Monday, June 10, 2013

On two wheels amongst the vinyards - Segway tour at Spier

Visits to wine farms are normally associated with wine tasting, good food and historic buildings so wizzing around Spier Wine Estate on two wheels is something of a change.  I'm not referring to riding a mountain bike though as the two wheels in this case are next to each other and not in front of each other.  I've done the Segway tours in Storms River Village on two previous occasions with Tsitsikamma Segway Tours and absolutely loved it so grabbed the opportunity to do it at Spier with both hands (although I did let go with one hand every now and then to snap a picture). 

Spier offers two options to choose from.  The shorter 1 hour tour that covers the Protea Garden, some of the farm's environmental responsibility projects and a quick view of the vineyards while the 2 hour tour allows for a longer tour of the vineyards before ending off with a wine tasting.  Our little group went on the shorter tour as we had a lunch reservation at Mojo's and made the most of every minute we were out there.  

Segways are easy to use and it doesn't take that long to learn how to ride them.  The instruction session is thorough and especially the safety issue gets emphasised.  The guide, who makes sure you implement everything you learned while out there, rides in the front and stops the group every time there is something to show.  The problem is that once you get going on the Segway you don't really want to stop. Its that much fun.  But safety is paramount and the equipment is expensive so you better listen.  The route does give you the opportunity to do some uninterrupted gliding as well giving you an all round Segway experience.

The Segway tour is a must do if you get the opportunity.  An easy way to cover a lot of ground in a sort period of time AND its environmentally friendly.  Plus I really really want one.  I'll have to settle for going on segway tours when I get the opportunity though. 


Disclosure: I went on the Spier Seaway Tour as guest of the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa during a fully hosted blogger tour.   I received no additional remuneration to write this post and all views expressed are my own.

6 comments:

  1. Riding a segway does look like fun, but I'd prefer walking on a tour to make the guide more accessible.

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  2. That looks like so much fun :) Planning a segway trip soon!

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  3. I can definitely see myself going on tours and walks with one of these Jonker. What a fun way to get around especially when you have what seems like miles and miles to walk. :)

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  4. I love the South African vineyards.
    They didn't have the segways when I visited!
    Margaret

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  5. Now that looks like a whole lot of fun. We're off to Cape Town in September. Taking Stacey's boyfriend for his birthday. He has never been before. I think we have to look into this! Thank you for the wonderful idea!

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  6. So fun! We did the Segway tour at Spier on our recent trip to Stellenbosch and loved it! Such a unique and fun way to see the vineyards. I'd never been on a Segway before so it was a fun place to learn!

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