SWELLENDAM & EDEN COUNTRY
Adventurous outrides to discover the less explored parts of the Overberg and Eden Country. Swellendam Adventure Rides (SAR) organizes back road /gravel road rides for adventure bike riders.
We offer 3 categories of rides:
3 weekend rides: (Each ride is on a different weekend)
• Easy Ride: the ride for beginners and newbies.
• Rough Ride: the ride for those with some experience (intermediates?).
• Tough Ride: the long ride for the experienced and fit!
THE PACKAGE INCLUDES
• 2 nights accommodation in 4 star guest houses in Swellendam. Single or double rates. (You don’t have to share, but you can if you want to save).
• Braai on Friday night (fully catered).
• Pizza party (make your own pizza) on Saturday evening.
• 2 breakfasts at Grace + Merci (In summer, we may have breakfast on the road).
• Saturday full day out ride. An experienced rider will lead the ride on Saturday. (Lunch for own account)
• Maximum 8 bikes per group. Minimum 4 bikes.
WHAT YOU NEED
• An adventure /dual purpose motor bike – 250cc and up…. With tires at least 70/30 (70% tar, 30% gravel).
• The right gear: helmet, gloves, protective jacket and pants, boots (rain gear as well, in case!) Maybe a puncture repair kit and tubes!
• Camera: we will stop for photography (Cell phone reception NOT guaranteed!).
• An adventurous spirit and willingness to explore the beautiful Eden Country.
• A weekend – from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon (Midweek rides can be organized).
THE PROGRAMME: ALL RIDES
From 2pm: Check into your reserved accommodation in Swellendam. Relax, go for a walk, have a swim….
7pm: Meet and greet, briefing, with braai (Drinks for your account).
7.30: Fuel up. If a hot day we may leave and have breakfast on the ride.
8am: Breakfast at Grace + Merci. Briefing for the day.
9am: Riders leave.
Lunch at Riversdale or Vanwyksdorp (for own account).
+- 4pm: Return to Swellendam. Rest or explore Swellendam!
7pm: Pizza party: make your own pizzas – al ingredients supplied, wood fired oven. (Drinks for own account)
8.30 Fuel up.
9am: Breakfast at Grace + Merci.
10am: Depart via back roads to Greyton or Riversdale.
2pm: Depart for home (Maybe lunch at Greyton or Riversdale, for own account).
3 DIFFERENT OUTRIDES ARE AVAILABLE, EACH ON DIFFERENT WEEKENDS, AND TAILOR MADE TO YOUR LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE:
EASY RIDER WEEKEND (+-250km; +-5-6 hours riding)
Dates: 5-7 March, 2 – 4 April, 7-9 May, 4-6 June, 2-4 July, 6-8 August, 3-5 September, 1-3 October, 5-8 November
ROUTE ON SATURDAY
The ride takes us through Eden Country (green hills river crossings, good gravel roads) over a rough pass to the Klein Karoo, then back via Riversdale (stop for lunch); more back roads to Heidelberg then a mix of tar and gravel to Swellendam.
Average speed on poor roads: 10-50kmph; on good gravel roads: 80kmph
ROUGH RIDE WEEKEND (+- 350km +- 6-7 hours riding )
Dates: 19-21 March, 8-10 April, 14-16 May, 11-13 June, 9-12 July, 13-15 August, 10-12 September, 8-10 October, 12-14 November
ROUTE ON SATURDAY
This ride takes us through Eden Country (green hills river crossings, good gravel roads) over a little used pass to the Klein Karoo, then along the Langeberg gravel roads to Herbertsdale. Gravel roads to Riversdale (where we stop for lunch and refuel); Back to Swellendam via double track rough roads, through plantations, river crossings and over green hills.
Average speed on poor roads: 20-60kmph; on good gravel roads: 90kmph
TOUGH RIDE WEEKEND (+- 450km; +- 7-8 hours riding)
Dates: 18-20 March, 16-18 April, 21-23 May, 18-20 June, 16-18 July, 20-21 August, 17-19 September, 15-17 October, 19-21 November
ROUTE ON SATURDAY
This ride takes us through Eden Country (green hills river crossings, good gravel roads) over a little used pass to the Klein Karoo, then along the gravel roads to Van Wyksdorp for lunch . Back via gravel roads, a pass, though Herbertsdale and on to Riversdale (refuel); Back to Swellendam via double- track rough roads, through plantations, river crossings and over green hills.
Average speed on poor roads: 40-60kmph; on good gravel roads: 90kmph
R3000 (single person, single room).
R2800 each for 2 sharing a room (you must have a friend/partner to share with!).
Includes ride leader, 2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 1 braai, 1 pizza party.
Price excludes: for own account
• All drinks
• Lunches on Saturday
The Ride Leader (an experienced rider) will provide some instruction and guidance for the group rides and will carry a first aid kit.
NOTE: AN INDEMNITY FORM must be signed after booking and before the ride.
It will exclude and indemnify SAR from any claims for accidents, medical costs, bike damage etc. Ideally you should have life and bike insurance.
You will be liable for costs of recovery, towing etc.
If you cancel with 3 weeks notice before the weekend: 90% returned
If you cancel with 1 weeks notice before the weekend: 50% returned.
Paid bookings can be transferred to another rider. (You find them, they pay you, and take your place) A booking form from them is required.
You may transfer your booking to another date, subject to the above conditions.
Please complete the BOOKING FORM and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Once we have your booking, we will send you an email with Indemnity details and an invoice with bank details so that you can pay by EFT. Once payment has been received, we will send confirmation with more details about the weekend and the rides.
NOTE: Swellendam Adventures Rides is a subsidiary of Swellendam Winter School. Sole owner: John Paisley
QUESTIONS? Phone John: 084 412 2847
Step 2: Complete the form and email back to:
Step 3: After we receive your booking form, you will receive a confirmation email and invoice for payment.
Step 4: When we receive Proof of payment we will send a confirmation with all additional detail you need