Request Guest Farm MTB Routes
CLOSEST TOWN > Bedford
TRAIL DESTINATION > Request Guest Farm
DISTANCE > 7km, 18km and 32km
GRADING > Moderate
Nestled in the heart of a historic farm close to the quaint village of Bedford in the Eastern Cape, Request Farm Cottage offers a safe and tranquil haven and an idyllic secluded experience for their guests. Mountain biking is one of their main attractions. They offer a cycle safari called “The Devil” for the serious mountain bikers.
On your bike
The Devil is a two day circular route of 182km or 205km, with full back up support for maximum eight riders. The first day is 102 km with an altitude gain of 1000m, starting on Request Guest Farm, following the route through the Baviaans River conservancy, with the overnight stop high up the Winterberg Mountains at Redcliffe Guest Farm. The second day is 80km or 103km and is mostly downhill through the Koonap River conservancy back to Request. This route takes you through the historical settler’s country with a few national monuments on the way and offers spectacular and ever changing scenery. This circular route can also be done in three or four days for those riders who want a more relaxing and fun experience.
There are also ample easier tracks of about 7km, 18km and 32km on the farm for the whole family to exercise themselves on in a landscape of beautiful vistas.
Off the bike
In winter, relax on the leather couches in front of the fire place, wrapped in a throw, listen to music in candle light or play one of the many family games provided. There is no television, as this is the time to really re-connect with family and friends.
Summertime is ideal to have a sun downer and “braai” while you watch the spectacular change of scenery as the sun sets through the Acacia thorn trees after a fun filled day of swimming in a cement dam, long walks in the veld, spotting some warthog and fallow deer, maybe a picnic on top of the hill where you can find your soul again, some fishing, quad biking.
There is an abundance of bird species and for birds of a different kind, there is clay pigeon shooting.
Route Information: Ilona Triegaardt
Cell: 083 236 0939
GPS: 32º42’04.48”S 25º58’45.57”E
Various route options, depends on how long you want to ride.
7km, 18km and 32km trails on the farm. There are also a two day circular route of 182km or 205km.
Request Guest Farm
Jeep tracks, animal trails, and gravel road.
Cell phone reception on all networks.
Riding for guests only
Fully serviced self-catering cottage, wireless internet, braai facility. Swimming in cement farm dam.
This is a working farm so be on the lookout for farm animals.
HOW TO GET THERE
15km from Bedford on the R350
BEST TIME OF YEAR
Year round destination. Can get very cold in winter.