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THe Great Kei Trek

April 28, 2018 @ 6:30 am – April 30, 2018 @ 7:30 am

Day 1 will be approximately 97km.

Day 2 will see riders leave The Old Thomas River, destination Komga.

Old Thomas River is on the sunny northern slopes of the Amatola mountain range.
19 farmers have made over 31 000 hectares of beautiful farmland available for conservation and recreation. With sustainable Conservation as their main aim, they are blending agriculture and conservation into a homogeneous mixture that will benefit both the farmer and nature.

The village is named after a British deserter, Thomas Bently who was killed by a poisonous bushman arrow.

The old town train station sits between old forts and dates back to the late 1870’s. The station was remodeled in 1926 and was last used in 1948. The village is brimming with history and was restored to its former glory in 2003.

Once having left Old Thomas River, they will ride on through the beautiful forests of Stutterheim before the final push of the day to Komga.

Stutterheim is the home of many picturesque hiking trails, as well as mountain streams that are well-stocked with trout – not that you will have time for fishing, but we thought you might like to know. The iconic Amatola Hiking Trail goes past Stutterheim, it was hailed as the best 7-day hike in the country, but unfortunately the facilities have become a bit run down.

After bypassing Stutterheim, riders will cycle through the Qacu Forest Reserve, home to a small group of Cape Parrots, one of the most endangered animals in SA. Look out for them. There are less than 1 000 left.

Riders will cycle along some of the old cattle and sheep passages that farmers used in the first half of the 1900’s to trek their animals to the sea. They usually had a country farm and a sea farm, and would trek the animals down for the winter, and back in the summer. From what I have heard, is that from when it was time to go to the various farms, the stock would be waiting at the gates, keen to get to the fresh grass.

Komga is a town in Amatole District Municipality in the Eastern Cape and is situated 64 km north of East London and 55 km east of Stutterheim. It was founded as a farming centre in 1877 on the site of a military camp established in 1854. Komga also boasts the oldest primary school in the whole of South Africa. (Some of you may be lucky enough to stay in the boarding house)

Day 2 will be in the region of 92km.

And then the final push, Day 3…. From Komga, through the Chaba Wind Farm, boasting seven massive Vestas wind turbines, then through the Great Kei River Valley then on to the beautiful and stunning and peaceful seaside holiday village of Morgan Bay which will be the finish of a rewarding three days of an unbelievable experience. Morgan Bay is located less than an hour from East London on South Africa’s stunning Wild Coast.

Morg’s, as it is affectionately known and is blessed with a mile-long beach, safe swimming lagoon and picturesque sea cliffs. And this is a picturesque venue for what will be a wonderful finish to some awesome three days of riding.
The owner, Richard Warren-Smith boasts that in all the years of the hotel being in operation, it’s never ever served a warm beer….. ever. (And to share a personal note, it also boasts the first pub I was ever kicked out of)

Day 3 will be in the region of 70km.