Closest Town: Uniondale
Grading: Difficult | Duration: 4–8 hours
Location (Area/Province): Garden Route
Start Point: Uniondale
Access: Permits payable at Uniondale Tourism, Ou Wapad, telephone : +27 (0)44 752 1266, or Knysna Forestry Deptartment, Kom-se-Pad, Gouna Forest, telephone: +27 (0)44 382 5466
Beware of: Extreme temperatures; sense of humour failure
Facilities: Shop, ablutions at Die Vlug
The 100km Karoo to Coast Route is a no-holds-barred one-way ride from Uniondale to Knysna, and includes the notorious Ou Wapad between Uniondale and Avontuur, as well as Prince Alfred’s Pass and Kom-se-Pad through the beautiful Gouna Forest.
On your bike
Once over Ou Wapad, you start cranking up the spectacular Prince Alfred’s Pass that winds its way from Avontuur all the way (not down!) to the coast. The views are awesome, and so is the monstrous 14km downhill to Die Vlug.
From here it’s into the granny-gear zone all the way to Buffelsnek, just over halfway, before banging down to Kom-se-Pad, Gouna Forest and, finally, Knysna.
Off the bike
Hiking, stacks of MTB trails and why not scuba in search of the elusive Knysna Lagoon seahorse?
Telephone: +27 (0)82 851 3622
For local MTB info: contact Knysna Cycle Works
Telephone: +27 (0)44 382 5153
GPS: 33°38’35.9”S 23°08’19.3”E