World Bicycle Day 2019

How will you be spending #WorldBicycleDay today? We have a few ideas for you…...

Bottelary Hills Conservancy – Mountain Bike Trail

Stellenbosch is one of the main, if not the main mountain biking destination in South Africa. What is not generally known, is that one of South Africa’s most spectacular mountain bike trail networks is situated in the area between Stellenbosch, Kuilsriver and Koelenhof known as the Bottelary Hills, with its closest starting point less than 40km from Cape Town.

The routes can be combined to present many happy hours of mountain biking with some of the most spectacular views in the Western Cape. Trails can be accessed from Zevenwacht and Hazendal on the Kuilsriver side, from Devonvale on the Koelenhof side and from Devon Valley, Asara and Overgaauw on the Stellenbosch side. Some trails are more challenging than others, but in general however the trails can be enjoyed by all keen Mountain Bike riders who love a special outing through an exceptional part of the Stellenbosch district!

The routes traverse well-known high-quality producing wine farms such as Hazendal, Kaapzicht, Mooiplaas, Fort Simon, Overgaauw, Jordan and Zevenwacht. Most of these farms offer wine-sales and highly rated restaurants. Riding through the vines where these high-quality wines are born adds a special something to the enjoyment of their wines!

Permits are only available online on the BHC website. Day permits can be purchased for R55 at the following venues: Hazendal, Zevenwacht Country Inn, Devonvale Country Hotel, The Bakery at Jordan and the Bottelary Hills Wine Centre.

For more information visit www.bottelaryconservancy.co.za or info@bottelaryconservancy.co.za.

Dirtopia Trail Centre with Delvera farm

Dirtopia Trail Centre is based on Delvera farm (R44 between Stellenbosch & Klapmuts) and was created to provide active travellers with hiking and mountain bike trail information.

Permits for the marked hiking & mountain bike trails on Delvera cost R50 per person per day and R20 for kids under 10. They also have E-bike Rentals: R500 for the hard tail E-bikes and R600 for the Full Suspension E-bike.

They are open 7 days a week from 8am.

For more information visit their website or contact them on 078 343 3572 or info@dirtopia.co.za.

Eden/Paradyskloof Mountain Bike Trails

Eden is the area above Paradyskloof and this pine plantation is home to a maze of single tracks. This trail is perfect for some serious mountain biking and awesome downhill opportunities.

There are two starting points to the route, parking at the Paradyskloof Plantation or at the Engen Garage on the R44. You can choose your own routes and riding time can be anything between 1-3 hours. The trail is free of charge.

The Paradyskloof pine plantation consists of a maze of tracks and trails, ideal for single and downhill track riding. The tracks continue on to the northern side where it links up with the Coetzenburg areas, this gives you the opportunity to extend your ride based on how much time you have availible. If you move towards the Dalsig side of Eden there are some brilliant downhill opportunities at G-Spot to finish of your ride in the plantation. G-Spot consist of awesome jumps and tight turns to get the adrenaline flowing. This place is an really for the single track rider.

Guided bike tour with Adventure Shop

This guided bike tour starts at 9:00 at the Adventure Shop (located at Black Horse Centre, Corner of Dorp and Mark Street). Each rider will collect a bicycle or E-Bike and helmet to suit their size. We will carry a snack pack for each rider which is included in the rate. The guide will carry saddle panniers for those who would like to buy wine on the route.

The tour visits some interesting historic sites in Stellenbosch Town and then cycles further to the scenic Jonkershoek Valley where the mountains form part of a UNESCO World heritage site. A winding road through oak and poplar forests leads to a wine estate nestled in the valley bottom, here you can take in the stunning views while doing wine tasting of some award-winning wines.

On the way out of the valley, you will stop at another wine estate which sports beautiful grounds and historic Cape Dutch architecture. Here you will do a private cellar tour before we sit down for a Chocolate and Wine pairing that will make your taste buds tingle. After the tasting you will head back into Stellenbosch Town via the famous Stellenbosch University before ending the tour at our offices.

What the tour includes: Bicycle and helmet rental, 1 wine tasting and 1 Wine and Chocolate pairing, Cellar Tour and a Snack pack.

Duration of the Tour is: 4-5 hours. Cost: R 830 per person.

For more information, or for bookings contact 021 882 8112 or info@adventureshop.co.za.

Scootours with Middelvlei Wine Estate

Scootours Stellenbosch gives you the opportunity to experience the winelands like never before. Free wheel on a Monster Mountain Scooter through the vineyards while enjoying panoramic views of the winelands. You will be able to enjoy views of the the towering Drakenstein Mountains on your one side while you will be able to see Table Mountain on a clear day on the other side.

Included in each tour is 3 different freewheel runs on the wine farm and you get escorted with an open 4×4 game drive vehicle to each run – which is part of the experience! The tour ends back at Middelvlei Winery where a Burger, Chips and a Float is included for Children while adults are treated with a famous Braaibroodjie and a glass of Middelvlei Wine.

There are 2 type of tickets available:

Solo Ticket (10 years and up): R 590

Passenger Ticket (4-9 years): R 290

For more information or bookings contact 082 776 0557 or capetown@scootours.co.za.

Stellenbosch Ride and Wine Tour with Ride-In Bike Hire

Join them for a day of exploring Stellenbosch and visiting wine estates – on two wheels!Their tour follows a mostly flat, paved route and is suitable for all fitness levels.Guests choose between their town bikes or mountains bikes and enjoy a scenic cruise through residential Stellenbosch and the historic centre before visiting stunning wine estates for a cellar tour and wide range of tastings.Choose from our guided tour starting from Ride in at 8:30am, or the self-guided option and take the tour at your own pace!

The Half-day Guided Tour Option includes: Bike rental with helmet, guide, water and snack, wine tastings at 3 locations, 1 cellar tour and entrance to Glass Museum.

Self-Guided Option: Self-guided tours include bike rental with helmets, water, snack, route map and vouchers for 3 tastings, they can also provide you with a google link for your phone which will give you all the directions you need.

All bikes must be return any time before 4pm on the same day of hire.

For more information or bookings contact tours@ridein.co.za or 021 883 3985

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