Seeing the sights from a bus or car is all well and good, but there’s nothing like feeling the icy breeze on your face, as you ride the open roads. You haven’t truly immersed yourself in the Cape’s majesty until you’ve explored the peninsula in an open-air vehicle. And if you want to ride an open-air vehicle with panache, you should make like the motorcyclists of yore, and take a ride in one of these super-cool vintage sidecars.
More than 80 years before hipsters blazed a trail of vintage stuff on Instagram, motorcycle sidecars were all the rage in Europe. They were the affordable alternative to cars, and the perfect vehicle for exploring the European countryside. They were also employed to great effect during wartime, where one soldier would pilot the bike while the other sat in the sidecar with a machine gun.
And now, Cape Sidecar Adventures have brought sidecars back in a big way, with their fleet of 30 vintage World War II sidecars, available for tours, team-building events and special celebrations. Participants of the chauffeur-driven tours, have package options ranging from two-hour experiences to multi-day trips. They offer a self-driven option on multi-day rides.
Some of the tour packages on offer include:
West Coast Experience
A two-hour trip that starts in the V&A Waterfront area and ends at Bloubergstrand, via the R27 West Coast road.
Half-Day Atlantic Seaboard & Chapman’s Peak Drive Experience
A four-hour trip from the city to Simon’s Town, via the Atlantic Seaboard, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Noordhoek and Scarborough.
Full-Day Cape Peninsula Experience
Includes a visit to numerous Cape Town attractions, such as Chapman’s Peak Drive, the Cape of Good Hope, Boulder’s Penguin Colony, Kalk Bay and the Constantia Winelands.
12-Day Klein Karoo & Garden Route Round Trip
For the truly adventurous, this comprehensive multi-day package includes the opportunity to immerse yourself in the splendour of the Garden Route; a diverse region featuring lush forests, white sand beaches and malaria-free game reserves. The journey back will take you through the semi-desert landscape of the Klein Karoo.
Cape Sidecar Adventures can mix and match some of the tour options available in order to cater to your unique requirements.
Good to know Cape Sidecar Adventures is disabled-friendly (disabled passengers can even have their wheelchairs strapped onto the sidecars).
Departure and drop-off can occur at prearranged meeting points, depending on the tour package.
Tour packages are flexible and can be amended to suit guests’ tastes and time constraints.
Delayed pick-up policy
Cape Sidecar Adventures allows a 30-minute leeway with pick-up times you’ve agreed to. Should your group exceed this leeway: Cape Sidecar Adventures can choose to either withdraw the sidecars and terminate the tour at full cost, or choose to wait with an additional charge of R300 per sidecar per 30 minutes.
R2 500 (two-hour tour)
R4 600 (four-hour tour)
R5 100 (eight-hour tour)
8am – 5pm, tours depart on the hour (two-hour tour)
8am – 3pm, tours depart on the hour (four-hour tour)
8am – 4pm, 9am – 5pm, 10am – 6pm (eight-hour tour)