Grabouw SAFCOL Forest

Lots of space – kilometres of singletrack, jeep track through forests or head up into mountains for beautiful views. Many options – with varying technical difficulty.

The whole area is owned by SAFCOL (the largest logging company in SA). Here you could ride for a whole weekend and not cover the same ground twice. For the novices and not so adventurous there is fairly level fire roads and enjoyable single track around the shores of the lake. While the hardcore junkies can head for the mountains. From I guess a couple hundred metres above sealevel one can climb to well over 1000m above sealevel along various routes into the Hottentots Mtns. It is probably best to ride with someone who knows the area quite well otherwise you’ll miss the best single tracks. They have something for all, serious drop offs, rocky technical stuff and fast smooth tracks over the pine needles. Recommended to start out early in the morning and then finish off with a wicked brunch at the Peregrine Farm Stall situated just out of town on the N2.

Recommended Route:
As the other reviews state, take the N2 highway out of Cape Town, past Somerset West and onto the small apple farming community of Grabouw. Follow the signs to Elgin Country Club and park there. Entrance fee is R5.00 – That’s less than a dollar US!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Stellenbosch:- +/- 30 mins from Cape Town. You can start at the Eden entrance and work your way across the Coetzenburg Reserve and up into Jonkershoek. If you go to the top of the saddle, the whole ride should take 2,5 to 3 hrs. Hardcore stuff and great riding.

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