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Trails: Mountain Bike Trails in Southern Africa

List of towns where trails are listed

Aurora Barkly East Beaufort West
Bela-Bela Bisho Blantyre
Bonnievale Bredasdorp Brits
Bulawayo Caledon Calitzdorp
Cape Town Carolina Ceres
Citrusdal Clanwilliam Clarens
Colesberg Cradock De Doorns
Durban Elgin Franschoek
Grabouw Graskop Haenertsburg
Heidelberg Hout Bay Kamieskroon
Klapmuts Knysna Krugersdorp
Ladismith Lady Grey Laingsburg
Louis Trichardt Marquar Marquard
Mokopane Montagu Morreesburg
Newcastle Nieu Bethesda Nieuwoudtville
Noetzie Noordhoek Paarl
Parys Plettenberg Bay Porterville
Prince Albert Richmond Robertson
Roossenekal Sabie Saldanha Bay
Schagen Seymour Somerset West
Springbok Stanford Stellenbosch
Storms River Stutterheim Swellendam
Thaba Nchu Thabazimbi Touws River
Tulbagh Underberg Uniondale
Upington Venterskroon Vrede
Winterton
Closest Town: Aurora
Mountain Mist
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Aurora
Description: Easy to moderate. 20-30km. No permit except to enter farm. 5 equipped cottages, sleeps 6
Comments: Perfect base to experience the Swartland. Craggy mountains. St Helena Bay in the distance
Enquiries: Mist Farm
Tel: + 27 (0)2625 750
Fax: + 27 (0)2625 750
Closest Town: Barkly East
Telle Falls Trails
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Barkly East
Location: In the Wartrail District about 45 km from Barkly East
Description: Telle Falls Trails offers a real off-road trail experience. Pack your gear and head for our beautiful valley where it literally is your play ground! Take a ride to the fabulous Telle Falls and try out many other fantastic routes which will keep you peddling all day!
Comments: Accommodation in traditional Lesotho huts with hot showers, kitchen, toilets and a camping area are available.
Enquiries: Kathy, Rob or Scott Mitchell
Tel: +27 (0)45 9749 226
Fax: +27 (0)45 9749 226
Cell: +27 (0)83 2575 400
e-mail: kathym@wartrail.co.za
Web: http://www.tellefallstrails.co.za
Closest Town: Beaufort West
Hillandale
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Beaufort West [Back to Top]
Description: 40 km of cycling trails; easy; various options available; three overnight camps; homestead for day trails; 12 persons max per camp
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: 0861 522262
Fax: + 27 (0)12 734 0159
e-mail: bookings@jacanacollection.co.za
Closest Town: Beaufort West
Hillandale Farm
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Beaufort West
Description: 5 trails, maps supplied. Trails marked. Full board at Guesthouse and Stone Huts for acomodation
Comments: Arid plains, koppies and mountains, hiking trails, hiking trails, worthwhile experience
Enquiries: Robin Stephen-Jennings
Tel: + 27 (0)23 416-1714
Closest Town: Bela-Bela
Bontebok: Diepdrift
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Bela-Bela
Description: Various routes; overnight facilities; 36 persons max
Enquiries: JD le Roux
Tel: + 27 (0)14734 729
Closest Town: Bela-Bela
Hippopool
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Bela-Bela [Back to Top]
Description: 22km; average; circular; overnight facilities; 36 persons max
Enquiries: Diepdrift Game Ranch
Tel: + 27 (0)14734 729
Closest Town: Bela-Bela
Klipspringer: Diepdrift
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Bela-Bela
Description: 8km/1 day; average; circular; overnight hut; camp site; 36 persons max
Enquiries: JD le Roux
Tel: + 27 (0)14734 729
Closest Town: Bela-Bela
Sable: Diepdrift
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Bela-Bela
Description: 24km; difficult; circular; overnight hut; camp site; 12 persons max
Enquiries: JD le Roux
Tel: + 27 (0)14734 729
Closest Town: Bela-Bela
Seekoei
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Bela-Bela [Back to Top]
Description: 22km/2 day moderate; overnight facilities; camp site; cottages; 40 persons max
Enquiries: Diepdrift Safaris Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)14734 729
Closest Town: Bela-Bela
Sugarbush
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Bela-Bela
Description: Game viewing from a mountain bike; accommodation in 3 en-suite chalets; maximum 8 persons
Enquiries: Angela
Tel: + 27 (0)14 736-5826
Closest Town: Bela-Bela
Swartwitpens
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Bela-Bela
Description: 24km cycling route; difficult; guide available; circular; overnight facilities; camp site; 20 persons max
Enquiries: Diepdrift Safaris Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)14734 729
Fax: + 27 (0)14734 018 673 1738
Closest Town: Bisho
Doubledrift Nature Reserve
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Bisho [Back to Top]
Description: 18 km; circular; in game reserve; guide available; accommodation in lodge;
Enquiries: Eastern Cape Tourism Board
Tel: + 27 (0)40 653-8010
Closest Town: Blantyre
Chambe Path
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Blantyre
Description: 10km cycling trail; technical and difficult; for the super fit and courageous; closed May to July and November to March
Enquiries: Forestry Department
Closest Town: Bonnievale
Breede Escape
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Bonnievale
Description: Various cycling routes on farm; lapa; chalets; catering available; 12 persons max;
Enquiries: C van der Merwe
Tel: + 27 (0)2346 2995
Closest Town: Bonnievale
Triodal
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Bonnievale [Back to Top]
Description: 30-40km. Moderate to difficult. Technical.Map available. 5 cottages in area. Gravel and tar.
Comments: Lots of fun here. Mountain vistas. Avoid 4x 4 routes. Exciting sections in lovely area
Tel: + 27 (0)2346 2995
Closest Town: Bredasdorp
De Hoop / Engen
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Bredasdorp
Description: 2-3 days needed; various routes from farm house at base (not accessible by vehicle); in De Hoop Nature Reserve; difficult; 12 cyclists max; entrance fee at gate
Enquiries: De Hoop Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)28 542-1126
Fax: + 27 (0)28 542-1679
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Brits
Swarthoek
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Brits
Description: TEMPORARILY CLOSED (16km cycling route; difficult; guide available; circular; hut; camp site; 24 persons max.)
