Cape Town Bike & Trek - 12 Days

Service Learning, Bikes, and Africa!

Program Highlights & Inclusions

  • Professional ETA Tour Manager throughout your trip
  • Transportation throughout your trip
  • Free time at Hout Bay
  • Take a boat tour to Duiker Island
  • Ride down Chapman's Peak Drive
  • Free time in Masiphumelele in Xhosa
  • Bike tour in Masiphumelele
    • Visit a local pre-school & interact with the children
    • Participate in a drumming lesson & traditional instrument demonstration
    • Partake in a soccer game with the children
  • Community Service project in South Africa
  • Visit the Green Market Square
  • Admission to the District 6 Museum
  • Cooking lesson from a Cape Malay woman in her own kitchen
  • Take an aerial cable car to the top of Table Mountain
  • Guided tour through the Company Gardens
  • Free time at the V&A Waterfront
  • Attend a local church service
  • Visit Boulder’s Beach
  • Hike through the Cape Point Nature Reserve
  • Guided tour of the University of Cape Town
  • Ferry boat to Robben Island with a guided tour
  • Free time in Cape Town

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 – Departure  

The group will depart on their overnight flight to South Africa.

Day 2 – Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa  

Welcome to Cape Town, South Africa! After greeting you at the airport, your Program Leader will give you an overview of the country en route to the wharf at Hout Bay. You will have lunch at the wharf and then take a boat tour to Duiker Island, also known as Seal Island. This small island is located a few miles off the shoreline near Cape Town and is where thousands of Cape Fur Seals can be seen in their natural habitat along with beautiful views of the bay and the harbor, the Sentinel and Chapman’s Peak.  

Back on land, you will travel to the western side of the Cape Peninsula via the infamous Chapman’s Peak Drive. Situated on the Atlantic Coast, at the south-western tip of South Africa, it is one of the most spectacular marine drives anywhere in the world. The 9km route, with its 114 curves, skirts the rocky coastline of Chapman's Peak. The drive offers stunning one hundred and eighty degree views.

You will then make your way to your guesthouse to freshen up and relax before sharing dinner together.  

Day 3 – Orientation and Township Bicycle Tour  

You will have a full country orientation, learning about the history of South Africa, including apartheid (the years of racial segregation), and more about the community in which you will be working.  

In the late morning, you will travel to Masiphumelele, a Xhosa township where a local woman will prepare an authentic bbq lunch including the local speciality of samp and beans (a type of corn dish served with beans). The Xhosa people speak their native language and have a proud heritage. You will get the chance to learn the history of samp and beans and why they rely on it as a staple food, as well as learn more about local customs and a few Xhosa words.  

After lunch you will go on an international award winning, social responsible bike tour with an organization that promotes the use of bikes in the city. The bicycles are second hand and imported from Europe, then fixed and repaired before they are used for the tours and offered for sale at an affordable rate to the local communities. A local qualified guide will escort you around the township, visiting interesting places and explaining Xhosa customs. As you bike around the community you will get to see many spaza shops (informal convenience stores) that sell everything from toothpaste to groceries to housewares. You will learn more about the community as you observe the reality of day-to-day life. Some highlights of the tour are a visit a pre-school where enthusiastic teachers work under very difficult circumstances and a musical interlude with drumming lesson and traditional instrument demonstration. You may also partake in a soccer game with local children. Before returning to our guest house we will visit a biltong (jerky) factory shop.  


Day 4 – Service Day  

You will have an early breakfast today before a full service project orientation with your Program Leader at your guest house lodging and then heading off to do a site visit and spend the morning with the children of the local community. You will begin your service project today. Projects will be determined by the community and will depend on what is most needed during the time of your trip.  

Some examples of potential service projects are: teaching English lessons and playing educational games at a summer camp, painting or other maintenance of a preschool or community center, improving the infrastructure of a local library, building a playground and creating vegetable gardens.  


Day 5 – Service Day  

You will spend today working with the local community on your service project. You will have all your meals at your guest house today.  


Day 6 – Service Day  

You will spend today working with the local community on your service project. You will have all your meals at your guest house today.  


Day 7 – Service Morning, Local Market, District 6 Museum, Cooking Lesson

You will spend the morning working with the local community on your service project.  

In the afternoon you will have lunch at the Eastern Food Bazaar before exploring the Green Market Square, one of Cape Town's oldest markets, and one not to be missed! Set on a cobble stone square between Short and Long Market Streets, this is where Capetonians have been buying their clothing, jewelry, sandals, crafts and knickknacks for decades, and, whilst the face of the market may have changed a little, there is always an exciting buzz and distinct evidence of the city’s most colorful and eccentric characters. Green Market Square has unbeatable value too. You can pick up local arts, crafts, fabrics and artifacts from almost every country on the continent at this open-air gathering place. Bartering is the name of the game on the square, which used to function as a trading area for passing ships.  

In the late afternoon you will visit the District 6 Museum, which commemorates the forcible removal of over 60,000 inhabitants in the 1970s by the apartheid regime. The museum houses an impressive collection of old street signs, photographs and stories of District Six, most which were donated and told by former residents. If you’re lucky, you might bump into one of the old residents in the coffee shop at the back of the museum.

