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
Please note that the half day private tour price is on a sliding scale from R2400 **valid from 1st Nov 2023 to 31st Oct 2024** 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
- Optional upgrade to electric mtb Giant – Talon E+ 1 – 2738 (1) or full suspension bike for additional R500)
What should you bring?
- Wear light weight & comfortable clothing suitable for cycling
- Sunscreen & sunglasses
- Optional: Smartwatch or garmin
- Optional: Shoes for cycling (pls advise what type of pedals are required)
Various destinations are available for mountain biking in either Stellenbosch, Franschhoek or Constantia Winelands cycling tour.