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Greatest Locations to MTB within the Western Cape


Should you dwell within the Western Cape, likelihood is you might be both an avid mountain biking (MTB) fanatic – or you already know somebody who’s. It’s a truth of life.

And it’s no marvel as a result of the Western Cape presents a number of the greatest locations to MTB in South Africa. With so many attractive reserves, nation areas and even metropolis cycle spots, we’re spoilt for alternative.

So, for this submit, I’m sharing a number of of one of the best locations to MTB across the Western Cape. As a result of, though it’s been many moons since I final rode about our farm on a kid-friendly MTB bike (until you rely one latest e-bike expertise)… I’ve all the time had a love for biking and I’ve, maybe unintentionally at instances, visited many common MTB locations on my travels.

Take Notice

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Please observe: I’m not scripting this from a technical standpoint in any respect. As I stated earlier than, it has been a few years since I even rode a typical mountain bike. I don’t faux to have any skilled data or expertise within the matter.

Should you require inside info relating to MTB tracks and trails, gear and abilities – please converse to a professional MTB coach/skilled. Or contact one of many native biking organisations.

Nevertheless, if you’re merely eager to find extra new locations to cycle and zip via the air, passing mountains, nation fields and wild animals, then this submit is for you.

Protected using, everybody!

Greatest Locations to MTB within the Lovely Western Cape

Cape Winelands: Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek

The Cape Winelands may not appear that method at first however it’s truly an journey hub. With every thing from segway excursions, wine trams, horse rides and naturally, unimaginable hiking- and MTB- trails, this lovely area presents loads of outside enjoyable.

As a bonus, you get to get pleasure from unimaginable, world-class meals and wine and picture-perfect Cape Dutch structure, wealthy natural world and wonderful vistas within the course of.

For this part, I deal with Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek throughout the Cape Winelands.

Boschendal Path Centre (Franschhoek Winelands)

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One among my favorite locations in all of the Cape, Boschendal, now has their very personal Path Centre. Right here, on this lovely Franschhoek wine property, you possibly can get pleasure from using (or path operating) with your loved ones.

Discover this lovely farm, steeped in historical past, pure magnificence and wealthy nation vibes, whereas having fun with one of the best trails on provide.

Trails on Supply

Whereas there are some onerous climbs, MTB lovers are rewarded with some pretty singletracks all the best way down.

There are routes to swimsuit all ages and ability ranges. Nevertheless, as a way to journey, all riders will need to have a Day Allow, Boschendal Annual Allow or Bike Allow.

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Boschendal presents a number of distinctive trails: Yellow Route (4 km); Inexperienced Route (9km); Blue Route (11km); Pink Route (15km) and Black Route (23km). There may be additionally the Black XL route, which provides an additional 3-4 sections onto the Black Route.

Please observe: The Black Route is a extra superior path so it’s maybe greatest suited to intermediate and superior riders.

Path Notes:

All trails are loved at your individual threat and are climate dependent. Because of this on wet days, the paths are closed. Please preserve this in thoughts earlier than visiting. Should you’re uncertain, quite name forward and discover out from the Boschendal Path Centre straight.

All riders should put on a helmet always.

Please keep in mind to maintain your allow on you always. You have to to indicate this on the Avenue 1685 gate. No allow, no using.

For MTB permits and bathe keys, please go to the Boschendal Path Centre.

Maps will be downloaded from Boschendal’s web site or just scan the accessible QR code.

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Charges and Rental Prices:

There’s a allow payment and all riders will need to have a allow. The allow charges go in direction of constructing and sustaining the tracks.

  • MTB Path Day Allow 2022:

R60.

  • Boschendal Annual Allow 2022:

    – R650 per individual;
    – R1040 for a pair;
    – R1560 for a household of 4. (R250 per further member of the family.)
    – Permits are legitimate for 12 months from date of buy.
    – When making use of for an annual allow, please deliver an ID picture with.
    – The annual allow takes every week to course of. Nevertheless, riders can journey free of charge on the day they apply and pay for this allow.

  • Bike Allow 2022:
  • E-bike Rental: Flat fee of R850 per day.
  • Single Suspension Rental: R350 (half-day payment); R550 (full day payment).
  • Full Suspension Rental: R550 (full day payment).
  • Youngsters’ Bike Rental: R300 (full day payment).
  • Bike rental bookings are really helpful for the weekends and public holidays. To guide, please electronic mail trailcentre@boschendal.co.za straight.

Services:

The Boschendal Path Centre is your one-stop for all issues operating, biking and strolling. They’ll help with info, route maps, leases (together with e-bikes, kiddies’ push bikes, single suspension, full suspension and helmets) and extra. Whereas using, use the watering stations discovered on the Pink and Black climb (heading up Massive Bunny) or on the Black climb (after Sugarbowl).

For parking, please discover the principle parking space near the Boschendal Path Centre.

Boschendal Path Centre is open from Monday to Friday, from 08:00 am – 17:00 pm and on weekends from 07:00 am – 17:00 pm.

Bike Enjoyable for Little Ones on the Pump Observe

For younger riders, Boschendal’s pump monitor (conveniently located close to the Tree Home playground and Path Centre) could be very common. It’s open to all Boschendal guests however is very nice for teenagers. Nevertheless, bike leases are restricted so it’s advisable to deliver your individual journey.

Issues to Do Close by:

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When you are at this attractive wine farm, why not spend the day exploring it?

Take pleasure in shopping the revamped Farm Store; dine at The Werf Restaurant or The Deli; test into the beautiful lodging; and even head for a horse journey.

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And if it’s spring or summertime, you possibly can even guide forward and tuck into one among their well-known picnics.

Boschendal is without doubt one of the greatest wine farms to discover and is good for solo travellers, {couples} and households alike.

Contact Info:

Electronic mail trailcentre@boschendal.co.za or name +27 (021) 001 9401.

Web site:

www.boschendal.com

Knorhoek Wine Farm (Stellenbosch Winelands)

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Knorhoek is one other actually particular property that flies a bit below the radar. Due to this, many individuals don’t know that this Stellenbosch property presents luxurious lodging (each guesthouse- and self-catering choices), pretty wines and platters and a few actually lovely, free-to-enjoy MTB-, running- and hiking-trails.

