As the work environment around the world has adapted to the new normal, so has destinations like Cape Town become a desirable travel locations for remote workers. AWOL Tours has a range of hiking and cycling options at sunrise and sunset for these #digitalnomads who wish to spend a working week in our beautiful city and experience life like a local Capetownian.

Cape Town had made the 2021 list for the 50 Best Cities for Remote Working.  With people working from home during this pandemic, this concept has become a much-needed escape and great opportunity to take work on a holiday. Whether visiting and working from Cape Town for a week or a month, AWOL Tours has great options for visitors exploring Cape Town at odd hours ensuring that workers can make that important zoom appointment during office hours.

For any early bird in Cape Town you will notice a hub of activity on the mountains and beaches at sunrise and sunset. A few of our favourite activities that we would love to share with visitors wanting to experience Cape Town like a local are:


Mountain biking on Tafelberg Road: Experience the thrill of riding gravel or single track on the slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town including transfers from hotel. We depart at a time that suits your schedule. Our experienced cycling guides will discuss the options and select route based on your fitness and technical ability as well as conditions on the day. Various options are available from beginner to the serious downhill junkie. Watch this video sharing the route of an easier option for beginner and intermediate riders. We can offer transfers from accommodation to start of trails on Table Mountain and then option ride all the way back down to the city! There is nothing else that makes you feel as invigorated than when cruising into the nearest coffee shop after a downhill plunge; before hitting the computer for a full day’s work.

Lions Head hikes: We offer privately guided sunrise or sunset hikes up Lion’s Head, which is an easy 2-3 hour hike that spirals round the 670 meter high mountain peak, which is part of the Table Mountain National Park. Spectacular views and photo opportunities of both the Atlantic Ocean and the City Bowl can be seen as you climb up to the peak. Once at the top we can admire the full expanse of Table Mountain from Devil’s Peak, all along to the Twelve Apostles which forms part of a dramatic backdrop to the city of Cape Town. There is no better way to end the day watching the sunrise or sunset over the Atlantic Ocean and the panoramic views of the greater Cape Town. A hike up Lions Head is also popular on Full Moon!

Horse riding at Pink Geranium: Why not book a one or two hour horse riding experience in the Winelands to end your week with a glass of your favourite bubbly. Tours are perfect for those who have never been on a horse and are absolute beginners. Louise, a passionate horse handler takes great care to ensure that riders are well matched with horses. Her experiences are customised to make a unforgettable winelands experience suited to all types of riders.

Beach swim at Dalebrook: A ‘must-do’ #onceinalifetime thing in between all the hiking and cycling is a sunrise swim at tidal pool Dale Brook beach. Do to its location, its a more sheltered from the south-easterly prevailing winds making it a retreat when other beaches on this coast are sandblasted. Its also a safe place for a salty dip in the ocean for the whole family including kids and elderly folk  as its sheltered from the massive waves crashing down or from the ocean rip currents. The swim is best followed by a cappuccino at the legendary Dale Brook Cafe and then stroll through  the trendy historic Kalk Bay neighbourhood

Mountain bike night rides: One of the most exhilarating ways to explore Table Mountain on two wheels is heading out after dark with a 1000 lumen light on the helmet and bike. When daylight hours are limited, the gym is expensive at peak hours and the evenings are balmy, there is no better way to to improve technical riding skills and get your exercise fix than head out in the evenings to experience the thrill riding in the cooler night breezes and dashing through the forests. Those celebratory beers taste soo much better after an exhilarating mountain bike night ride

Photo credit Colin Hadley email

Long term bike rental: If you are in Cape Town for a month or longer, then we can offer you a special deal on bicycle rental including collection and delivery at your accommodation. This way cyclists have peace of mind that they have a back up plan in case of any issues as we take the hassle out of a great cycling experience.

For anyone desiring to travel, live and work remotely, its soon becoming a reality as many countries around the world now offer remote working visa’s. If the Western Cape has its way, South Africa might soon be joining the list and offering visitors. The Western Cape provincial government is engaging  with both president Cyril Ramaphosa and Home Affairs minister about the introduction of a ‘Remote Working Visa’ for South Africa.

Cape Town is home to a range of fantastic co-working spots to make your #officefortheday truly magical. Whether you’re looking for a monthly rental or a hot-desk for the day, there are plenty of great spaces with state of the art facilities, spectacular views, and excellent coffee. read more

AWOL Tours hiking and cycling guides are more than happy to show guests the life of locals, share the best hours of exploring Cape Town by hiking or biking at sunrise or sunset. Contact us on to help plan and take the hassle out of  your perfect remote working experience.