Closest Town: Clarens (16km)
Grading: Intermediate to Difficult | Duration: 30 minutes to 2 hours
Location (Area/Province): Central Free State and Free State
Configuration: Circular – 7 & 18km
Start Point: At the Bergwoning campsite
Access: Day visitors are welcome. Please phone ahead
Facilities: Various accommodation options, swimming in the Klein Caledon; good cell phone reception
Bergwoning Farm, situated in a tranquil valley, between the beautiful Maluti Mountains and bordering the Golden Gate National Park, is surrounded by characteristic sandstone and basalt formations, making for a mountain biker’s paradise.
On your bike
Above the Clouds is an 18km off-road ride available on request, since the route goes onto a neighbouring property. Climbing to an altitude 2 100m above sea level, you can expect a challenging ride. The reward is outstanding scenery while riding a roller coaster of valleys and mountains. The tracks are technical, so this is not a ride for the unfit or inexperienced mountain biker.
Another option is the Bergwoning 7km circuit where you can ride your mountain bike along the 4×4 track with several technical sections and wet foot encounters along the Klein Caledon River. With eye-catching scenery and easy access, Bergwoning is nice for the weekender that wants to do a technical short route at high altitude for one or two hours.
Off the bike
Bergwoning Farm is a quaint getaway with access to hiking trails, abseiling, mountain-biking, clay pigeon shooting, fly-fishing, hunting, wing-shooting and bird watching. The Klein Caledon River flows year round so there are several swimming holes to choose from. There is also a farm dam to take a breather and a dip, if the rains have been good. There’s a conventional swimming pool at neighbouring Kiara Lodge.
The Mazda Clarens Marathon and RCI Half Marathon take place in and around the picturesque town of Clarens every August.
Route information: Thys and Zieta Maritz, Bergwoning Farm
Address: PO Box 105, Clarens, 9707
Telephone: +27 (0)82 396 7595
Website : www.dibusstop.co.za
GPS: 28° 30′ 33.7″ South / 28° 33′ 47.4″ East