Additionally they provide a surprising wedding ceremony and occasions venue – and the farm is fortunately pet-friendly (so long as you notify them upfront and observe the pet guidelines).

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Trails on Supply

Knorhoek has 4 trails which can be shared by hikers, path runners and MTB riders. Whereas the paths don’t cater to skilled riders, they are perfect for freshmen and households particularly. They vary from fast, simple trails to barely more durable ones, greatest suited to the adventurous.

The paths differ in distance, with the shortest some two kilomtres in size and the longest coming in at seven kilometres.

The paths are actually lovely and provide sights of wealthy, untouched Cape flora, neat vineyards and views of each Simonsberg and False Bay.

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Take into account that trails are used at your individual threat. Whereas the entire household, together with leashed pets, are welcome – you do should be aware of and respect the farm’s nature natural world. (This consists of every thing from eagles and peacocks to porcupines and snakes.)

Charges and Rental Prices:

All trails are free to get pleasure from by in a single day visitors, day guests and most of the people through the property’s opening hours. Nevertheless, you do have to notify reception earlier than setting out.

When you are at reception, seize a complimentary path map.

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Services:

Knorhoek doesn’t provide any bike- or gear-rentals so you’ll want to deliver your individual gear, helmet and bike.

Apart from the paths, there aren’t any particular MTB amenities right here. Nevertheless, riders can seize a map at reception and luxuriate in a soothing, post-ride picnic (advance reserving is crucial), wine tasting and/or platter providing on the tasting room.

Knorhoek usually has an on-site restaurant, the place riders can seize some takeaway espresso or a fast breakfast. Nevertheless, the restaurant is at present closed for renovations.

Issues to Do Close by:

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Knorhoek presents every thing from dreamy lodging to pretty farm points of interest and actions (like swimming within the pool, chicken watching and catch-and-release fishing by association) for its in a single day visitors to get pleasure from. Nevertheless, day guests can benefit from the trails and savour a wine tasting or platter from the tasting room.

The property typically hosts enjoyable occasions they usually additionally provide pretty, pre-booked picnics, accessible to each visitors and day guests.

Whereas Knorhoek’s restaurant stays closed, you possibly can guide lunch or dinner on the stylish, close by Quoin Rock Wine Property. Nevertheless, advance reserving and a smart-casual gown code is really helpful.

Contact Info:

Contact Knorhoek on +27 (021) 865 2114 or electronic mail them at information@knorhoek.co.za.

Web site:

knorhoek.co.za

 

Plaisir de Merle (Franschhoek Winelands)

One other Franschhoek favorite of mine is Plaisir de Merle. I first visited this property in 2022 and it blew me away.

It presents every thing from beautiful wine pairings, a superb hiking- and MTB-trail, wealthy Cape historical past, opulent lodging and a pleasant indoor (weekend) market. Arguably, this property is one among Franschhoek’s most underrated gems.

Path(s) on Supply

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The property has one shared 14 kilometre path that can be utilized by MTB riders and hikers alike. (Simply step out the best way once you hear the bikes approaching as a result of they go by quick – particularly on the descent!)

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The surroundings is unimaginable and the path presents every thing from twists and turns to river crossings and protea galore.

The views from the highest of the path throughout the huge property and to Franschhoek past, are breathtaking. After mountain climbing it, I can see why MTB riders get pleasure from this path a lot.

Like all trails, this one follows a strict ‘no helmet, no journey’ rule. Additionally, all using, operating or mountain climbing is at your individual threat.

Bonus Downhill Circulation Observe

In Could 2021, an exhilarating 1.3 kilometre singletrack move monitor was additionally launched to the property. With small jumps and berms, this path goals to enhance rider abilities and broaden the native MTB group. This easy, fast-paced monitor caters nicely to each freshmen and extra superior riders.

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In time, there could also be plans to increase this monitor to 4 kilometres and make it much more thrilling for riders! You may learn extra on this move monitor right here.

Charges and Rental Prices:

I’m not certain about rental pricing for gear and bikes (you’ll need to test with the Path Centre). However day permits value R60 for hikers and riders alike.

Services:

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There’s a pretty path centre on the property, in the beginning of the path. Right here, for R60, you should purchase your allow for mountain climbing/biking.

I additionally advocate snapping a photograph of the path map close to the centre earlier than setting off. Nevertheless, it’s usually an enormous looping monitor so what goes up, should come down.

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The Banhoek Path Centre is open Monday to Sunday, 08:00 am – 17:00 pm. The Path Centre presents rental bikes and different gear, even for little ones. 

There may be additionally a cool kind of pump monitor close to the Path Centre and devoted Path Centre parking. (In any other case, simply park in the principle car parking zone.)

Issues to Do Close by:

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When visiting the property, there’s a lot to get pleasure from: guide an in a single day keep, go to the weekend market, be part of them for a beautiful vary of various tastings, pairings (every thing from fudge and wine to artisanal gin choices) and platters.

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Truthfully, Plaisir de Merle is such a well-rounded property. There may be a lot for households, {couples} and solo travellers to get pleasure from right here.

(They don’t have any devoted kiddies’ amenities. Nonetheless, the huge lawns, outside areas and delightful nature guarantee little ones have a blast enjoying outside.)

Contact Info:

Electronic mail pdm@banhoekbikes.co.za or name (+27) 079 181 6189.

Web site:

www.plaisir.co.za or banhoekconservancy.org

 

Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve (Paarl Winelands)

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As I’ve stated earlier than on the weblog, Paarl is one among my favorite Cape Winelands’ cities and areas. And additionally it is some of the neglected – for causes I nonetheless don’t perceive.

However with its distinctive magnificence, well-known wine farms – together with Fairview and Nederburg – and outside areas, Paarl is without doubt one of the greatest locations to hike, cycle or stroll.

It’s a city and area made for outside exploration. One such Paarl location is the gorgeous Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve.

