Swartland: Not Black and White at All!! – Western Cape

Ja nee, if you come down to the Swartland today, you’re in for a big surprise.

A Wagon Road and a Hill … Western Cape

The Cape Peninsula is a pretty place, with fishing harbours and secret beaches and lots of pointy mountain peaks. The only downside for mountain bikers is that every ride starts with a climb …

De Hoop MTB Trails, Western Cape

‘The Hush’: some places have it, and others do not .... De Hoop Nature Reserve is of the former kind, and surely rates as one of those wilderness spaces where the tranquillity will come and find you.

Viswater Mountain Bike Route, Namaqua West Coast, Western Cape

Have I mentioned it is proper mooi here along the southern section of Namaqua's West Coast? Scrubland plains and kelp-strewn beaches suddenly go ballistic in the vicinity of Strandfontein, rearing up into serrated lines of rugged sandstone sea cliffs.

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve, Western Cape

The real secret of Kaggakamma lies in the outstanding camping available within the reserve, with a variety of sites, the main one featuring a stunning pool and good ablutions. There are also three wild camp areas along the 4x4 route, thus making the reserve accessible to a much wider range of local travellers.

Cape Point Nature Reserve, Western Cape

Cape Point is situated in the southern section of the Table Mountain National Park and sports rugged rocks and sheer cliffs towering more than 200 metres above the sea and delving deep into the ocean, providing a spectacular backdrop for the park’s rich bio-diversity. Fynbos, the natural vegetation of the area, comprises the smallest but richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms.

Great Brak Graveling South Western Cape

The Karoo and mountain biking is a match made in heaven, and none more so than on those truly extra-terrestrial plains surrounding Calvinia. Endless roads, farm tracks and trippy footpaths mean you have proper exploration riding to look forward to …

Brandkop Guest Farm and Camping, Namaqua West Coast

Yup, we’ve all cruised the N7 bisecting those Knersvlakte plains en route to the Northern Cape, but have you ever turned off at Vanrhynsdorp to explore the high inland escarpment? Do it next time, my friend, but make sure you and your bike stop off at Brandkop Guest Farm …

Wines2Wilderness Route, Western Cape

The Groot Winterhoek ranges above Porterville must surely rate as one of South Africa’s most under-utilised mountain biking destinations. This is about to change with the local Berg Rivier Tourism Region’s initiative, a ‘Wines to Wilderness’ Route.