Cycling is an ideal activity to include in an active travel itinerary, with various areas in Africa providing a spectacular backdrop.
Check out these options, ranging from fully fledged cycle tours to day excursions.
Gourmet Cycle Tour
People looking for new experiences, cycle enthusiasts, foodies, couples, families and private groups are sure to enjoy the Gourmet Cycle tour, says Cameron Murray of Escape Cycle Tours. The tour takes place in the little Karoo town of Prince Albert over a period of seven days and guests are treated to gourmet cooking experiences throughout. A maximum of 12 cyclists can be accommodated on the tour and the group cycles through Meiringspoort Pass, up Swartberg Pass, towards Gamkaskloof (Die Hel), to Weltevrede fig farm. Gourmet breakfasts served out in the open with the surrounding views of nature make this cycling trip a unique experience, says Murray. Interesting activities to be enjoyed on the tour include star gazing and a talk by an astronomer, olive tasting, wine tasting, and cookery lessons at African Relish.
Cape Winelands Cycle Tour
The Winelands Constantia cycling tour offered by Awol Tours allows guests to experience the Constantia Cape wine route with a private guide for the morning. Guests are met at their accommodation and transferred to the Constantia Valley, where they visit the Groot Constantia Estate and are introduced to the valley’s award-winning wines. From there, cyclists can either cycle on tarred roads through the suburbs to the next wine estate, or take a newly opened entry-level mountain bike trail through the Constantia Greenbelt.
Township Bicycle Tours
Cycling through a township gives visitors an interesting perspective of the local area. African Public Bicycles offers bicycle tours through Alexandra Township, where local guide, Jeff Mulaudzi, takes guests to meet the people, taste the food and enjoy a drink. There are two options: A two-hour tour includes visits to a local shebeen, the first primary school in Alexandra, as well a house that Nelson Mandela lived in. The other tour takes four hours and includes lunch, a hostel tour and beer tasting, as well as a visit to a local shebeen, the first primary school in Alexandra and Nelson Mandela’s former house.
Cycling Through The Bush
The 3 000 hectare breeding area of Lalibela Game Reserve is ideal for a bush cycling activity that guests staying at the reserve can enjoy between game drives. There are three different cycling tracks: the black route for advanced riders, the red route for average riders and the blue route for beginner cyclists. “What’s nice about the area,” says Vernon Wait, Marketing Director at Lalibela, “is that cyclists will more than likely see wildebeest, zebra and giraffe. And they’ll be within a few metres of those animals, and that’s cycling with a difference.”
Source: Kim Emmanuel. Image: Pixabay