Northern Free State

Deelfontein MTB Trail

CLOSEST TOWN > Parys

TRAIL DESTINATION > Deelfontein Farm, Vredefort Koepel.

DISTANCE > 50km

 

GRADING > Intermediate

Deelfontein

OVERVIEW

Deelfontein lies in the heart of the Vredefort Dome, a unique geological formation caused by the impact of an asteroid roughly 10 kilometres wide about 2 200-million years ago which is South Africa’s newest world heritage site. The farm lies on the southern side of the Vaal River, nestled between two of the concentric ridges typical of the dome area. It is here, on 170 hectares of bergland covered with near-pristine bushveld that you will find more than 50 kilometres of mountain-bike trails to explore.

On your bike

The terrain is mountainous bush- and grassveld. The mountain-bike routes include dirtroad, farm tracks and at least 19 kilometres of single-track sections on which you can explore the mountain tops. Configured as a network of single-track loops branching off a jeep track backbone, the trails offer many options of distance and grading. There are easy, level and short options for the young, the unfit or those who want to enjoy the magnificent views. For serious training, the highly technical routes take advantage of the more than 200-metre elevation differences and offer serious challenges.

Despite the secluded setting, Deelfontein is only 40 kilometres from the N1 freeway and 140 kilometres from Johannesburg. Riding opportunities are not limited to Deelfontein – the rest of the dome beckons, with more than 100 kilometres of dirt road winding through the mountainous terrain. This is the home of the Crater Cruise MTB race, one of the premium mountain-bike events in South Africa.

Off the bike

Deelfontein offers a variety of exciting outdoor activities:

  • Swimming in the heated 15 m pool
  • Hiking on a variety of shorter and longer day hikes or on the five day Meteorite hiking trail
  • Mountain biking on more than 50 km of trail, ranging from easy to extreme.
  • Stargazing in the equipped observatory
  • Birdwatching in a variety of habitats

CONTACT:

Route Information: Gerhard Benade

Tel:  +27 (0)83 280 9784

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Website: www.deelfontein.co.za

GPS: 26°56́́́′37,80″ South /  27°16′16,48″ East

 

FAST FACTS

GRADING:

Easy to extreme

DURATION:

1-4 Hours

CONFIGURATION :

Various circular and return options.

START POINT:

At the Deelfontein Guest house.

TERRAIN:

Dirt roads, jeep tracks, and single-track, mountainous topography.

MAP:

Not available

CELL RECEPTION

None

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Free for farm guests, entry fee payable for visitors. Booking is essential

FACILITIES:

Change rooms, showers, braai facilities and a range of accommodation options

BEWARE OF:

Steep sections, loose gravel and lightning on ridges

MORE INFORMATION:

Regular mountain-bike races over various distances are organised nearly every month, so check it out and plan your trip accordingly

 

 

HOW TO GET THERE

From Klerksdorp and Potchefstroom, take Govan Mbeki Avenue in a southerly direction. Continue straight at the turn-off to Viljoenskroon, in the direction of Vredefort. Cross the Vaal River. At the T-junction beyond the river, turn left. After 8 km, you will find the turn-off marked ‘Deelfontein, Gerhard Benade’ on the left. Turn left and drive through the gate. After 500m, there is another gate; please follow the signage. The guest houses and mountain bike trailhead are on the left. The arts centre, observatory and workshop are 300m further. For the bush camp, continue for 1 km until the road forks. Keep left. The campsite is 200m further. Please close all gates.

BEST TIME OF YEAR

Summer is wet and hot, but never blistering. Winter is dry and mostly sunny, even though the nights may be freezing.

 

Hakuna Matata Circuit

CLOSEST TOWN > Parys

TRAIL DESTINATION > Hakuna Matata Adventures

DISTANCE > 16km Circuit

 

GRADING > Intermediate

OVERVIEW

This 146.88 ha farm is situated in the Vredefort Dome Heritage Site. Hakuna has been part of the MTB Crater Cruise for several years and mountain bikers are invited to come and experience the beauty of nature at this venue.

On your bike

From the parking lot at Hakuna Matata, the best way is westwards following horse trails and farm tracks down alongside the Vaal River. Surfaces vary from tennis-court smooth to wildly stony, especially on downhill sections, so keep your balance at speed.

Where the road forks to the closed fishing resort, go left up the hill which gets progressively steeper and rougher until you meet the main gravel road. This takes you back to the Hakuna Matata sign for a final wild plunge down the gravel track but beware of oncoming vehicles around corners. 

Off the bike

Activities include paintball, river rafting, horse trails, abseiling and hiking.

CONTACT:

Telephone: +27 / (0)56 931 1000 / +27 (0)82 565 6144

Website: www.hmatata.co.za 

GPS: 26°51’44.3″S 27°20’03.8″E

 

FAST FACTS

GRADING:

Intermediate

DURATION:

1 Hour

CONFIGURATION :

16km Circuit

START POINT:

Start at the parking area at Hakuna Matata

TERRAIN:

Horse trails and farm tracks, smooth to stony, gravel road

MAP:

Available from the main office

CELL RECEPTION:

Yes

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Normal Day fees

FACILITIES:

Toilet at start, water points en route, campsite, swimming pool and kiosk at reception. Self-catering chalets.

BEWARE OF:

Beware of oncoming vehicles around corners

 

HOW TO GET THERE

Hakuna is 18km outside Parys towards Vredefort and about 10km of that is on gravel road. At the first stop on entering Parys, turn right and keep on that road until you leave the town. Turn right on the Schoemansdrift Road (Hakuna Matata sign). Follow that roand to a T-junction then turn right. Drive straight on till you get another Hakuna Matata sign, turn right and drive another 2.7km to the entrance.

BEST TIME OF YEAR

All year round, can get very hot in the summer.

 

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