8-Day Western Cape Cycling Tour

8-Day Western Cape Cycling Tour

8-Day Western Cape Cycling Tour

Prices

From $4,725USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels

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Highlights

Cycle the Western Cape of South Africa

Ride through the world-renowned natural beauty of the Western Cape.

Stop in beautiful cities and lively towns, meeting locals and learning about life in South Africa.

Spot South Africa’s diverse wildlife, including giraffes, zebra, whales, dolphins, monkeys, and more.

Taste the local food and wine that the Cape Winelands region is so well-known for.

There’s truly no place like the Western Cape of South Africa. This paradise is packed with bustling cities, unbelievable coastline, rugged mountains, and excellent cycling trails. Explore it all on the 8-Day Western Cape Cycling Tour!

The 8-Day Western Cape Cycling Tour begins in the thriving city of Cape Town, a place that captures the hearts of everyone who goes. You’ll cruise through the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, flanked by mountains and teeming with animals. Ride through Stellenbosch, where oak-lined avenues hide chic stores and wineries dot the hills. The 8-Day Western Cape Cycling Tour takes you down one of the most beautiful trails in the country to Gansbaai, where the waters churn with whales, dolphins, and Great Whites. Eat lunch in a restaurant built into the rocks of Walker Bay, and marvel at the size of the penguin colonies at Boulders Beach. There’s no place like the Cape, and there’s no way to experience it like the 8-Day Western Cape Cycling Tour.

8-Day Western Cape Cycling Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Cape Town

You made it to South Africa! Upon landing in Cape Town, you’ll be met by your guide and taken to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Cape Town or get acclimated to the timezone.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Cape Town
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Cape of Good Hope, Simon’s Town, and Boulders Beach

To kick off your Western Cape cycling tour, you’ll start with the Cape Peninsula. You’ll explore the most southwestern corner of the continent, starting with the Cape Point Nature Reserve. This is one of the most famous areas near Cape Town, where cape zebras, baboons, and buck roam and the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic. Then, it’s back on the bike and onwards to Simon’s Town, the seat of the South African Navy. This charming coastal town has a vibrant history, and there are a few fantastic museums worth a stop. Hop on the bike and hit Boulders Beach, where a massive colony of penguins delights visitors from all over the world. If the weather holds, you can squeeze in a visit to Table Mountain before dinnertime.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Cape Town
Distance
32km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Ride in Jonkershoek Nature Reserve and Stellenbosch

Today you’ll visit one of the loveliest parts of the Western Cape, as the morning begins with a drive through Stellenbosch. From here you’ll pedal to Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, a 9800-hectare reserve of breathtaking mountains, native flora and fauna, monkeys, klipspringers, and ospreys. This is perfect mountain biking terrain! After you tear it up in the reserve, it’s back towards Stellenbosch, where you can explore, cruise between the shops, and stop for some wine tasting. This picturesque town with its oak-lined streets and classy restaurants is the perfect place to spend the evening exploring.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Stellenbosch
Distance
40km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Cycle to Helshoogte Pass, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch

Start the morning with a transfer to Franschhoek, where you’ll start your ride at the top of the Franschhoek Pass, descending through the Huguenot Memorial and along the Berg River Dam. The beautiful path leads you through the Glenwood Winery (quick stop for a sip, anyone?) and then through Four Paws Wines (another quick stop?) before climbing back towards Franschhoek, where you can stop for lunch… and some more wine tasting. Then, it’s on to Stellenbosch for another evening.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Stellenbosch
Distance
25km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Ride to Bredasdorp, Elim, and Gansbaai

Marine life lovers, today’s going to be a treat for you. After breakfast, you’ll depart towards Gansbaai, home of the densest population of Great White Sharks in the world. The waters near the town are also packed with dolphins, whales, penguins, and seals. You’ll stop in Bredasdorp along the way for a coffee and then follow a relaxed dirt road to Elim, where wine lovers should stop for a taste. From here, a driver will pick you up and take you to Gansbaai.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Gansbaai
Distance
45km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Ride in Walker Bay Nature Reserve

