Last Saturday we packed our picnic bags and headed south to explore Cape Point Nature Reserve by bike. I had been there many times before in a car and was itching to break free from the bubble, slow things down and immerse myself in the sounds, smells and sights of this rich landscape.
Cape Point is one of the top tourist destinations in South Africa, it is also a cyclist’s paradise with a meandering network of smooth tarred roads, slow traffic and plenty of natural and cultural heritage sites to explore.
The great thing about cycling in Cape Point is that you can make your ride as long or as short as you want to. A map is available at the entrance and you can plan your route using it. We chose and easy 40km round trip that started at the Cape Point Nature Reserve entrance gate, after a gradual climb for the first few hundred metres the road dips down to meander along the fynbos plains and then climbs up to the lighthouse at Cape Point. Along the way there are plenty of places to pull over enjoy the spectacular views and meet the local wildlife!
In fact the reserve is best experienced by bike – there is no better way to uncover its hidden treasures like the 1 100 species of indigenous plants, various small reptiles, mammals, antelope and zebras that call the park home.
On the way back we took a few side trips to explore historic sights like Da Gama Cross and the beach at Buffels Bay where we stopped for a picnic among the daisies and rock pools. The park is truly beautiful with its spring flush and I am looking forward to going back and exploring more of its hidden coves and beaches.
THE LOW DOWN
LOCATION > +-58km from CDB, 15 km from Simon’s Town
RIDE DISTANCE > Anything up to 45km
GRADING > EASY
MAP > Maps available at the gate to the reserve.
ENTRY FEE > Free with a Wild Card level 3 activity permit otherwise R105/person for a day cycling pass.
FACILITIES >Ablutions, restaurant, intermittent cell phone reception
RIDING CONDITIONS> Tarmac, tourist buses, strong winds in the summer months.
MORE INFO > SANParks Website