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CCape-based bicycle tours provide a thrilling way to explore Cape Town and its surrounds. With an ever-changing backdrop, from mountains to sea and rolling countryside, you certainly won’t get bored while perched on your saddle. Choose the bike and tour that suits you best and see the Cape your way.
Cape 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-knuckle 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 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 5-star luxury accommodation.
iRide Africa offers tailored, guided bike tours on road or mountain bikes. Half-day trips include a 2 to 3-hour ride with a picnic lunch, while full-day tours comprise 4 to 6-hour guided rides with lunch and snacks along the way.
The company's multi-day trips feature single-track mountain bike routes, as well as road tours led by a professional cyclist around Stellenbosch, all with 3 or 4-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 tailor-made 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 2-wheel visit with a difference.
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Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0)74 512 1306 or +27 (0)83 457 5662
Bike & Saddle
Tel: +27 (0)76 540 4249
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 take the N2.
Best time to visit
Cape Town bicycling tours can be done all year round. Winters (June to mid-September) aren’t ideal for riding due to cold, rainy conditions.
Things 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.
What to pack
Comfortable shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen and water.
Where to stay
The options in Cape Town are endless.
What to eat
Your guides will know which restaurants are worth a visit.