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This is how it all can happen…

When the saying, ‘summer bodies are made in winter’, seems a too-late-to-turn-back reality with summer on our doorstep, don’t be too quick to rethink your holiday season’s get-active goals…

Adventure Shop offers the ideal leisure itinerary that includes a consistent workout while venturing the Cape’s most beautiful outdoor highlights.

With its headquarters in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, Adventure Shop, an owner-managed tourism and adventure activity establishment, continues to build onto its respected reputation among locals and international travellers, since 2000. Based in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Adventure Shop operates various tours and experiences, from safaris, guided bike tours, 4×4 wine tours, shuttled wine tours (popularly known as ‘Vine Hopper’ tours), travel programmes and a number of tranquil to exhilarating experiences that extend beyond the Stellenbosch offering (and as far as Namibia).
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Adventure Shop’s team is serious about ‘buying local’ and encourage guests’ interests in local suppliers, community projects and the value of this in community upliftment. Aside from this, Adventure Shop keeps their fingers on the pulse when it comes to incorporating environment-friendly practises in their tours.

“Since the country’s water ‘scare’ – still a rife issue among locals and for those travelling through Stellenbosch – we’ve taken to prioritising the careful use of natural resources in our services” says Raino Bolz, Adventure Shop owner and co-founder. “Much like many Winelands establishments, we try our best to take a realistic approach to being water savvy, minimising our use of resources, and repurposing it where possible while ensuring the comfort and safety of our guests”. This has also urged us to look into new and creative ways to incorporating exciting explorations that are forward-thinking, refreshingly different and have a minimal influence on the environment.”

Eager to keep with the fast pace of today’s ever-developing, as well eco-centric, technology, Raino and his team’s curiousity was sparked by a recent, innovative development outdoor enthusiasts are already enjoying in Japan and Europe. Earlier this year, Adventure Shop introduced its guided E-bike Cape Explore Tour, featuring futuristic track bikes that are partly electronically operated.

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The E-bike, more commonly known as an electronic bicycle, provides proportional support through an electric system which is subordinate to the power supplied by the cyclist. This results in the E-bike functioning just like an ordinary bicycle but simply rides easier, a great feature for longer rides, and tours that take place over a number of days.

The E-bike includes an electric motor which drives on the peddle axel, batteries that are integrated in the bicycle frame and a torque sensor as a modular part. While this sounds very technical, the bike’s functionality doesn’t necessarily take away from the general cycling workout and riders are required to have intermediate mountain biking skills plus a general fitness level.

Adventure Shop’s E-bike tour initially takes place over five days, with the option to join the tour for one to three days, to your choosing, and when booking. Each day’s itinerary allows for an activity-filled morning, and where afternoons are spent cooling down at accommodation establishments or doing optional activities after concluding the day’s rides. For those eager to add more effort to their peddling experience, non-electronic bikes are available on request.

Tour details:

Day 1 (Sunday): Riders are collected in Stellenbosch or Cape Town. The tour’s first 30km ride kicks off at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve in the Cape Peninsula and ends in False Bay where lunch is enjoyed with fantastic views over the ocean. Riders are then transported to their Winelands accommodation in Stellenbosch.

Day 2 (Monday): An early start to a 35 to 40km ride includes exploring the historic Stellenbosch, Jonkershoek Nature Reserve and surrounding wine farms, where the day’s meals are served.

Day 3 (Tuesday): Starting a hill climb over Stellenbosch’s old Helshoogte Pass, riders will embark on a 50km day journey to Franschhoek followed by a luxury camping experience in the Elgin Valley (riders will be transported here after reaching Franschhoek).

Day 4 (Wednesday): Take in the scenery of plantations and vineyards during a 50km ride on an old railway track through small towns and rural villages towards Hermanus. Experience the Hemel and Aarde valley as you reach Hermanus for a lunchtime treat. Return via vehicle transport to Cape Town or Stellenbosch.

Day 5 (Thursday, optional): Add an exhilarating edge to your tour with a Shark Cage Diving experience in Gansbaai. Accommodation in town will be arranged on request.

The E-bike Explorer Tour packages, ranging from day one to day five, all include daytime meals and accommodation, and are priced accordingly.

Bookings and special itinerary requests can be made at +27 (0)21 882 8112 or info@adventureshop.co.za