Cycling in Plett
MTB cycling in Plett

PAVEMENT IS SO PEDESTRIAN

Plenty of things flash through your mind when you’re pedaling fast down a path that runs along the edge of a cliff, plummets down a kloof in the forest or takes you into the throws of surf along the ocean’s edge. A word of advice, hum a little tune, practice a mental trick to stay relaxed and use those pins to supplement the suspension of your bike.

Plett is arguably one of the best and most exciting areas for mountain biking. Offering trails that require ‘flip flop’ proficiency to those geared towards the serious MTB ‘race snake’, the options are endless. Whether you prefer to lose yourself in the forest or cruise around a vineyard sampling a tipple or three, be sure to pack your best steel, alu or carbon puppy for the trip.

Say the name Diepwalle and the first thing that leaps to the mind of an MTB’er is Petrus-se-Brand. Just a smidge on the upside of moderate, the 22.4kms trail offers lots of single track, a bit of Jeep track and views that will make your heart pump custard. Riders are required to obtain a permit from Sanparks, which is available from local bike shops, Thesen Island office or the Diepwalle Forestry Station. The water in the streams are drinkable, so feel free to fill up your water bottles. The dark colour is due to the tannins and humic acids from the leaves on the forest floor.

Cycling in Plett

Sanparks offer four official routes via the Harkerville Forest MTB Trails. MTB’ers of varied levels of proficiency can enjoy, in ascending order of difficulty, Yellow Route (14kms), Blue Route (12kms), Green Route (15kms) and Red Route (24kms). Permits are essential so do be sure to have them on your person when cycling these routes. The various routes all have unique features, and it is safe to say that you will be more than happy, whichever one you choose to ride.

On a beautiful, sprawling dairy farm, you will find the Cairnbrogie MTB Trail Park. Passionate about providing intermediate skill riding for young riders, the park offers various trail option with varying degrees of difficulty and distance, which are very kid-friendly. For the more experienced rider an 11kms route around the farm takes you towards the coast with its spectacular views along plenty of single track. Riders can choose to cross over into the Cape Pine plantations which will in turn take them through to the wonderful red route, blue route and green route in the Harkerville forest.

There will be time to ride your two-wheel steed at breakneck speed, bleeding through your eyeballs and shattering records. Then there’s time for the sightseeing and chill factor that MTB riders are known to partake of on occasion.  There is no better place to do this kind of meandering through the Plett Winelands and vineyard hopping on a mountain bike is the new black. Several boutique vineyards in and around Plett have opened their gates to the casual day tripper. Cycles in the Forest arranges organized rides through a whole selection of vineyards in and around the greater Plett area. After an amazing, chilled doddle, the riders are spoilt rotten with lunch at a vineyard and get to taste the wines of course.

The Fat Bike and the e-bike are the new kids on the block. Enquire with one of our local shops to find out more about rentals, guides and sales.


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Bike Equipment Sales & Rentals

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THE BIKE SHOP

Address: 988 Piesang Valley Road, Plettenberg Bay, 6600
Phone: +27 (0)44 533 1111
Facebook: facebook.com/TheBikeShopPlett/
Website: www.thebikeshop.co.za

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SPORTS CENTRE/SPORTS CULTURE

Address: Shop A2, Market Square Shopping Centre Beacon Way
Telephone: +27 (0)44 533 1230
Website:  www.sportculture.co.za


Cycle-friendly Coffee Shops & Restaurants

Name Contact Email
Le Fournil de Plett 044 533 1390 lefournil@mweb.co.za
Peppermill 071 324 4454 peppermillcafe@gmail.com
Steers 044 533 0143 cr@charlesroberts.co.za
Molly’s 066 542 6689 clairemeyjes@gmail.com
Newstead Wines 044 534 8331 info@newsteadwines.com
Ice Dream Land 044 533 9113 grazia_10@hotmail.com

