Closest Town: Stellenbosch
Grading: Intermediate to technical | Duration: 1–2.5 hours
Location (Area/Province): Peninsula and Winelands and Western Cape
Configuration: Options from 10–20km
Start Point: Park at the Paradyskloof Plantation gate or at the Engen Garage on the R44
Access: Free entry
Beware of: Heat in summer, steep downhills
Eden is the area above Paradyskloof and this pine plantation is home to a maze of single tracks. This trail is perfect for some serious mountain biking and awesome downhill opportunities.
There are two starting points to the route, parking at the Paradyskloof Plantation or at the Engen Garage on the R44.
On your bike
The Paradyskloof pine plantation consists of a maze of tracks and trails, ideal for single and downhill track riding. The tracks continue on to the northern side where it links up with the Coetzenburg areas, this gives you the opportunity to extend your ride based on how much time you have availible. If you move towards the Dalsig side of Eden there are some brilliant downhill opportunities at G-Spot to finish of your ride in the plantation. G-Spot consist of awesome jumps and tight turns to get the adrenaline flowing. You can choose your own routes and riding time can be anything between 1-3 hours. This place is an really for the single track rider.
Off the bike
Stellenbosch is South Africa’s second oldest town and, with its charming character, historic architecture and oak-lined avenues, it is a dream weekend destination. Wonderful wine farms, mountain hikes, exceptional trout fishing, stunning country stalls, delectable berry farms and quirky restaurants will keep you busy for days
GPS: 33°57’54.98″S 18°51’13.19″E