You’re sitting on your bicycle in the blistering summer heat, headed up a dirt road somewhere on the Cape’s West coast. You’re on a cycling safari and what's better, is that you only had to travel about an hour out of the Mother City. Now for a short water break… oh look, some rhino!
There’s something wonderful about being able to head off on a leisurely cycle through 1600 hectares of family-owned reserve which is home to some of Africa’s greats such as Lion, Buffalo, White Rhino, and Giraffe. Thanks to Africa's leading eco-active travel company Bike & Saddle, it was all a breeze with the arranged pick-up in Cape Town, and transport to and from Buffelsfontein Game & Nature Reserve.
When you get there you’re met by friendly and well-trained guides and the high-seated Buffelsfontein game drive vehicles. One of these mechanical beasts will follow the cycle group the whole way around the reserve as a support vehicle, carrying extra water, and any cyclists who may decide to take it a little easier than the rest. Spoiler alert: I got into the support vehicle!
If you are a visitor to the Cape (or are just plain bored with the usual) and feel like swapping the Capetonian city attractions for a bit of a wilder vibe, the tour to Buffelsfontein is an absolute must! Both Bike & Saddle and the Buffelsfontein staff will take good care of you no matter your level of either fitness or confidence on the bike. Trust me, you are in good hands.
Having grown up with a love for African wildlife and the bushveld, I have been on my fair share of game drives, but to be on a bicycle cruising through a herd of Giraffe or past some White Rhino… now that’s something special. It’s a completely different experience when compared to being in a car or bus, and it’s a kind of ride I can recommend to anyone.
Getting some good shots while on the bike was tricky, especially when hitting a patch of thick sand, but it was actually super fun, and I’m pretty happy with the results. I must say, I was feeling like I was coming down with some heat stroke though, and decided to swallow my pride and head for the support vehicle. At least I had the consolation of a different vantage point from which to shoot the rest of the tour group!
As mentioned, we sailed - albeit cautiously - past some White Rhino before heading toward some beautiful Springbok and majestic (and towering) Giraffe. The visit to the Cheetah, Black Leopard, and Lions was special, and the group had only to cycle a little farther before we could pull into the Buffelsfontein lodge for a well-deserved swim to cool-off, and a hearty lunch. But the sun was high in the sky and boy was it a scorcher! So to my delight, I soon had some company in the support vehicle and didn’t feel so bad about having abandoned my noble Bike & Saddle steed a little earlier in the day.
A last bit of cycling (and relaxing - for us in the vehicle) took the group past some equally chilled Wildebeest as we made our way back to the lodge in what was to be a pleasant denouement after an exciting and wonderful cycle safari.
An honest, friendly, and professional service sets them apart from the rest, and not only did I really enjoy the shoot at Buffelsfontein, but the whole experience right from the hello’s to the goodbye’s was a fantastic experience and the Bike & Saddle team was fantastic.
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