Enquiries: Anvie Ventures
Tel: + 27 (0)12 662-0586
Fax: + 27 (0)12 662-1140
e-mail: anvie@xsinet.co.za
Closest Town: Bulawayo
Matobo National Park Zimbabwe
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Bulawayo [Back to Top]
Description: Several laid out trails; lodges; chalets; caravan and camp site; suitable for all riders
Enquiries: Department of National Parks & Wild Life
Tel: + 263 (0)4 70-6077
Closest Town: Caledon
Meiring
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Caledon
Description: 10km/1 day;
Enquiries: Caledon Municipality
Tel: + 27 (0)281 2-1090
Fax: + 27 (0)281 4-1289
Closest Town: Calitzdorp
Gamkaberg Trails
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Calitzdorp
Description: Various cycling options; in Gamkaberg Nature Reserve; tented camp at base; own tent on trail; 12 persons max;
Enquiries: Gamkaberg Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)4437 3-3367
Fax: + 27 (0)4437 ask fax 3-3367
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Cape Town
Deer Park
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Cape Town [Back to Top]
Description: Moderate to difficult. No specified route, but has scope for 90 minutes in the saddle. Strenous riding, varying terrain with undulating riding with steep climbs and sharp descents
Comments: Easy access form the city centre, magnificent views, good spot for after work training. Beware of sharp and loose gravel on certain descents. More information: See Paul Leger's Guide
Enquiries: Parks and Forests
Tel: + 27 (0)21 23 3210
Closest Town: Cape Town
Freedom Trail
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Cape Town
Location: 14 Aberdeen Road, Newlands
Description: The Freedom Trail currently extends 2300 kms from Pietermaritzburg to Paarl but in time we intend to take it a further 1 300 kms up to the Limpopo. The trail is an open access trail to be used by the general public (although there are some places like the provincial conservation land) where permits are required. Fully catered and serviced accommodation every 4-6 hrs. Get your day pack, a change of clothing, emergency gear, bike goodies and....GO. No support vehicles, no hassles. Just you, your bike and amazing countryside for days on end.
Cell: +27 (0) 84 567 4152
e-mail: info@freedomchallenge.org.za
Web: http://www.freedomchallenge.org.za
Closest Town: Carolina
Kalkoenkrans
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Carolina
Description: Mountain bike trail in Carolina Various cycling routes; huts and camp site; 20 persons max; R25 per person.
Tel: + 27 (0)13 443 1954
Closest Town: Ceres
Suurpootjie
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Ceres [Back to Top]
Description: Circular, various options, 3 huts.
Comments: Rockpainting tours and farm holiday in the Vaalkloof Private Nature Reserve
Enquiries: Joy or Justin
Tel: + 27 (0)23 316-1690
Fax: + 27 (0)23 349-3138
e-mail: info@naturereserve.co.za
Closest Town: Citrusdal
Citrusdal
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Citrusdal
Description: 11 scenic routes, circular. Permits needed. Accommodation at various venues. July to October best time to hike
Comments: Many interesting routes. Picnic spots. Some terrain bone-shaking. Tranquil atmosphere and vista over valleys.
Enquiries: Sandveldhuisie
Tel: + 27 (0)22 9213210
Closest Town: Citrusdal
Maltese-Cross
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Citrusdal
Description: 16km cycling route; difficult; various options; 12 person max; overnight facilities and camp site;
Enquiries: H Nieuwoudt
Tel: + 27 (0)27 482-2825
Fax: + 27 (0)27 482-2825
Closest Town: Citrusdal
Mountain Mist
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Citrusdal [Back to Top]
Description: Various cycling options; moderate; cottages;
Enquiries: Mountain Mist Farm
Tel: + 27 (0)2625 750
Fax: + 27 (0)2625 750
Closest Town: Citrusdal
Wolfkop Nature Reserve
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Citrusdal
Location: 5 km from Citrusdal village on the Cape West Coast Road
Description: 8km - In Wolfkop Nature Reserve and 10km town and back.
Comments: Ground and surface terrain vary greatly for mountain biking. There is everything from sand and loose gravel, to hard packed concrete, to rocky climbs, to mountainous single track. The cool moist winter months mean that many of the sandy tracks become rideable for 3-4 months of the year, allowing for the single track routes. The route include natural Fynbos, sandstone rock formations, Rooibos tea plantations and orange orchids. Accommodation available.
Enquiries: Reservations
Fax: 086 617 5868
Cell: +27 (0)83 775 0144
e-mail: info@wolfkopnaturereserve.co.za
Web: http://www.wolfkopnaturereserve.co.za
Closest Town: Clanwilliam
Vallei Kromrivier
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Clanwilliam
Description: Various cycling options; overnight facilities; camp site; catered on request; 12 persons max
Enquiries: Cedarberg Tourist Park
Tel: + 27 (0)27 482-2807
Closest Town: Clarens
Bokpoort
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Clarens [Back to Top]
Description: Description: 3 different trails from 5 to 56 km; on a farm; 24 persons in hikers camp; 18 persons in chalets; catering available
Comments: Restored sandstone barn with 3 rooms, 24 beds and matrasses, ablution block and electricity. Mountain camp with shelters and pit toilets
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: 0861 522262
Fax: + 27 (0)12 734 0159
e-mail: bookings@jacanacollection.co.za
Closest Town: Clarens
Bokpoort
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Clarens
Description: 3 different trails from 5 to 56 km; on a farm; 24 persons in hikers camp; 18 persons in chalets; catering available
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: 0861 522262
Fax: + 27 (0)12 734 0159
e-mail: bookings@jacanacollection.co.za
Closest Town: Colesberg
Seekoei River
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Colesberg
Description: Various options; 1-3 day; circular; camp site at base; overnight huts; 20 persons max on 18 km; 20 persons max for overnight huts; larger groups by special arrangement;
Enquiries: Karools and Aletta Venter
Tel: + 27 (0)51 753-1378
Fax: + 27 (0)51 753-1378 ask fax
Closest Town: Cradock
Bushman
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Cradock [Back to Top]
Description: Other 2-day loops on the Amatola Hiking Trail include the Evelyn, Dontsa and Zingcuka Loops. There are a number of entry and exit points on the main Amatola Trail. To arrange own transport.
Enquiries: Commando Drift Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)48 881-3925
Fax: + 27 (0)48 881-3119
e-mail: bird@eci.co.za
Closest Town: Cradock
Endurance
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Cradock
Description: 35km; circular mountain bike trail in Commando Drift Nature Reserve; 4-bed overnight cabins, 4-bed chalets; 4 persons min/12 persons max; entrance fee at gate
Enquiries: Commando Drift Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)48 881-3925
Fax: + 27 (0)48 881-3119
Closest Town: Cradock
Mountain Zebra
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Cradock
Location: Take the Cradock / Middelburg Road (N10). Cradock is about 250 km from Port Elizabeth. Turn west onto the Graaff-Reinet Road (R61). From Cradock the turn-off to the Park is well sign-posted after about 6 km. It is 27 km to the park gates.
