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Garden Route

Garden Route

Garden Route

From Vic Falls to Cape Town and along the iconic Garden Route for the 20th year of TDA's flagship tour

RIDERS AND STAFF

Sharita van der Merwe

Tour Leader

Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

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Sharita van der Merwe

Tour Leader
Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

South Africa

“The thing I love most about my job is watching the social dynamics unfold.”

For as long as I can remember I’ve been stripping, fixing, and riding bicycles. As well, I knew from a young age I wanted to explore, travel, and see the world—my dream at one time was to fly airplanes. However, it wasn’t long before I realized that flying in a straight line from point A to point B wasn’t for me!

When I left school I had no direction, no idea of where I wanted to be or what I wanted to do, once my dream of flying died. In 2003, I saw a magazine ad of a bunch of cyclists lined up in front of the Giza pyramids and I became hooked on the idea of doing that but I had to choose between taking a four-month cycling trip across Africa or going to Warriors Boot Camp to get educated. I chose Warriors and the programme equipped me for life by giving me a solid foundation. There, I was free to discover and explore who I was and to test physical and mental endurance. Having my attitude and my comfort zone constantly pushed readied me for all sorts of real-world challenges. I stayed at Warriors for three years, then cycled solo across Africa when I was 22 years old. In 2009, I landed the job as TDA’s assistant tour director on the Cairo to Cape Town trip—and the rest is history.

Ever since, Africa has been my baby and my favourite. I’ve worked on other tours—the Silk Route, the Bamboo Road, Ruta Maya, Magical Madagascar—but Africa is my full-time project and has lately included TDA’s complex tour of West Africa.

I’m based in beautiful Cape Town; when I’m not here, I’m scouting, exploring, problem-solving somewhere in the world and revelling in the adventure of being alive.

TDA has taken me to 80 countries and my most incredible off-the-beaten-track expedition was the West Africa scout in 2017, especially Guinea—I’d never been to a place so remote, rough or wild. I fell in love with Africa all over again on that trip. The stories are epic and endless!

There’s never a dull moment with TDA, because you absolutely never know what’s going to happen next.

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Alina Burau

Medic

Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

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Alina Burau

Medic
Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

Germany

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Douglas Percival

Bike Mechanic

Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

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Douglas Percival

Bike Mechanic
Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

South Africa

Flinging spanners, clicking gears. Juggling bike spares & Humans Habits to create Bicycle Tours that function in crazy locations. See you guys at the next crazy location.

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Christopher (Kit) Campbell

Rider

Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

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Christopher (Kit) Campbell

Rider
Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

Canada

Transecting Africa remains an unfinished project; the memories and experiences of 2020 are in daily thoughts. We'll try again in 2022, and just hope that the situation will allow the ride to continue even if it's to be in a somewhat attenuated form.

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Jim FOWLER

Rider

Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

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Jim FOWLER

Rider
Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

United States

I'm a nomad based in the Florida Keys. I did the 2020 Tour d'Afrique from Cairo to Arusha (where it was canceled due to Covid-19).

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Craig Saunders

Rider

Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

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Craig Saunders

Rider
Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

United States

77 year old Cardiac Surgeon, retired. Athlete most all my life, played a little football, did a fair amount of running and climbed a few mountains. Took up cycling 5-6 years ago. Do some writing in my spare time. I'm too private to have a significant social media footprint.

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Uwe Rydzek

Rider

Victoria Falls to Cape Town

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Uwe Rydzek

Rider
Victoria Falls to Cape Town

Germany

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Kathie Knell

Rider

Victoria Falls to Cape Town

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Kathie Knell

Rider
Victoria Falls to Cape Town

United Kingdom

Ex Army Officer and Leadership Consultant, married with 3 teenagers. Relative cycling novice!

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Kevin McAleer

Rider

Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

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Kevin McAleer

Rider
Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

Canada

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Thys Neser

Rider

Victoria Falls to Cape Town

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Thys Neser

Rider
Victoria Falls to Cape Town

South Africa

I am a businessman in South Africa age 64. If I had the ability I would have liked to be a competitive cyclist. Due to the fact that I kept on growing I can now only enjoy touring on by road or MTB in Africa and many other places in the world.

