Take a Tour of the Winelands on Two Wheels
A cycling tour along the magnificent wine route is a Cape Town luxury adventure within the reach of every able-bodied visitor to this area. With no experience required, this scenic exploration is like riding the bicycle that you never forget how to ride and a wonderful way to enjoy the fresh air and outdoor joys of a country lifestyle.
The tours take place in small groups along the tree-lined tracks of local private farms in the area. The trips are a fun and social alternative to exploring by car, without the nasty and harmful carbon emissions associated with motor vehicle travel. To make up for even the slightest environmental impact, local tour operator Bikes ‘n Wines, in conjunction with Greenpop, plants one tree for every ten cyclists that book a tour with them.
All the tours offered by this operator are guided, so you don’t have to worry about getting lost, and have the benefit of a running commentary along the way. They will also arrange a transfer from your destination of choice to the starting point of your tour.
The Stellenbosch route consists of a 10- 30km cycle around notable wine farms in the area such as Lovane Boutique Wine Estate to sample their latest crop of red wines, Overgaauw for Merlot, and Van Ryn’s distillery.
While trundling around Franschhoek you can add a jaunt to the local chocolatier to your itinerary, while a tour of Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Hermanus is ideal for mountain bikers.
The latest offering in the realm of wine lands cycle tours is the Peninsula Pedal, which follows a part of the testing Cape Town Cycle Tour’s route. This tour starts off with a stop at the Boulders African Penguin colony, in Simon’s Town, and a trip to Cape Point, followed by a road transfer to tackle the Chapman’s Peak Pass down to Hout Bay on a bike.
Walking Holidays tour company offers a four-day cycle around the wine lands under your own steam for die-hard enthusiasts of both wine and biking. This tour follows a route from Franschhoek to Somerset West and provides an interesting diversion from the more mainstream activities while staying in your luxury Cape Town accommodation.
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