Description: Nature trails; biking from 15 minutes to 5 hours. route maps for hikers; prior arrangement necessary. Amenities: Eighteen, four-bed, well-equipped chalets at the tourist rest camp, 20 caravan and camping facilities; launderette, conference hall, restaurant, shop, petrol, swimming pool. Doornhoek guest cottage (historic, renovated farmhouse) sleeps 6. Meals are available from the restaurant; a shop supplies basic commodities.
Comments: Situated in the Mountain Zebra National Park, mountains, birds, plants and animals in lovely surroundings. Offers viewing of Cape mountain zebra as well as springbok, eland, blesbok, black wildebeest, red hartebeest and many other Cape Midland animals. Largely devoid of trees except along the riverbanks and high up in the valleys on the northern slopes of the Bankberg, where bird life is abundant. About 37 km of good gravel roads traverse the Eastern Midlands Nama Karoo vegetation. The rare booted eagle is one of the 255 species of birds recorded in the Park.
Enquiries: SA National Parks Board
Tel: + 27 (0)12 428 9111 or (048) 881-2427
Fax: + 27 (0)12 343-0905 or (048) 881-3943
Cell: + 27 (0)82 233 9111
e-mail: reservations@sanparks.org
Web: http://www.sanparks.org
Closest Town: De Doorns
Hex Valley Trail
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: De Doorns [Back to Top]
Description: Moderate with a technically 5km downhill, a few steep climbs. Permits needed.. Map .Sleeps 14
Comments: Breathtaking views. Veritable Switzerland. Iron nerves needed for Kwadouws berg.
Tel: + 27 (0)233 58 2207
Closest Town: De Doorns
Two Tunnels
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: De Doorns
Location: The trail starts (and finishes) at the Veldskoen Padstal (532m ASL) on the N1, 3km beyond De Doorns (travelling from Cape Town).
Description: Definitely the main attraction on the Two Tunnels Mountain Bike Trail is the ride through one of the twin tunnels through which the original railway line ran. There are optional detours to the Kaffrarian Rifles Memorial (almost 900m ASL), erected on the spot where nine British soldiers lost their lives when their troop train derailed in 1914, and to Appaskop (850m ASL) which offers breathtaking views of the Hex River Valley and the Matroosberg Mountains. The main route of about 20 km is moderate, but includes a few steep climbs. Optional detours extend the route to about 35km. While many serious mountain bikers enjoy the challenge the trail has to offer, it is also quite suitable for family- and group excursions. Picnic or self-catering camping facilities are available at Tunnel Station (near the halfway mark). Firewood and tents can be provided. Other accommodation facilities are available throughout the region.
Enquiries: Reservations
Fax: 088 023 356 2324
Cell: +27(0)83 449 1940 or 072 326 0346
e-mail: hexpaseco@emailme.co.za
Closest Town: Durban
Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Durban
Description: 9km technical trail and a 7km casual trail
Tel: + 27 (0)33 845-1000
Fax: + 27 (0)33 845-1001
Closest Town: Elgin
Lebanon
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Elgin [Back to Top]
Location: Take the Valley Road turnoff on the N2 after Grabouw.
Description: Four fully-marked mountain biking trails traversing the Elgin Valley farms, Lebanon Forest Reserve and the Kogelberg biosphere. Roads and Jeep tracks, orchard and wooded areas, dams and streams. Situated on the Kromme River Farm in the Elgin Valley and offering quaint, self-catering cottages ideal for mountain bikers, families and friends. Less than an hour's drive from Cape Town Oak Lane is an ideal weekend or overnight getaway. Mountain biking permits are included in the cost of overnight accommodation. The trails offer a unique riding experience that combines rolling orchard farmland, forested pineslopes and mountainous fynbos with breathtaking views of the Elgin Valley and Overberg surrounds. All trails are clearly marked from Oak Lane where permits and maps are available.
Enquiries: Michelle Loos
Tel: + 27 (0)21 844 0248
Cell: + 27 (0)83 461 8940
e-mail: info@oaklane.co.za
Web: http://www.oaklane.co.za/mountain.htm
Closest Town: Franschoek
La Motte Plantation
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Franschoek
Description: Easy to dificult. 500 ha. Forest. Full morning ride. Permits needed. Mid-April to November only.
Comments: Allows self-planned routes. Different terrains and difficulty. Swim in pools and picnics. Also challenging riding.
Enquiries: SAFCOL
Tel: + 27 (0)21 876-2061
Closest Town: Grabouw
Grabouw Plantation
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Grabouw
Description: 14km.circular. Permits needed, this fee includes a map. Steep terrain. Accommodation at Houwhoek Inn
Comments: Shady Plantation. Mountain pools. Scenic views. Braai facilities. Country club.
Tel: + 27 (0)21 859 2606
Closest Town: Grabouw
Hottentots-Holland Reserve
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Grabouw [Back to Top]
Description: Various cycling routes; guide available; in nature reserve; 15 persons max;
Enquiries: Hottentots-Holland Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)21 886-6543
Fax: + 27 (0)21 886-6575
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Graskop
Mariepskop Forestry Area
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Graskop
Description: 20km; camping at Blyderivier; 2 chalets for 5 persons each
Enquiries: Mariepskop
Tel: + 27 (0)156 32581
Closest Town: Haenertsburg
Louis Changuion
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Haenertsburg
Description: 11km circular; accommodation in Haenertsburg.
Enquiries: Reservations
Tel: + 27 (0)15276 4328
Fax: + 27 (0)15276 4328
Closest Town: Heidelberg
Grootvadersbosch
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Heidelberg [Back to Top]
Description: 25-28 km. Moderate to difficult. Permits needed. Map supplied. Groups of 12 people. Accommodation available.
Comments: Rough, enjoyable Jeep track. Ablaze with floral delights in Spring. Stream crossings.
