Cycling Routes in Cape Town

Cape Town is a biker’s heaven. It is considered one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. From scenic mountain routes to wide open spaces surrounded by nature, there are amazing cycling routes that suit all skills and fitness levels. The city’s natural environment is abundant with single tracks, switchbacks, jeep tracks, and tarmac roads to suit everyone from the leisure cyclist to the technical rider. Some of these cycling routes are on the outskirts of the city, while others will take a bit of driving to get to. Here are some of the amazing cycling routes in Cape Town.

Table Mountain

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The Table Mountain offers some of the best and most accessible cycling and mountain biking trails in the city. The terrain in Table Mountain is often steep and unforgiving. An extensive trail network stretches from the Western Seaboard, via Signal Hill and Table Mountain right to Newlands forest and Constantia Nek. There are several access points and dozens of loops that can keep you busy for hours on end. The trails vary from exposed single track and rock gardens to gentle jeep tracks that take you through the cool shade of indigenous forest Afromontane forests. You can pick up a Table Mountain MTB map from a local bike shop, Cape Town tourism office or the Table Mountain National Park visitor center.

Signal Hill

cycling routes in cape town

Signal Hill technically falls under Table Mountain National Park. This flat-topped hill situated next to Lion’s Head has a number of mountain biking trails. There are several single and jeep track trails leading to either side of Signal Hill. Most tracks except the Big Easy are Intermediate to Expert. The Big Easy is by far the best and easiest way to access Signal Hill. The tracks are signposted and fairly easy to recognize. A trail map is also available at the gate at the top of the roller-coaster next to the monument.

Sea Point Promenade Meander

Sea Point Promenade Meander

The Sea Point Promenade is one of Cape Town’s favorite places to cycle, walk and play. This 7-kilometer scenic beach-front route is mostly paved and completely flat and is suitable for all levels of fitness. The Seapoint Promenade runs the length of Sea Point’s beachfront, from Bantry Bay to Mouille Point where it connects to Green Point Urban Park. This cycling route starts at the Up Cycles bicycle rental station and runs along the coastline, passing bustling play parks, fascinating public art, and other recreational activities. We suggest that you go slow when cycling in the early mornings and evenings as this area can be quiet busy.

Tokai Forest

tokai forest

Tokai Forest in the city’s southern suburbs is one of the most popular cycling destinations in Cape Town. There are several cycling trails through the dense forest and along exposed jeep tracks that offer something for all skill levels. Whether you are looking for a soft cycle or something more extreme, Tokai forest offers it all. All routes are mostly gravel roads, but you can choose single tracks from a number of different routes depending on your riding ability and confidence. Tokai Forest is not only popular for its amazing cycling trails, it is also popular for bird watching, hiking, and horse riding.

Chapman’s Peak Drive

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Chapman’s Peak is renowned as one of the most scenic marine drives in the world. It stretches from Hout Bay to Noordhoek. This picturesque 9-kilometer mountain road is winding up and down along the Atlantic Coast with 114 curves. The route can be strenuous with its many twists but it is very scenic and can be enjoyed also by amateur riders. Chapman’s Peak Drive also has numerous vantage points and picnic spots where you can enjoy fantastic views over Hout Bay.

Cape Town Bicycle Tour: See The City

A Great Way To See The City

There are many ways to see the City of Cape Town but not all of them are created equal. Some are definitely better than others and cycling around the city is definitely the best way to do it. We are talking about not just riding a bicycle alone but going on a guided tour with someone who truly knows the city. When you take such a tour you will see the city in a way that you could not normally take it all in. It will definitely be the highlight of your trip and you will be able to take many memorable pictures while you are on your tour.


Slow Down And Absorb Everything

s__dafrika_1740Some ways that people typically tour the city is by taking various buses, various tour vans and other vehicles that although they travel relatively slow to other Motor Vehicles; you can’t really take in everything. The ability to ride slow on a bicycle allows you to take in more things than you normally would be able to see. You’ll also get much better pictures as you ride around and have the ability to stop whenever you want to. You could argue that a walking tour would be the same but walking is very tiring and sometimes you just want to coast on a bicycle and let the bicycle do all the work for you.

Fresh Air And Light Exercise

shutterstock_58236202It’s also tackles two things that people love about taking a bicycle tour. People love getting fresh air and they love that they are getting very easy exercise. It is so easy to be lazy and to just eat really great food while on vacation but a bicycle tour is a great way to get out in the fresh air and get moving. It is exercising without exercising at all because you’re going to feel so comfortable doing it. It’s a great choice for anyone who wants to see the city in a different way, who wants to their blood flowing while taking in everything and absorbing all that the the city has to offer.

Cape Town Is The Perfect Bicycle City


We have already established that cycling a is a great way to tour the city but let’s now talk about how Cape Town is the perfect City to ride a bicycle in. Cape Town is a city that is not really hilly and it has a ton of flat areas which make cycling around the town very easy. We have everyone from young children to elderly people on bicycles taking in the city that way. So you don’t have to worry about it being tough, tackling Hills or having to walk your bicycle more than riding it. It is a city that was perfectly made for riding the bicycle.

Sign Up Now You Will Love It

Don’t waste any more time and sign up for the next bicycle tour in Cape Town, you are sure to have a great time.