Cycle-friendly Accommodation

NameContactEmailCycle friendly? / Notes
Plett Lagoon Villa021 418 0966 reception@countrysa.co.zaWith Harkerville trails so close by, we are indeed cycle friendly.
Fynbos Ridge Country House & Cottages044 533 0106info@fynbosridge.co.zaYes
Limoni Luxury Suites044 533 5599stay@aberni.co.zaWe are a Cycle friendly Accommodation as we have secure storage for bicycles and we do have facilities where the guests can was there bicycles.
Capricorn Beach House044 533 0464erika@seabreezeplett.comYes
Ingwe Forest Adventures044 534 8218info@ingwe.org.zaYes
Thanda Vista044 533 1796info@thandavista.co.zaWe are “Cycling Friendly” as we have a safe ”lock-up area” and also a “washing area”.
Keurbooms River Lodge082 925 6414cindylumsden@mweb.co.zaYes
Milkwood Manor on Sea Guesthouse044 533 0420info@milkwoodmanor.co.zaYes
Four Fields Farm044 534  8708fourfields.bb@gmail.comWe have safe off road parking and a place where bikes can be washed.  Our three self-catering units which can sleep 15 people in total all have patios where bikes can be stored under cover.  We are situated on the Route 102, 8kms from Natures Valley and 25kms from Plettenberg Bay.
Periwinkle Guest Lodge044 533 1345res@periwinklelodge.co.zaYes
Scallop Guest Lodge044 533 1345res@periwinlelodge.co.zaYes
Sea Why044 531 6674tellmemore@seawhy.co.zaWe have safe storage for two cycles (with cycle stands) as well as washing facilities.
We can also bring visitors into contact with mountain bikers who organise day rides in the beautiful surroundings of Nature’s Valley.
113 Robberg044 533 5301info@113robberg.co.zaWe have a lock up facility as well as an area to wash/clean bikes and we would welcome any cyclists wanting to stay here.
Cornerway House044 533 3190info@cornerwayhouse.co.zaWe are cycle friendly! Have big area on property behind electric gate for trailers and bicycles and a washing off area.
Nectar Cottage082 337 3673stay@nectar.co.zaYes
Keurbooms Lagoon Caravan Park   044 533 2567  info@keurboomslagoon.co.zaWe are certainly bicycle friendly and have 1000’s here each year.
However the campers are responsible for locking their own bikes.
We have lots of place for washing bikes.
Self at Plett044 533 0387info@selfatplett.co.zaYes
Alkantmooi Private Nature Reserve044 535 9245info@alkantmooi.co.zaYes
Protea Wilds Retreat044 532 7665bookings@proteawildsretreat.co.za  High pressure hose at wash point. No need to lock bikes up here, as we are alone on a very safe farm, no through roads or any people besides us and guests staying on the farm. If guests want to lock their bikes up, I have a lock up garage on the property as well.
28 Riverclub Villas044 533 2632pc16@mweb.co.za28 Riverclub Villas is cycle friendly, with a lock up garage for bikes and outside tap for cleaning dirty bikes.
Coral Tree Cottages044 532 7822info@coraltreecottages.co.zaWe are busy developing our own trail on our 24 hectare property.  We have safe storage for bicycles and a wash area.
Acadia B&B044 533 5769info@acadiaguesthouse.co.zaWe are in Plettenberg Bay within easy reach of all restaurants.
We can store the cycles in a locked garage,clean them with a pressure cleaner and cyclists can wash down in our yard out of sight of the street and place their gear in our sunny garden to dry.
We also have off street parking behind locked gates and can store
Fairways B&B044 533 5515vanclan@mweb.co.zaBicycles can be stored safely on the covered patio outside the rooms, and there is a tap and hose available to wash bikes
Fairwinds Rose Cottage044 534 8382cherylm19@yahoo.comYes
Tamodi044 534 8071owen@tamodi.co.zaYes
Whalesong Hotel & Hydro044 533 5379gm.whh@legendlodges.co.zaYes
Sweetwater Farm Cottages083 952 1080ebulizzie@gmail.comYes
The Nook044 533 4743shcrutchley@gmail.comHas a storage shed for bicycles as well as an area for washing bikes.
T’Niqua Stable Inn044 533 4830bettinameyer12@gmail.comWe are cycle friendly and have MTB routes at our door step and Cairnbrogie trail is very close to us.
Driftwood Cottage044 533 5814mikeandawnpearce@telkomsa.netYes
Giraffe View044 535 0085giraffeview@tiscali.co.zaOur place is a heaven for MTB enthusiasts.
We have awesome trails on the reserve, the Dr Evil Classic and Tour de Plett both use trails here.
Yes we have safe storage and cleaning for the bikes.
The Whaling Station044 533 6074info@thewhalingstation.co.zaThe Whaling Station is secure within the Goose Valley/Turtle Creek Estate.
Casa del Sole082 951 0052casadelsol@telkomsa.netYes
Treehaven044 533 1989info@treehavenholidays.co.zaWe have Secure Bike racks for 2 of those ‘expensive cycling machines’ where there is also a washing facility for dirty bikes
cheers Carol
Mandalay Guesthouse044 533 4048stay@mandalayguesthouse.co.zaYes
Jay Dee B & B044 533 4360jaydeesx2@gmail.comYes
Antlers Lodge044 534 8837antlers@lantic.netLots of secure space for bikes
Lots of cleaning area
Loads of great riding up here in the Crags
Bitou River Lodge044 535 9577info@bitou.co.zaYes
CC8 Goose Valley Apartment082 444 2725gailhelyar@global.co.zaWe are a cycling friendly apartment with safe security for bikes and wash up areas.
Piesang Valley Lodge044 533 6283info@pvl.co.zaYes
Stanley Island083 276 6929stanleyisland1@gmail.comYes
Christiana Lodge044 533 3280 Yes
Plett Villas082 890 1033marketing@plettvillas.co.zaYes
Swallows Nest044 533 4059info@swallowsnest.co.za-lock up garage
-washing area for bikes
La Vista Lodge074 959 4956lavistagm@gmail.comOur property is very safe in a very secure complex and we do have space for chaining bikes if needed.  We also have space for cleaning bikes as well
Heatherhill Farm076 476 0797heatherhillplett@gmail.comYes
Hunter’s Country House044 501 1111suzanne@hunterhotels.comYes
Tsala Treetop Lodge  Yes
Plett Beachfront Accommodation044 533 4688info@plettbeachfront
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We have store room where bikes can safely be locked up overnight as well as a spot in our parking area where bikes can be hosed off.
26 River Club Villas penny5@telkomsa.netYes

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