SOUTH AFRICA – Riding an e-bike at the most beautiful end of the world
Having woken up in Cape Town, at the most beautiful end of the world, we enjoyed the sunset on Table Mountain early in the morning. Then, later in the morning, the adventure began: South Africa by e-bike!
The participants in this pilot trip were about as familiar with the use of pedelecs as the penguins of Simon’s Town, where our day stage was to begin. However, using them turned out to be extremely easy. Hans, the driver, readied the 12 wheels for takeoff during the stop and after a five-minute induction (short version: step lightly on the pedals, decide the support level of the engine yourself, enjoy!) we were ready for our ride to the Cape of Good Hope.
What surprised us the most? For all in our group, the route – which had a lot of uphill stretches – offered a lot of riding and cycling fun. Our e-bikes from Kalkhoff level out the differences in stamina. Thus, the half-marathon runner and the pensioner with no cycling experience can converse relaxedly while we make our way to Buffels Bay, passing zebras, baboons and ostriches on route. Here, the hardworking helpers in the background have already prepared an invigorating picnic at the edge of the deserted seawater pool. So far, however, it feels like it is more our batteries and less our muscles on which strain has been placed. However, even in this regard all worries were unjustified: a look at the display reveals that after approximately 40 kilometres the battery lost only one of twelve bars of capacity.
Located halfway between Simon’s Town and the Cape of Good Hope, Buffels Bay offers an ideal opportunity to rest in the middle of spectacular panoramas. As we journey further to the south-westernmost point of Africa, we are all surprised by the relaxed form of travel on an e-bike tour. Despite a few ascents and a respectable number of kilometres on the speedometer, and after a stop at the Cape as well, we feel motivated and strong enough to demand that extra bit: the continuation on the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the world’s most spectacular coastal roads, permanently flanked by the Atlantic – a unique experience, especially in the soft light of the late afternoon. How good that the days of this trip – which have not been too fully packed – and a bit of courage to improvise have enabled us to undertake this additional stretch!