MTB Trails to Try in the Western Cape

It’s no secret that with its rugged terrain, the Western Cape offers some of the most scenic and challenging MTB routes in the country. There’s a reason why the world’s largest MTB stage race is held here. There are just that many options to choose from. If you’re visiting the region, check out our list of five trails to try while you’re here.

Oak Valley Wine Estate, Grabouw
Grading: Easy to difficult
Distance/s: 14km, 24km and 32 km
You will find this trail at the top of every mountain bikers’ bucket list. Ancient oaks, picture-perfect pastoral scenes, a wooden bridge and many undulating hills on this single track, are but some of the things you’ll experience on this beautiful trail. And when you’re done, enjoy some wine tasting at The Pool Room restaurant. The Elgin Valley is an MTB biker’s paradise with lots to discover.

Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, Paarl
Grading: Easy to Intermediate
Distance/s: 4km to 20km
Cycle amongst giants and take a little local culture in while you’re there. The awe-inspiring granite boulders of this region makes for a nice break from fynbos-lined trails so common in the Cape. The route takes in the Afrikaans Taal Monument and is a great place to stop for a picnic. The trail is fairly easy making it suitable for the whole family, with well-maintained dirt roads and expansive views of the Boland as your backdrop.

Meerendal, Durbanville
Grading: Easy to intermediate
Distance/s: 5km, 12km and 18km
This trail has something for everyone and the added prize of 360-degree views of the whole of the Western Cape for the energetic. The route is well-constructed and is perfect for the novice and offers some thrilling technical single-track action for the more experienced rider. And because it’s on the beautiful Meerendal Wine Estate, you should stay to sample some of their fine wines while you’re there too.

Constantia Greenbelt Trails, Cape Town
Grading: Family-friendly
Distance/s: 8km
This trail is shared by walkers, dogs, runners and on the odd occasion horses too and can get quite busy on the weekends. But it’s the perfect trail to spend some time on your bike with the whole family. If you’re a Cape Town native, you’ll probably have done this one before but for visitors to the lovely Cape, this trail can be an idyllic ramble through a lush green forest. The route is well-marked and has short hills and one steep incline towards the end, but otherwise, it’s perfect for beginners.

Like what you see? Then slip on your MTB shoes, and hit those trails! Once you’re done with the Western Cape, check out your options in Gauteng, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.