Above: The trails provide some excellent game viewing
!Khwa ttu’s new mountain bike trail on the Cape West Coast offers variety, fun, relaxation and spectacular views, at a great family venue perfect for weekend getaways. The trail includes two well-marked routes suitable for all levels of experience, from casual leisure rider to experienced adrenaline junkie.
Text & photos supplied by Michael Daiber
It’s cool out as we set off along !Khwa ttu’s new 30-km mountain bike trail on the Cape West Coast. We follow a single track past several water holes, startling busy birds and a herd of zebra finishing their morning drink. Amazingly they run along with us. We pass a replica San village where I see San guides showing visitors how to make fire in a traditional manner. I wonder what it must have been like to hunt with bow and arrow and gather plants for medicine. I’m brought sharply back to the present as the trail drops some 20 meters down a granite rock face to a water hole below. My adventurous companions kick up their heels with glee and drop down the boulder. I opt for the gentler option, mindful of the safety brief not to go beyond our capability.
After 10 km we reach the end of the circular green route and decide to continue along the 20-km red route. We cross the ramp over the 2.5 meter high game fence onto a neighboring farm, and follow the red arrows uphill and down dale, across bridges, past wheat fields and up into the Ormonde vineyards above Darling. The views grow ever more spectacular as we climb. Table Mountain, Dassen Island, Langebaan Lagoon and the rolling hills of Darling reveal themselves as the morning mist lifts. All together we climb about 800 metres to the turning point at “Miena se Klip”. I take a well-earned breather, while my companions try out the more technical loops for advanced riders. Break over, I set off down the hill at a fast lick, circling back to !Khwa ttu. We head straight to the restaurant for lunch, eager to sample some of the Ormonde wine and !Khwa ttu’s signature Eland burger. All I need after this is a nap perhaps next time we’ll come for the weekend and try out the luxury tented camp or one of the lovely guest houses.
Single track , jeep track , farm roads, relaxed riding, technical sections, fast moving terrain, fun, beautiful scenery the !Khwa ttu mountain bike route has it all. Combine that with fascinating San guided tours, gentle hiking trails, local wine , good food, comfortable accommodation, friendly smiles , warmth and professionalism , and its’ enough to draw me back to
!Khwa ttu again and again.
GOOD TO KNOW:
Less than one hours’ drive north of Cape Town along the R27 West Coast Route.
- 1Okm or 30km options well marked with green and red
- The 30km option is hilly with a combined climb of around 800 metres. Fun, relaxed riding with some technical sections for more advanced cyclists.
Donation of R30 per person assists with trail maintenance.
To book, phone 022 492 2998 or send an email to email@example.com.
Above: A map showing the layout of the trails, as well as the distances and elevations Above: Crossing a bridge onto a neighbouring farm. Above: Stunning views greet the riders at the top of a hill.