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Mountain Biking on Boschendal

Boschendal proudly hosted the Cape Epic 2016 for 2 days and we have recently opened the new Boschendal MTB Trails to the riding public. With single track by Bennett Nel,  Pieter van Wyk and Shaun Havenga expect some sweet riding. The world class black route is proving to be a hit with intermediate to advanced riders, but we do have routes to suit families and casual riders.

Downhill single track includes Inferno (3.7 km), Sugar Bowl (2.3km), and Porcupine (1.3km). The 1km Orchards skills track with its sweeping berms, camel backs, table tops and gap jumps has both beginner and advanced options.

Trails: 5 marked trail circuits starting just inside the Rhodes Avenue security gate. 4km Yellow Route; 9km Green Route; 11km Blue Route; 15km Red Route; 23km Black Route. The Black XL route adds 3-4 sections onto Black route.

Parking: Riders can park at the main parking area at Boschendal Werf. From here it is a short 1km ride the trail start on the other side of the R310.

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 Trail Centre. 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. Monday-Friday 08:00-17:00 and Saturday-Sunday 08:00-15:00. Day permits available from 8am Monday to Sunday.

Bike hire: Trek Marlin 7 mountain bikes for hire at R400 per day. Contact or telephone 0210019401 to make a reservation. Bikes and permits can be collected from the Boschendal Trail Centre.

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.

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. No helmet no ride. Riding is at your own risk we do not accept liability for damages or injury.


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Contact: or 021 001 9401 for more information.

The Trails

There are 5 marked routes: 9km Green and 11km Blue routes for easy to moderate riding. The 15km Red route for stronger riders. The 23km Black route for more advanced riders. The variable Black XL route adds 3-4 sections onto Black route to add between 7 to 10km’s of additional riding. The 4km Yellow route is a skills track with options for both beginner and advanced riders.

Highlights include the 3.7km Inferno downhill single track through the forested slopes of the Simonsberg, the sweet Sugar Bowl with it's fast technical sections and the pure-fun Porcupine single track corkscrewing through a forested section.

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.

Yellow Route

Distance: 4km loop, 1km skills section

Ascent: 60m

Skills: Beginner to advanced

Highlights: Beginner to advanced Orchards skills track options

Green Route

Distance: 9km

Ascent: 230m

Skills: Easy

Terrain: Farm roads through orchards, jeep tracks on mountainside, 1.5km of smooth and easy single track.

Highlights: Valley views, vineyard dam and Orchards skills track

Blue Route

Distance: 11km

Ascent: 280m

Skills: Moderate skill and fitness level

Terrain: Farm roads through orchards, jeep tracks on mountainside, smooth single track through Fynbos and indigenous forest.

Highlights: Sugar Bowl (part), Porcupine (part) and Orchards skills track

Red Route

Distance: 15km

Ascent: 450m

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.

Highlights: Sugar Bowl (part), Porcupine (part) and Orchards skills track

Black Route

Distance: 23km

Ascent: 850m

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.

Highlights: Inferno 3.7km, Sugar Bowl , Porcupine and Orchards skills track

Black XL Route

Additional segments added to Black Route. Lenghth varies between 30-33km depending on open segments. Look for XL signs (2-4) along Black Route

Ascent: 950-1025m

Explore The Boschendal Estate


Guest accommodation is a recent addition to the farm with luxury accommodation ranging from the historical Herbert Baker designed Rhodes Cottage to beautifully restored farm labourer cottages. With emphasis on stylish simplicity the guest cottages are authentic, rural yet contemporary in character.

The Farm

Agriculture and a simple farm lifestyle is at the heart of Boschendal. One of the oldest farms in South Africa, founded 1685, the farm has grown with the passing centuries into a cherished source of wholesome produce, great wines and happy memories.

Eat & Drink

The Cape Dutch farms were historically renowned for their warm welcome and generous hospitality. What crowned this welcome was the Cape table, laden with wholesome dishes made from ingredients from the farm’s werf and fields.