4-7 Days | Cape Adrenaline Fix - Biking + Hiking
Experience some of the best riding and hiking in the Western Cape alongside a professional team of Bike and Saddle cycle and mountain guides that will make your tour unforgettable.
The journey takes you along the most spectacular pieces of coastline, the most impressive mountains, the vibiest towns combined with the most soulful of places where you will be able to reconnect with yourself and one another.
THE BIKING PART
Day 1 – Cape Point and Misty Cliffs (80km) – Simon’s Town Overnight
We will start the day's proceedings in Simon's Town. Shortly after departing we will start heading up the Smitswinkel climb featured in the Cape Argus. At the top we will divert from the route and head into the Cape Point Nature Reserve where we will stop for a coffee to admire the breathtaking scenery. We will then continue along the Argus route through Scarborough, Misty Cliffs, Kommetjie and then finally back to Simon's Town where we will have lunch and reflect on the beauty of the Cape of Good Hope.
Day 2 – Atlantic Coastal with Chapman’s Peak (70km) – Seapoint Overnight
Starting in Simon's Town we will head North on the Atlantic side of the peninsula. The route will include the breathtaking Chapmans Peak mountain pass, followed by the twisty descent into Hout Bay. Riders will then have a brief moment of respite before tackling the infamous Suikerbossie hill. After cresting this monument in South African cycling, we will meander along the coast passing through the beautiful coastal villages of Camps Bay, Clifton, Sea Point and then finally take our helmets off in front of the Green Point Stadium.
Day 3 – Kogelbay Coastal Meander – Gordon’s Bay Overnight (80km)
Heading to the Eastern side of False Bay for this ride, we will start just below the Steenbras Dam Reservoir in the coastal town of Gordon's Bay. The first obstacle of this ride will be Clarence Drive that will give the legs a good test, but you will be well rewarded for your efforts as you descend along the pristine beaches of Kogelbay. Next we will head through the small coastal village of Rooi Els, after which you will be faced with the windy plains of Betty's Bay. This is arguably one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in South Africa, and there is no better place to explore the wonders of the Western Cape. On the way back, if you are up for it, we can escort you up to the Steenbras Dam Reservoir where you will have a stunning view of False Bay- also a perfect place to enjoy the delicious lunch we have prepared for you!
Day 4 – Best of the Winelands (65km) – Franschhoek Overnight
After enjoying a hearty breakfast, we will then head due North to the old Dutch settler's town of Stellenbosch. The ride takes you through some of South Africa's most prestigious wine farms, and the architecture will take you back in time to the late 1600's. We will then tackle the impressive Hellshoogte mountain pass on the Northern side of Stellenbosch. After cresting this mountain pass, you will be cooled by the gentle valley breeze inbetween the majestic Drakenstein mountains. We then head East towards the town of Franschhoek. We will be passing some lavender fields and French wine farms before reaching this old French Huguenot town. In this town you will be able to see the obstacle you will face first thing in the morning.
Day 5 – Mountains and Valleys (85km) – Greyton Overnight
This is the longest day we will do on the trip, but by far the most rewarding. As soon as we have all finished the last drop of coffee in our cups, we will head over the magnificent Franschhoek mountain pass. This very road used to be the mountain passage of the eliphants that occupied the area a few hundred years ago. Once we have reached the top of this mountain we will enjoy the wind through our helmets as we descend for the next 10km. Once at the bottom, we will have our eyes fixed on the Theewaterskloof Dam which serves as one of the main water sources of the Franschhoek Valley. We will cycle along the Eastern shores of the dam and keep heading due East until we reach the quiet artist town of Greyton. Here you will be able to enjoy the spectacular mountain views, gourmet food, unique art galleries and soak up the unmistakeable slow pace of life.
Day 6 – Heaven and Earth (80km)
After spending the night in the picturesque town of Greyton, it would be our guide's first obstacle of the day to convince his guests to leave. However, our guide has a trick up his sleeve. He will start talking about even greener pastures in the coastal town of Hermanus. Here we will once again feel the fresh ocean breeze on our faces, and if we are lucky, have the chance to see some of the whales that migrate to Hermanus every year.
This concludes the biking tour. Even though the trip has ended, the memories will endure.
THE HIKING PART
Hikes and Walks can be added on a custom basis, with Cape Town as your base
Day 1 – Table Mountain
Hikers set off through immaculate landscaped gardens only to plunge into the indigenous forest that cloaks Table Mountain’s eastern flanks. There is a forest walk, cool and shady; birdsong and the sound of running water that provide the soundtrack all the way up. Following the famous Smuts Track to the Table Top, walkers walk through flower-strewn fynbos and past waterfalls and frog-filled streams, enjoying sensational views of Cape Town, False Bay and the city’s surrounding mountain ranges. Read More
Day 2 – Silvermine and Constantia
Only 20 minutes from Cape Town and lower and more sheltered than Table Mountain, Silvermine is home to pristine fynbos, a tumbling waterfall and plenty of oddities like caves, wetlands and patches of gnarled, lichen-covered forest. Read More
Day 3 – Cape Point Nature Reserve
The world’s most scenic one-day hike? Quite possibly. Walking south and with glittering False Bay hundreds of feet below them, Cape Point hikers enjoy panoramic views all the way. Read More
Day 4 – The Limietberg Hike & Winelands of Franschhoek
Making the claim for the best view in a region famous for them, the hike to Perdekop Peak in the mountains above Franschhoek has hikers enjoying lunch while gazing at vistas that take in range after range of Cape mountains. Read More