Electric bikes or muscle power?
Choose your effort level – from fun, easy, half day city tours on e-bikes to epic, multi-day day, tours. Around the first week in March every year, 35 000 (yes, thirty five thousand) cyclists hit the streets (hopefully not literally) of the Cape Peninsula to take part in the 109 km (66 mile) Cape Town Cycle Tour – so to say that cycling is popular in South Africa is a massive understatement! Some options to consider……………..
City & traditional food tour – on electric bikes
This has to be the best way to experience the sights and sounds of the city. The down-town area is fairly spread out with a number of steep hills, making the electric bicycle the ideal mode of transport to really experience the culture, food and unique architecture of Cape Town – all without breaking a sweat!
Browse food market stalls and get a caffeine fix at one of the seriously good artisinal roasteries (Cape Town has a ‘buzzing’ coffee culture) on your way into the Bo-Kaap for the first food tasting hosted by a local restaurant owner. Continue along cobblestone streets into trendy Bree Street for more delectable local food offerings – along the way you will gain a real understanding of the history and culture of Cape Town as you effortlessly glide through the Company’s Garden surrounded by the Houses of Parliament, St Georges Cathedral and the Natural History Museum, to name but a few of the historical buildings in the precinct. For dessert, we seek out a secret location close to Greenmarket Square for the ‘best milk tart in the world’ and other yummy treats. Click here for a visual feast – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6JJwgbaY_A
Cycling in the Winelands
There are few better ways of exploring the Cape Winelands than from the seat of a bicycle. Your specialist cycling guide will gear you up for a leisurely ride through historic vineyards, stopping at various estates to sample the nectar of the Gods. The length of the ride and routing can be varied depending on preferences and fitness levels. This is an experience that the entire family will enjoy and, as a bonus, you’ll burn off that breakfast! We offer exciting cycling routes through the Constantia Wine Valley too, the oldest wine producing area in Africa!
Insider Tip: For repeat Cape Town guests or those who prefer exploring ‘off the beaten track’ boutique wineries, we highly recommend cycling through the Wellington Wine Valley as an alternative to Stellenbosch or Franschhoek. The Wellington Valley is breathtakingly scenic and remains undiscovered.
Community-based cycle tour
Experience the lifestyle of the majority of South Africans in the townships during an interactive cultural bicycle tour. Learn about the political past of Apartheid, how to click like a Xhosa and join the Sangoma for a traditional ceremony all whilst cycling through community on a bicycle. Community-based Bicycle Tours in Cape Town are a responsible take on township tours, providing tourists with many more opportunities to interact with the community than they would have from an air-conditioned bus.
Starting from BEN (Bicycling Empowerment Network), a bicycle non-profit organisation that imports second hand bikes, trains bike mechanics and assists entrepreneurs to operate bicycle shops in communities, a local guide will take you around the township of Masiphumelele, visiting interesting places and explaining some local Xhosa customs. During school time, we visit a local crèche where the teachers work under very difficult circumstances. Part of the tour proceeds go towards the betterment of their facilities. A highlight of the tour is to visit a Sangoma (traditional healer) who performs interactive dancing and drumming.
Cycling to the Cape of Good Hope
After a scenic coastal drive, you’ll enter the floral kingdom of the Cape Point National Park, where your specialist cycling guide awaits. Climb onto your hybrid bike and explore the mesmerizing fauna and flora of one of the most diverse floral kingdoms on earth, surrounded by breath-taking landscapes and fresh sea air. Surprises can be found around every bend, from troops of mischievous chacma baboons and majestic eland to wild ostriches. Unforgettable sightings, especially when viewed from a bicycle!
Insider Tip: The full day Peninsula Tour covers a large distance during which guests spend a significant amount of time in the vehicle. Cycling through the Cape Point National Park affords guests the opportunity to leave the vehicle behind, stretch their legs and soak up that cool sea breeze.