Join us on an extraordinary journey following in the footsteps of the legendary Abbot Francis Pfanner, a charismatic and eccentric religious leader who was instrumental to bringing catholism to the shores of South Africa in the late 19th century. Cycling through the gorgeous countryside in which Alan Paton described in Cry the Beloved Country as “the fairest valley in Africa”, we visit four magnificent mission stations in 5 days, each one an architectural masterpiece.
The string of mission stations were established a day’s journey apart, stretching out across the Natal interior from the Monastery at Marianhill. These were established in order that the monks could fulfil their oath requirement to spend every night under a Trappist roof, while at the same time creating a legacy of beautiful outstations of learning, agriculture and old world spirituality that remain to this day. Through the interpretation of local tour guides and resident priests and monks you will learn about the history of the Trappists and their missions; fascinating folk-lore and legends, the landscape, and the fauna and flora of this wonderful pilgrimage. Enjoying the warm hospitality of local country guesthouses and an over-night stop off at Centocow mission station, we ensure an authentic experience with many wonderful memories. With back-up support, luggage transfer and very manageable, relatively flat daily distances, this is a fully-guided trip designed for the average cycle tourist who is interested in countryside, architecture, fine food, history and culture.
Duration: 4 days, 4 nights
Recommended fitness level: Moderate
Average daily cycle distances: 20-50km/d
Accommodation types: Comfortable guesthouses, farm stays
Price: from R7500pps
Inclusive of accommodation, mission stay, all meals (excluding restaurant meal), luggage transfers, guide and history tours