Route

The Cross Africa cycle route consists of 14 stages described below. For more information and detailed itineraries please contact the Cross Africa Team.

Stage 1* – Agulhas to Plettenberg Bay

(13 July 2019 – 21 July 2019)

Saturday 13 July 2019 – depart from Agulhas for Bontebok National Park, Swellendam

Sunday 14 July 2019 – cycle to Warmwaterberg on Route 62

Monday 15 July 2019 – Koedoeskloof outside Ladismith

Tuesday 16 July 2019 – Calitzdorp Spa

Wednesday 17 July 2019 – Rest day at Calitzdorp Spa

Thursday 18 July 2019 – Oudtshoorn

Friday 19 July 2019 – Wilderness (Ebb&Flo)

Saturday 20 July 2019 – Wilderness to Knysna (Monks Caravan Park, or similar)

Sunday 21 July 2019 – Knysna to Plettenberg Bay

Stage 2* – Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth

(22 July 2019 – 27 July 2019)

Monday 22 July 2019 – depart for Storms River, Garden Route National Park

Tuesday 23 July 2019 – Rest day at Storms River Rest Camp

Wednesday 24 July 2019 – Storms River to Jeffreys Bay (Jeffreys Bay Caravan Park, or similar)

Thursday 25 July 2019 – Jeffreys Bay to Van Stadens River Mouth (Van Stadens Campsite)

Friday 26 July 2019 – Van Stadens to Port Elizabeth (Willows Resort)

Saturday 27 July 2019 – Rest day in Port Elizabeth

*Stage 1 and 2 are fully described and participants can decide to join for short portions, or even just a single day, along the route here.

Stage 3 – Port Elizabeth to East London

(28 July 2019 – 3 August 2019)

This stage will pass through Canon Rocks, Port Alfred and go via coastal resorts to Areena Riverside Resort in East London.

Stage 4 – East London to Port St. Johns

(4 August 2019 – 12 August 2019)

This largely dirt road stage runs along the Wild Coast stopping off at well known spots e.g. Kob Inn and Coffee Bay, on the way to Cremorne Resort at Port St. Johns.

Stage 5 – Port St. Johns to Monk’s Cowl (Drakensberg)

(13 August 2019 – 21 August 2019)

Turning inland, this stage runs through the famous Drakensberg from Garden Castle to Monk’s Cowl via Lotheni and Highmoor.

Stage 6 – Monk’s Cowl to Loskop Dam

(22 August 2019 – 5 September 2019)

Crossing from Kwa-Zulu Natal to Mpumalanga, this two week stage takes us through the battlefield region of Dundee on to eMkondo, Chrissiesmeer and the Loskop Dam near Middelburg.

Stage 7 – Loskop Dam to Bela-Bela

(6 September 2019 – 9 September 2019)

This short stage is ideal for those wanting to join and cycle with us for a weekend. Starting at the Loskop Dam Forever Resorts, we’ll cycle to Warmbaths Forever Resorts near Bela-Bela.

Stage 8 – Bela-Bela to Botswana border / Francistown

(10 September 2019 – 14 September 2019 (border) / 18 September 2019 (Francistown)

This stage takes us across the Botswana border at Stockpoort. Cyclists may decide to join us as far as the Stockpoort Border Lodge and then say farewell, but for those wanting to continue, the end of the stage will be at the Woodlands Stop near Francistown in Botswana.

Stage 9 – Francistown (Botswana) to Livingstone (Zambia)

(19 September 2019 – 29 September 2019)

This stage takes in the majority of Botswana. We cycle along the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans to Nata, and on via Elephant Sands to Chobe Safari Lodge (or similar) in Kasane. Participants may choose to make an early exit from the stage at Kasane. For those wishing to continue we’ll be crossing the Zambian border at Kazungula on Saturday, 28 September 2019.

Stage 10 – Livingstone to Lusaka

(30 September 2019 – 8 October 2019)

Leaving Livingstone, this stage will go via Choma and the overland stop of Moorings Camp to the capital of Zambia, Lusaka and Pioneer Camp.

Stage 11 – Lusaka (Zambia) to Lilongwe (Malawi)

(9 October 2019 – 20 October 2019)

This stage runs all along the Great East Road of Zambia, crossing the Luangwa River and heading for the border town of Chipata. Arrival in Malawi’s capital city, Lilongwe, will herald the end of stage 11.

Stage 12 – Lilongwe (Malawi) to Mbeya (Tanzania)

(21 October 2019 – 8 November 2019)

The longest stage of Cross Africa will run throughout the length of Malawi into southern Tanzania. Participants will cycle from Malawi’s capital down to the southern end of Lake Malawi at Cape McClear. From this world heritage site, the route will progress north all along the shores of Lake Malawi, across the Tanzanian border to the largest city in the south, Mbeya and the Utengule Coffee Lodge.

Stage 13 – Mbeya to Bagamoyo

(9 November 2019 – 21 November 2019)

This stage will head out toward the coast passing popular overland stops e.g. Kisolanza Farm, Crocodile Camp and Tan Swiss Lodge. We will be passing through Mikumi National Park on route to the coast and the old slave port of Bagamoyo. The stage ends at Firefly Backpackers (or similar), Bagamoyo. For those exiting the route here, arrangements will have to be made to travel the short distance back to the capital, Dar Es Salaam for flights.

Stage 14 – Bagamoyo to Moshi/Arusha

(22 November 2019 – 28 November 2019)

This, the final cycling stage, will run north to another coastal stop, Peponi Beach Resort (or similar) near Tanga, before turning inland toward our final destination at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, highest mountain in Africa.