Category: Mountain Biking

Western Cape Mountain Bike Trails (MTB): Year 2022

I am touring the Western Cape Mountain Bike trails...

Closed:

Dissapointing that so many are closed

  • Paul Cluver Mountainbike trails are Closed from 31 December 2020 until further notice
  • Koeberg Trails - closed due to Eskom Keoberg being a national key point (scamdemic)

Open:

Climbs:

Going

West coast:

  • namaqua national park (524km 5.5 hours)
  • goekap nature reserve - sprinkbok (553km)

too far - have not gone

  • cederburg wilderness area (169km - 2 hours)
  • piket-bo-berg (short) (121km)

Cederburg has a dirt road ride from Clanwilliam to Algeria. A big climb on the way. The road is a bit corregated so ensure you have shocks on your mtb. The ride is 60 - 72 km long depending on route and reminds me of Suikerbosrant in Gauteng. Piket-bo-berg is a tarred climb - but has 2 way traffic and not much space for cyclings - too dangerous to attempt.

Namaqua and Goekap were too far from where I was based.

central:

  • tulbagh MTB trails (115km 1.5 hours) - Voelvlei
  • Eselfontein (Ceres) (153km 2 hours)
  • Paarl adventure trails (53km 50 mins)

do tulbagh, Eselfontein and Paarl together

  • tokai (done)
  • table mountain national park (done)

South:

  • boshendal (60km 1 hour)

  • bottelary hills (38km 40 mins)

  • jonkershoek trails (65km 1.2 hours)

  • franshoek wine vallery trails (80km 1.1 hours)

  • grabouw forest trails (76km 1.1 hours)

  • helderburg trails (done)

do jonkershoek and franschoek together

  • hermanus trails (116km 1.4 hours)
  • greyton mtb trails and gravel (150km 2 hours)
  • vadersburg (170km 2.5 hours) - skip
  • klipspringer MTB (gansbaai) (170km)
  • potberg trail network (246km 3 hours)
  • heidelberg (grootvaderbosch) (280km 3.15 hours)
  • George (436km 4.4 hours)
  • Garden route national park - very long trails and lots (500km 5 hours)

Best MTB Trails in South Africa List

This is a list of the top mountainbike (MTB) trails in South Africa (that I have riden)

To view a map of all the routes, use trailforks.com

I have put the price of the trail in brackets

  1. Hillcrest / Contermanskloof - Cape Town (R60)
  2. Hoogekraal / Faircape - Cape Town (R60)
  3. Drakensburg Trails - KZN (R135)
  4. Carkloof Trails - KZN (R60)
  5. Hennops River - Pretoria (R50)
  6. Northern Farm - JHB (R50)
  7. Modderfontein - JHB (R50)
  8. Wannabees Helderberg - Western Cape (R60)
  9. Braamfontein Spruit - JHB (Free)
  10. Cradle Moon - JHB (R50)
  11. Avianto - JHB (R40)
  12. Rietvlei - JHB (R150 for 10 rides)
  13. Baakens Valley - PE (Free)
  14. Clearwater / Beaver Creek Trails - KZN (R40)
  15. Big Red Barn - Pretoria(R50)
  16. Huddle Park - JHB (R50)