Top 3 Most Picturesque Cycling Routes in Cape Town

By: Mark Robert Lawson

Cape Town is known to be one of the most bike friendly cities not just in South Africa but in the World as well. You may also have been aware of the fact that Cape Town plays host to numerous high-level cycling events like the Cape Town Cycle Tour(known locally as the Argus). From wide open spaces enclosed by nature to picturesque mountain trails along the sea, Cape Town offers some of the most fascinating cycling routes to explore firsthand. There are nearly 280 miles of cycle routes across the city. Consider a Bike Hire/Rental in Cape Town from or a guided cycle tour to explore the listed cycling routes in the beautiful city of Cape Town below.

Cape Point Nature Reserve:

Lies 37 miles South of Cape Town & is part of the famous Table Mountain National Park. Cape Point Nature Reserve features roughly 7,284 hectares of native fynbos, trekking routes, steep cliffs, pristine beaches and bike routes. A set-up of zigzag tarred roads pass through the massive reserve: giving cycling enthusiasts an opportunity to discover the historical and natural sites in the region. Along the road, you will come across plenty of vantage points where you can stop & praise awe-inspiring sights of the reserve & Atlantic Ocean. Take a diversion on your return journey, and enjoy a picnic at Buffels Bay, or check out the Vasco da Gama & Bartolomeu Dias monuments.

Cape Wine Lands:

Placed just 1 hour from the mother city, the Helshoogte Pass is a picturesque cycling road on top of Stellenbosch with sights over the stunning wineries of the Cape Wine Lands. The route connects Stellenbosch to the R45 road amidst the amiable wine making towns of Franschhoek & Paarl. Every summer, thousands of cycling enthusiasts hit the trail for the Stellenbosch Cycle Tour, a 60 miles/100km race which takes bikers through some of the most picturesque roads where mountains and lush vineyards serve as an incredible background. The Helshoogte Road is only 3 miles long with a vertical 234ft climb, but the sight from the summit is absolutely stunning. While returning you can stop by at Tokara Wine & Olive Farm to enjoy a delectable buffet or lunch at the cafeteria.

Constantia Greenbelt in Constantia Valley:

Recognized for its restaurants and wine farms, Constantia Valley is home to the scenic Constantia Greenbelt trails. Constantia Greenbelt features several trails in the region that take bikers through the verdant regions of the neighborhood of Constantia and its nearby suburbs. Tourists can also roam through the rolling wineries of Constantia’s wine farms on a customized guided bicycle tour arranged by us. These are the oldest wine estates in the Southern Hemisphere, dating back to 1682, so plenty of history and stories to tell along with viewing the unique buildings designed in the Cape Dutch Style with its gable ends and thatched roofs.

All the trails in Constantia have been marked clearly with directional arrows; however cyclists must be careful as these trails are also used by pedestrians. The Greenbelt routes are pretty scenic, sweeping past rivers & through gardens, trees and fields and of course vineyards! There are several charming cafes and restaurants in the center of Constantia where the cyclists can relax & enjoy delicious bites to recuperate and rehydrate in style.

The stunning views that greet riders on all these trails are simply breathtaking. Consider a Cycle Hire/Rental in Cape Town or a guided Cycle Tour from a reliable source such as and enjoy all that you’d like to see whilst being a cycling enthusiast.

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This article is written by – a Cape Town based tour operator that specialize in arranging customized cycling trips throughout Cape Town and her surrounds along with road and MTB rentals/hire.

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