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Take in the sights of Cape Town in the comfort of a vintage sidecar. Travelling from Cape Town City Bowl and along the False Bay Coastal Road, this tour takes you through picturesque seaside villages to the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens and Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town. Look out for whales and dolphins in False Bay.
The day is broken with a delicious lunch at a vibey seaside restaurant where you have the choice of sampling some of South Africa’s finest craft beers or wines.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Pick up and drop off available at no extra charge from various hotels in Cape Town CBD. Pick up and drop off from hotels in other suburbs in Cape Town available on request at an extra charge. Tour duration and collection times may vary depending on route taken and traffic. Minimum 2 guests per booking, sharing 1 motorbike. Maximum 2 guests per motorbike (1 on sidecar, 1 on motorbike)|
|DEPARTURE TIME||9:00am – Tuesday to Saturday (except 25-26 December and 1 January). Rental subject to availability of motorbike|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
Cape Town City Bowl
Cape Town CBD is a vibrant, multi-cultural destination which is steeped in history and culture. It’s the gateway to Cape Town’s most popular attractions such as the V&A Waterfront, the Two Oceans Aquarium and a working harbour where you can take a boat trip to visit Robben Island.
Once a safe haven for passing ships, sailors and traders; Cape Town City Bowl is world-renowned for its vast collection of quality hotels, designer shops and stylish restaurants, coffee shops and bars. Modern high-rise corporate offices stand sentry over the historical Company’s Gardens and the Castle of Good Hope.
False Bay Coastal Road
This route takes travellers on a scenic drive along the Indian coastline which is flanked on one side by white, sandy beaches and the sparkling Indian Ocean and quaint village homes and shops on the other side. It takes visitors to the historic towns of Muizenberg, St James, Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town.
Muizenberg is known as the ‘Surfing Capital of South Africa’ and has had somewhat of a revival in recent years. It’s where most young surfers go for surf lessons and try out their new surfboards in waves that are not too hectic and water that is not as cold as the Atlantic Ocean on the other side of the mountain.
St James is situated between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay and is a quaint but fairly cramped village, with homes and shops squeezed between the rocky shore and railway line and a steep mountain. The village is named after the early St James Catholic Church which was built in 1880. St James beach is well known for its colourful Victorian bathing boxes, a safe tidal pool and rock pools for children. Homes in St James date back to when the Cape was still a colony of the Victorian Empire and were built from limestone, plaster and stone with traditional thatched roofs.
Kalk Bay is a delightful fishing village and a hugely popular weekend destination for Capetonians. ‘Kalkbaai’ as it is known in Dutch/Afrikaans means ‘Lime Bay’; named after the vast deposits of mussel shell found along the coastline which early settlers burnt to make lime for construction. The most popular attraction at Kalk Bay is the busy working harbour which is a hive of activity throughout the year and famous for its fresh fish and chips.
Fish Hoek is a quiet residential suburb and a popular weekend destination for Capetonians. It has a wide, sandy beach and a great seaside restaurant which is perfect for families with young children; the water is warmer on this side and one of the few beaches in Cape Town where you’ll see holidaymakers swimming in the sea.
Simon’s Town is home to the South African Navy and has been a naval base and harbour for more than two centuries; first for the Royal Navy and now the South African Navy. The town is named after Simon van der Stel, an early governor of the Cape Colony. Boulders Beach is found a few kilometres out of Simon’s Town; this is the famous penguin beach and home to one of the largest populations of Jackass penguins in southern Africa.
Harold Porter Botanical Gardens
The Harold Porter Botanical Gardens is situated in a rich coastal fynbos belt in the heart of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. It consists of 10 hectares of cultivated fynbos garden and 190 hectares of pristine natural fynbos. It encompasses mountain slopes with wind-clipped heathlands, deep gorges with coastal forests, flats and marshes as well as massive dunes which flank the white, sandy beach. It is renowned for its spectacular waterfalls and amber pools.
It’s the ideal botanical destination to see the main fynbos (fine bush) families which include Proteas, Ericas and Restios. It’s a natural habitat for red disa (Disa uniflora) and South Africa’s national flower, the King protea (Protea cynaroides).
There are several kilometres of natural trails in the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens offering visitors magnificent views of forests, mountains and coastline.
Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve
Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is a scenic one-hour drive out of Cape Town and lies in a region world-renowned for its natural beauty and floral diversity. It is regarded as one of the world’s greatest biodiversity destinations, where 100 000 hectares is home to the most complex biodiversity on our planet with more than 1 880 recorded plant species. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; it’s closest biodiversity rival is the South American rainforest which boasts some 420 species per 10 000 square kilometres.
Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is labelled a ‘new concept’; there are no fences to ‘keep people out and nature in’ and is supported by local communities, farmers, conservation agencies and local government. The reserve begins in the Atlantic Ocean, some 7.5 kilometres off the rugged shore; it’s interspersed by stunning sandy beaches and narrow coastal plains which lie squeezed between the ocean and huge sandstone mountains.
The magnificent folded mountains and highland valleys are home to more than 1 880 plant species; 77% of the plant species found in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve are found nowhere else on earth. To put this in perspective, the whole of the United Kingdom has just 22 endemic species.
Boulders Beach is home to one of the largest colonies of African Jackass penguins found in the world. You’ll find hundreds of these quirky creatures resting on the massive granite boulders, nestled under coastal shrubs or swimming alongside happy holidaymakers in the sea. A long boardwalk takes you from Boulders Beach to a lookout point where you can get closer to the penguins and observe them in their natural habitat.
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