A first of it's kind tour in South Africa is on our doorstep! Fatbikes are new to South Africa and now ...
Fatbikes weigh-in at around16kg and have tyers that are of the larger variety… 4.7-inches to be exact. The tyres are pumped to very low pressure and the wide tread prevents them from sinking into the sand.
The impact on the sand is minimal and when on the beach, the ride is led on the low water mark so that there is no impact at all.
The Fatbike Beach Trail departs from the entrance of Walker Bay Nature Reserve.
The trail winds its way along a 4x4 route that takes you over the clifftops of Die Plaat. Warm-up on a few soft sandy patches before you arrive at the beach. The ride is relaxed and unhurried with rest and sightseeing stops whenever requested.
At the end of the 4x4 trail, the beach stretches all the way to Hermanus. From here on the tour depends on your level of fitness, time constraints, beach conditions and the weather.
The Fatbike Sand Dune Trail is the ultimate ride that begins close to Grootbos Nature Reserve and takes you down the mountain to the top of the sand dunes, at Walker Bay Nature Reserve.
The trail to the dunes takes you along a narrow sandy horse trail through endemic Fynbos, and you will be given gaiters to protect your legs from the bushes. Once you reach the dunes the trail dips to a fantastic downhill section where you will pick up speed before reaching the top of the first vertical dune face.
After a briefing on how to ride down the dune, riders will each take a turn at practising their newly learned skill. Dave will also teach you how to do slalom like a skier on a snow ski-slope.
Next comes the 4x4 trail down to the beach and then riders get to tackle the biggest dune of them all. Once ‘dune and dusted’ the trail leads back along the coastline to the cliffs of De Kelders.
“The sunset ride with Dave on the sand dunes of Walker Bay, was the most enjoyable activity of our trip to SA. Dave is a fantastic instructor; funny, encouraging and great company. The scenery is second to none, the biking is mostly downhill and the fun factor is awesome. Thanks for making the ride so special Dave. Quote from my 8-year-old son "Best day's cycling ever!!!!" We will be back!” cdmeter, TripAdvisor
“The Fatbike Tour was one of our son‘s favourite adventures during our trip through South Africa. It is really easy to learn, at the same time it is a lot of fun and really exciting to go down the steep dunes (there’s always an easy alternative if you don’t feel like it). The nature reserve is awesome, sometimes it feels like a desert but with an unbelievable sea view. Dave is a knowledgeable and good-natured guide with patience to make this a great experience for everyone. Plus, he takes pictures and videos with his Go-Pro, so you have tons of good memories afterwards. Would definitely do it again!” Arch, TripAdvisor
“We were staying at the Roundhouse Guesthouse, and Dave the owner suggested that we join him for a Fatbike Tour. We agreed as we had nothing to do that morning. I am so happy that we went. It was our first such experience and it was so much fun. Biking on the sand dunes was the highlight of our SA trip. Dave is an amazing instructor and was very patient with us newbies. Taught us a trick or two as well. We managed the trip without any issues and the photos were amazing. Dave sent them and videos of our adventure to a dropbox link almost immediately. Overall it was an unforgettable experience and we would love to go there again if possible. It was totally worth it.” Simar, TripAdvisor