Leading from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town, the first 160-kilometre part of the route is planned to be ready by March 2017.

Cape Town - It may not be the international tourist's conventional idea of an activity-holiday destination yet, but South Africa is putting itself on the map for lovers of outdoor sports.

During the next year, the Cross Cape Cycling Route is scheduled to launch and offer a long-distance bike route across the Cape region.

Leading from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town, the first 160-kilometre part of the route is planned to be ready by March 2017.

For those who want to hike or travel on horseback, a new trail through the Baviaanskloof and Kouga mountain ranges north of Garden Route National Park will be on offer too.

The Baviaans Camino route reaches a height of 1 208 metres.