This evening you will head back to your guesthouse to freshen up and then visit a local Cape Malay woman in her own kitchen, , who will help you make your own Cape Malaysian dinner in a hands-on cooking lesson. You will learn about local food, its preparation and culinary traditions before sitting down to a delicious meal! After dinner you will return to your guest house.


Day 8 – Table Mountain and Cape Town Walking Tour  

After breakfast at your guest house you will head off to Table Mountain, the iconic backdrop of Cape Town. The best views of Cape Town can be seen from the top of Table Mountain. The aerial cable car will take you to the summit in under 10 minutes and the cable car's rotating floor ensures that everyone gets a 360 degree aerial view of the city.  

You will have a guided walking tour by a local expert through the Company Gardens, a large public park and botanical garden set in the heart of Cape Town, home to a rose garden, a Japanese garden, a fish pond and an aviary. On the edge of the Company’s Garden you will see the President’s official residence when in the mother city.

Lunch hour in the Company Gardens is generally teeming with locals who seek out the fresh air and beautiful views of Table Mountain. The tree-lined avenue, with its benches and resident squirrels, forms a pathway between the suburb of Gardens and the city center, surrounded by museums and fascinating buildings – South African Parliament, St Georges Cathedral, the Salve Museum, The National Art Gallery and the Jewish Museum to mention a few.  

You will end the evening at the V&A Waterfront, South Africa’s most visited destination, where you will have dinner together at one of the many restaurants that dot the shoreline. With great views of both the sea and the mountain, as well as many shops, restaurants and entertainment venues to explore, this is an experience not to be missed.


Day 9 – Township Church Service, Boulders Beach, Cape Point Nature Reserve  

Today you will attend a township church service.  

After the church service we will be off to see the penguins. Yes, penguins in Africa! Boulders Beach is home to a growing colony of the African Penguins. Walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat, and the penguins are often delighted to show off their antics. For those who are brave enough, you can even get into the cold waters for a swim!  

You will also get the chance to visit Cape Point Nature Reserve at the extreme southwestern tip of Africa. As you admire the expansive views and keep an eye out for zebras and baboons, you can imagine the conditions early explorers had to contend with while navigating ships around this point.  


Day 10 – Service Morning, University of Cape Town Tour & Robben Island Prison

You will spend the morning working with the local community on your service project.  

After lunch at your guest house you will have a campus tour of the University of Cape Town with a current student.  The University of Cape Town is beautifully situated on the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak with great views over the Cape Flats to the Hottentots Holland Mountains. The architecture of the original, ivy covered buildings is typical of Sir Herbert Baker and dates from the beginning of the twentieth century.

A little later in the afternoon you will take a ferry to the historic Robben Island. After serving as a place of isolation and imprisonment for hundreds of years, Robben Island is a World Heritage Site today. Many renown men and women, including South Africa's first democratic President, Nelson Mandela, were imprisoned here on the island. This visit will give you a glimpse into the dark and sad history of this wonderful nation.  

You will come back to the V&A Waterfront and have dinner with a former prison warden from Robben Island. The warden worked on the island while Nelson Mandela was incarcerated and befriended Mandela. He has many insightful accounts about life on the island and growing up during the apartheid era.


Day 11 – Service Morning, Farewell dinner, Flight Home

During your last morning in the community, you will wrap up your service project and say goodbye to your new friends.  

You will return to the guest house for lunch and have a debrief session in the afternoon to discuss and reflect on the important service work you have completed.

You will wrap up the day with a farewell dinner in Cape Town. You will celebrating your time together in South Africa with a big meal and enjoy some local live music. After dinner, you will head to the airport for your flight home.


Day 12 – Arrive Home

Today the group arrives home.


We know how hidden costs can ruin a program. Our tours are fully inclusive; there are no hidden costs or surcharges.
Once your group enrolls in a trip, the price will never change. Here is what you will get on every trip:


Every single tour that we operate is unique and tailored for your group.

Private Tours

We do not combine your tour group with others.

Online Planning

Take advantage of our innovative tools to make organizing your trip a breeze.

Flexible Payments

We offer a variety of online, scheduled and recurring payment options.

Affordability & Quality

We focus on providing the best experience with the best value for your dollar.

Chaperones travel for free!

Just tell us how many free places you need.

Medical & Trip Delay Insurance

ETA includes up to $50,000 per person in medical coverage and insurance protection for travel delays.

Optional Trip Cancellation Insurance

This even includes a "cancel for any reason" option.

24 Hour Support

We have staff available 24/7 via phone for any emergency.

Full-time Tour Manager

ETA's professional Tour Manager will be with you throughout your trip.

Air, Land & Water Transportation

We include all transportation... to, from and during your trip.


Hotel, homestay and/or hostel options are customized according to your preferences, itinerary and budget.

Sightseeing & Entrance Fees

If it is included in your itinerary, any fees and/or tickets are covered.


You choose which meals are included in your program.