Departing SA late? Turn travel day into a highlight

03 Mar 2023

Dave Marsh

Dave Marsh

Many long haul flights depart late at night from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Make your last travel day a highlight day by ending with a gentle afternoon e-Bike ride in nature in either city.

The wonder of travelling to South Africa is that you have dinner, fall asleep and when you wake up you are there. Over 80 percent of intercontinental flights are overnight - and like this.

Now there is a fresh activity for travellers returning home on one of the many late night flights that only depart at 9 pm or later. 

To beat the blues of hanging around the airport, Ebiking Africa ( is offering travellers the option of a guided tour where they are shown how to ride an e-Bike and then taken through a spectacular natural setting in a proclaimed nature reserve or private wine estate.

Said Beth van der Walt, sales manager: The exhilarating 2 to 3 hour experience can be customised according to their flight time so that they arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before their flight.

There are eight wide-body flights that leave Johannesburg at 10pm or later. Here the option for passengers is to go e-Biking in one of the world’s oldest proclaimed reserves. Groenkloof Nature Reserve is three minutes off the Johannesburg - Pretoria highway and 30 minutes from OR Tambo Airport.

In Cape Town they can choose to e-Bike with a professional guide on top of Table Mountain Panorama route at Silvermine or in the winelands with a final wine tasting at Boschendal.

There are four flights departing Cape Town around 9pm and later but with the traffic the experience needs to start not later than 2:30pm, said Beth.

The small guided tour is for a minimum of two and a maximum of 6.

Late flights out of Johannesburg include United, Delta, KLM, El Al, BA, Emirates, Qantas and Ethiopian. Late out of Cape Town are Delta, KLM, BA and United.

The cost of the experience includes the e-Bikes, guide, helmets and wet weather gear and park entrance fees. In Johannesburg it is R1650 per person, Table Mountain Panorama route is R2200 and Boschendal R1975.

Although Ebiking Africa offers daily departures in the morning in Cape Town and Johannesburg, the afternoon experience is customised and by arrangement.


Beth can be contacted at The product is commissionable to the trade.


See 20 second video below of New Yorkers and other first time e-bikers this week enjoying a gentle e-Bike experience before their 10pm flight back home


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