One Day Motorcycle Tour To Cape Point
That’s it, the dream! It’s that feeling every rider longs for.
The sun is up and the sky is blue. The wind caresses your face, leaving a slight chill on your skin where your sunglasses and buff don’t provide cover. Your motorcycle is roaring and you smile while riding along those smooth and stunning coastal roads, with the best ocean view one can imagine. On your left the magnificent cliffs of table mountain, while to your right the Atlantic ocean unfolds with its majestic dark blue color, its rough waves and the hint of the south pole not far off. If you are lucky, you might spot some Southern Right Whales or a pod of dolphins playfully jumping between the waves.
This is where our one day RETZA motorcycle tour will take you. A day-ride to explore the historical city of Cape Town, its buzzing markets and the colorful streets of the Bo-kaap before taking you around the stunning Cape Peninsula to discover the raw nature of the Western Cape.
Today’s group of riders is excited. They are thrilled and can’t wait to jump on their motorcycles. They’ve come a long way from the US, Germany, Netherlands and India and it is their first time in South Africa. The weather is perfect for this trip and promises a great start. After a hearty breakfast, a good cup of coffee and a last petrol and safety check of our Royal Enfield motorcycles, we are ready to ride!
Leaving early to avoid the rush hour traffic, we are riding in close formation along the coastal highway from Table View towards the heart of Cape Town, the grand view of Table Mountain in front of us. A clear and visible aim that keeps us excited at every point of the ride.
In South Africa, even highways are breathtaking.
The road leads us around the base of Table Mountain, crossing Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens towards Muizenberg with the first breathtaking views of the ocean. The elevated road provides us with fantastic panoramic views of Cape Town, False Bay and its fine white lines of sandy beaches, demanding a quick stop for pictures and to soak in this beauty.
Following this winding road, the group continues towards Cape Point, the Cape of Good Hope, passing Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town. Of course, we are stopping at the famous Boulder Beach and its Penguins. A colony that migrated from the South Pole in 1982 and that chose this city as its new home. It’s a unique experience, watching hundreds of penguins (about 3,000!) sunbathing in this picturesque bay with its white sand, turquoise water and unique rock formations.
Don’t be scared…ok, maybe a little.
Headed towards the Cape of Good Hope, we are riding through the Cape Point National Park passing families of baboons that are freely crossing the road, carrying their little ones on their backs, while glancing suspiciously at our thumping motorcycles. And this is the moment, the moment between being mesmerized by nature and being slightly intimidated. When every rider is awed by this rawness of wildlife while gripping the handlebars a little bit tighter. Soon after, we find ourselves riding next to running ostriches that are giving us a little race, feeling challenged by the sound and movement of our motorcycles.
The cameras are clicking; the GoPro’s are being switched on for this once-in-a-lifetime moment. An experience that moves everyone and that leaves us speechless and deeply impressed.
And this is only half of the day so far! It’s getting better and better.
During the lunch break, the group has the opportunity to visit the Cape Point Light House and to take the funicular all the way up to the top to be rewarded with stunning landscape views, the rough cliffs and deep blue waters. Of course, we have to stop at the popular ‘Cape of Good Hope’ for a group picture.
The sun is setting slowly and so we head back along the coast towards Hout Bay to ride the famous Chapman’s Peak. A definite must-do for Cape Town visitors if the weather is right and the road is open. It’s a mecca for motorcycle riders and one of the best and most breathtaking coastal roads one can ride in their life. We are following those multifold bends that are nested along the 12 apostles mountain range, and that take us closer and closer to Cape Town. Each curve takes us by surprise, always in non-belief that it can’t get any better. But then it does, again and again.
It’s sundowner time when we finally reach Camps Bay, Cape Town’s famous and prestigious beach location. The beautiful road along the beach leads us through impressive villas and beach houses, passing trendy bars and novel restaurants. A perfect spot for a last stop to soak in the setting sun that is turning the sky into a spectacular painting of red, pinks and orange colors. Cape Town’s sunsets are famous for a reason!
RETZA also offers 7 day overland tours. The Cape Point tour forms the first day of their extended tours.
With big smiles on our faces and the new warmth of adventure in our hearts,we are back on our way to our Blouberg Base where it all started this morning. Now, a quick shower and change of clothes before we meet again for our first dinner of many, to share our stories, recap the day, and gear up for day 2 of our tour.
At dinner we see the wonder & surprise in the riders’ eyes. This spark for more, more adventure, more challenges, more breathtaking experiences and the desire to let this beautiful country South Africa surprise and impress you.
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