Grootvadersbosch Conservancy MTB Trails
CLOSEST TOWN > Heidelberg
TRAIL DESTINATION > Grootvadersbosch Conservancy
DISTANCE > Various options
GRADING > Intermediate to difficult
The Grootvadersbosch Conservancy is a non-profit trust that promotes conservation on private land in the Grootvadersbosch valley. The Conservancy is a separate entity to the, Cape Nature managed, Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve. The Grootvadersbosch Conservancy consists of 35 000ha of private land, surrounding the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve and Boosmansbos Wildernes Area. The conservancy includes three private nature reserve. The private landowners work together on a range of projects, including alien clearing, fire management, eco-tourism, environmental education and trail building.
On your bike
All mountain bike trails start at the Grootvadersbosch Conservancy office where permits can be purchased.
Cows and fence bridges: You are riding through some of the most productive dairy farms in South Africa. Please treat the cows with the respect they deserve. The fence bridges were built mainly to keep the cows safe. REMEMBER, NOT ALL BRIDGES ARE RIDEABLE FOR ALL LEVELS OF RIDER, EVEN ON GREEN ROUTES. If you are unsure, please walk. Riding is entirely at your own risk.
Blue Route: Distance - 39km; elevation 900m; duration 3-4 hours
Red Route: Distance - 25km; elevation 750m; duration 3-4 hours
Black Route: Distance - 45km; elevation 1250m; duration 4-6 hours
Suurbraak Route: Distance - 17km and 8km; elevation 300 and 500m; duration 2-4 hours
Green Route: Distance - 11km route now open.
New Green Route: Opening soon - 23km; 700m; duration 1-1.5 hours
Heidelberg Route: Distance - 10km; elevation 170m; duration 1-1.5 hours (opening soon)
Off your bike
The guest farms within the conservancy will present you with enough options to stay for a month!
Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve, situated within the Langeberg ranges approximately 22km northwest of Heidelberg, encompasses one of SA’s largest remaining sections of remnant forest. The superb day hikes in the reserve wind through a mix of typical Knysna-style high forest and mountain fynbos, with superb views from the higher trails. Exceptional birding will bring you face to face with narina trogons, warblers and other canopy dwellers, while sightings of a range of mammals are possible. The nearby town of Swellendam, famous for its youngberries, historical architecture and quality wines, should be a definite stop on your itinerary.
Telephone: +27 (0)71 691 6463 (Conservancy Office) / Aileen Anderson +27 079 335 0269 (Conservancy Manager)
Website : www.gvbconservancy.co.za
GPS: 33°59’43.65” South / 20°49’28.79” East
Intermediate, with some difficult sections
Dependent on route option
Grootvadersbosch Conservancy Office
Available on Grootvadersbosch Conservancy website
Permit required; available from GVB Conservancy
None en route, but various guest farms within the conservancy offer excellent accommodation
For local MTB information contact Aileen Anderson +27 79 225 0269
Approach animals with caution.
HOW TO GET THERE
BEST TIME OF YEAR
The GVB Conservancy lies in the transitional zone between winter and all-year rainfall regions, with an average annual rainfall of about 1050mm. Drier periods are from May to July and December to January while berg winds are common from May to July.