Cycling from Simon’s Town to Cape of Good Hope

It’s summer in Cape Town. But who cares. As they say if you are in Cape Town you are lucky enough. Don’t you agree? Everyone wants to be in Cape Town!

You have booked your Cape Town accommodation and you have downloaded your free ebook on things to do in Cape Town. Now you are ready to go big.

If you are the active type why not bring the cycle along or let AWOL Tours arrange a trip for you. My friend Meike from AWOL Tours did the Simons’s Town to Cape of Good Hope trip. And this is her story. Have fun and enjoy:

When I recently came back to Cape Town from Germany, I decided that it was time for me to train my legs for wheeling around the Cape to keep up with the crazy-for-cycling AWOL Team. So, on the first beautiful sunny spring day, my friend Hanna and me took the train from Cape Town to Simon’s Town to start a scenic cycle to Cape of Good Hope.

After we finally managed to sneak into the departure hall through the very small access gates of Cape Town train station with our bikes, we started the trip with a one hour train ride to Simon’s Town. The last part of this ride is very lovely with the train taking you directly along the beaches of False Bay, with nothing between you and the crystal clear water. Some children got quite excited about our bikes on the train and the enthusiasm they showed when they kept ringing the bells let me hope that they become dedicated cyclists one day.

Arriving in Simon’s Town, we first cycled to Jubilee Square to visit the Just Nuisance memorial. Just Nuisance (*1937, +1944) was a big Great Dane who lived in Simon’s Town and was enlisted in the Royal Navy’s armed forces and entitled to free train travel, his favourites pastime. During World War II, Just Nuisance became the mascot and morale supporter of the troops serving in the war.

We cycled further to the Jackass penguins at famous Boulder’s Beach and took a nice walk along the penguin colony. Then we hit the road and the fun could begin. The first part of the ride went slightly uphill and was not too strenuous to cycle, but soon the road became steeper and we had to pedal harder. When we cycled up the last (and worst) hill before entering the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, people passing by in tour busses and cars were looking at us sympathetically or even laughing at us, but we decided just to ignore this lazy bunch.

Once we entered the reserve we were very proud that we had made it that far – and underestimated the distance that we still had to cycle to reach the most photographed sign of the world. We were happily laughing and screaming when we suddenly rolled steeply downhill – but reaching the bottom we realised that on our way back we would have to ride this hill up again!


We were greeted with applause and high 5’s by impressed tourists and tour guides when reaching our final goal on our bikes, and we felt so proud! On our way back we only had to ride up this one steep hill with the rest of the way to Simon’s Town going mostly downhill again. Back on the train we felt tired but happy as our effort was compensated by the Cape’s beautiful nature and stunning views, which is best to be explored from a bicycle’s seat.

I hope you enjoyed.

Have fun

Meike from AWOL Tours.


October 18, 2013

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