South Africa’s best mountain bike trails.
When you combine South Africa's largest indigenous forests with the dramatic landscapes of the Outeniqua Mountains, add spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and hardworking SANParks foresters, the result is six of the finest, well-marked, MTB trails in South Africa. Ask us how to easily obtain the necessary permits for entering SANParks property.
The Four Harkerville trails
The Harkerville Trail offers a range of routes suited to all levels of riders. Take the N2 road east out of Knysna towards Plettenberg Bay. Approximately 20km out of Knysna you will find the Garden of Eden kiosk where you can park, obtain riding permits and route maps (+- R25.00)
- Yellow Route - 14 km following Jeep tracks, not technical.
- Blue Route - 12 km of single track and Jeep track, not technical.
- Green Route - 15 km beginning on Jeep track and finishing on single track through lush forest, semi-technical.
- Red Route - 24 km of the most scenically diverse MTB trails in SA (some say world-wide). The trail combines the best forest single tracks, near cliff-edge sea views and lush, fern-lined, deep wooded sections. Some technical sections.
Petrus-se-Brand route (North-South direction)
A 24km forest Jeep track (with a short high speed technical single track section near the end – which you can bypass), starting at the Diepwalle Forest Station. Your best option is to do this as a one-way from Diepwalle to Garden of Eden, as the opposite way is not marked.
Take the N2 east out of Knysna. At the top of the hill leaving Knysna, take the Uniondale R339 road on your left. Heading north (at informal settlement), the tar road becomes gravel after a few km. Look out for the Diepwalle Forestry sign after about 18-20km. At the split, take the right fork to the station where you can obtain a permit and start the ride.
Homtini offers an awesome 19km circular ride through the tranquil Homtini Forest. The trail traverses the steep mountain slopes overlooking the town of Knysna, so you can be certain of pan¬oramic views of both the forested slopes and the dramatic river gorge. There are beautiful picnic spots at Jubilee Creek - a few km from the start of the trail.
Take the N2 west towards George/Cape Town. Take the Rheenendal road (off N2) on your right after leaving the bridge over the Knysna River (past the lagoon, heading up the hill). Look out for the Bibbies Hoek/Jubilee Creek/Millwood turn-off and follow that road until you get to the forestry hut at the entrance where you get a permit. Continue up to Krisjan se Nek picnic spot parking area, and the start of this circular trail.