Residence to the well-known, otherworldly Paarl Rocks, pristine nature, spectacular views and naturally, a plethora of mountain climbing, biking and picnicking choices – Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve is a wonderful place.

It’s particularly enjoyable for households to go to and luxuriate in an escape to comparatively undisturbed Cape nature.

Path Notes and Charges:

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At Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, there are numerous loops that provide MTB followers an opportunity to relish the unimaginable Boland views – and past.

The path, which might vary from 4-35 km based on MTB Routes, is taken into account simple to intermediate and takes you as much as the Afrikaanse Taal Monument, previous Victoria Dam and/or as much as Paarl Rock.

For info on the completely different MTB trails, guidelines and value of day permits round Paarl Mountain, please contact Paarl Journey Trails.

Should you use their trails, Paarl Journey Trails may also help with bike leases. Reserving is crucial (minimal of 48 hours upfront) and choices vary from normal MTBs to e-bikes. 

Services:

Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve has some good amenities, together with a ranger’s workplace, protected parking, picnic and braai spots, bathroom amenities and extra.

Issues to Do Close by:

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When you are in Paarl, you possibly can atone for mountain climbing and nature walks; picnics or braais at Meulwater Botanical Backyard (located throughout the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve); wine tastings and eating out on the native estates and venues, like Fairview, Spice Route Vacation spot or Nederburg; and naturally, exploring each inch of the gorgeous, protected Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, together with strolling, driving or using to see the well-known Paarl Rock.

The choices and wonder in Paarl are limitless… and there actually is one thing for everybody.

Contact Info:

For info on Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, please name +27 (021) 807 6231, 073 748 6325 or electronic mail Lindsay.Lewis@drakenstein.gov.za. You may as well go to Paarl’s tourism web site.

Web site:

I like to recommend visiting Paarl Journey Trails’ web site right here.

Supply:

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Cape Winelands: Durbanville’s Principal MTB Hubs

Durbanville is without doubt one of the metropolis’s hottest MTB areas. There are a selection of wine farms and different areas the place locals and guests can get pleasure from some scenic, enjoyable and difficult MTB trails. Included amongst these are Meerendal, Bloemendal and Majik Forest.

Many of those unimaginable trails are attentively managed by the Tygerberg Mountain Bike Membership.  They do a stellar job of guaranteeing the paths are well-maintained and stored in tip prime form.

Meerendal

Constructed and designed by the Tygerberg MTB Membership, although managed by the property itself, Meerendal’s trails provide a superb selection for MTB riders.

The paths provide about 20 kilometres’ value of using, 15 kilometres of which is flowing singletrack. That is aimed toward a much less expert rider or those that don’t require an excessive amount of of a technical problem.

Path Notes:

The path is made up of three completely different routes: Yellow (5km), Inexperienced (10.5km) and Blue (17.8km).

The entire routes begin on the Meerendal automotive park and are marked accordingly.

The Yellow and Inexperienced routes are mild, making them very best of newer riders, kids or anybody needing a better journey for the day.

The Blue route, in the meantime, is the principle loop. It’s manageable for many riders – particularly if you happen to exclude the climb as much as Dorstberg and the next descent.

With out going into an excessive amount of element, these trails are vastly common and appear to award beautiful surroundings.

Plus, Meerendal is all the time a very good property to go to and one which I discover particularly fairly.

For extra in-depth info on this path, please see Tygerberg MTB’s detailed writeup. 

Price:

Paid members of the Tygerberg MTB Membership can journey free of charge.  Non-members can anticipate to pay R50 (per grownup per day or R650 per 12 months), R20 (per scholar, pensioner and below 18s per day or R450 per 12 months) and R20 (Junior Membership; R20 per day or R300 per 12 months). Cost will be made on the parking guard home.

Please make sure you pay earlier than your journey and preserve your proof of fee on you. Notice: This fee is simply legitimate for the Meerendal trails and doesn’t embrace entry to any of the adjoining farms’ trails.

And keep in mind: no helmet, no using.

For extra info on the Meerendal MTB trails, please see right here.

Meerendal Trails are open from Tuesday – Sunday, from dawn to 18:30 pm (summer season: 1 September – 30 April) and till 18:00 pm (winter: 1 Could – 31 August). 

Services:

Apart from the path itself, the one different amenities appear to be these of the property itself.

Nevertheless, Meerendal presents guests a beautiful, all-round expertise; it’s a particular Durbanville wine property nicely value visiting.

Issues to Do Close by:

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When at Meerendal, you possibly can dine out on the relaxed, but stylish Bossa Winelands.

Pop by the still-new farm stall for a types of goodies, together with Meerendal-themed merchandise and meals gadgets.

And even test into the property’s luxurious boutique lodge and luxuriate in a memorable keep.

Contact Info:

Contact Meerendal on +27 (021) 975 1655 or electronic mail them at information@meerendal.co.za.

Web site:

meerendal.co.za

Supply:

www.tygerbergmtb.co.za and meerendal.co.za

 

Bloemendal

Bloemendal is arguably some of the equipped estates in Durbanville so far as MTB is worried.

Along with the superb trails they’ve, the property can be residence to the Biosport Cycle Observe.

Total, Bloemendal can be a really family-friendly property and it’s the good place to securely introduce the youngsters and household to biking, whereas making enjoyable reminiscences out within the sunshine.

Path Notes:

These trails are constructed and maintained by the Tygerberg MTB Membership. There are some 36 kilometres of trails to swimsuit all expertise ranges. They provide riders an opportunity to zip via the Cape’s distinctive renosterveld.

The paths apparently span throughout Bloemendal Property, D’Aria and Hillcrest – two different pretty estates. However the primarily deal with Bloemendal’s two sections (South and North) and Hillcrest.

Bloemendal South:

The path begins with a drop into an important singletrack known as B-Spot. This flowing, simple monitor could be very common and presents riders a very good warm-up.

From there, you possibly can both head straight through the filth highway and climb as much as the Majik Forest gate. Alternatively, veer left into D’Aria for a scenic loop earlier than returning to Bloemendal.

Members have the added bonus of with the ability to entry the Protea Lodge hall through D’Aria, one other common native wine property.

