A taste of the MTB scene in the Cape Winelands

The Western Cape offers an abundance of wineries, but these farms are not limited to wine. Top-of-the-range gastronomy, cultural events, open-air markets… visitors are entitled to as many activities in the wine estates. Also add mountain biking to this list, as there are several trails and trails available for sporty Capetonians.


Photo: Bartinney

Bartinney offers mountain bikers, hikers and runners the opportunity to explore the spectacular scenery of the Banhoek Conservancy right on their doorstep. Try the iconic, smooth descent of the single-track mountain bike trail from Botmaskop to Bartinney.

Guests at Bartinney Vineyard Cottage can also savor the best of the vineyards with a complimentary tasting of estate wines after exploring the Bartinney and Banhoek Trails.

A permit is required to walk the trail and can be purchased online. This permit, which will be valid until December 31, 2022, allows access to more than 700 km of mountain bike trails, including those of the Wine Lands Cycling Club, A2Z, Helderberg trial, Stellenbosch Trail Fund, MTO Jonkershoek, Banhoek Conservancy, Boschendal, Franschhoek trails, Paarl trails and Wellington Wild Boar and Scouts. Membership will be valid until December 31, 2022.


Image: Boschendal/Facebook

Boschendal offers a variety of hiking, biking and running trails suitable for all levels of experience.

You can expect medium climbs and gentle singletrack rides along their mountain bike trails, beautiful farm landscapes along their trails, and exquisite views of the Franschhoek Valley on the rides. .

Visit the Trail Center to get your permits and they will help you navigate all available routes, such as the 4 km of yellow route, 9 km of green route, 11 km of blue route, 15 km of red route, 23 km of black route and the black route XL which adds three to four sections on the black route.

They also have a mountain bike pump track for young cyclists which is located next to The Tree House playground and open to all visitors to Boschendal. However, guests are advised to bring their own bikes as very limited amounts of rentals are currently available.


Constantia Uitsig

Photo: Constantia Uitsig Bike Park / Facebook

Open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Bike Park Constantia Uitsig offers riders of all ages and skill levels fun rides and spins. With a variety of pump tracks currently totaling 2.8km, there are beginner jump lines to expert drop-offs, rock gardens, a wooden berm, rollers and a suspended aerial bridge (which follows the canopy trees) ending in a corkscrew outlet. As well as the new Bike Barn – which offers spectators a comfortable hideout and cyclists a pit stop with bike repair facilities, a dual slalom race track and bike hire facilities are also on site. Designed by downhill world champion Chris Nixon, the trails are ideal for honing your bike handling skills. BMX, MTB and cyclocross are all welcome.

Riders can opt for an hourly fee of R50, an annual membership of R950 per person or family memberships for up to five family members.

Bicycles and protective gear are also available for hire, but on a first-come, first-served basis.


Lourensford wine estate:

Photo: Lourensford Wine Estate

Get out and take a walk in the mountains overlooking the majestic Lourensford wine estate.

Ups and downs, twists and turns, gravel and dust, MTB @ Lourensford offers the perfect terrain for mountain biking.

They offer several memberships and riding options. Long-term cyclists can take out an annual subscription or opt for a single riding session. There are also special offers for children and a smaller pumptrack where 3 to 12 year olds can ride.


  • Location: Lourensford Road, Somerset West, Cape Town, 7130
  • Contact: 021 847 2300
  • Website: lourensford.co.za

Meerendal wine estate

Photo: Meerendal Winery

Meerendal offers mountain biking, hiking and running on their estate. They have great mountain biking trails, with a course consisting of 5km, 10.5km and 17.8km interspersed tracks. You can expect one to two hours of driving depending on your ability. Their courses welcome both beginners in the learning phase and experienced riders eager for a challenge.

Sign up to become a member of their mountain bike club. Annual subscriptions can be purchased on lineand they also offer Junior, Student, and Retired memberships.

Explore their many routes to see what excitement awaits.


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