Bergplaas MTB Route (Closest City/Town: Sedgefield)

Western Cape - Garden Route

Bergplaas MTB Route

CLOSEST TOWN > Sedgefield

TRAIL DESTINATION7 Passes Road and Bergplaas

DISTANCE > 18/80km

GRADING > Easy to Intermediate (steep climbing)

7 Passes special valid to 15 April 2014.

STAY 3 NIGHTS PAY FOR 2

Bed & Breakfast Family Tent en-suite 'spa bath'
1 night R1000-00
3 nights R2000-00
Twin Bedded en-suite 'spa bath'
1 night R800
3 nights R1600-00  
Dinner / Braai can be pre-booked
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OVERVIEW

Here goes if you’re keen on some proper, off-the-beaten track Garden Route R’nR … Book in at the 7 PASSES Tented Camp and get ready to explore (or shall I say get lost within) the vast Bergplaas plantations near Hoekwil.

- Photographs & Copy: Jacques Marais

The 7 Passes Tented Camp on the Mandalay Road makes for a perfect base if you’re keen to ride some of the Garden Route’s lesser-known routes. Although most of the fat-trackers in the region gravitate towards the well-known Knysna trails, the recently laid-out trails in Farleigh Forest and the endless forestry roads of Bergplaas make for a superb endurance session on the bike.

On your bike

Trail Low-Down:

Sho boet, I’m not sure where to start, hey … With all the riding options along the 7 Passes Road, the best is probably to concentrate on just one option, so let’s make it Bergplaas. This section of Cape Pine plantation stretches along the Outeniqua ranges to the north of Karatara, Woodville and Hoekwil. (And if you don’t know where this is, think around 15km or so inland from Sedgefield and Wildernis).

Access to the plantations and the Bergplaas State Forest is blissfully easy from 7 Passes Camp. Saddle up and turn left out of the parking lot for a quick 1.3km crank to the main tarmac track, and nudge right along the shoulder from here for 500m. On your left. You will notice the Woodville General Dealer and a gravel road heading into the hills through farmland … this is where you’re going.

You’ll reach the Cape Pine signs after a further 1.5km; keep left into the indigenous forest and ignore the road to Woodville to your right. A few dips and climbs later you’ll be able to check out a kick-ass panorama over the farmlands below the forest as you ess-bend to the summit of your first big climb (6km). Forestry gates to the left and tight allow you to explore off the main drag, but keep an eye out for access control signs warning you of areas where tree-felling may be happening.

The second gate to your right takes you past the fire lookout point, with a nice little bomb along a dippy forest track which loops anti-clockwise to take you back to the main gravel stretch (10km). If you keep right, you’ll drop down towards the river past the original Bergplaas homestead, with literally hours of riding pleasure awaiting you across the valley … you go, buddy, and don’t miss the Diek’s Brew Blonde at Timberlake!

Off the bike

Once back at the tented camp, you can chillax on your wooden decks overlooking the dam, indulge in some bass fishing, check out the resident fish eagles, or head on down to Timberlake Village for one of the best cups of java on Planet Earth.

CONTACT:

Local Contact: MTB Guide Jan van der Westhuizen

Tel: +(82) 959 8767

Post Rider Beer: Zucchini’s at Timberlake Village

GPS: 33°58′20.1″S 022°37′06.6″E

-33.972236169063564, 22.618489265441895

Weather:{weather Sedgefield, South Africa}

FAST FACTS

GRADING:

Easy to Intermediate (steep climbing)

DURATION:

1-7 hours

CONFIGURATION :

Circular/Return Options – 18/80km

START POINT:

7 Passes Tented Camp.

TERRAIN:

Forestry tracks, 4x4 routes, secret single-track.

MAP:

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CELL RECEPTION:

Good reception

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Open access along 7 Passes Road, permit may be required for Bergplaas.

FACILITIES:

Permanent safari tents, boma, restaurant at 7 Passes Tented Camp

BEWARE OF:

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HOW TO GET THERE


Take the Hoekwil turn-off off the N2 at Wildernis Caltex garage, and continue up this (7 Passes) tar road for 15km. Pass through Hoekwil and the Woodville Big Tree, and then look out for a Mandalay sign indicating a right turn. The tented camp is 1.3km down this gravel road.

BEST TIME OF YEAR

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