We nervously met Ben and his team from Bike & Saddle at the Cape Grace Hotel in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront late on Friday afternoon. Ben gave us a quick briefing and safety talk and we headed off over the bridge to the dry dock and down past the front of the Waterfront and the Table Bay Hotel onto Granger Bay. Within a few minutes on the bike, the anxiety of this unique experience eased and I felt completely relaxed and loving every minute.
It was on to the Mouille Point Lighthouse and then we cycled through the Green Point Park along the fan walk (established during the Soccer World Cup last year) and passed the grand stadium. From there it was on to Green Point and up into De Waterkant (quite a hill which I didn’t make and Rhynhardt did – must be a weight thing!)
From here we cycled down to Long Street, into Green Market Square, over St. Georges Mall, up through the Company Gardens, into the Bo-Kaap, the traditional Cape Malay quarter, and back to the Cape Grace for sparkling wine and canapés.
Ben and Vicky (very nice girl from Argentina) stopped several times during the tour to explain the history and sights which I really enjoyed. I had never seen the Green Point Park which is really spectacular, I didn’t know who the 4th icon in Noble Square was – or that he was killed in a train accident which was probably ordered by the old “White Regime” in 1964, I didn’t even know Noble Square existed, I didn’t know the history of the lighthouse in Mouille Point, I didn’t know the Company Gardens where actually a vegetable “patch” where they grew veggies for the passing ships on the way to the East, I didn’t know about the slaves and the slave museum, or that some guy called Adderley ( seems like he was quite a hot-shot in his day) was the one who would not allow the ships with all the criminals to stop in Cape Town (sorry Australia – they got them all) I also didn’t know why the houses in the Bo-Kaap are painted different colours BUT most of all – I didn’t know that a glass of sparkling wine could be so rewarding after sitting on a bike for two hours!
The Bascule Bar at the Cape Grace was buzzing and it was great to sit and have some drinks with the other people on the tour. A father and his daughter from Germany loved the tour; they were off on Saturday with Ben and the rest of the Bike & Saddle team to cycle around Sanbona Wildlife Reserve for two nights (I would have drawn the line there).
I can definitely recommend this tour, we really enjoyed it and it was the perfect end to a great week for me. I learned so much about Cape Town and I know everyone in the office and our guests would love it. It is so completely unique and different. If you get a chance to do it, grab it with both hands – you will love it!
Bike & Saddle offers a range of day tours and longer overland tours from game viewing to gastronomic experiences. Have a look at their Cape Culinary Cycle Experience.