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Boschendal MTB Trails

Boschendal MTB Trails

Written by Quinton

Mountain biking on Boschendal

After some pressure from our riding friends and neighbours we opened the Boschendal MTB Trails in mid December 2015 to the riding public. With single track by Bennett Nel expect some sweet riding!

Boschendal MTB trails at a glance;

Trails: 3 marked trail circuits starting near the Orchard Cottages on Boschendal.  7km Blue Route; 10km Red Route; 16km Black Route.  Add 5km if starting from the Boschendal Werf parking area.
Parking: Riders are encouraged to park at the main parking area at Boschendal Werf. From here it is a gentle 2,5km warm up ride to the trail start. Limited parking is available at the start of the marked circuits for those riding with young families.
Daily rate: R50 per rider per day
Annual rate: R500 for 1 / R800 for a couple / R1000 for a family. Permits valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. Please bring an ID photo when applying for an annual permit. An annual permit will take 1 week to process but riders can ride for free on the day they apply and pay for an annual permit.
Permits & maps: Permits are available from the Boschendal Farmshop & Deli. 100% of the permit fee goes towards building and maintaining trails. Please note that permits will be checked by security at Rhodes Avenue gate. No permit no ride.
Opening hours: Open 365 days a year during daylight hours only. Day permits available at the Farmshop & Deli from 8am Monday to Sunday. Early birds can purchase a permit at the Rhodes Avenue security gate from 6am to 7.45am.
Family friendly: Family friendly facilities and things to do at the Boschendal werf for those not riding.
Things to do after your ride:  Have breakfast at the Deli, enjoy a long lunch at the Deli or Werf Restaurant, have a picnic on the lawns, enjoy wine tasting under the oaks, swop your iron steed for a horse or pony ride, visit the natural meat Werf Butchery, check out the vast gardens, and stock up on some fresh farm produce at the Farmshop & Deli
Amenities: Shower facilities and secure parking available.
Disclaimer:Please note that mountain biking is a dangerous sport.  Trails are constantly changing and riders should use these trails with caution. Riding is at your own risk we do not accept liability for damages or injury

Download Boschendal  MTB Trail Map

The Trails
There are 3 marked routes: a 7km Blue Route for the family; a 10km Red Route for stronger riders; and the 16 km Black Route for more advanced riders. 

Highlights include Jumping Porcupine and Den of Porcupines downhill sections, Hi Ho Silver the 3km downhill single track through the forested slopes of the Simonsberg and the testing Big Bunny ascent. A new single track called Sugar Bowl is under construction.

The marked trails consist of a large percentage of well-maintained single track, mountainside jeep track and some farm road. Riders are welcome to make use of the 30 to 40 km’s of unmarked tracks and farm road to create their own circuits and longer rides.


Blue Route
Distance: 7km (+5km if parked at Werf)
Ascent: 200m

Skills: Moderate skill and fitness level
Terrain: Farm roads through orchards, jeep tracks on mountainside, smooth single track through Fynbos and indigenous forest.

Download route: To follow

Red Route
Distance: 10km  (+5km if parked at Werf)
Ascent: 400m

Skills: Good technical skills and fitness levels
Terrain: Farm roads through orchards, mountainside jeep tracks, steep climbs, river crossings, fast flowing single track, Fynbos and indigenous forest.

Download GPS track: To follow

Black Route
Distance: 16km (+5km if parked at Werf)
Ascent: 650m
Skills: Good technical skills and fitness levels
Terrain: Steep climbs, steep single track descents, technical single track, fast flowing single track, fast downhill sections, river crossings, rocky jeep track, orchards, forest and Fynbos.

Download GPS track (To follow)

Training Route
Unmarked 25km training route including all of Black Route

Ascent 850m

Download GPS track  (To follow)


Feel free to send us your comments and reports on trail areas and skimpy signage that may need attention.

Have fun!


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A map of mountain biking and walking trails around Boschendal
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