Closest Town: Stanford
Grading: Intermediate to difficult | Duration: Depends on the route chosen
Location (Area/Province): Overberg & Southern Cape and Western Cape
Configuration: Various route options
Start Point: Start at the entrance to the reserve
Access: R18 per adult / R9 per child payable at the office at Salmonsdam Nature Reserve
Beware of: Gnarly climbs
Cell Reception: Vodacom and Cell C reception only
Salmonsdam Nature Reserve lies 20 km east of Stanford, at the foot of the Perdeberg mountains. Stanford is a small village 17 km east of Hermanus on the south-western Cape coast.
On your bike
Although there is currently no designated MTB Route, plenty of riding opportunities exist on the network of jeep tracks within the reserve. Crank into granny gear along a gnarly climb to the top of the mountain for a breathtaking view of Walker Bay, Caledon and Bredasdorp.
The terrain varies between rocky and sandy, but the overall road surface is good. The trail traverses pristine fynbos and, if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of klipspringer, duiker, rhebuck, baboon or some of the other small mammals inhabiting the nature reserve.
Off the bike
Hills and remnant forests, rivers and rock pools and mountain views of the distant sea attract hikers, bird-watchers and nature lovers to this little-known nature reserve, 37 km inland from Hermanus. Shady campsites and basic overnight cabins provide a back-to-nature experience.
Telephone: +27 (0)28 341 0018
Website : www.capenature.co.za
GPS: 34°25′24.3″S 019°38′03.0″E