Half-Day | Ride with Velokhaya - Cape Township
After a trip introduction and briefing we shuttle out to Khayelitsha Township on the outskirts of Cape Town. With an estimated 1.5 million inhabitants, Khayelitsha is one of South Africa's largest townships and means 'New Home' in the Xhosa language. We begin our tour at the Velokhaya BMX Oval and Life Cycling Academy which gives children from this community a chance to be engaged after school hours.
After a quick introduction to the Velokhaya project and a chance to cycle the BMX track (if you dare!), we take to the roads with a local guide explaining the culture and customs of the community. We meander past local shebeens (pubs) and butcheries grilling meat alongside the street, with the opportunity to sample local delicacies such as sheep's head and home brewed beer.
We stop at Lookout Hill and climb to the top of this panoramic viewpoint. We then visit an informal settlement comprised of tin shack dwellings, getting the oportunity to meet members of this community and play with the children. We proceed to make our way past the train station, local shopping centre, spaza shops selling groceries, home styled hairdressers and many more exhilirating sights and sounds. We finally circle our way back towards the Velokhaya BMX Oval where we enjoy a delicious platter and refreshments before returning to Cape Town.
NB: This tour can be expanded to include a visit to the world-famous Spier Wine Estate, where guests can enjoy a wine tasting and guided cycle.