Closest Town: Moorreesburg
Grading: Intermediate to difficult (with 2 extreme downhills) | Duration: 2–3 hours
Location (Area/Province): Cape West Coast and Western Cape
Configuration: Various options – from 17km
Start Point: Start at the Dutch Reformed Church in Koringberg
Access: Free access, but check with locals if some farm areas are closed
Beware of: Two extreme downhills; farm animals
Cell Reception: Intermittent
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Test your endurance along this rocky 4X4 track ascending Swartberg for superb views of Table Mountain and the Swartland region.
On your bike
This tough ride kicks off on 500 m of tar and then follows a 7 km jeep track warm-up (5 km along the railway line) before cranking into the first 3.8 km monster uphill.
The descent is exhilarating, following a steep cement track, aptly named ‘The Mineshaft’ and due care must be taken here. After descending you will have time to relax for a while as you cruise the flats through a farm yard or three and wind your way through wheat fields galore.
A few moderate climbs and a short technical section follows. Then it’s up a 2 km hill and back onto an easy ride along the gravel road crossing the neck of the mountain. Now the real test follows! Take on a severe 3.6 km of granny climbing to the summit of Koringberg and take a deep breath before blasting into a nightmare descent. This hectic footpath bangs amongst stands of eucalyptus trees, through dongas and past gaping aardvark holes for 1.5 km before you make it home – hopefully in one piece. The route is tough but not impossible.
Off the bike
In Koringberg there is no pressure to do anything – just relax! Enjoy the peace and quiet of the Swartland’s wide open spaces and visit small dorps brimming with character (and characters!)
Darling boasts Pieter-Dirk Uys and his eclectic cabaret venue ‘Evita se Perron’. Riebeek Kasteel is graced with a dyed-in-the-wool Royal Hotel and other establishments featuring the best in country cuisine, art and crafts. Stop for lunch and you’ll stay for a day.
Telephone: +27 (0)22 433 1072
GPS: 33°01’07.9”S 18°40’36.5”E