There may be a lot extra to get pleasure from via Bloemendal South. However I feel it’s greatest if I level you to Tygerberg MTB’s detailed writeup of this; you will discover it right here.

Bloemendal North and Hillcrest:

One of the essential issues to recollect with this area is not any using is allowed on Telkom’s concrete highway. This leads up from Tygervalley Highway to the outdated restaurant.

The one exception is the clearly marked inexperienced passage (above the gum timber), the place you will need to port your bike throughout.

Bloemendal North can be greatest suited to extra skilled, technical riders. Or those that want to use it as a gateway throughout into the neighbouring Hillcrest, Contermanskloof, members-only Traverse or Bloemendaaler.

For this, you’ll begin on the path centre and head for Tygervalley Highway through Bloemendal’s predominant gate.

Once more, there’s fairly a little bit of element and few completely different choices. So, for this, I feel it’s greatest to level my readers to the Tygerberg MTB Membership’s writeup; you will discover it right here.

Price:

Paid members of the Tygerberg MTB Membership can journey free of charge. Non-members should buy a day allow for R60 (per grownup) and R40 (per youngster).

You may pay on the Biosport Cycle Observe store counter or at one of many path centre’s SnapScan amenities. Please make sure you pay earlier than using and preserve your proof of fee on you. This fee ensures entry to Bloemendal, D’Aria and Hillcrest solely.

Please additionally guarantee you’ve gotten the mandatory gate codes earlier than using.

For extra info on day permits and basic guidelines, please see right here.

And keep in mind: no helmet, no using.

Services:

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The principle facility is of course Biosport, which presents a Techzone, Youngsters Zone and Café. Right here, you possibly can entry bike leases, bike fitment and extra.

There may be additionally a Path Park Café and Bar, the place you should purchase recent espresso, snacks, cake, beer on faucet, sandwiches and different goodies.

Along with these bike companies, additionally they host MTB-themed kiddies’ events… One thing that’s certain to please avid, younger MTB riders!

For extra info on Biosport and their on-site choices, please see right here.

Biosport is open day by day from 08:00 am – 17:00 pm.

Good to know:

Biosport additionally presents Thursday night time rides from 18:00 – 21:00 pm. For extra info, please see right here.

Issues to Do Close by:

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Along with Biosport, there are after all Bloemendal’s personal amenities, comparable to their wine tasting and Bon Amis Restaurant. Bloemendal is a beautiful property to go to and discover. It’s small however charming.

And since you are within the midst of the Durbanville winelands, there are a lot of different wine estates inside shut proximity alongside Tygervalley Highway and past.

These embrace D’Aria, Maastricht Wines, Nitida Wine Farm, Hillcrest Property – and additional on, Klein Roosboom, Durbanville Hills and lastly, De Grendel.

Every property presents good wine tasting and a number of different actions and experiences to get pleasure from.

Contact Info:

Contact Biosport on +27 (060) 657 6344 or electronic mail them at admin@biosport.co.za.

Web site:

Sources:

www.tygerbergmtb.co.za and biosport.co.za.

 

Majik Forest

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I might wax lyrical about Majik Forest. I contemplate it to be one of many  most lovely, inexperienced metropolis areas wherever in Cape City.

And whereas that is nonetheless true, crime has turn into one thing of a difficulty at this lovely place and its surrounds. So whether or not you stroll, run, picnic or cycle right here, it’s best to take action in teams and all the time preserve your wits about you.

Path Notes:

Majik Forest presents a number of the oldest present MTB trails within the Northern Suburbs. Through the years, these have been constructed and maintained by the Tygerberg MTB Membership.

Nevertheless, whereas the paths are nonetheless yearly maintained by Tygerberg MTB Membership, constructing has since ceased and Majik Forest is now a completely public house for MTB lovers, hikers, canine walkers and path runners.

This community presents a 11.63km-long, largely singletrack. There is no such thing as a particular routing and markings and trails are open to all so please preserve this in thoughts when utilizing them.

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For mountain bikers, there are a selection of entrances you should utilize. The foremost biking entrance is off Jip de Jager Highway, previous the Protea Lodge and to the best of the Winery Workplace Property. You’ll enter through a marked singletrack.

Choices, Choices, Choices

Should you preserve alongside this singletrack, you’ll attain the beacon at Decrease Majik. From right here, you possibly can both return to the Jip de Jager entrance through the identical monitor to your left – or head on in direction of the facility stations.

Comply with this previous the substations and thru the fenced off gate into Higher Majik Forest.

You may stick with it if in case you have Tygerberg MTB Membership membership or a sound non-member day allow, as this may lead into the Bloemendal Path Centre. If not, quite flip again and return through the identical route. 

As there is no such thing as a actual signage and stuck routing, the Majik Forest path is greatest reserved to those that know the world or who’re using with somebody aware of them.

For extra info on this path, please see right here – or learn the Tygerberg MTB Membership writeup right here.

Price:

There is no such thing as a payment, as Majik Forest is a public house.

Nevertheless, if you happen to want to cross over into the Bloemendal Path Centre (see above), you’ll need to be a paid member of the Tygerberg MTB Membership or else a non-member with a sound day allow.

Services:

There aren’t any particular amenities for this path.

Issues to Do Close by:

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When you’re visiting Majik Forest, you possibly can get pleasure from strolling, picnicking, birdwatching, scenic, quick hikes and naturally, MTB rides.

It’s a good outing – however as talked about above, crime has turn into a little bit of a priority in latest instances, so I really feel it’s best to go when it’s busy or go to in teams.

Contact Info:

Contact Tygerberg MTB Membership on +27 (079) 693 3177 or electronic mail them at information@tygerbergmtb.co.za.

Web site:

www.tygerbergmtb.co.za

Supply:

 

Klein Karoo/Route 62

The Klein Karoo (Little Karoo) is an unimaginable area that stretches from Montagu proper to Uniondale. Spanning some 350 kilometres, this particular a part of South Africa is blessed with charming small cities, nation escapes, highway journey highlights and naturally, unimaginable mountain- and country-scenes.

