There are very few places on Earth that boast the same topographical diversity (and magnificence) that Cape Town does. A mountain, surrounded by ocean… with lush vineyards and riverlands giving way to desertscapes.
That said, It would be travesty to live in (or visit) such place, without exploring its full majesty. And by “exploring,” we don’t mean by bus, car or plane. We’re talking about truly immersing yourself in the natural wonder of the Cape.
Which is where these alternative adventure tours come in. Their aim is to get you into the great outdoors good and proper, with a range of comprehensive day tours that exclude run-of-the-mill tourist packages, allowing you to unwrap the beauty of the Cape at your own pace and in your own way.
Bike tour through Cape Town
If mountain-biking is indeed the new golf, hold my drink Tiger Woods (or is it Justin Rose?). This provider has a fleet of over 200 bicycles, and the tours cater to beginners and experienced cyclists, with options ranging from a laidback cycle in the winelands to a rigorous four-and-a-half-hour mountain-bike along Table Mountain. If you want to explore Cape Town, we recommend the city tour!
The route + sites you’ll see
This gentle cycle along the Green Point seafront passes the ever-popular V&A Waterfront and continues towards Sea Point Promenade (via Mouille Point, with its stunning ocean vistas). From there, it heads towards the city centre via the colourful Bo Kaap, where you’ll get to see (and learn about) some of the city’s amazing buildings and monuments before returning to the V&A Waterfront.
- V&A Waterfront
- Green Point Stadium
- Moullie Point Light House
- The Promenade
- Bo Kaap
- The Company’s Garden
- St Georges Cathedral
- The Slave Museum
- St George’s Square
- Green Market Square
- The Castle of Good Hope
- The Clock Tower
The four-hour long tour costs R500 per person (minimum of four required for the tour) and includes water, bike rental, a helmet and a knowledgeable (and friendly) guide. Tours kick off at Green Point Track Car Park, and run between 9am and 1pm.
Good to know These tours are operational year-round except on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and the day of the Cape Town Cycle Tour. It’s advised that you wear shorts or trousers and comfortable walking shoes. Bring a sweater or windbreaker, sunscreen, sunglasses, money, and an open mind!