Enquiries: The Southern Africa Hiking Trail Owners
Tel: + 27 (0)14 717 5812
Fax: + 27 (0)14 (0)86 682 0244
Cell: + 27 (0)82 677 6999
e-mail: info@waterberg
Web: http://www.stamvrugtrails.co.za
Closest Town: Hout Bay
Tokai Forest
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Hout Bay
Description: Moderate to difficult 25km in total. No Specific route. Culminates in rocky climb. Stunning views
Comments: day permit obtainable at the gate for R4.00 between 07h20 and 18h00
Enquiries: SAFCOL Tokai
Tel: + 27 (0)21 72 7471
Closest Town: Kamieskroon
Leliefontein (A)
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Kamieskroon
Description: 9km cycling route; easy; for the whole family; circular; own mountain bike; permit required; accommodation nearby; R10.00 per person
Enquiries: Namaqualand District Council
Tel: + 27 (0)251 2-2011
Fax: + 27 (0)251 2-1421
Closest Town: Kamieskroon
Leliefontein (B)
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Kamieskroon [Back to Top]
Description: 49km cycling route; or 30km one way; difficult; own mountain bike; permit required; accommodation nearby;
Enquiries: Namaqualand District Council
Tel: + 27 (0)251 2-2011
Fax: + 27 (0)251 2-1421
Closest Town: Kamieskroon
Nourivier
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Kamieskroon
Description: 29km cycling route; fairly easy although difficult in places; circular; own mountain bike; permit required; accommodation nearby; R10.00 per person
Enquiries: Namaqualand District Council
Tel: + 27 (0)251 2-2011
Fax: + 27 (0)251 2-1421
Closest Town: Kamieskroon
Vissersplaat
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Kamieskroon
Description: 8m cycling route; easy; own mountain bike; permit required; accommodation nearby;
Enquiries: Namaqualand District Council
Tel: + 27 (0)251 2-2011
Fax: + 27 (0)251 2-1421
Closest Town: Klapmuts
Dirtopia Trail Centre
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Klapmuts [Back to Top]
Location: R44 between Stellenbosch and Klapmuts
Description: The Porcupine Trail offers trail riders over 5km of challenging singletrack trails. The route is roughly 15km long and takes riders up the slopes of the Klapmuts Hill and into a Renosterveld Conservancy. We are improving sections of this trail and a new singletrack section has just been added! The more sedate Farm Trail is 7,75km and perfect for beginners. Don't have a bike? You can rent a standard mountain bike from us. Dirtopia is well known for the construction of sweet singletrack. The Delvera mountain bike trails are the first step in creating quality mountain bike tourism products in the Western Cape.
Cell: +27 (0)83 284 5932
e-mail: theteam@dirtopia.co.za
Web: http://www.dirtopia.co.za
Closest Town: Knysna
Homtini
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Knysna
Description: 19km/2.3 hour; recreational mountain bike route; mostly average/one difficult section; marked; circular; unidirectional; in Goudveld State Forest; no facilities; not for the very young; under 18 must be accompanied by adults;
Enquiries: Department of Water Affairs and Forestry
Tel: + 27 (0)445 82-5466
Fax: + 27 (0)445 82-5461
Closest Town: Knysna
Homtini
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Knysna
Description: 19km, moderate. Permits needed. Map available. Easy contours. Single track slip paths.
Comments: Panoramic views of Knysna Heads. Swimming hole. Fynbos.
Enquiries: Forestry Regional Office
Tel: + 27 (0)445 82 5466
Closest Town: Knysna
Perdekop Nature Walk
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Knysna [Back to Top]
Description: Perdekop Nature Walk is a single day walk of 9,5Km starting and finishing at Harkerville Forest Station. It is a fairly easy walk and should be easily accomplished in three to four hours. The route is predominantly through indigenous forest and passes a beautiful natural swimming pool at the bottom of a waterfall and surrounded by Ferns. Permits must be obtained from the booking office.;
Tel: + 27 (0)44 302 5606
Fax: + 27 (0)44 302 5627
e-mail: cathyv@sanparks.org
Web: http://www.footprint.co.za/harkerville.htm
Closest Town: Knysna
Petrus-se-Brand
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Knysna
Description: Recreational mountain bike route; 23 km/3 hour; average; marked; linear (starts at Diepwalle, ends at Garden of Eden); in the Diepwalle State Forest; no facilities; not for the very young; under 18 must be accompanied;
Enquiries: Department of Water Affairs and Forestry
Tel: + 27 (0)445 82-5466
Fax: + 27 (0)445 82-5461
Closest Town: Knysna
Petrus-se-Brand.
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Knysna
Description: 48km out and back, endurance event. Permits needed. and map. For accommodation, contact local Information Office.
Comments: Forest setting, single track. Picnic sites at both ends
Tel: + 27 (0)445 2 1610 or 82 5466
Closest Town: Krugersdorp
Kromdraai
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Krugersdorp [Back to Top]
Description: Not open yet (Various options; average; guide available; overnight huts and camp site; 16 persons max;
Enquiries: Kromdraai Conservancy
Tel: + 27 (0)11 957-0241
Fax: + 27 (0)11 957-0034
Closest Town: Ladismith
Buffelspoort
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Ladismith
Description: 14 to 32km alternating moderate and severe. Permits R10 including map. Accommodation in cottages sleeps 6 each.
Comments: Buffelspoort canyon, rock pools, Eagles, Fynbos. Easier riding among vineyards in area.
Tel: + 27 (0)28 551-2114 or 551-1023 x 33
Closest Town: Lady Grey
Lammergeier Adventure
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Lady Grey
Location: In the Lammergeier Private Nature Reserve. Between lady Grey and Barkly East, turn off the R58 at Lammergeier Trail Signboard, about 40 km from Barkly East and 27 from Lady Grey. Travel 14 km on Joubert Pass gravel road to Reception.
Description: The reserve, some 7 500 ha, a holistically managed family farm (winner of the prestigious Grasslands Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1997) is located in the Witteberg range, and is named after the endangered bearded vulture (lammergeier). There are some 282 species of birds, including the Cape vulture, black eagle, jackal buzzard, and crowned cranes. Game includes several species of small antelope, lynx, jackal, wildcat and red hare. Summers are mild to hot, while winters are cold with snowfalls. The only farm in South Africa growing Organic and natural grown wheat with Stoneground Wheatmill that supplies local bakers and Health food market. One of the top Bonsmara Stud herds in the Eastern Cape. Weather can be very changeable: be prepared for extreme conditions at any time of the year.
