Closest Town: Swellendam
Grading: Easy to Intermediate | Duration: 1–3 hours
Location (Area/Province): Overberg & Southern Cape and Western Cape
Configuration: Circular and return
Start Point: Bontebok National Park offices
Access: Fee payable at park offices
Beware of: Soaring summer temperatures between November and March
Facilities: Ablution facilities, snack shop, picnic sites, cell phone reception
This remains an old fave, with a number of circular and return routes throughout the park, from an easy 5km to a pretty tough 40km-plus. Surface quality is rough in places, with stretches of loose gravel and fields of loose, fist-sized rocks sure to give your shoulders and arms a good workout. A full-sus bike is recommended …
On your bike
Start at the park offices and follow the winding gravel road along a moderate downhill towards the river, keeping right and circling around to where the camp site overlooks the Breede River (12km).
From here, you can either return directly to the gate (approximately 6.5km) or continue along the river course. The latter option is around 15km in length and cranks into quite a few stiff climbs along rocky park roads in an anticlockwise direction.
Off the bike
Nature trails, swimming, angling, game-viewing, horseback riding, abseiling, foefie-slides, river cruises and river
rafting abound in the region.
Tel: +27 28 514 2735
GPS: 34°03’20.8”South / 20°28’23.9”East