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Our decide of the ten greatest trails

With spring on the way in which and hotter days on the horizon, hopping in your bike and having fun with a scenic trip via some spectacular surroundings with stunning views is a unbelievable method to spend the day. Listed below are a few of the high mountain biking trails in and round Cape City.

The ten greatest mountain biking trails in Cape City

Desk Mountain

Standing sentry over the town, Desk Mountain is likely one of the world’s most iconic landmarks and its decrease slopes provide a few of the greatest and most accessible mountain biking within the metropolis.

Trails start simply above Deer Park and dozens of loops with a number of entry factors provide all kinds of routes to comply with. These trails are typically steep and unforgiving so should you assume your quads gained’t deal with the relentless offload ascent, you possibly can entry the paths from Tafelberg Highway and luxuriate in downhills in direction of the town.

Accessible routes that includes each jeep and single tracks appropriate for all talent ranges have been expertly mapped out by Table Mountain Bikers.

Sign Hill and Lion’s Head

Sign Hill is one other inner-city possibility for getting out, with a number of single and jeep observe trails resulting in both aspect of Sign Hill.

Beforehand solely open to hikers and runners, Sign Hill falls below Table Mountain National Park and trails are sometimes congested with hikers, so driving could be fairly sluggish, however the views are spectacular and effectively price dodging the crowds.  


Cape City’s Tokai forest is one other mecca for mountain bikers with a number of trails and uncovered jeep tracks winding via the dense forests of eucalyptus, gums, pines, and redwoods.

Situated within the Table Mountain National Park, the Tokai mountain bike trails provide one thing for everybody — from informal riders to seasoned skilled athletes.

The paths are solely open to the general public over weekends and entry for mountain bikers is from the Tokai picnic web site the place there are a restricted variety of parking bays, so get there early to get your spot.

Bottelary Hills Conservancy

The Bottelary Hills Conservancy (BHC) is a conservation space enclosing the attractive Bottelary Hills and boasts some of the celebrated (and secret) mountain biking areas within the Cape.

The rolling hillsides of the conservancy function devoted, well-marked routes on farm roads, jeep tracks, and single tracks that wind via the farmlands and vineyards. There’s a wide range of distances on provide for riders of all health ranges and abilities from straightforward to extremely technical.

Contermanskloof Farm, Durbanville

The tranquil suburb of Durbanville on the outskirts of Cape City is dwelling to a few of the area’s greatest mountain biking.

Boasting over 70 kilometres of single tracks with loads of choices for newbie, intermediate, and critical mountain bikers alike, Contermanskloof Farm has a number of Meurant Botha-designed tracks with some difficult climbs.


The Helderberg Mountains in Somerset West provide spectacular views over False Bay.

Helderberg Trails is ready on a non-public farm throughout the foothills of the mountains simply exterior Somerset West and gives a wide range of trails and routes to swimsuit all talent ranges. Trails have been designed by Jan Van Schalkwyk and world-class skilled mountain biker, Andrew Neethling.

There are flat sections, average climbs, and loads of downhills and on a transparent day, you possibly can see the jap reaches of Desk Mountain – effectively well worth the climbs.

Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch

Primarily based within the coronary heart of the Stellenbosch winelands, Jonkershoek has lengthy been a mountain biking haven.

Set throughout the picturesque valley of Jonkershoek towards a backdrop of the towering peaks of the Boland Mountains, the community of trails and forestry roads provide world-class rides for all abilities and health ranges. Strive the 18-kilometre Jonkershoek Mountain Bike Loop that winds via stunning wildflowers and different endemic fauna and flora.  

Delvera Wine Property, Stellenbosch

The picturesque Delvera Wine Estate in Stellenbosch is one other common mountain biking vacation spot with a wide range of mountain biking trails that swimsuit all talent ranges.

Designed and constructed by Meurant Botha, the Delvera mountain bike trails embody the Porcupine Path with six kilometres of difficult single-track routes and the sedate seven-kilometre Farm Path for newbie and novice riders. Permits are required for the Delvera mountain bike trails and can be found on-line at dirtpass.co.za.

Rhebokskloof, Paarl

The attractive city of Paarl is dwelling to world-renowned wine farms and a few unbelievable mountain biking trails, probably the most celebrated of which is Rhebokskloof Wine Farm.

The farm has two trails main alongside the northern slopes of the Paarl Mountains that provide spectacular views of the farm and the valley past. Each the 20-kilometre Shiraz route and the 14-kilometre Chardonnay route wind via the pure terrain of granite formations and indigenous fynbos.

Elgin Valley

An hour’s drive from Cape City, the Elgin Valley within the Grabouw area is the right place for a weekend away with loads of mountain biking.

Elgin is dwelling to a few of South Africa’s most celebrated mountain biking terrain and options a number of trails pioneered and designed by legend Pieter Visser to accommodate all talent ranges. A spread of trails, the valley’s cool local weather, and an array of quaint little locations to remain, make the Elgin Valley a mountain biking should.   

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