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Harald Hälbich

Rider

Victoria Falls to Cape Town

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Harald Hälbich

Rider
Victoria Falls to Cape Town

Germany

I am living in Cape Town and enjoy recreational cycling. Looking forward to join the 2022 Tour de Afrique.

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Herbert Sommerfeld

Rider

Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

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Herbert Sommerfeld

Rider
Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

Germany

Hi everyone, I'm Herbert, 58 years old and live in the south of Germany in the beautiful Black Forest. I have been riding mountain bikes for many years now, and have dreamed accepting this challenge for a long time. Now that it is a shortened tour it fits with my 3 month sabbatical I'm already looking forward to the tour and all of you.

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Rider

Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

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Rider
Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

United Kingdom

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Johann du Toit

Rider

Victoria Falls to Cape Town

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Johann du Toit

Rider
Victoria Falls to Cape Town

South Africa

59 year old keen Mountain Biker living in Johannesburg, South Africa. Enjoy touring and experiencing diffirent environments and cultures on my Mountain Bike. Doing this tour with friend Thys Neser.

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Brigitta Varadinek

Rider

Victoria Falls to Cape Town

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Brigitta Varadinek

Rider
Victoria Falls to Cape Town

Germany

I was on the TDA tour last year when we got stuck in Tansania due to Covid 19. Now I hope to finish the tour and I'm very excited about meeting some of my friends from last year. I'm a lawyer from Berlin, Germany. I have two daughters and live with my husband and his four kids in Kreuzberg, a very lively part of Berlin. I also have two dogs, one from Poland and one from Romania.

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Coni Dean

Rider

Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

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Coni Dean

Rider
Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

Biking and exploring.

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Natalie Elliott

Rider

Victoria Falls to Windhoek

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Natalie Elliott

Rider
Victoria Falls to Windhoek

Canada

I'm riding Livingstone to Windhoek with my dad! I've travelled through southern Africa by vehicle and cannot wait to experience the hot, African sun on my bike.

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Simon Boyd

Rider

Cape Town to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

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Simon Boyd

Rider
Cape Town to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

Ireland

Originally from the UK (I obtained Irish citizenship after the Brexit vote), I lived in Poland for 27 years but currently spend my time between South Africa and Portugal. was a chartered accountant by trade and spent the last 20 years of my working life in the cable tv business, originally in the finance area but for most of the time in general management. Now retired I now spend my time on the golf course as it is my main passion. I completed the Pub Ride 2 in 2018 and was hoping to do the inaugural Journey to the East but had to cancel due to other commitments. Been doing quite a bit of mountain biking. Looking forward to getting back on the road!

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Michael Treloar

Rider

Windhoek to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

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Michael Treloar

Rider
Windhoek to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

South Africa

Retired Geotechnical Engineer, who enjoys long distance cycling, currently residing in the Great Karoo, RSA. "When it comes to traveling, it's not the destination which matters, but how many different beers you get to taste, before you get there" (Apologies to Ralph Waldo Emerson).

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Bill Heidler

Rider

Victoria Falls to Windhoek

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Bill Heidler

Rider
Victoria Falls to Windhoek

United States

I am a 67-year-old American, still working. I’ve been biking at least somewhat avidly since I was in college. I live in San Diego CA so can ride year round and have lots of terrain choices for workout rides. I belong to a local age-appropriate cycle club and ride regularly. I enjoy studying languages and have spent a little time looking at a book on Afrikaans, I would very much like to get some tutoring from a native speaker during the tour. I really want to go see Africa, I’ve never been there.

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Mike Crum

Rider

Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

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Mike Crum

Rider
Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

New Zealand

Fifty Six years old. Kiwifruit Orchardist from NZ Looking for an adventure. Participated in 2020 Cairo to Capetown until Covid stopped the tour. Some long distance hiking experiences. Very excited to be doing this !!!

