Cycle Tourism, Cape West Coast

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There are many MTB Trails on the Cape West Coast where families and beginners to experts will find a mountain bike trail to suit them. The fitter expert riders will find other more challenging MTB trail options in the Koringberg, Piketberg, Porterville and Cederberg mountains.

MTB Trails for Beginners  


MTB on the West Coast Peninsula Trails are mostly eco rides and more for leisurely riders looking for a scenic, interesting and fun ride. 


West Coast National Park near Langebaan  13km and 17 km trails with a mix of tar and jeep tracks with awesome views of small game and birds.


West Coast Fossil Park near Langebaan

has 4 marked trails from  3km to 10km which wind their way around the historical fossil site.


Intermediate to Advanced MTB Trails


Koringberg MTB Trail – Koringberg is 16 km from Moorreesburg and the core of the trail is about 35 km long. It includes fast jeep track, hard granny-ring climbs, panoramic views, steep rough down hills, sharp hairpin single tracks, country roads and rolling farm hills This ride can vary from 35-60km and requires good mountain biking skills and a moderate to high level of fitness.

Misverstand Dam is about 10km from there where one can relax, enjoy water sport, drinks and meals, at the resort.


Aurora MTB Trail is an easy to moderate trail of 20-30km and runs from the little town Aurora at the west of the Piketberg Mountain range, all the way to Kapteinskop.  It has a long and steady climb to more than 1000 meters.

Mountain MistAurora
Mountain bike
Closest Town: Aurora
Description: Easy to moderate. 20-30km. No permit except to enter farm. 5 equipped cottages, sleeps 6
Comments: Perfect base to experience the Swartland. Craggy mountains. St Helena Bay in the distance
Enquiries: Mist Farm (Anne Villenski)
Tel/fax: + 27 (0)29521750
Cell: + 27 (0)82 6775770


Difficulty: Moderate


Mountain Biking Trail in Cederberg                                  

Explore the stunning Cederberg Wilderness and see Lots Wife and Window Rocks on two wheels. This awesome landscape offers incredible mountain bike opportunities.

Grab a permit and map at Dwarsrivier or Algeria Forest Station (Nature Conservation HQ for Cederberg Wilderness). Take lots of water and don’t forget sunblock and a puncture kit. Distance: 12.5 km.          The Wolfberg Mountain Bike Trail is 7.5 km long. Warning: Watch out for hikers

Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Citrusdal
Description: 11 scenic routes, circular. Permits needed. Accommodation at various venues. July to October best time to hike
Comments: Many interesting routes. Picnic spots. Some terrain bone-shaking. Tranquil atmosphere and vista over valleys.
Enquiries: Sandveldhuisie  (Jolanda Basson)

Tel: + 27 (0)74 4155871

Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Citrusdal
Description: 16km cycling route; difficult; various options; 12 person max; overnight facilities and camp site;
Enquiries: H Nieuwoudt
Tel: + 27 (0)27 482-2825
Fax: + 27 (0)27 482-2825

Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Citrusdal
Location: 5 km from Citrusdal village on the Cape West Coast Road
Description: 8km – In Wolfkop Nature Reserve and 10km town and back.
Comments: Ground and surface terrain vary greatly for mountain biking. There is everything from sand and loose gravel, to hard packed concrete, to rocky climbs, to mountainous single track. The cool moist winter months mean that many of the sandy tracks become rideable for 3-4 months of the year, allowing for the single track routes. The route include natural Fynbos, sandstone rock formations, Rooibos tea plantations and orange orchids. Accommodation available.
Enquiries: Reservations
Cell: +27 (0)83 2605071 of +27 (0)83 2604822


The Viswater Mountain Bike Route

The Viswater Mountain Bike Route is a circular route of about 30km that starts at Doring Bay to Papendorp and back again. It spans a wide variety of surfaces and diverse vegetation.
At certain places, you will be as close as 50m from the ocean where the cool sea breeze is very welcome on those warm summer days! On takeoff, you will experience incredible single-track paths up to Papendorp and then you will take on an open gravel road back to Doring Bay, just as your legs are getting tired and the southern wind moves around. Afterwards, you can enjoy an ice cold beer or local wine at the Jetty Restaurant.

Enquiries: Namaqua West Coast Tourism

Tel : 027 201 3376

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