e-Bike Half Day SAfari from Johannesburg
An exhilarating experience in nature for first-time e-bikers. The guided tour is aimed at people who know how to ride a bicycle but have possibly never ridden an e-Bike.
e-Bike past wild game in Gauteng in the 125 year-old Groenkloof Reserve
The ride begins at Groenkloof Nature Reserve (30 to 40 minutes drive from Sandton) with setting up the bike for the height of the person and explaining how the gears work and how they can increase the power to the pedal assist if needed. E-bikers then practice before moving out.
e-Bikes effectively make the world flat and are exhilarating to drive uphill. e-Bikes can accelerate quickly so it is important for safety that participants keep behind the tour guide who will set the pace of 10 to 20kph. The e-bikes will not go on the tricky mountain bike trails. They will stay on the road used by cars. These vary in quality, but with their wide tyres, the e-bikes are geared to handle broken and sand roads.
Participants can expect to see some of the dozen varieties of animal species including giraffe, ostriches, zebra and several varieties of buck.
Groenkloof Nature Reserve is a time capsule that was proclaimed some 125 years ago. The guide will also tell you interesting things about the birds, the history (including the iron age caves) and the warring tribes and settlers who made this paradise, with its abundant water from underground springs, their home.
After the ride while you freshen up a light tea will be served where locally home-made traditional South African treats like melktert, koeksusters and vetkoek are served with a beverage.
More About the e-bike Safari
The ride is approximately two and a half hours and 5km long.
There are two rides per day at 10h00 and 13h30. With the transfers from and back to Johannesburg the total time will be about 5 hours
The condition of the road is varied. Much of it is tar, which in a few sections has broken up. The bikes are all fitted with walk assist which powers the bike at walking speed if guests feel uncomfortable about the condition of the surface.The guided tours avoid public roads where possible and use roads and trails in Reserves or on private property. The wide tires make our bikes suitable for this.
The equipment used is first-rate. Serviced regularly, only bikes less than a year old are used. They use well know brands such as Giant, which have been established for over 50 years. Known for their comfortable ride, each bike has disc breaks and front-wheel suspension.
Groenkloof is three times the size of Central Park in New York. 😉
This is a Malaria free area.
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They are very reactive. Susan replied to my question on a Sunday. Our guide/driver to Pilanesberg was friendly/knowledgeable. We had an open tour in Pilanesberg in the morning duting which we saw elephants, rhinos, giraffes, hippos, zebras, tortoises, gnou,... it was great, Russel our guide was great too. We were picked up and dropped back at our hotel in Sandton on time and spent a wonderful day thanks to Susan, Wiggie and Russel!