Add to that the Route 62, one among South Africa’s largest vacationer points of interest and you’ve got an unforgettable journey in your palms.

For this part, I deal with Montagu, a small Cape farming city the place I grew up:

Montagu (Route 62)

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Montagu is a city expensive to my coronary heart, as it’s the place I grew up. I do know from first-hand expertise that this heat, cheerful little Route 62 city presents guests one of the best in unblemished Cape wilderness and pleasant hospitality.

Montagu is good for meanders about city, biking and MTB path using, mountain climbing and a host of different outside actions.

It additionally has some pretty eating places, farm stalls, cafes and B&Bs that make it good for a weekend getaway or prolonged vacation break.

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Path Notes:

Though you possibly can primarily journey throughout city and alongside the numerous filth and tarred roads that feed into this small city, there are extra devoted MTB trails to get pleasure from.

There are a number of routes to get pleasure from in Montagu. Nevertheless, for this submit, I’m specializing in two as, figuring out the areas off by coronary heart, I really feel they might provide one of the best and/or longest MTB rides.

Baden Route:

Depart city through the R318, previous the Montagu Golf Membership and take the right-hand fork that leads down the lengthy, filth highway.

Comply with this till you possibly can flip left via the farmlands.

From there, flip left once more (on the subsequent flip) and hyperlink up with the R318 that may lead you again into city.

This route may also be performed in a clockwise order, relying on the place you set off from.

It’s a scenic route that gives a very good view of the outskirts of Montagu, surrounding farmlands and naturally, of the spectacular Langeberg mountain vary too.

Talana Route: 

To get pleasure from this route, head down Lengthy Road, travelling alongside the R62.

You’ll take this highway a brief distance out of city till you attain the Talana T-junction.

Right here, flip proper to the R62 – and as soon as on the R62, you possibly can flip proper once more for a zippy journey alongside the tar, following the vast shoulder.

It is a good, simple journey and presents nice views of the encompassing farmlands and Langeberg mountains.

Tracks:

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From Church Road, journey into Montagu South and head up previous the Montagu Hospital. Proper on the prime, previous the final homes, you can find open fynbos and filth areas.

Comply with this till there’s a monitor off to the left. As soon as on this monitor, you possibly can discover the world and soak within the views looking throughout city and in direction of the mountains.

This monitor is greatest suited to extra technical riders, so for brand new riders or the much less skilled, maybe keep on with the Baden or Talana routes.

Price:

There must be no payment, as these are usually thought-about open farm and/or city roads.

Services:

No particular MTB amenities however Montagu presents all you want by way of native retailers, accommodations, B&Bs and eating places.

Issues to Do Close by:

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Montagu has loads of free to cheap native points of interest to get pleasure from. A few of my favourites embrace exploring the tranquil Montagu Nature Backyard; swimming within the sizzling water swimming pools on the Avalon Springs; shopping the Saturday Montagu Village Market; or having fun with a meal or cake and a milkshake at one of many native eateries, comparable to Die Kloof Padstal, Die Boord or The Rambling Rose.

I additionally love a number of the native nature walks and hikes, together with Lover’s Stroll and Badskloof Path (could require entry charges), which connects the new springs with Eyssenhuis/Ou Meul at Joubertpark.

There are many different enjoyable actions to get pleasure from – and customarily, Montagu is fairly child- and pet-friendly so far as journey goes.

Contact Info:

Contact the Montagu Tourism Workplace for MTB path information and different points of interest on +27 (023) 614 2471 or electronic mail them at information@montagu.org.za

Web site:

www.montagu.org.za

Overberg Area

The Overberg Area is without doubt one of the Cape’s richest, naturally untouched areas. Right here, unimaginable natural world, beautiful valleys and wonderful small cities make up one among South Africa’s most protected, superb elements.

With every thing from seasonal whale watching to ziplining and cosy nation getaways and wonderful hikes and MTB trails, for sure, the Overberg Area brings collectively the easiest of journey, lodging and experiences!

Oak Valley (Elgin)

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Few locations on earth could possibly be extra lovely and alluring than Elgin Valley. This particular area, famed for its untamed pure magnificence, fruit and funky local weather wines, is one among my favorite locations wherever in South Africa.

I by no means tire of driving via or visiting this distinctive a part of the varied Overberg Area.

In an identical vein, presumably some of the beautiful, pretty wine estates I’ve visited to this point is Oak Valley. It has a wealthy Cape historical past and completely fairytale-like environment, blessed with oak timber, wild flowers and different pure natural world.

Apart from producing superb wines, recent flowers, fruits, wagyu beef and acorn-fed pork, Oak Valley additionally presents unimaginable lodging and beautiful MTB trails.

You may both deliver your individual MTB or guide an e-bike or MTB bike tour via Elgin Journey Centre. Both method, Oak Valley is made for using and exploring… that a lot I do know for sure.

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Once I visited Elgin in 2019, I launched into an unimaginable e-bike and wine tasting tour, led by Elgin Journey Centre. This took me from the common Elgin Railway Market (one other native gem) via the valley, using inside the gorgeous Oak Valley property to The Pool Room for a winetasting.

And let me inform you, using via the traditional oak timber, over easy wood bridges, round sharp twists within the forest path and thru muddy puddles is without doubt one of the most unimaginable experiences I’ve ever had!

If the e-bike or MTB bug bit me, it was positively that day. 🙂 The adrenaline and the sheer bliss of that journey is one thing I nonetheless immediately relive virtually a 12 months later.

So if you happen to don’t have your individual bike or gear, I’d strongly advocate doing a professionally guided and endlessly enjoyable tour with Elgin Journey Centre, who’re additionally chargeable for Cape Cover Tour in Elgin.

Path Notes:

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In any other case, if in case you have every thing you want, Oak Valley has a variety of MTB trails and routes. Even to somebody as inexperienced as me, it actually seems and appears like prime MTB terrain.

Oak Valley’s trails have been pioneered by legendary Pieter Visser, himself a eager mountain biker, who designed the paths for all ability ranges. (One thing I can attest to.)

