Closest Town: Haenertsburg
Grading: Moderate | Duration: Easy to intermediate
Location (Area/Province): Capricorn
Configuration: 1-3 hours
Start Point: 2 circular routes, 5km to 30km
Access: Permit from Magoebaskloof Tourism grants access to all routes
Beware of: Sections of trails shared with walkers/vehicles; please close gates
Facilities: The Growth Centre offers holistic therapies such as Rei-flexology (feet relaxation therapy) Reiki , Indian Head Massage and Bach Flower Remedies
Cell Reception: Yes
Stanford Lake Lodge, a leisurely 3hr drive from Pretoria, boasts fabulous mountain biking upon the shores of the tranquil, 17ha Stanford Lake. The waterfall from the lake feeds into the spectacular Ebenezer Dam. The 127ha area surrounding Stanford Lake boasts an extensive network of MTB trails, offering ample opportunity to explore this historic farm.
On your bike
The 5-6km Blue Route is suitable for families with young kids, as it follows the edge of Stanford Lake and Ebenezer Dam along well-used roads. The ride is fairly flat with only two uphill sections towards the end, but could be extended by 3km along the ring road around the dam. The more substantial 30km Yellow Route follows the Blue Route before branching off along a gradual climb to cross the R71. It then follows the Broederstroom Road along an easy cruise towards Cheerio.
Off the bike
Enjoy the hiking trails, birding, bass and trout fishing in the Ebenezer Dam and at Stanford Lake or relax while being treated to an Indian Head Massage.
Route Information: Jady Stanford
Tel: +27 (0)79 519 9211 or +27 (0)82 322 9729
GPS: 23°54′13.6″South / 029°59′18.1″East