Comments: The reserve, some 7 500 ha, a holistically managed family farm (winner of the prestigious Grasslands Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1997) is located in the Witteberg range, and is named after the endangered bearded vulture (lammergeier). There are some 282 species of birds, including the Cape vulture, black eagle, jackal buzzard, and crowned cranes. Game includes several species of small antelope, lynx, jackal, wildcat and red hare. Summers are mild to hot, while winters are cold with snowfalls. The only farm in South Africa growing Organic and natural grown wheat with Stoneground Wheatmill that supplies local bakers and health food market. One of the top Bonsmara Stud herds in the Eastern Cape. Weather can be very changeable: be prepared for extrem conditions at any time of the year.
Enquiries: Lammergeier Adventure Trails
Tel: + 27 (0)51 603-1114
Fax: + 27 (0)51 603-1114
e-mail: margot@eci.co.za
Closest Town: Laingsburg
Anysberg
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Laingsburg [Back to Top]
Description: Easy cycling trails; guided; own mountain bike; in nature reserve; huts & camp site at base; own tent; sleep under stars on trail; 10 persons max; R12 per person per day for the trail; entrance fee at gate
Enquiries: Anysberg Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)2372 ask for 1913
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Laingsburg
Anysberg Nature Reserve
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Laingsburg
Description: Moderate to tecnical in places, 26km. Very enjoyable. Permits at Reserve. Cottages and campsite
Comments: Trail description at Reserve, most enjoyable, overnight at Pony trail camp. Striking scenery
Tel: + 27 (0)23 551 1992
Closest Town: Louis Trichardt
Fountain
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Louis Trichardt
Description: 4km cycling route; guide available; circular; campsite
Enquiries: Wild Life Society of South Africa
Tel: + 27 (0)15 516-4534
Fax: + 27 (0)15 516-4534
Closest Town: Louis Trichardt
Tabajwane
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Louis Trichardt [Back to Top]
Description: 8km/ guide available; camp site
Enquiries: Wild Life Society of South Africa
Tel: + 27 (0)15 516-4534
Fax: + 27 (0)15 516-4534
Closest Town: Louis Trichardt
Tshumanini
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Louis Trichardt
Description: Various options; open ended; guide available; camp site
Enquiries: Wild Life Society of South Africa
Tel: + 27 (0)15 516-4534
Fax: + 27 (0)15 516-4534
Closest Town: Louis Trichardt
Waterbuck
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Louis Trichardt
Description: 3km; guide available; camp site
Enquiries: Wild Life Society of South Africa
Tel: + 27 (0)15 516-4534
Fax: + 27 (0)15 516-4534
Closest Town: Marquar
Koranna: Two Mountains
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Marquar [Back to Top]
Description: 37km; circular; very difficult; in conservancy; overnight cottage 8 persons; overnight barn 20 persons;
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: 0861 522262
Fax: + 27 (0)12 734 0159
e-mail: bookings@jacanacollection.co.za
Closest Town: Marquard
Korannaberg
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Marquard
Description: The Korannaberg Hiking Trail is situated close to the historical Free State town of Winburg, The 2 day trail is well marked and can be considered quite strenuous but should be included in any list of trails to do. The base camp consists of an old barn set under the shadows of nearby sandstone cliffs. Day 1- 18Km; Day 2- 12Km
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: 0861 522262
Fax: + 27 (0)12 734 0159
e-mail: bookings@jacanacollection.co.za
Closest Town: Marquard
Merriemetsi
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Marquard
Description: Circular cycling route; huts; 20 persons max;
Enquiries: Cherry Trails
Tel: + 27 (0)51 991-0126
Fax: + 27 (0)51 991-0126
Closest Town: Marquard
Rietfontein Rides: Rietfontein and Wolwerand
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Marquard [Back to Top]
Description: 10 circle routes from 6kms-66kms; various grades; accommodation in town; campsite available. From R55-R85 per person per day. Comments: Take sufficient repair kits due to thorns
Comments: Take sufficient repair kits due to thorns.
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: 0861 522262
Fax: + 27 (0)12 734 0159
e-mail: bookings@jacanacollection.co.za
Closest Town: Mokopane
Thabaphaswa
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Mokopane
Location: 16 km from Mokopane (Potgietersrus), 215 km from Pretoria.
Description: 35kms-45kms/ moderate-difficult; huts and camp site; up to 60 persons max. Plot own routes on the trail network. The landscape within which the Thabaphaswa hiking and mountain bike trail lies, is reminiscent of the Motopo hills further north. "Thabaphaswa" means in the local dialect, "the black and white mountain" - a well known landmark to all the local inhabitants and tribes of the area. It describes the colouring patterns of the indigenous Nguni animals. Sheltered by its enclosing hills, Groenkom farm lies in a natural basin and makes a wonderful bushveld retreat. The Thabaphaswa mountain towers over the adjacent hills. The network of hiking trails offers the ideal opportunity for nature lovers to discover the variety of game, bird and plant-life of this area. The beautiful scenery has been complemented by the design of the overnight camps which are camouflaged between the big boulders on the farm which blend into the landscape. Overnight facilities: Dome Rock base camp: Four huts with 6/7 beds/mattresses. Each hut has own boma, two plate gas stove, kettle, pots, potjies, pans, washing up area. Braaifacility. Ablutions - reed enclosed showers, flush toilets. Paraffin lamps. Fridge. Kanniedood camp: 14 beds/mattresses. Same facilities as Dome Rock. Die Pomphuisie: Fully equipped cottage for two persons.
Comments: Temperatures very mild due to altitude and protective southern mountains. Wood can be bought or bring own.
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: 0861 522262
Fax: + 27 (0)12 734 0159
e-mail: bookings@jacanacollection.co.za
Closest Town: Montagu
Waboomsberg Trail
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Montagu
Description: A tough 40km. Technical map provided with permit. Avoid January and February. Many cottages in area.
Comments: Views of Breede River Valley way below. Panoramic views of rolling mountains. Lovely setting
Tel: + 27 (0)234 4 2532 or 4 1112
Cell: + 27 (0)82 550 8766
Closest Town: Morreesburg
Koringberg Dayride
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Morreesburg [Back to Top]
Location: Koringberg
Description: Starts and finishes from the town. The core of the route is approximately 35 km long. It includes fast jeep track, hard granny-ring climbs, panoramic views, steep rough downhills, sharp hairpin single tracks, country roads and rolling farm hills This ride can vary from 35-60km and requires good mountain biking skills and a moderate to high level of fitness
Enquiries: Alan Cotton
Cell: + 27 (0)82 921 2301
Web: http://www.live2ride.co.za
Closest Town: Newcastle
Blanerne
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Newcastle
Description: Four cycling trails of varying length and difficulty; guide available; tented camp; other accommodation available; 8 persons max
Enquiries: Pam Mitchell Innes
Tel: + 27 (0)3621 747
Fax: + 27 (0)3621 747
Closest Town: Nieu Bethesda
Ganora
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Nieu Bethesda
Description: 32km/2 day; day 15km, day 2 17km; difficult; circular; own tent; 6 persons max. Unmarked wilderness trail.
