Manor for the drive to Mashatu Game Reserve.  The drive takes approximately 6 hours to get to the Pont Drift Border post.  Cross the Limpopo river which forms the boundary between South Africa and Botswana.  After a light lunch and packing the Land Cruiser we ride to our 1st Wilderness Camp

Day 3 and 4 - Mashatu, Wilderness
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

We awake at sunrise to a breakfast of yogurt, cereals, toast and fruit. We ride a variation of paths and 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 5 - Kgotla
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

After a breakfast and home brewed coffee, we ride out 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 6 - Transfer to Golden Cottage
Breakfast | Dinner

An early departure and a 6 hour road transfer we will arrive at Mt Anderson Golden Cottage. We’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 10 guests in 5 double/twin ensuite rooms. Trust us you’ll love it. 

Day 7 - Alpine Heights Ride
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

After a light breakfast we climb to above 2000m. We emerge on highland plains and cruise down winding 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) 

Day 8 - Bushmans Trail Ride
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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. (Approximately 30 km’s). 

Day 9 - Pilgrims Rest Ride
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

We wake to a hearty breakfast and set off for perhaps the biggest 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 45 km’s) 

Day 10 - Depart

We wake up at leisure, breakfast and pack bikes. The 5 hour transfer will have us back in Johannesburg around 16:00 hours in time for evening flights.