Rhino Crash experiences Cape Town Cycle
Bike and Saddle were fortunate to host Rhino Africa in their Cape Town by Evening Cycle on Tuesday night - and what a ride it turned out to be!
Rhino Africa are one of Africa's leading tour operators and are going to partner Bike and Saddle in offering their trademark eco-active cycle excursions. So we decided to put them to the test, and invited a group of Rhino Africans to experience the product first-hand.
The group convened at the exclusive Victoria and Alfred Waterfront Marina, where they were put through their paces by the Bike and Saddle guides. Each guest was paired with a suitable state-of-the-art road bicycle, helmet and other accesories such as a handy handlebar bag where one can store a jumper and mobile phone.
After a brief introduction and safety briefing, everyone hopped on their bicycles and off we went! From the Marina complex, we cycled past the exquisite Cape Grace Hotel, over the historic Clocktower Bridge and through the Waterfront. We continued along Portswood Road, before veering off onto Beach Road, passing the iconic and newly completed Green Point Stadium on our left, with the sparkling Atlantic Ocean on our right. We stopped at the Green Point Lighthouse to catch our breath and learn about the history of the lighthouse and other attractions in the area.
On we continued, making our way onto the bustling Somerset Road with its collection of bars and bistros before winding up into De Waterkant Village, a quaint suburb climbing up the mountainside. From there we entered the heart of the city, along Adderley Street and into the Company Gardens, where our guests enjoyed something of a history lesson. The Gardens were orginally set up by Jan van Riebeeck and the Dutch East India Company – before the Dutch expanded and colonised the Cape and the rest of the country. Within the Gardens, we also passed Parliament as well as Tuynhuys (the official town residence of the president), the National Gallery and National History Museum.
We then made our way to the top of Government Avenue and headed across to Long Street, best known as the hub of Cape Town's nightlife, just as its bars, cafes and clubs were starting to come to life. We then climbed up into the Bo-Kaap, home to the Cape Moslem community as well as the town's oldest mosque. We meandered down cobbled streets past an array of brightly coloured houses as the call to prayer filled the evening air, a quite sensational experience.
Our cycle was coming to an end so we sauntered back to the Waterfront Marina where a delightful spread awaited us, just reward for our efforts. Smoked snoek and grape jam, mini-quiches, salmon rolls, fresh fruit and chocolate sauce and many more local delicacies tantalised our tastebuds - while the vintage sparkling wine did the rest!
All in all a superb evening - we hope the Rhinos enjoyed it as much as we did.
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