Top 3 Mountain Biking Spots in Cape Town
Astonishing natural beauty is something that reaches out to you from every angle and will have you reaching for your camera even before you have checked in to your luxury Cape Town accommodation.
There is no shortage of ways to enjoy the great outdoors around the Mother City either and mountain biking enthusiasts will have a field day in these gorgeous mountainous surroundings.
Table Mountain National Park and Tokai
The slopes of Table Mountain have risen from the ashes of recent seasonal fires with a range of brand-new eco-friendly ways to pedal your way around these lovely landscapes.
Tokai Forest alone features seven different routes for you to get your fix among forest terrain, with uphill and downhill single-tracks sheltered from the wind and sun. Splendid views of False Bay are an added bonus which make Tokai one of the most popular MTB destinations in Cape Town.
The Table Mountain tracks feature steep slopes, downhill off-road trails and private roads, with spectacular vistas of False Bay, Table Bay and the Atlantic Ocean to reward you for your exertions.
Twelve Apostles on the Oudekraal Route
Bike up the Oudekraal Ridge from Oudekraal ravine to join up with the Twelve Apostles track which leads north towards Cape Town, providing glorious views of the ravines which you passed on the way up. While this exhilarating pump track poses many challenges it is safe and relatively easy to follow. After you reach the head of Kasteelspoort the track will guide you back to your starting point.
Meerendal Wine Estate (the setting for the prologue of the Absa Cape Epic, the Tour de France of mountain biking) is one of many venues in Durbanville to go for a fun-filled day of bonding with your bike.
The interlinked trails are demarcated according to their difficulty, allowing for beginners as well as old-hands to enjoy themselves. Following the natural contours of the land, the newbie-trails are free from testing ascents and descents but offer some great flowing switchbacks for beginners. Test yourself on the climb to the arduous ‘Stairway to Heaven’ which leads to panoramic views over the winelands below, making the challenge worthwhile.
With these and hundreds of other places to choose from it is no wonder that the Mother City will be hosting the UCI MTB World Cup during March 2018 in Stellenbosch. This premier event attracts the crème de la crème of the MTB fraternity, and can only lead to even more new and exciting tracks and trails.
Saddle up and hit the dirt in and around the Mother City.