Comments: 8 Kilometres from Nieu Bethesda on the road to Middleburg. The turn-off is well signposted. Beyond scenic, this is a mountainous Karoo. Duweltjie(thorn) country. Watch out for snakebites on the descent. Availabilty of water depends on circumstances.
Enquiries: JP and Hester Steynberg
Tel: + 27 (0)49 841-1302
Fax: + 27 (0)49 841-1302
Cell: + 27 (0)82 698 0029
e-mail: ganora@xsinet.co.za
Closest Town: Nieuwoudtville
De Hoop
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Nieuwoudtville [Back to Top]
Description: Various cycling options on farm roads; overnight huts and cottage available;
Comments: Situated on the farm Papkuilsfontein
Enquiries: Willem and Mariette van Wyk
Tel: + 27 (0)27 218-1246
Fax: + 27 (0)27 218-1246
e-mail: papkuilsfontein@cybertrade.co.za
Closest Town: Noetzie
De Hoop Trail
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Noetzie
Description: Moderate to difficult. Permits needed. 4 people. Max 12 people. Good Map
Comments: 5 trails 15kms to 25 Km. Rugged coastlines. 1,500 Fynbos species. Lovely beach at Lekkerwater.
Tel: + 27 (0)28 542 1126
Closest Town: Noordhoek
Silvermine South
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Noordhoek
Description: Moderate on fairly rough terrain. Circular 7.2km on a gravel jeep track. Gradients strenuous climbs and downhills bone-jarring
Enquiries: Silvermine
Tel: + 27 (0)21 75 3040
Closest Town: Paarl
Kagga Kamma
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Paarl [Back to Top]
Description: Various cycling routes; easy; overnight hut; camp site; 40 persons max
Enquiries: Kagga Kamma Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)21 863-8355
Fax: + 27 (0)21 863-8383
Closest Town: Paarl
Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Paarl
Description: Network of cycling routes; easy to difficult; guide available; in nature reserve; picnic and braai area; accommodation in Paarl
Enquiries: Paarl Municipality
Tel: + 27 (0)2187 23-658
Fax: + 27 (0)2187 28-054
Closest Town: Paarl
Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve.
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Paarl
Description: easy and suitable for family excursions. 4km to 20km circular routes. Map and permit at Gate.
Comments: Dirt roads forming loops. Easy going, gentle gradients. Smooth roads, gigantic rocks, panoramic views.
Enquiries: Paarl Mountain Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)21 872 3658
Closest Town: Paarl
Rons Cycle Hire
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Paarl [Back to Top]
Comments: Mountain Bikes for Hire
Enquiries: Ron Sage
Tel: + 27 (0)21 872-0747
Fax: + 27 (0)21 872-0747
Cell: + 27 (0)83 658 4944
e-mail: rons@kingsley.co.za
Closest Town: Parys
OffTrax
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Parys
Description: Guided mountainbiking trails on the Savannah Game Farm and various guided mountain bike rides in Parys, Vredefort and vicinity.
Enquiries: Gerrit Nel or Vernon van Niekerk
Tel: + 27 (0)56 817-6446
Fax: + 27 (0)56 811-4856
Cell: + 27 (0)82 976 4856 or 082 422 6955
e-mail: nelgp@mweb.co.za
Closest Town: Plettenberg Bay
Wittedrif
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Plettenberg Bay
Description: Cycling route; guide available; various options; overnight facilities;
Enquiries: Wittedrift Butchery
Tel: + 27 (0)4457 9760
Fax: + 27 (0)4457 9654
Closest Town: Porterville
Beaverlac
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Porterville [Back to Top]
Description: Olifants Rd: 9km - short but difficult. Dasklip Pass 20km - difficult. Map available. Self catering units available.
Comments: Pristine wilderness area. Beautifull views over valleys. Unsurpassed tranquil spots.
Tel: + 27 (0)22 931 2945
Fax: + 27 (0)22 931 2945
Closest Town: Prince Albert
Mountain Bike
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Prince Albert
Description: Various cycling routes; average; not during December and February; camping facilities
Enquiries: Tierberg Hiking Trails
Tel: + 27 (0)4436 780
Closest Town: Prince Albert
Swartberg Pass
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Prince Albert
Description: No permits needed. 60km with 7 fully equipped Houses in De Hel. It is a good idea to get hold of topographical map 3321BD.
Comments: Magic views, demonic downhills, epic riding for the fit and well organised riders. Leave caravans out!!
Tel: + 27 (0)443 22 2221 or 29 1739
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Richmond
Game Valley
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Richmond [Back to Top]
Description: 5-25km; various options; overnight facilities; camp site; 10 persons max;
Enquiries: BW Porter
Tel: + 27 (0)3322 3171
Closest Town: Robertson
Pat Busch Nature Reserve
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Robertson
Description: Various circular cycling routes; easy to moderate; in private nature reserve; cottages; biking for guests only; 32 persons max;
Enquiries: Pat Busch Private Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)23 626-2033
Fax: + 27 (0)23 626-2033
e-mail: patbusch@intekom.co.za
Closest Town: Roossenekal
Salpeterkrans
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Roossenekal
Description: Circular cycling routes from 35kms-45kms; overnight huts; 30 persons max
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: 0861 522262
Fax: + 27 (0)12 734 0159
e-mail: bookings@jacanacollection.co.za
Closest Town: Sabie
Hlalanathi
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Sabie [Back to Top]
Description: Various day routes from self-contained forest lodge; 4-6 persons per unit
Enquiries: SAFCOL
Tel: + 27 (0)12 481-3615
Fax: + 27 (0)12 481-3622
e-mail: ecotour@safcol.co.za
Closest Town: Sabie
Pine Lodge
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Sabie
Description: Various cycling routes along forest bridle paths; A-frame hut;
Enquiries: Mondi Forests
Tel: + 27 (0)13 764-1011
Fax: + 27 (0)13 764-2093
Closest Town: Saldanha Bay
Langebaan/Saldanha Bay trails
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Saldanha Bay
Description: Variety of trails in the Langebaan Saldanha bay area. Mountain bike guided tours Eco Ride, Fossil Ride, Night ride and Beach ride, distances 10-25km. All rides require low to moderate fitness, and basic cycling or mountain biking skills. aried terrain, great views of Langebaan Lagoon, Saldanha Bay, game viewing, many accommodation options in Langebaan
Tel: +27 (0)22 772 1793
Fax: +27 (0)22 772 1793
Cell: + 27 (0)82 921 2301
e-mail: alan@live2ride.co.za
Web: http://www.live2ride.co.za
Closest Town: Schagen
Mankele Mountain Biking
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Schagen [Back to Top]
Location: Farm 271 Sudwalaskraal. 6 km from the N4, on the R539 (Sudwala Caves road)
Description: Various routes ranging from 2.4km to 55km. The trails are complimented with endless wooden boardwalks and bridges that have been carefully constructed over the terrain. The adrenaline pumping trails have an excellent balance: from lung bursting climbs, disc burning descents, nail biting north shore, big drops, river crossings and fast, smooth single track.
