Mountain biking tours in Cape Town
Mountain biking tours in Cape Town are a great way for the adventurous traveller to explore the slopes of Table Mountain or trails further afield.
Guests are met at their accommodation and transferred to start of trail. Various options depending on fitness or technical ability are available in Cape Town.
Half day tours options from Cape Town:
We start our 27km mountain bike ride from the lower cable car station and follow the tar road past Table Mountain towards Devil’s Peak. Ride up to the King’s Block House on winding gravel roads. This climb is well worth the effort as you have views of both Table Bay and False Bay. A technical, very steep downhill leads us to the singletrails at UCT/Rhodes Memorial. Then we tackle the undulating ride back up to Tafelberg Road. Alternatively, an option for extremely fit mountain bikers who have previous technical riding experience can opt to do a longer ride starting from the Waterfront with hectic climbs up Signal Hill and onto the trails along the lower slopes of Table Mountain to Rhodes Memorial. Ride up to the block house and down to Deer Park, then back to the Waterfront through the city. This route follows the ‘Cape Epic’ Prologue route and is described as challenging due to the steep climbs and loose gravel roads. Expect to climb 600 to 100 meters in under 30km.
2. Constantia Greenbelt and Kirstenbosch
10km to 25km through the Constantia Greenbelt for fairly flat beginner mountain biking with an option of ending at the Constantia Uitsig bike park (great for kids) or winetasting at the various vineyards. For fit riders we can add on an extra 12km of technical single track riding in a loop above Kirstenbosch and Cecilia Forest.
3. Tokai and Silvermine Nature Reserve
Tokai Forest, the premier mountain biking destination in Cape Town is slowly recovering after lengthy closure due to fires. The trails are slowly being rebuild and single track minded cyclists can now ride 10-20km of flowing downhill trails. Combined with a tough climb we can include the 8km Off-road ride on jeep track into Silvermine. This short and sweet ride through varied terrain is both exciting and challenging. Take in the 360-degree views of the Cape Flats, Noordhoek beach and False Bay while enjoying a picnic lunch amidst the chirps of orange-breasted sunbirds. Away from the cycling track, there are caves to explore and shady riverside forest to laze in. Enquire about this as part of a 70km Peninsula Loop biking combination. Check out the video of the route
4. Durbanville Hills Trails
10 to 80km of manicured single track with 400 to 2000 meters of climbing is a treat for intermediate and experienced mountain bikers with a reasonable level of fitness. Starting from Hoogekraal you are in for a treat riding up the switchbacks to the top of Spykers Hill with the option of doing a technical rocky section down the cobra trail. We then continue onto Contermanskloof on a well marked trail for 16km upto the highest point of 420 metres of climbing before descending on beautiful sweeping single track down the ‘super tube’ and ‘cheeky corners’. Another climb takes you up through the Bushvines. For those that still have energy we have an option to continue through to Meerendal, a well known end point to the Cape Epic with a climb up to Dorstberg or sweeping down through the AfroMontane Forests of Bloemendal and Majik Forest. Read blog for more details. Check out the video of the route
Full day Mountain biking tours from Cape Town:
1.Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve & Rhebokskloof single track trials.
14km & 18km single track plus endless Jeep track The Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, with its giant granite boulders dating back more than 500 million years, provides a spectacular backdrop to this enjoyable MTB ride. Leisure cruising on good dirt roads with a gentle gradient makes this trail suitable for the whole family. More technical challenges of either 14km or 18km on superb single track on Rhebokskloof Wine Estate can be included for the fit rider with some great climbs and views. Read blog
2. Stellenbosch Jonkershoek
10km to 40km off road Mountain biking in this commercial forest eventually gives way to pristine Cape Fynbos as you pedal around the 10km beginners gravel mountain biking trail. More technical challenges on superb single track with some great climbs up to 800m to the ‘neverending story’ or ‘Fire trails’ offers fantastic views of the rugged peaks of the Hottentots Holland Mountains.
The Bottelary Hills MTB trails in the Bottelary Hills Conservancy traverse privately owned land and offer scenic natural beauty and incredible views of the Winelands, Table Mountain and False Bay. There is one main route with various loops of different levels of difficulty connected to it. The routes comprise of jeep track, technical switchbacks and fast-flowing singletrails. Although most of the trails are not too technical, some steep climbs and switchbacks will test your legs and skills. Check out the video of the route
The Elgin Valley Mountain Bike trails are a combination of the trails at Oak Valley and Paul Cluver wine estates. The trails form part of the Wines2Whales multi-day stage race every year and also often host a stage of the world famous Cape Epic. There are various routes from 14km for beginners to 75km with more than 1000m of ascend for fit riders. The singletracks are well-maintained and consist of bridges over farm fences, flowing berms and switchbacks through pine and oak forests, rolling fields of grass pastures, apple and pear orchards and natural fynbos. Two of the highlights are the Mamba rollercoaster and the Pofadder bridge.
5.Grabouw A-2-Z Trails
This relatively new trail in the Grabouw Forest and Cape Pine plantations consists of 26 sections of pure singletrack joy. From the entrance gate we climb up to the start of the Gantouw Pass. Once on section A, there is hardly any jeep track and singletrail junkies will absolutely enjoy themselves. The total length of the circular route is 36km and includes some interesting features like wooden bridges crossing over streams, berms, and wooden structures over and between rocks. Get ready for some short but brutish climbs, hair-raising rocky downshills, sandy switchbacks and tree roots in the forest. For fit riders we can add on an extension for a brutal climb (on tar road) up to Hansekop for spectacular views over Cape Town and beyond. Watch out for the endemic Cape Rockjumper bird found only in the Cape Fold Mountains. Check out the video of the route
6.Welvanpas Bains MTB Trails Wellington
This is a jewel amongst all the mountain biking trails in the Cape. There are four different route options from 15km moderate to 30km advanced that can also be combined to a challenging 56km route with some serious climbing. Good fitness and skill levels are required to ride the varied terrain of rocky jeep track, steep singletrack descents and steep rocky climbs but also easier fast-flowing singletrack. Welvanpas offers the mountain biker a stunning scenery of pristine fynbos, vineyards, orchards and the majestic Hawekwa Mountains in the background. Check out the video of the route
Please note that the half day private tour price is on a sliding scale from R1750 **valid from 1st Nov 2020 to 31st Oct 2022** per person, based on two guests travelling, is inclusive of the following:
Full day private tour price (for further afield in Winelands) is on a sliding scale from R2600 **valid from 1st Nov 2020 to 31st Oct 2022** per person, based on two guests travelling, is inclusive of the following:
- Transport in air conditioned vehicle to start of trail
- DEAT qualified Tour Guide with relevant mountain biking experience
- Front suspension Silverback Spectra-Comp-Air-Fork and Helmets (upgrade to full suspension bike for additional R500)
- Snacks and water
- Entrance fees
What should you bring?
- Wear light weight & comfortable clothing suitable for cycling
- Shoes for cycling
- Sunscreen & sunglasses
Please enquire about booking this in combination with our award winning bicycle township tour or Constantia Winelands cycling tour.