The Western Cape is known for its rich variety of outdoor activities available to young and old, adventurous or even just the intrigued. With a host of action packed, and jaw droppingly beautiful mountain bike trails throughout the region, we narrowed down a few of our favorites for you to test out!
Bottelary Hills MTB Trails
The Bollelary Hills MTB trails were opened by the Bottelary Hills Conservancy in April 2011 and allow controlled access to the conservancy via dedicated, well marked routes. The rolling hillsides feature vineyards, farmland, conservation areas and trails comprised of farm roads, jeeptracks and numerous singletracks. While never too technical there are challenging climbs and a variety of distances on offer for riders of all fitness levels. A Mediterranean climate prevails providing cold wet winters and hot dry summers.
All the trails traverse privately owned land and offer scenic natural beauty and incredible views of the Winelands, Table Mountain and False Bay. They are made up of one main route, the “Red Route” with various loops connected to it.
For more information visit: www.bottelaryconservancy.co.za
Stellenbosch Trail Fund (STF)
The Stellenbosch Trail Fund is a registered non-profit organization entirely funded by donations from local trail users and corporate sponsors, whose main aim is to create, improve and maintain all hiking, biking and running trails in and around Stellenbosch. The areas in which the STF has been responsible for or contributed to building hiking and mountain bike trails and tracks include Coetzenberg, Eden Forest in Paradyskloof, Botmaskop, Jonkershoek, G-Spot and on the Eerste River in the area known as Koloniesland.
The STF have built, improved and look after over 45km of trails. For more information on these trails please visit www.stellenboschtrailfund.co.za
MTO is a leading Pan-African timber product and solutions provider, who recognize that using their plantations to offer various outdoor activities to the surrounding communities is key in educating people about the environment and impact we have on it.
One of MTO’s pine plantations is located in the Jonkershoek valley south-east of Stellenbosch. It is surrounded by the magnificent Jonkershoek Mountains, part of the Boland mountain range, and just down the road from MTO’s head office. Creating trails in MTO’s Jonkershoek plantation therefore was a no brainer. These trails are accessible to the general public, offering various riding experiences.
For more information visit: www.mtoecotourism.co.za/jonkershoek-trails/