Conquering the trails – tackling MTB in Stellenbosch

The temperatures in our wonderful country are on the rise as we cycle through the glorious season of Spring. And with the mercury rising, now is the perfect time to take advantage of the outdoors and get physical. MTB or mountain biking has become increasing popular and there are so many excellent trails across the country that range in difficulty and length, there’s something suitable for all skill levels. Chatting to our offices it became quite clear that Stellenbosch offers not just one but two excellent trails that are perfect for enticing the winter-weary outdoors.

The Jonkershoek / Assegaaibosch MTB Trail is quite possibly the best in SA and if you check out you will see why. “This MTB trail is situated in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve close to the suburbs of Uniepark, Rozendal, Mostertsdrift (one of our suburbs of the day – view it on Instagram) and Karindal in Stellenbosch. The distance options vary from 10-45km and the grading is intermediate to technical.

To understand Jonkershoek you really have to appreciate that this is a commercial forest which is regularly harvested. This means trails are always changing, disappearing, rebuilt, morphing into different routes and generally keeping you on your toes. There are challenging routes over mountainous terrain, with spectacular scenery on the adjoining Department of Forestry facility. Barbara Kriel, property consultant for Fine & Country Stellenbosch, adds,”Jonkershoek Nature Reserve is one of the most popular MTB trails in the Western Cape, with Capetonians and residents from neighbouring towns making regular excursions to Stellenbosch over weekends to enjoy the various trails on offer. There are also various restaurants along the entrance of the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve offerings restaurant, change room and shower facilities.”

According to the Eden Paradyskloof MTB Trails run through Eden, an area above the suburb of Paradyskloof in Stellenbosch, featuring a pine plantation which is home to a various single tracks. This trail is perfect for some serious mountain bikers, offering adventurous downhill opportunities. There are two starting points to the route, with parking at the Paradyskloof Plantation at the Engen garage on the R44.

Annual MTB Events in Stellenbosch

  • Stellenbosch MTB challenge in July (1 day event).
  • Cape Argus Mountain Bike Challenge (52-75 km courses held in March at the Boschendal Wine Estate between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek).
  • Die Burger MTB Challenge (held in August at Eikestad Primary School for all ages, minimum 10 years old – 15-75 km).

Fine & Country Stellenbosch Intern Agent, Almari Arangies says, “Mountain biking events in Stellenbosch are the ideal means of showcasing the region as an the go-to destination for major sporting events and further promoting a cycling culture and all the health and economic benefits associated with it. In addition to this, it is a draw-card in terms of attracting new residents to the area, those who live an outdoor lifestyle and enjoy being able to get on a bike and explore a region in a fun and adventurous way.”

Specialized Bikes Stellenbosch comments, “MTB brings people together, it trains independence and confidence. It’s addictive and healthy. Mountain Biking teaches you to overcome obstacles and is adrenaline inducing. It is the best way to see the beauty of mountains and you are close to nature. The greatest thing is everyone can do it and is a lifelong activity.”

Barbara concludes, “The nature reserves themselves benefit from regular visitors who contribute to ongoing conservation efforts. Local communities support surrounding businesses, in particular in Stellenbosch, which has a large community of cyclists. The rise of MTB in Stellenbosch has had a positive effect on the community on the whole while promoting a healthier lifestyle, not to mention growing one’s social circle as lifelong friendships are forged. We have some beautiful properties that lend themselves perfectly to this lifestyle and are close to the trails, for instance this stunner in Paradyskloof – you can just picture relaxing outside after working up a sweat and an appetite on the trails.”

If you are looking for the perfect home in a leafy and established suburb on the doorstep of two of the top MTB trails in SA, contact Fine & Country Stellenbosch for assistance 021 204 2440

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