Did you know?
Cape adventure motorcycling includes Route 62 - the longest wine route in the world.
Adventure motorcycling is an incredibly popular visitor activity in the Western Cape. Experiencing the province from the back of a motorcycle provides ample opportunity to absorb the full magnitude of its abundant natural beauty.
There are various Cape Town motorcycle operators that offer bikes for rental for touring purposes, and some that provide guided motorcycle tours throughout South Africa, including all the highlights of the Cape.
There's a motorbike to suit every rider, from powerful superbikes and rugged offroaders to noisy Harley-Davidson's. You can even hire a motorbike with a vintage sidecar, which will really add something special to the experience.
Harley-Davidson in Cape Town, Africa's first factory authorised rental outlet and the biggest outside the USA, operates a fleet of 20 twin-cam Harleys and two custom Sportster 1200s for rental. The bikes are equipped with passenger seat and back rest, luggage rack and saddlebags for riding comfort.
South African Motorcycle Tours offers guided and self-guided tour packages, of up to 15 days in length, from Cape Town. The tours make maximum use of the diverse landscape, featuring everything from winding roads to mountain passes and the formidable Chapman's Peak drive.
For something completely different, take a tour in a sidecar. Cape Sidecar Adventures provides for chauffeured and self-guided tours in its fleet of vintage World War II CJ750 sidecar motorbikes. Qualified tour guides double as drivers and show passengers around the Western Cape on half-day and full-day tours. If you're after a longer ride, opt for the self-drive rental that includes weekend and overnight tour packages.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Harley-Davidson Cape Town
9 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town
Tel: +27 (0)21 401 4260
Cape Sidecar Adventures
2 Glengariff Road, Three Anchor Bay Cape Town
Tel: +27 (0)21 434 9855
How to get here
Fly from any of South Africa’s major cities 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. The motorcycle operators are located in the city.
Best time to visit
The Western Cape enjoys a nine-month riding season, with the winter months (June to August) generally being too windy and wet for enjoyable riding.
On a motorcycle of course!
Length of stay
Tours on offer range from half- and full-day tours to 15-day treks.
What to eat
Fresh seafood, Cape Malay cuisine, local cheese and wine in the Winelands district.
Local wine in the Winelands district.