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Rider

Victoria Falls to Windhoek

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Rider
Victoria Falls to Windhoek

United Kingdom

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karen robyn

Rider

Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

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karen robyn

Rider
Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

Canada

Film worker by trade. I took up cycling in 2015 to do the Bamboo Road, Shanghai to Singapore. Followed by 14 months working in Shanghai, without the bike. In 2018, Cairo to Capetown ended for me in Lusaka due to illness, and I’ve been trying to get back there to finish it ever since. These tours are as tough as anything I've done, but they're also full of magical moments. Look forward to sharing it with all of you...

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Kim Wright

Rider

Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

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Kim Wright

Rider
Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

Australia

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Christopher Brown

Rider

Victoria Falls to Windhoek

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Christopher Brown

Rider
Victoria Falls to Windhoek

Australia

Australian Actuary. Live on the Sunshine Coast Queensland. Love adventure travelling. Keen cyclist, surfer, triathlete. Have done a few cycling trips in various countries including some of the TDA 2020 before it was cut short due to COVID. Time to try again !

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Rider

Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

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Rider
Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

Canada

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Rider

Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

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Rider
Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

Canada

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Sharita van der Merwe

Tour Leader

Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

Christopher (Kit) Campbell

Rider

Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

Jim FOWLER

Rider

Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

Craig Saunders

Rider

Livingstone to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

Uwe Rydzek

Rider

Victoria Falls to Cape Town

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“TDA provided the opportunity for me to cycle safely...Everything promised was delivered. One does not have to be a Tour de France cyclist to enjoy the Tour d'Afrique. I found everyone on staff to be knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and accommodating. If you want to cycle in Africa and are just an average person like myself, TDA is the way to go. You will have the trip of a lifetime.”

“To put it lightly, I had a really good time. 10/10. Would recommend and maybe do it again.”

“Sure, she experienced beauty and grandeur unlike anything she'd ever seen. But when she looks back on her ride across Africa, everything melds together, and it's her toughest days - the days that brought the deepest physical and emotional struggles - that remain the most poignant.”

OVERVIEW TOUR D'AFRIQUE 2022 2022


  • FULL TOUR
  • SECTION 1
  • SECTION 2
  • SECTION 3
  • TOUR D'AFRIQUE 2022
  • ELEPHANT HIGHWAY
  • DUNES & ATLANTIC
  • GARDEN ROUTE
  • LIVINGSTONE TO GQEBERHA (PORT ELIZABETH)
  • VICTORIA FALLS TO WINDHOEK
  • WINDHOEK TO CAPE TOWN
  • CAPE TOWN TO GQEBERHA (PORT ELIZABETH)
  • MAR 18 TO MAY 7
  • MAR 18 TO MAR 31
  • APR 2 TO APR 18
  • APR 21 TO MAY 7
  • USD 8900
  • USD 2900
  • USD 3500
  • USD 3500
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • FULL TOUR
    • TOUR D'AFRIQUE 2022
    • LIVINGSTONE TO GQEBERHA (PORT ELIZABETH)
    • MAR 18 TO MAY 7
    • 8900 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 1
    • ELEPHANT HIGHWAY
    • VICTORIA FALLS TO WINDHOEK
    • Mar 18 - Mar 31
    • 2900 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 2
    • DUNES & ATLANTIC
    • WINDHOEK TO CAPE TOWN
    • Apr 2 - Apr 18
    • 3500 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 3
    • GARDEN ROUTE
    • CAPE TOWN TO GQEBERHA (PORT ELIZABETH)
    • Apr 21 - May 7
    • 3500 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE

Full tour and section dates listed are for first and last day of cycling. Prices based on double occupancy at majority of the hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same gender at no additional charge. Accommodation the night before first cycling day and the night of last cycling day are included in entry fee. We advise booking at least 1 additional night at tour accommodation before the tour, to be able to attend rider briefing and have assistance from tour bike mechanic in setting up your bike.

Full entry fee payment is due 90 days before the tour start date. A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour and is in addition to the entry fee listed above. Registration fee is non-refundable, but may be transferred once, to another tour of your choosing, 90 days or more before the start date of the original tour you have registered for. We recommend registering 4 - 6 months before the tour start date to take full advantage of our pre-tour support and information bulletins, but late registrations are possible when spaces are still available.

Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of US$300 if full payment is received 5 months before the start of the tour. Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price). TDA alumni get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details.

 

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