Bicycle Sunrise/Sunset Cape Town Cycle Tour Overview
Half Day Sunrise/Sunset Cape Town Cycle
- Start Time: Sunrise or early afternoon
- Riding Time: 4 hrs - 30km
- Dates: Throughout the week, year round
- Departure Location: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
- Difficulty Level: 2/3
This exciting bicycle excursion is the ideal way to experience the beauty of the Cape Peninsula and Atlantic Seaboard of South Africa while showcasing the culture and heritage of Cape Town and its various attractions. Enjoy riding beside the deep blue ocean and beneath Table Mountain with unsurpassed vistas from your bike.
The Sunset / Sunrise Cape Town Cycle Tour departs from the popular V&A Waterfront. Guests then cycle past Noble Square and other historic monuments. They meander through the historic harbour from the Marina Pier alongside the Atlantic Ocean as the sea breeze fills the air. One follows Beach Road as waves lap up on the shore, visiting the newly completed Cape Town Stadium and the picturesque Green Point Urban Park, before stopping off at the Green Point Light House, the oldest working lighthouse in South Africa.
The bicycle journey continues along the seafront towards the Sea Point Promenade, a haven for active-minded locals, with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. They ride through Bantry Bay where the cycle tour stops at Darwin’s Rocks to encounter more about the explorer and his revolutionary theory. Guests then make their way along the western side of the Cape peninsula, past Clifton and its four attractive beaches.
The visitors continue onto Maidens Cove beach, where they take in the magnificent views of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range and Camps Bay Beach lying at the foot of these majestic mountains. Cyclists then ride alongside the bustling Camps Bay promenade and silky, white sand beach, where the beautiful folk of Cape Town come to play. the tour returns via High Level Road with its magnificent views over the ocean, cycling beneath the mighty Lion’s Head and Signal Hill, making our way back into the city.
The tour meanders through the buzzing Somerset Road with its bars and brasseries, before cycling along cobbled streets in the delightful De Waterkant Village, the pink heart of the city. Next one explores the Company Gardens, which was initially established as a trading stopover by Jan van Riebeeck and the Dutch East India Company – before the Dutch expanded and colonised the Cape and the rest of the country. The Gardens are thus steeped in history and house Parliament as well as Tuynhuys, the official town residence of the president, the National Gallery, National History Museum and much more.
The tour continues on along the bars and cafes on Long Street, which marks the heart of the city's nightlife with its throng of clubs and street vendors, hustle and bustle not to mention the iconic Victorian architecture.
Cyclists then climb up into the historic Malay quarter of the Bo-Kaap (Upper Cape), home to Cape Town’s Moslem community, with its colourful houses leading up to the mountain outpost of Signal Hill. They circle their way along the cobbled streets past mosques, including the oldest mosque in South Africa, as the smell of Malay curry fills the air. The tour then slowly returns to the Waterfront Marina, with wonderful views across the historic harbour.
Everybody enjoys a glass of sparkling wine (or orange juice) complimented by gourmet canapés at the famous Bascule Bar within the five-star Cape Grace Hotel.