Comments: Mankele is all about family, being in the bush and riding your bike. We have accomodation to suite everyone, from our luxurious cabins hidden in the stick wood forests to pitching your own tent on our lush green lawns. Other facilities are swimming pools, river tubing, braai areas, entertainment area with pool table, dart board, DSTV and a BMX track to keep the kids busy. GPS co-ordinates: 25deg 23' 18.08" S 30 deg 42' 45.66" E.
Fax: 086 681 0753
Cell: +27 (0)78 801 0453 or 082 338 9533
e-mail: ride@mankele.co.za
Web: http://www.mankele.co.za
Closest Town: Seymour
Katberg
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Seymour
Location: In the Winterberg Range. Turn off from road to Seymour and Queenstown. The R67 and R351 converge near Seymour.
Description: Mountain bicycle trail along existing forestry and secondary roads. The historic Katberg Pass forms a focal point of this scenic mountain trail. Hikers pass through a region of scenic splendour: clear rivers with waterfalls, grassy summits, forested ravines and sweeping plantations. Carry own water. An overnight hut on the circular Katberg Trail or accommodation in the Katberg Protea Hotel.
Comments: Day permits and rides from Forestry Office on Katberg Pass. Beautiful views, forests, waterfalls, rock formations. Small mammals (baboon, vervet and samango monkey, small antelope) and a variety of birds, including the rare Cape Parrot, may be seen.
Enquiries: Keiskamma Eco-Tourism
Tel: + 27 (0)43 642-1747
Fax: + 27 (0)43 642-2571
e-mail: printl@his.co.za
Web: http://www.boaa.co.za/amatola.htm
Closest Town: Somerset West
Helderbergplaas
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Somerset West
Description: 11km cycling trail; average to very difficult; overnight hut;
Enquiries: W Obermeyer
Tel: + 27 (0)24 554-308
Fax: + 27 (0)24 554-308
Closest Town: Springbok
Goegap Nature Reserve
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Springbok [Back to Top]
Description: 14km; average; circular; own mountain bike; guest house for 6 persons; other accommodation nearby;
Enquiries: Goegap Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)251 2-1880
Fax: + 27 (0)251 8-1286
Closest Town: Stanford
Salmonsdam
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Stanford
Description: Various routes; in nature reserve; overnight hut; camp site
Enquiries: Salmonsdam Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)283 300-787
Closest Town: Stellenbosch
Helderberg Farm Trail
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Stellenbosch
Description: Short trails in total 11km. Moderate trails with fun sections. Kiosk, tea garden, children's playground
Comments: Scenic outlook over False Bay, Sellenbosch and Cape Peninsula. Wooded country. Obstacle course.
Enquiries: Wimie Obermeyer
Tel: + 27 (0)21 855 4308
Closest Town: Stellenbosch
Jonkershoek Valley
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Stellenbosch [Back to Top]
Description: Easy-moderate. Gentle climb. 4 hrs cranking. Web of plantation roads, magnificent area. Pleasure of a twisting, down-hill return
Comments: Entry fee of R5.00 payable at the reserve gate. More information: see Paul Leger's Guide.
Enquiries: SAFCOL
Tel: + 27 (0)21 886 5715 x 30 or 883 3584
Closest Town: Storms River
Storms River
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Storms River
Description: In the Tsitsikama State forest, starting at Storms River village.
Tel: + 27 (0)42 541-1557
Closest Town: Stutterheim
Kologha Forest
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Stutterheim
Location: Northwest of Stutterheim. From Stutterheim along the R30 it is about 7 km to the Plantation Office. All trails start and end at the Kologha Picnic Site.
Description: Mountain Bike Trail (17 km): This circular route, on a vehicle track, passes through indigenous forest, plantation and grassland. There are several drinking points. Mountain Bike Trail (8 km): A ride to the dam and back on the road. Amenities: Braai facilities, toilets, picnic tables and a small outdoor information centre are provided at the picnic site.
Enquiries: Kubusie Plantation, SAFCOL
Tel: + 27 (0)43 683-7323
Fax: + 27 (0)43 683-7315
Closest Town: Swellendam
Marloth Nature Reserve
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Swellendam [Back to Top]
Description: Various cycling routes; in nature reserve; hut; camp site; 30 persons max;
Enquiries: Marloth Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)291 41-410
Fax: + 27 (0)291 41-488
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Thaba Nchu
Maria Moraka National Park
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Thaba Nchu
Description: In game reserve; mountain bikes available; guided
Enquiries: Thaba Safaries
Tel: + 27 (0)51 871 2161
Fax: + 27 (0)51 871 2521
Closest Town: Thaba Nchu
Maria Moraka National Park
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Thaba Nchu
Description: In game reserve; mountain bikes available; guided;
Enquiries: Thaba Safaris
Tel: + 27 (0)51871 2161
Fax: + 27 (0)51871 2521
Closest Town: Thabazimbi
Berg-en-Bos
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Thabazimbi [Back to Top]
Description: On farm roads; various options; easy to average; in a nature reserve; overnight huts and tent; camp site; 5 persons min/20 max; or rustic hut for 6 persons
Tel: + 27 (0)14 772-2657
Closest Town: Touws River
Elim
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Touws River
Description: Various cycling routes; easy to difficult; hut and camp site;
Enquiries: Boeboe and Joey
Tel: + 27 (0)23 358-2013
Closest Town: Tulbagh
Silwerfontein
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Tulbagh
Description: 16km/1-2 day; average; circular; guide available; guest cottage ; Double-decker bus (sleeps 10); cave (no facilities); 12 persons max;
Comments: No open fires, moderate level of fitness required.
