Closest Town: De Doorns
Grading: Intermediate to difficult | Duration: 2–4 hours
Location (Area/Province): Central & Klein Karoo and Western Cape
Configuration: Various return options – 35–55km
Start Point: Veldskoen Farm Stall
Access: Day or annual permit from Veldskoen Farm Stall) next to N1, 5km past De Doorns turnoff towards Touwsrivier)
Beware of: Sections of ride only for the technically skilled
Facilities: Ablutions, refreshments and secure parking at farm stall
Cell Reception: Excellent coverage
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This technical ride along mostly reasonable surface starts and finishes at the Veldskoen Farm Stall.
On your bike
Follow the Mountain View Lodge Road along a climb to the ridge and then dip down a pathway towards the 1875 railway line. Continue along a rugged crank down the railway line, pedalling to the old railway tunnel.
Pass through the tunnel and continue until you reach Tunnel Station and then on to Matroosberg Station. Loop around Tafelberg and back to the tunnel via a circular road, mostly along reasonable surface.
From the Tunnel Station, the trail now goes via Kranskloof towards Scoobie Doo and then on to Osplaas before returning to Veldskoen Farm Stall.
Off the bike
The area is rich in fossils and the skies are alive with raptors and other birds. Surrounded by vineyards, snow-capped peaks and sparkling dams, De Doorns exudes a timeless charm.
For local MTB info: Stefan Jordaan
Telephone: +27 83 449 1940
Telephone: +27 23 356 2041
GPS: 33°27’45.08”S 19°41’36.08”E