Cycling in Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa, is recognised as one of the most beautiful places on earth. Cycling is definitely one of the best ways to experience Cape Town’s stunning surroundings. It is a year-round cycling destination with a mild climate. You can for example cycle in the beautiful Wine Lands, east and northeast of Cape Town. Cape Town is located at the shoreline of the Table Bay. It is famous for its landmarks such as:

  • Cape Point
  • Table Mountain
  • Heritage on Robben Island, related to liberation icon and former president Nelson Mandela
  • The Cape Floristic Region.

The Cape Town metropolitan area boasts around 4 million people. It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world.

Cycling in Cape Town area
Cycling in Cape Town area

Bring your bike or hire a bicycle?

Visitors from Europe, the Americas or Asia may not be inclined to bring a bike to South Africa on their long flights, when they are planning to go cycling in Cape Town. Fortunately, Cape Town has many bike rentals where you can hire all sorts of bicycles. Additionally the bike rental shops may provide you with guided or unguided tours.

One of the bike rentals in Cape Town is CycletheCape.com. Here you can hire a quality road or mountain bike on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Moreover, they can provide the maps and guide you on your way. Also pumps, tubes, levers and bottles are provided. CycletheCape.com offers unique tailored cycling packages.

Location of Cape Town
Location of Cape Town

Cycling Routes

Some of their popular routes include the breath-taking scenic tours around the Cape Peninsula and the Wine Lands.  Their options include Cape Point Nature Reserve, Chapman’s Peak coastal drive, Constantia Wine Valley, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek and Boulders Beach where you can visit the Penguins.

Another favourite route at CycletheCape.com is the Garden Route Excursion from Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park. It follows the scenic R62 wine route, the World’s longest! En route you can include the world famous Cango Caves, an Ostrich farm (where you can ride one if you like!), wine and port tastings etc. The West Coast National Park to include Langebaan lagoon and Paternoster is also a popular addition for most people. If you’re into mountain biking, the Swartberg /Outeniqua Challenge would be right up your street! (Gravel roads to Die Top at 1572m).

Cycling the Swartberg pass

At Bike rental CycletheCape.com  all accommodation ranging from Backpacker to 5 Star (your choice), transport (including Airport transfers) and bike and helmet hire can be  arranged, along with a qualified cycling tour guide(s) for the whole of your adventures from start to finish.

Cape Town and the Table mountain
Cape Town and the Table mountain

Finally, hiking and walking trips include the iconic Table Mountain, Kirsten Bosch Gardens and the Historic City itself are also available to finish your trip in style.

Cycling and safety

As in many large foreign cities, some caution is also required in Cape Town and surroundings. We recommend cycling with a guide. Take normal precautions and consult the travel advice for South-Africa from your Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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