Motorcycle Touring South Africa
The Cape Peninsula is that little bit of Africa right at the bottom, western corner jutting out into the Ocean just off Cape Town...
So, people, this blog post is designed to encourage the readers to find themselves a way to come down to the Cape Peninsula and spend time in and around possibly the planets most beautiful city… Cape Town.
In recent days I have heard many world travellers on a variety of travel documentaries referring to Cape Town as the most beautiful city they have visited. Many says it’s their favourite city and are regular visitors.
From my perspective, this may at first appear to be a very biased viewpoint. After all we do live down here and most people would have a special place in their hearts for their ‘hometown’. Well my hometown is Johannesburg and Diana’s ‘hometown’ is Berlin, Germany. Essentially when we decided to settle down here a few years ago, we took much into account. Weather, scenery, wildlife, roads (especially motorcycling roads, both tarmac and gravel) and the lifestyle. The Cape Peninsula ticks all those boxes and then some; after two plus years the area continues to offer up pleasant new surprises.
Weather… Well, we just do not have a ‘down season’, especially when it comes to riding a motorcycle. The coldest winter months are July and August with a mild average daily temp of 11 to 20 Celsius (52 to 68 Fahrenheit), still awesome riding weather. This is also our rainy season; we experience about 1 in 3 days of rain. Spring is amazing with incredible flowers and foliage. In Spring we have the Fynbos (fine bush) flowering throughout the peninsula. 9,000 species of Fynbos alone (6,000 are endemic to the area and grow nowhere else in the world). The Spring offers up less rain and warmer temps of 14 to 24 Celsius in October. As the summer sets in the temps climb up to the hottest months of January and February with an average of 17c to 29c daily. Most days from September through to March have very little chance of rain, stunning blue skies across the Peninsula and beyond into the hinterland.
Scenery… Okay, so the weather is nice. Well the scenery offers up snow-capped mountains in winter, these snow caps are visible from our apartment in mid-winter. Our apartment is on the coast in Bloubergstrand, just 10km as the crow flies from Cape Town, which is just across the bay (Table Bay). Bloubergstrand, our hometown, offers up that iconic view of Table Mountain you’ll find when googling the area and especially Cape Town or Table Mountain (Blouberg means ‘Blue Mountain’). Within 30 to 45 minutes of home we can find ourselves surrounded by mountains in the Durbanville Hills, Swartland Region, or Overberg. The mountain passes are incredibly diverse offering vastly different scenery. Often riding the passes in both directions will offer up a totally different view and perspective. Walking and Hiking is stunning. We can even hike along the beautiful white sand beach from our home for many kilometres. The mountains offer up forests and high plains with views forever. In the plains below the mountains, hundreds or wine farms can be found both in the Peninsula and within a short ride from Cape Town (Durbanville, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek) and deep into the Little Karoo on Route 62.
Wildlife… This goes without even needing to say, Big 5 and much much more. Animals are diverse with several species right on our doorstep. Whales, Dolphins and Sharks should you seek them out. We have beautiful birds with over 850 species. Big 5 game can be found in our reserves only an hour inland from the Peninsula. When we ride out we more often than not see Baboon when on Peninsula rides along with Dassies, a variety of buck and mongoose or Meerkat.
Roads are just stunning with an incredible variety of passes. Both tarmac and gravel. Simply google the ‘Google Words’ at the end of the blog.
Lifestyle lends itself to a more relaxed coastal feel with very few people dressing up for work. Ties are the exception rather than the norm with open neck shirts being the worn by most. The ladies tend to dress smart/casual for work. The City of Cape Town has beautiful historical buildings with museums and gardens. The dressed down theme is seen throughout the city with both suited businessmen and flip-flop wearing surfers sipping coffee in the same Café. The old beach buggy sharing the road with the latest Lambo. Motorcycling across the board from the scooter commuter, Harley Cruiser to the Adventure Bikers all prevalent.
Whether heading inland from Cape Town into the mountains or following the coastlines (western or eastern) you’ll find even more diversity in all spheres.
Google Words: Cape Town, Table Mountain, Blouberg, Cape Point, Chapman’s Peak, False Bay, Table Bay, Winelands, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Fynbos, Mountain Passes of South Africa…
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