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.
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.
- MTB Trail Pass (routes, GPX trail files and trail pass information)
- Book your MTB Trail Pass for the Garden Route
- Map My Ride
- ShowMe Plett
Cross Cape Cycle Route
Bike Equipment Sales & Rentals
SPORTS CENTRE/SPORTS CULTURE
Address: Shop A2, Market Square Shopping Centre Beacon Way
Telephone: +27 (0)44 533 1230
E-Bike Rentals in Plett
Address: 11 Main Street, Plett
Telephone: +27 (0)79 383 5578
Address: Caltex Lighthouse Centre, 71 Longships Drive, Plett
Telephone: +27 (0)73 871 7639
Cycle-friendly Coffee Shops & Restaurants
|Le Fournil de Plett||044 533 email@example.com|
|Peppermill||071 324 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Steers||044 533 email@example.com|
|Molly’s||066 542 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Newstead Wines||044 534 email@example.com|
|Ice Dream Land||044 533 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Name||Contact||Cycle friendly? / Notes|
|Plett Lagoon Villa||021 418 email@example.com||With Harkerville trails so close by, we are indeed cycle friendly.|
|Fynbos Ridge Country House & Cottages||044 533 firstname.lastname@example.org||Yes|
|Limoni Luxury Suites||044 533 email@example.com||We 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 House||044 533 firstname.lastname@example.org||Yes|
|Ingwe Forest Adventures||044 534 email@example.com||Yes|
|Thanda Vista||044 533 firstname.lastname@example.org||We are “Cycling Friendly” as we have a safe ”lock-up area” and also a “washing area”.|
|Keurbooms River Lodge||082 925 email@example.com||Yes|
|Milkwood Manor on Sea Guesthouse||044 533 firstname.lastname@example.org||Yes|
|Four Fields Farm||044 534 email@example.com||We 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 Lodge||044 533 firstname.lastname@example.org||Yes|
|Scallop Guest Lodge||044 533 email@example.com||Yes|
|Sea Why||044 531 firstname.lastname@example.org||We 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 Robberg||044 533 email@example.com||We 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 House||044 533 firstname.lastname@example.org||We are cycle friendly! Have big area on property behind electric gate for trailers and bicycles and a washing off area.|
|Nectar Cottage||082 337 email@example.com||Yes|
|Keurbooms Lagoon Caravan Park||044 533 firstname.lastname@example.org||We 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 Plett||044 533 email@example.com||Yes|
|Alkantmooi Private Nature Reserve||044 535 firstname.lastname@example.org||Yes|
|Protea Wilds Retreat||044 532 email@example.com||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 Villas||044 533 firstname.lastname@example.org||28 Riverclub Villas is cycle friendly, with a lock up garage for bikes and outside tap for cleaning dirty bikes.|
|Coral Tree Cottages||044 532 email@example.com||We are busy developing our own trail on our 24 hectare property. We have safe storage for bicycles and a wash area.|
|Acadia B&B||044 533 firstname.lastname@example.org||We 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&B||044 533 email@example.com||Bicycles can be stored safely on the covered patio outside the rooms, and there is a tap and hose available to wash bikes|
|Fairwinds Rose Cottage||044 534 firstname.lastname@example.org||Yes|
|Tamodi||044 534 email@example.com||Yes|
|Whalesong Hotel & Hydro||044 533 firstname.lastname@example.org||Yes|
|Sweetwater Farm Cottages||083 952 email@example.com||Yes|
|The Nook||044 533 firstname.lastname@example.org||Has a storage shed for bicycles as well as an area for washing bikes.|
|T’Niqua Stable Inn||044 533 email@example.com||We are cycle friendly and have MTB routes at our door step and Cairnbrogie trail is very close to us.|
|Driftwood Cottage||044 533 firstname.lastname@example.org||Yes|
|Giraffe View||044 535 email@example.com||Our 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 Station||044 533 firstname.lastname@example.org||The Whaling Station is secure within the Goose Valley/Turtle Creek Estate.|
|Casa del Sole||082 951 email@example.com||Yes|
|Treehaven||044 533 firstname.lastname@example.org||We have Secure Bike racks for 2 of those ‘expensive cycling machines’ where there is also a washing facility for dirty bikes|
|Mandalay Guesthouse||044 533 email@example.com||Yes|
|Jay Dee B & B||044 533 firstname.lastname@example.org||Yes|
|Antlers Lodge||044 534 email@example.com||Lots of secure space for bikes|
Lots of cleaning area
Loads of great riding up here in the Crags
|Bitou River Lodge||044 535 firstname.lastname@example.org||Yes|
|CC8 Goose Valley Apartment||082 444 email@example.com||We are a cycling friendly apartment with safe security for bikes and wash up areas.|
|Piesang Valley Lodge||044 533 firstname.lastname@example.org||Yes|
|Stanley Island||083 276 email@example.com||Yes|
|Christiana Lodge||044 533 3280||Yes|
|Plett Villas||082 890 firstname.lastname@example.org||Yes|
|Swallows Nest||044 533 email@example.com||-lock up garage|
-washing area for bikes
|La Vista Lodge||074 959 firstname.lastname@example.org||Our 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 Farm||076 476 email@example.com||Yes|
|Hunter’s Country House||044 501 firstname.lastname@example.org||Yes|
|Tsala Treetop Lodge||Yes|
|Plett Beachfront Accommodation||044 533 4688||info@plettbeachfront|
|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 Villasemail@example.com||Yes|
Cycling Tours and Packages
|Knysna Hike & Bike||Cairnbrogie MTB Trail||Cycles in the Forest|
|Muddy Foot Adventures||Tour de Plett||Cross Cape Route & Tours|