Enquiries: Karen & Bernd Muller
Tel: + 27 (0)236 32-0531
Fax: + 27 (0)236 32-0531
Closest Town: Underberg
Country Roads Trails
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Underberg [Back to Top]
Description: Various routes; degree of difficulty varies; guided; mountain cabins; lodges
Enquiries: Underberg Hideaways
Tel: + 27 (0)33 143 1217
Fax: + 27 (0)331 43-1217
e-mail: PC@alpha.futurenet.co.za
Closest Town: Uniondale
Ou Wapad
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Uniondale
Description: 25km circular; starts at Uniondale and meanders through Uniondale Poort to Avontuur; follows the old wagon route back to Uniondale
Comments: Permits required; carry own water as no water on route; during October - March start early morning or late afternoon.
Enquiries: Uniondale Tourism
Tel: + 27 (0)44 752-1266
Closest Town: Upington
Shepard's Tree
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Upington
Description: Different options to choose from; easy; in nature reserve; catering for groups on request; hut for 4 persons at base; overnight hut for four persons on trail; camping facilities available
Enquiries: Spitskop Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)54 22336
Fax: + 27 (0)54 22336
Closest Town: Venterskroon
Buffelskloof
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Venterskroon [Back to Top]
Description: Various loop routes from 4 to 17km; easy to difficult; in nature reserve; picnic facilities; kiosk; tea garden; accommodation in lodge for 10 persons; no limit for day bikers.
Enquiries: Dome Highland Trails / Koepelroetes
Tel: + 27 (0)18 294-8572
Fax: + 27 (0)18 297-7976
Cell: + 27 (0)82 570 6252/ 60
e-mail: domeavnt@iafrica.com
Closest Town: Venterskroon
Dome Day Trails
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Venterskroon
Description: 3 cycling routes available; varying from average to very difficult; guide available; accommodation available; catering on request; 15 persons max.
Enquiries: Dome Highland Trails / Koepelroetes
Tel: + 27 (0)18 294-8572
Fax: + 27 (0)18 297-7976
Cell: + 27 (0)82 570 6252
e-mail: domeavnt@iafrica.com
Web: http://dometrails.hypermart.net
Closest Town: Venterskroon
Dome: Askop
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Venterskroon
Location: In the Venterskroon area about 28 km from Potchefstroom and 25 km from Parys.
Description: 65km/1 or 2 day; very difficult; guide available (R20 per person per day/ min R80); accommodation at base and on route; catering on request; 18 persons max;
Enquiries: Dome Highland Trails / Koepelroetes
Tel: + 27 (0)18 294-8572
Fax: + 27 (0)18 297-7976
Cell: + 27 (0)82 570 6252/ 60
e-mail: domeavnt@iafrica.com
Web: http://dometrails.hypermart.net
Closest Town: Venterskroon
Dome: Iron Man Trail
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Venterskroon [Back to Top]
Location: In the Venterskroon area about 28 km from Potchefstroom and 25 km from Parys.
Description: 65km/1 or 2 day cycling trail; very difficult; guide available; accommodation at base and on route; catering on request; 18 persons max.
Comments: Largest meteorite impact crater in the world; rock climbing, swimming, mountain bikes, bird watching and tree spotting. Abseiling facilities and canoe trail (Drift to Drift) available on the Vaal River. Other options Rooihaas, Summit (Kruin) Trail and Old Mine (Ou Myn) Trail.
Enquiries: Dome Highland Trails / Koepelroetes
Tel: + 27 (0)18 294-8572
Fax: + 27 (0)18 297-7976
Cell: + 27 (0)82 570 6252
e-mail: domeavnt@iafrica.com
Web: http://dometrails.hypermart.net
Closest Town: Venterskroon
The Dome
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Venterskroon
Location: In the Venterskroon area about 28 km from Potchefstroom and 25 km from Parys.
Description: Various routes; 1-2 day; length & degree of difficulty depends on route followed; guide available; on farms and in nature reserve; huts on trail; houses in town; 2 persons min/50 persons max. Accommodation: Base Camp - Boplaas hut, Bundu hut and Oudewerf hut.
Comments: Largest meteorite impact crater in the world; rock climbing, swimming, mountain bikes, bird watching and tree spotting. Abseiling facilities and canoe trail (Boot & Paddle and Drift to Drift) available on the Vaal River. Other options Rooihaas, Summit (Kruin) Trail and Old Mine (Ou Myn) Trail.
Enquiries: Dome Highland Trails / Koepelroetes
Tel: + 27 (0)18 294-8572
Fax: + 27 (0)18 297-7976
Cell: + 27 (0)82 856 9736
e-mail: domeavnt@iafrica.com
Web: http://dometrails.hypermart.net
Closest Town: Vrede
Langberg
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Vrede
Location: Pleasant trails situated on a working farm between Vrede and Memel, ONLY 2 hours from JHB/PTA.
Description: Langberg offers two day circular trails of 14 km and 8 km. Excellent views, caves, interesting rock formations, mountain stream with rock pools. TheBase Camp: Horse Stable camp - renovated old barn - offers an historical double story building dating from the early 1900's. It can accommodate 11 hikers. The lower level: Two rooms with a double beds each and en suite bathroom. Top level: Two rooms each with two single beds per room. One room with a single bed and a bunk bed. Separate shower and toilet on lower level. LINEN PROVIDED: (Duvet sets and 1 x pillow) Electricity: The kitchen is equipped with a fridge and deep freeze, gas braaier, pots, pans, cast iron pots and kettles. Cutlery, crockery,. Indoor fire place and bar. Braai facilities area outside. Bring only your own towels.
Enquiries: Anvie Ventures
Tel: +27 012 662 662 1140/ 0586
Fax: 086 548 2348
e-mail: anvie@iburst.co.za
Web: http://www.anvieventures.co.za
Closest Town: Winterton
Cathedral Peak
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Winterton [Back to Top]
Description: 70km cycling route; moderate; max 12 persons; for responsible riders only
Enquiries: Natal Parks Board
Tel: + 27 (0)331 47-1981
Fax: + 27 (0)331 47-1980
Closest Town: Winterton
Dragon's Peak
Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Winterton
Description: Various cycling routes; hotel or camp site as base
Enquiries: Dragon Peak's Holiday Resort
Tel: + 27 (0)36 468 1031
Fax: + 27 (0)36 468 1104
Date of entry: 1 September 1996
Last update:2011/02/25 at 12:59:40