Closest Town: Graaff Reinet
Grading: Intermediate | Duration: 3–4 hours, depends on route
Location (Area/Province): Eastern Cape and Western Region
Configuration: Various – from 18–55km
Start Point: Groenvlei
Access: Free for farm guests
Beware of: Rocks, snakes, agoraphobia
Facilities: Accommodation, farm food
Cell Reception: Not really
From Groenvlei, drive to Krieglerskraal, park at the Krieglerskraal premises and pedal back the way you
came for about 1km to the red gate on your right. The route follows farm tracks all the way; make sure you
take water, hats and something to munch.
On your bike
First beacon is in line with the first redundant cement reservoir. About 500m further go through the gate and ride along to the windmill and reservoir. If the wind is blowing you can get fresh water from the windmill.
The second beacon is halfway up the first pass. Continue until you reach the fourth gate and carry on to the third beacon, which is halfway up the second pass. To the left is down to Muishoek, continue to your right. Carry on to the “konsertina” gate to the second T-junction. To the left is Witkop (White Head), keep right. About 1km from there is a fountain, just off the road – it will be recognized by the salt lick troughs.
Last chance to fill your water bottles. Carry on till gate number 5, situated in the neck, white paintings against the rocky ledge. Carry on through gate number 6 until another T-junction, keep right as left goes to Permotfontein. Go past second redundant reservoir through the 7th gate. Carry on to gate number 8 at the main road. Turn right and follow main road to Krieglerskraal.
Enjoy the view, endless space, burning legs and the speedy stretch home on the main road. If you
found this ride strenuous, spare a thought for the poor guys who constructed the road …
There are also many other options available and you can decide on your distance yourself.
Off the bike
Beautiful hiking, horseback riding and farm life.
Telephone: +27 49 845 0305
GPS: 31°49’18.4”S 24°14’43.8”E