The next portion of your Western Cape cycling tour takes you to Walker Bay Nature Reserve. Walker Bay is a pristine coastal reserve with an unbelievable array of marine life. It’s a local and international favourite for whale watching, and it’s a preferred calving location for southern right whales. Enjoy the coast here before riding along to Hermanus, a bustling city where upscale infrastructure and natural beauty meet. Enjoy lunch at Beltang’s Cave, a restaurant built into the rocks of Walker Bay, before cruising alongside the sea back to Gansbaai.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Gansbaai
Distance
Flexible
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Cycle to Kleinmond, Gordon’s Bay, and Durbanville

Today, you’ll have a quick transfer to Kleinmond first thing in the morning. Once there, you’ll hop on the bike for a 50km jaunt down the Whale Coast Route via Gordon’s Bay. This road is one of the most beautiful in the county, passing the penguin-spotted coast and several nature reserves along the way. You’ll end up at a cozy guest cottage in Durbanville. Unwind here and enjoy the local wine and the picturesque sunset view.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Durbanville
Distance
50km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Farewell, South Africa

8 days of unforgettable riding later, it’s time to leave South Africa. You’ll have a bit of time to enjoy the nearby vineyards for free before your ride to the airport comes. Safe travels!

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

14-Day Western Cape Cycling Tour Price and Dates

This guided tour to Western Cape is always run as a custom tour for your group only and the prices always depend on the size of your group.

Prices below are per person:

  • Guided Groups of 4: from 78,695ZAR per person

Please note that the pricing might change depending on the availability and the group size

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Accommodation on the 8-Day Western Cape Cycling Tour

This tour is based in 3 and 4-star hotels. The hotels offer comfortable rooms with great locations. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travellers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of 4,695ZAR to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travellers up where possible.

Holiday Inn Express Cape Town City Centre in Cape Town

This hotel offers modern accommodations, free internet, spacious rooms, and flatscreen TVs.

Zevenwacht Wine Estate in Cape Winelands

The Zevenwacht Wine Estate has relaxing rooms and a great spa, but the real treasure is the wine and cheese on-site.

Oom Piet’s Self Catering in Gansbaai

This guest house offers rooms with kitchenettes, free wifi, comfortable beds, and plenty of space.

D’Aria Guest Cottages in Durbanville

These luxurious cottages are situated on a wine farm that offers wonderful tasting and cheese pairing experiences. Each cottage has its own verandah and braai area.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the 8-Day Western Cape Cycling Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts are included. One wine tasting at D’Aria is also included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 7 nights is included

Transportation during the Tour

Personal and luggage transfer to and from the airport is included
Personal and luggage transfer during the tour is included

Also Included

  • Bike rental (model Giant)
  • English-speaking registered cycling guide
  • Nature reserve, special attraction, and conservation area entrance fees
  • Support van

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to and from Cape Town
  • Lunches and dinners or drinks and snacks not previously mentioned
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Visas if required
  • Personal equipment

Optional Extras

  • Activities and excursions
  • Single room supplements
  • Solo traveller supplements
  • Any additional nights before or after tour

Frequenty Asked Questions about 8-Day Western Cape Cycling Tour

How hard is the 8-Day Western Cape Cycling Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You will cycle longer distances each day through varied terrain, and those who are generally fit and comfortable on a bike will get the most out of this tour.

Do I need a visa to travel to South Africa?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the 8-Day Western Cape Cycling Tour?

7 breakfasts are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, you will need to acquire travel insurance that covers cycling. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Cape Town to start this tour?

You can fly directly into the airport in Cape Town, where you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel.

Is the 8-Day Western Cape Cycling Tour guided?

Yes, you will have an English-speaking guide for the duration of the tour.

Where does the 8-Day Western Cape Cycling Tour end?

The tour ends in Durbanville, where you will be transferred to the airport in Cape Town.

Are equipment rentals included?

Yes, bikes are included. Please bring any additional equipment desired.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to South Africa?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for South Africa?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to South Africa for this tour?

The 8-Day Western Cape Cycling Tour is available in from January to October. South Africa experiences very hot summers and occasionally chilly winters, so many travellers enjoy visiting in the late spring or early fall.

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Prices

From $4,725USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You will cycle longer distances each day through varied terrain, and those who are generally fit and comfortable on a bike will get the most out of this tour.


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Local guide

Machiel Breedt

South Africa, Namibia, Botswana

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