Cape Town's bicycle tours
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Cape Town bicycle tours include fascinating Cape Aghulas, Africa's southern-most tip, where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.
Cape Town bicycle tours must be one of the best ways to discover the Mother City. Whether you're after a leisurely cycle around the Cape Peninsula, or an adrenaline-packed white-knuckled ride down Table Mountain, you'll find it all here.
Most Cape Town bicycle tour operators offer a selection of bikes from all-terrain mountain bikes to comfortable road bikes and of course, the grand old dames of the road, old-school ‘lifestyle' bicycles. The tour you choose will dictate the most appropriate vehicle, although few things in this world beat a lazy ride across the city followed by a beach picnic or sundowners overlooking the Atlantic Ocean!
Bike & Saddle is one operator catering to the growing legion of bicycle tour followers. It's renowned for its lifestyle tours which include a Cape Peninsula trip, full-day Discover the Cape tour, Cape Town by Evening Bike tour, a Cape Winelands route and even an 11-day cycle safari.
The company has partnered with the acclaimed Cape Grace Hotel on its bicycle tours, allowing guests to combine their city bike adventure with five-star luxury accommodation.
iRide Africa offers tailored, guided bike tours on road or mountain bikes. Half-day trips include a two to three-hour ride with a picnic lunch, while full-day tours comprise four to six-hour guided rides with lunch and snacks along the way.
The company's multi-day trips feature singletrack mountain bike routes as well as road tours led by a professional cyclist around Stellenbosch, all with three or four-star accommodation included. Its routes include Tokai and Grabouw in and around Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Ceres and Wellington.
Downhill Adventures focuses on exciting mountain bike experiences. It offers a range of guided day trips for all ages and skills levels, as well as tailormade tours for groups. Enjoy rides through Cape Point Nature Reserve, Constantia Winelands and the Tokai Forest or, for the adrenaline junkies, dirt track and off-road riding down Table Mountain.
Cape Town bicycling tours provide an invigorating way to experience this fantastic city, and can be easily combined with authentic motorcycle tours for a two-wheel visit with a difference.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0)83 457 5662 (English); +27 (0)79 396 4064 (English/Swedish)
Bike and Saddle
Tel: +27 (0) 21 813 6433
Tel: +27 (0) 21 422 0388
How to get here
Fly direct to Cape Town International Airport. If you’re driving, from Johannesburg take the N1 to Cape Town and from Durban, the N2 to Cape Town.
Best time to visit
Cape Town bicycling tours can be done all year round. Winters (June – mid-September) aren’t ideal for riding due to cold, rainy conditions.
Tours to do
Cape Peninsula walks and hikes; Cape Town’s stunning beaches; V&A Waterfront; Table Mountain walk and hikes, or a cablecar ride to the top of the mountain; Cape Winelands; Table Mountain National Park; birdwatching at Rondevlei and Rietvlei Nature Reserves; and whale watching (slightly up-coast) from May to November.
Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour and North Sea Jazz Festival in March; Cape Gourmet Festival in May; Cape Town Book Fair in June; Cape Town Fashion Week in June; and the Cape Town International Comedy Festival in September.