TWO’S COMPANY: Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism in partnership with Dirty Boots and the Cape Sidecar Adventures team had a excursion to Cape Recife and the Donkin. The Cape Sidecar Adventures team are, from left, Scott Clarke, Mishyel Lilly, John Coyle, Johan Radcliffe, Alice Lim and Tim Clarke
This is a unique tour and will highlight not just the city but also the whole Garden Route
KITTED out in a red leather jacket, bandana, dark shades and a helmet, I felt like a real biker after spending about an hour on Maggie – a sidecar from Cape Sidecar Adventure – cruising from the Port Elizabeth beach front to Cape Recife.
The exhilarating ride was on a CJ750 motorbike attached to my sidecar, which is one of the 30 vintage World War 2 sidecars owned by Cape Town businessmen Tim Clarke.
Clarke and his drivers are on a journey to Africa’s Travel Indaba 2018 that will be in Durban on May 7.
A route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth in the sidecars will be launched at the event.
Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism (NMBT), Adventure Guide Dirty Books and Cape Sidecar Adventure have all collaborated in launching the Sidecar 12-day Garden Route overland tours.
The NMBT’s Doné Louw said they were excited about the project.
“This is a unique tour and will highlight not just the city but also the whole Garden Route.
“As an organisation one of our mandates is to increase the number of visitors to the city.
“In this regard we build relationships with tourism trade and negotiate the cities inclusion in itineraries being promoted internationally. This is an exciting opportunity for the city to welcome more tourists to the city,” Louw said.
On arrival at the Cape Recife lighthouse, Clarke said: “We are officially launching our new inland tours this year so we are doing research on where to stop here in Port Elizabeth, like now we know to come to Cape Recife because it is beautiful.
“We have 50 people working for us permanently in Cape Town and we thought we should expand our business but also help other tourism businesses down the Garden Route by making stops at their attractions.
“We try to create an experience for people using the clothing and complimentary bandana as well as the riding experience of our 50-year old female-named sidecars,” he said.
Activities in the Bay will differ depending on the age group and interest of the visitors booking the excursions.
BREEZY FUN: Doné Louw from NMB Tourism, Jonker Fourie from EC Tours left, and Tim Clarke from Cape Sidecar Adventures on an exploratory excursion to Cape Recife and the Donkin