You journey via the gorgeous oak woodlands, previous vineyards and fruit orchards and even throughout cattle fields, surrounded all of the whereas by the splendour of the Groenlandberg mountains, that are additionally a robust inspiration for his or her wines.

It is a world-class MTB expertise and Oak Valley is well-known for its groomed singletrack.

Go to the paths and uncover their common Sounds of Silence, Stone & Metal, Fountain of Youth, Harrier Hawk sections, to call only some.

The paths include a brief blue route and an extended purple route. The purple route hyperlinks up with a number of black loops, greatest suited to extra superior riders.

Along with its on a regular basis MTB enjoyable, Oak Valley often hosts main MTB occasions, such because the Absa Cape Epic and Wines2Whales. Actually, once I rode there in 2019, the Wines2Whales was underway…  No strain using previous all these MTB consultants. 🙂

Oak Valley’s trails are open 12 months a 12 months throughout daylight. They’re solely closed for scheduled occasions and through extreme climate circumstances.

After such occurrences, the paths are closed for at some point to make sure their integrity and preserve them in good condition. 

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Price:

The day by day fee for utilizing Oak Valley’s MTB trails is R60.

You may as well spend money on an annual membership, which prices R550 from the date of buy.

Services:

Oak Valley presents MTB riders bike washes, showers and safe parking.

Issues to Do Close by:

Apart from the nice wine tasting, picnics at The Pool Room and delightful lodging (of their 1902 Cottage) which you can additionally get pleasure from at Oak Valley alone – Elgin Valley and close by Grabouw provide guests a lot to see and do.

When you are in Elgin, go to the favored, steampunk-style Elgin Railway Market; guide an unimaginable zipline expertise with Cape Cover Tour; or make a cease on the common Peregrine Farm Stall in Grabouw for highway journey provides and different scrumptious goodies.

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There are additionally a number of different pretty wine farms within the space, together with Elgin Vintners, South Hill Vineyards, Lothian Vineyards and extra.

Lastly, for true blooded MTB riders, you can too test into Path’s Finish. This bike lodge is the proper base camp for MTB lovers and outside adventurers in Grabouw and Elgin.

Contact Info:

Contact Oak Valley on +27 (021) 859 2510 or electronic mail them at mail@oak-valley.co.za.

Web site:

 

Kogelberg Nature Reserve (Overberg Area)

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The Kogelberg Nature Reserve, tucked away within the attractive Overberg Area, is one among my favorite native Cape Nature reserves. Like many, I not solely contemplate it to be some of the lovely however I like every thing about its eco-friendly lodging, nature walks and hikes and various pure natural world.

Thought-about the center of the Cape Floral Kingdom, Kogelberg presents breathtaking mountain views, wealthy pure wildlife and a wide range of wonderful actions like mountain climbing, swimming, nature walks, wildlife watching and sure, you guessed it: MTB.

Path Notes:

Kogelberg Nature Reserve presents a average, 22km journey alongside the jeep monitor via the Kogelberg Valley to the reserve workplace (discovered fairly close to to the Oudebosch eco cabins).

Generally known as the Palmiet River Valley MTB Route, this route is estimated to take between 2-4 hours. Talent stage is taken into account average and riders are suggested to make sure they’ve loads of sunscreen and water for the path.

Whether it is something just like the Palmiet River Hike, then you might be assured attractive pure natural world, mountain views and one of the best in pristine Overberg countryside.

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Riders should put on a helmet always throughout this path journey. 

There may be additionally no cellphone reception inside Kogelberg Nature Reserve (final reception level is on the flip from the tar highway onto the lengthy, gravel highway.)

Kogelberg Nature Reserve gate instances are from 07:30 am – 18:00 pm (April to August) and from 07:30 am – 19:00 pm (September to March).

Reserve workplace hours are from 07:30 am – 16:00 pm.

Price:

You have to a allow for this path journey. Permits will be bought on the Kogelberg Cape Nature workplace.

For actual pricing, please contact Cape Nature or the Kogelberg workplace straight.

They’re a cash-only facility, so guarantee you’ve gotten money on you if you’re shopping for your allow on the day, in any other case you possibly can usually additionally guide and pay on-line.

Services:

Kogelberg Nature Reserve has clear, well-maintained bathrooms to be used and beautiful lodging for individuals who want to spend the night time right here.

For the MTB path and hikes, you’ll, nevertheless, have to deliver alongside your individual bottled water and power bars/snacks with.

Issues to Do Close by:

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Apart from the numerous fantastic hikes, wildlife viewing, nature walks and swimming one can get pleasure from inside Kogelberg, additionally they provide unimaginable, eco-friendly lodging within the Oudebosch Eco Cabins.

Within the space, you can too discover the wonderful Harold Porter Botanical Gardens; say hiya to the penguins on the Stony Level Nature Reserve; and luxuriate in visiting the close by small coastal cities and villages, comparable to Betty’s Bay, Kleinmond, Rooi-Els and Pringle Bay.

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Contact Info:

Reserve workplace quantity: +27 (087) 288 0499.

For lodging and allow bookings, please contact them on +27 (087) 087 8250.

Web site:

capenature.co.za 

West Coast Area

The West Coast is probably some of the beautiful coastal areas on the planet. With pristine, limitless seashores, quaint coastal villages and small cities and wealthy natural world, this area must be protected and cherished in any respect prices.

The West Coast is vastly common amongst households particularly, because it offers memorable household holidays, seasonal wild flower recognizing and the proper mixture of indoor-meets-outdoor thrills.

!Khwa ttu (West Coast)

Located proper close to Yzerfontein, some 70 km away from Cape City – !Khwa ttu is an unimaginable heritage centre and lodging farm crammed with wonderful outside actions, wealthy historical past and insights into the methods of the San individuals, good meals and lodging – and above all, fantastic wildlife and nation areas within the distinctive, fiercely wild West Coast area.

Better of all, they provide guests and in a single day visitors a variety of actions, every thing from mountain biking to mountain climbing and guided San excursions.

After we visited again in 2017, it was a really memorable expertise. And if I might hike or MTB wherever now, I feel !Khwa ttu could be prime of my checklist.

