Being enthusiastic mountain bikers and hikers, we are extremely lucky to have such a wonderful icon as Table Mountain right in front of our doorstep. In Cape Town we can always go for a long hike or a quick bike ride in the morning – but what about our adventurous guests that have limited time and want to do both? The answer: A Table Mountain Biking and Hiking Combo!
AWOL Tours recently took up the challenge to tailor-make an adventurous biking and hiking day tour for a lovely British family of Seven! When Table Mountain Bikers forwarded us their enquiry, we were very excited and immediately were bubbling with ideas about how to create a perfect day packed with activities and out of the ordinary. We opted to hike up the more shortish route via India Venster as the family had planned on Abseiling as well, so we needed to make sure there was enough time for all the activities. The youngest child was only 11 years of age, and it seemed that the challenging route did not pose any difficulties for her.
After a picnic lunch and Abseiling at the top, we made our way down with the cable car and jumped on our mountain bikes to cycle to the Rhodes Memorial along the lower slopes of Table Mountain.
The boys of the family mountain biked up Plumpudding Hill with Sally – well, at least they tried to – and then did some of the single tracks at Rhodes Memorial where our driver and bike trailer were waiting to pick us up. We all had a fantastic experience and a very fun day on Table Mountain!
A few days later, a Bavarian couple walked into the office and were looking for some sort of adventure paired with their favourite pastimes – hiking and mountain biking. Zizi reacted immediately and offered them a mountain biking and hiking combo which they booked with pleasure! As the day of the tour was very windy and the cable car was closed, we came up with Plan B which turned out to be… perfect!
We got dropped off at Deer Park and went up to the King’s Blockhouse on Table Mountain, which was quite challenging due to the hauling South Easter. From here, the clients could enjoy views over the suburbs and False Bay. Then we cycled to the lower cable car station were we had coffee and discussed the further options. Hiking up and down Table Mountain on a windy day is not always fun, so we decided on rather hiking up Lion’s Head. I hadn’t done this hike in a long time and was so amazed again by the views and the beauty of this mountain. The hike up and down is easy but fun with ladders and chains, and the top of Lion’s Head makes for a perfect picnic stop with a 360° view.
To end of the day, we mountain biked down into Bo-Kaap via the Jeep Track leading off from Signal Hill Road. Even I, who has been living in Cape Town for two years now, was amazed by this awesome tour, seeing Cape Town from the top from literally every angle. What a different approach to tour the Mother City!
As AWOL Tour guides love doing active trips we are offering a special rate for adventorous travellers. For minimum of two guests we can customise a full day private guided Table Mountain hiking and biking combo tour inclusive of transfers from hotel, snacks, bottled water, cableway tickets and 29’r Silverback spectra comp mountain bikes for of R3600 per person min 2 . Prices valid till October 2019. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.