Western Region EC

Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve MTB Trails

CLOSEST TOWN > Port Elizabeth

TRAIL DESTINATION > Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve

DISTANCE > Various options

GRADING > Easy

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OVERVIEW

The Van Stadens Wildflower Reserve, about 40 km west of Port Elizabeth, conserves a number of endemic, rare and threatened plants in the Albany Centre of Endemism and serves as an important environmental education centre to local communities in the Nelson Mandela Metropole and outlying regions.

On your bike

This is a beautiful area to ride in and enjoy the paths winding through the fynbos amid an amazing array of wild flowers and their local residents. The ride is mostly not too technical, though some sections on the grassy firebreaks are a bit wobbly.

Off the bike

Walking and hiking on any of the selection of trails available, bird watching, picnicking and fynbos rambling

 

CONTACT:

Telephone: +27 (0)41 956 0155

Website: www.vanstadens.co.za

GPS: 33° 54' 26.68" South / 25° 13' 6.89" East

 

FAST FACTS

GRADING:

Easy

DURATION:

Up to you

CONFIGURATION :

Winding paths

START POINT:

Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve

TERRAIN:

Mountain trails, hiking paths and footpaths

MAP:

Available at reception or on website

CELL RECEPTION:

Intermittent

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Free entry

FACILITIES:

Flower house with named flower specimens, traditional Xhosa umzi (homestead)

 

HOW TO GET THERE

Off the N2 from Port Elizabeth towards Humansdorp
 

BEST TIME OF YEAR

Year round

 

Ganora MTB Route

CLOSEST TOWN > Nieu Bethesda

TRAIL DESTINATION > Nieu Bethesda and surrounds

DISTANCE > 34km circular

GRADING > Difficult

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OVERVIEW

Ganora Guest Farm is a sheep farm just outside Nieu Bethesda in the foothills of the majestic Sneeuberg Range in the Karoo Heartland. 

On your bike

This circular route follows a 34km jeep track traversing the top of a rugged escarpment, crossing river beds and testing road surfaces. With at least 500 m worth of altitude difference, you can expect to be on good terms with your granny gear by the end of the ride. For the experienced mountain biker, the combination of gravel and rocky gnarl will allow a mix of speed and hard-core, technical riding and a full-suspension bicycle would be a good call.

Availability of water depends on the time of year, but it’s a good idea to take at least 2 litres of water. Rock art, fossils and antelope sightings are attractions along the route

Off the bike

Ganora has its own private Ganora Fossil and Artifact Museum while guided tours of the woolshed on Ganora are available by arrangement. Canyon hikes, swimming in the river pools and watching black eagles are also options. 

CONTACT:

Telephone: +27 (0)49 841 1302 / +27 (0)82 698 0029

DIRECTIONS

Just beore entering Nieu-Bethesda from Graaff-Reinet turn right onto the pink brick paved bridge. Turn right at the second 4 way stop into Hudson Sttreet. Turn left at the third street (Naude Street) with a small sign to Middelburg Cradock and Nieu-Bethesda station. 7km further the Ganora Guestfarm & Excursions sign will be on the right-hand side. The homestead is 1km further.

Website: www.ganora.co.za

GPS: 31°51'17.13" South / 24°35'29.76"East

 

FAST FACTS

GRADING:

Difficult

DURATION:

Around 5 hours

CONFIGURATION :

Circular

START POINT:

Ganora Farm

TERRAIN:

Mostly gravel with some rocky sections

MAP:

Available at reception

CELL RECEPTION:

Intermittent

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Fee payable

FACILITIES:

Camping sites, self-catering accommodation, ablutions

BEWARE OF:

Running out of water - carry at least 2 litres with you

 

HOW TO GET THERE

See directions on left

BEST TIME OF YEAR

Year round. Can get very hot in summer and very cold in winter

 

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