In case you are in search of a enjoyable weekend getaway, I recommend reserving an in a single day keep upfront. It is a nice solution to calm down and luxuriate in all their actions at your leisure.

Path Notes:

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There’s something for each impartial outside fanatic to get pleasure from right here.

Each the mountain biking, path operating and/or extra mild mountain climbing will be loved on the identical trails – though the 2 teams scarcely cross paths apparently.

You have to to deliver your individual bike and helmet.

There may be additionally a small payment you’ll want to pay to journey and you will need to join a Good friend of !Khwa ttu. (Enroll is straightforward and will be performed at reception.) This is applicable to basic use of the paths, together with hikes/path runs.

Thereafter, all you’ll want to do is resolve which path most closely fits your wants and expertise stage. There are onerous core choices, in addition to simpler ones.

For the extra adventurous MTB rider, there’s a purpose-built, 10km singletrack course.

There are a number of route decisions, with twists, zigzags and berms to navigate – however it’s an important monitor which you can get pleasure from many times.

For the much less skilled and even for individuals who want a gentler outing, attempt the route that runs alongside the jeep tracks and gravel roads.

Better of all, you might even end up within the midst of a herd of recreation, comparable to zebra, eland or springbok,  so take in the wildlife as you go!

And why not make a pit cease close to the normal duplicate San village? It’s nice enjoyable to discover!

Price:

For hikes, path runs and MTB rides, there’s a payment. Enroll and pay at reception and turn into a Good friend of !Khwa ttu – it’s so simple as that. For prices, please contact the institution straight or ask at reception.

Your Good friend of !Khwa ttu card membership consists of free self-guided entry to the paths, to the Heritage Centre/Museum, invites to occasions and far more.

Lodging is greatest booked upfront – however all different actions, together with MTB path rides, will be deliberate at reception on the day.

For teams of 10 or extra, please contact !Khwa ttu upfront to allow them to help with planning.

!Khwa ttu is open Monday – Sunday, from 09:00 am – 17:00 pm. (Notice: Final entry is 45 minutes earlier than closing.)

Services:

There aren’t any particular MTB amenities outdoors of the paths themselves – however there’s a lot to see and do at !Khwa ttu.

Issues to Do Close by:

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Throughout your go to, take time to discover the distinctive, newly-built San Heritage Centre (Museum).

Once I was final at !Khwa ttu, they have been busy with its building. However, I discovered the San historical past, language and relics completely fascinating. It’s an insightful and humbling expertise and I positively advocate it.

You may even take part on one among their guided San excursions – however self-guided excursions are positively an choice too. Pricing will differ relying on what you select.

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And, as for his or her in-house restaurant and lodging, I completely beloved it. The meals was healthful and good and as for their cottage lodging, I’d test again into it in a heartbeat.

They’ve every thing from superbly appointed, self-catering cottages to furnished tents with open showers and a communal boma.

Lastly, you can too browse the stunning store for an array of uncommon, handcrafted presents. This consists of every thing from ostrich shell jewelry to ‘love’ bows and arrows.

Contact Info:

 Contact !Khwa ttu on  +27 (022) 492 2998 or electronic mail them at information@okayhwattu.org.

Web site:

kwhattu.org

West Coast Nationwide Park (West Coast)

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The West Coast Nationwide Park is understood for providing so many superb outside points of interest, with every thing from abandoned seashore hikes to unimaginable, seasonal wildflower recognizing, houseboats and swimming in Kraalbaai accessible to guests.

The park is nice for romantic, enjoyable couple excursions, journeys with your loved ones and mates and even solo travels designed to depart the town and its stresses behind.

Path Notes:

Among the many park’s many actions and points of interest are the maybe lesser recognized MTB and biking routes.

For regular biking, you possibly can cycle from the Langebaan gate to Geelbek on a return journey that spans some 30km on tarred highway. Or, if you happen to’re craving an extended cycle, you possibly can cycle from the Langebaan gate to Kraalbaai on a return journey that amasses some 70km on tarred highway.

For mountain biking, there are two routes. The primary is the 13km Inexperienced Path (observe the inexperienced indicators), which begins on the Langebaan gate. This leads as much as the Seeberg Fowl Disguise earlier than taking you again to the gate.

The second, barely longer route is the 17km Pink Path (observe the purple indicators). This makes use of an identical path to the Inexperienced Path however as a substitute takes you as much as the Seeberg Lookout and thereafter onto Mooimaak earlier than you head again to the Langebaan gate.

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There are some guidelines that cyclists and mountain bikers should observe. These are as follows:

  • No helmet, no using…
  • Respect the Park and please don’t harm something;
  • Watch out for and don’t scare or harm the animals;
  • Depart behind no hint, besides tyre spoors on the highway;
  • Trip on the marked, signed trails and obey the no-entry indicators;
  • Pay attention to different vehicles and cyclists on the roads;
  • Comply with regular guidelines of the highway on the tar roads;
  • Barring the permitted biking and MTB routes, no bike could use another path or filth highway within the Park.

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Price:

All cyclists and riders should pay the usual conservation payment on the gate – or buy a Wild Card and reap its advantages.

For present charges and charges, please see right here on the SANParks web site

Inside the reserve, Wild Playing cards will be bought at Geelbek Info Centre. (You may as well guide in a single day lodging right here – however I’d say it’s best to guide that upfront to make sure availability.)

Services:

The West Coast Nationwide Park doesn’t have any particular MTB amenities, nevertheless, it does have bathroom amenities, in a single day lodging, the Geelbek Restaurant, braai and picnic spots and data centres at each Preekstoel and Geelbek.

Issues to Do Close by:

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Apart from the West Coast Nationwide Park’s unimaginable actions and points of interest – a lot of which I discussed above – you can too take a drive into Langebaan or go to a number of the different close by native points of interest within the space, comparable to Thali Thali Recreation Lodge; native cafes and eating places in Langebaan and far more.

Contact Info:

Contact the West Coast Nationwide Park on +27 (022) 772 2144/5 or electronic mail them at moipone.thathane@sanparks.org.

Web site:

www.sanparks.org

 

And a Bonus One for the Love of Biking…

Cape City – Atlantic Seaboard

The Mom Metropolis wants no introduction. Cape City is deservedly hailed as some of the lovely cities on the planet. With the proper mix of ocean, mountain and land, this beautiful metropolis presents the easiest in every thing from wonderful adventures to unforgettable seashores and world-class food and drinks experiences.

Cape City’s Atlantic Seaboard is an particularly lovely stretch, which spans from the V&A Waterfront proper as much as Hout Bay.

Up Cycles Cape City

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As a result of not all of us our courageous sufficient to MTB or we merely haven’t tried but – I needed to additionally embrace regular biking choices too. And if you’re primarily based in Cape City, top-of-the-line is undoubtedly Up Cycles.

Up Cycles are Cape City’s drop-and-go bicycle rental firm. With stations in Sea Level, Camps Bay and Silo 5 on the V&A Waterfront, Up Cycles lets you get pleasure from biking across the interior metropolis and alongside the shoreline on their eye-catching, instantly recognisable tangerine bicycles.

You may select from a typical bicycle, e-bike or mountain bike, in order that they actually do cater to all wants, pleasures and ability ranges.

Notice: Whereas I’ve by no means used them personally but (though I’ve been dying to attempt it for years now!) – I do know mates who’ve. And truthfully, I’ve solely heard glowing stories about this service and the general expertise.

How It Works:

For many who are unfamiliar with Up Cycles, it’s a quite simple and enjoyable course of.

You merely arrive on the station, select and pay (money, card or SnapScan are accepted), pay attention to the principles and security measures after which head in your merry method!

When you’re completed, you merely hand your bicycle and equipment again in at your closest Up Cycles station.

You may select from metropolis bikes (with an choice so as to add a baby seat or youngster carriage for a further payment); mountain bikes (these have to be pre-booked); highway bikes (these have to be pre-booked); or e-bike (these have to be pre-booked).

Clearly, some primary security guidelines and suggestions apply. These are as follows:

  • Minors have to be accompanied by a authorized guardian;
  • Make sure you really feel snug in your bicycle;
  • Check your brakes are working earlier than you set off;
  • Ask for assist if wanted;
  • Give proper of solution to pedestrians;
  • Obey the final guidelines of the highway and be respectful;
  • Don’t pace;
  • On the highway, journey with the site visitors;
  • Obey highway indicators and use hand alerts when wanted;
  • Don’t textual content and journey;
  • Put on a helmet in your security.

For a breakdown of Up Cycles’ pricing, please see right here.

Value:

Rental pricing will various relying on which bike kind you select. However usually, pricing begins at a minimal R90 (for one hour on a metropolis bicycle) and may run as much as R700 for a full day expertise on an e-bike.

Helmets and locks are included within the set worth for metropolis bicycles and mountain bikes. 

Should you select a metropolis bicycle, you can too add a baby seat on for a further payment of R90 or a baby carriage for R110 further.

For extra info on Up Cycles pricing, please see right here.

Until it’s raining closely, Up Cycles Cape City is open 12 months a 12 months.

Nevertheless, their operational hours change all year long. For actual working hours, please contact Up Cycles straight.

Issues to Do Close by:

Earlier than or after your cycle, if you’re using alongside Sea Level or Camps Bay, you possibly can both stroll alongside the Sea Level Promenade; seize an ice-cream; go to the Inexperienced Level City Park; pop by the Mojo Market (Sea Level); or cease by the seashore.

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And if you’re close to the V&A Waterfront, there’s a complete vary of actions to get pleasure from, together with procuring, consuming out, shopping the native shops and stalls; visiting the Two Oceans Aquarium; using on the Cape City Wheel and naturally, exploring the Zeitz MOCCA Museum.

So take in the surroundings as you cycle after which get pleasure from one of the best the town has to supply in outside and indoor enjoyable, procuring and far more!

Contact Info:

Contact Up Cycles Cape City on 074 100 9161 or 076 135 2223 or electronic mail them at hiya@upcycles.co.za.

Web site:

upcycles.co.za

COVID-19 Disclaimer

Notice: Not all actions, venues and amenities could also be open throughout COVID-19 so all the time test forward earlier than visiting or trying to guide. 

For anybody visiting any facility, venue or path throughout COVID-19 instances, please keep in mind to stick to the nationwide guidelines and rules, in addition to these wherever you might be visiting.

Bear in mind to put on a masks, sanitise often and social distance.

Should you really feel unwell or are exhibiting any doable COVID-19 signs, please quite keep residence to make sure everybody’s security. 

Normal Disclaimer and Different Vital Notices

Disclaimer:

Whereas all info on this submit has been rigorously researched from dependable sources – comparable to MTB Routes and Tygerberg Mountain Bike Membership – or written from my very own expertise of getting visited these locations as a traveller – I’m under no circumstances an skilled on mountain biking.

For any further info on MTB trails, basic guidelines or skilled insights – please contact the related biking organisation or path administration earlier than using.

Mountain biking is a harmful sport and must be loved with the utmost care and security precautions.

Please by no means try something above your ability stage. I’ve seen and heard of too many tragedies and accidents, even with skilled riders.

Please additionally make sure you put on a helmet always and observe all vital guidelines (together with the principles of the highway) to make sure yours and others’ security.

Lastly, wherever doable, please additionally keep away from using alone in distant areas.

At all times ensure that somebody is aware of the place you’ll be biking and when you’re anticipated residence.

Notice: Pricing and different info was as up-to-date and related as doable on the time of publishing.

Nevertheless, I assume no accountability for any adjustments in pricing or basic info that will happen throughout or after this submit’s publication. 


Content material author by day and blogger by night time, Tamlyn Ryan passionately runs her journey weblog, known as Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust – Journey Writing and Pictures, from her residence base of Cape City, South Africa. Regardless of having a nationwide diploma in Journalism and dealing as a content material author by day, Tamlyn’s most well-liked area of interest stays journey writing.

Tamlyn is a hopeless wanderer, outfitted with an limitless ardour for highway journeys, rigorously deliberate, vacation itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the nice outside.




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