Deelfontein MTB Trail
CLOSEST TOWN > Parys
TRAIL DESTINATION > Deelfontein Farm, Vredefort Koepel.
DISTANCE > 50km
GRADING > Intermediate
Deelfontein lies in the heart of the Vredefort Dome, a unique geological formation caused by the impact of an asteroid roughly 10 kilometres wide about 2 200-million years ago which is South Africa’s newest world heritage site. The farm lies on the southern side of the Vaal River, nestled between two of the concentric ridges typical of the dome area. It is here, on 170 hectares of bergland covered with near-pristine bushveld that you will find more than 50 kilometres of mountain-bike trails to explore.
On your bike
The terrain is mountainous bush- and grassveld. The mountain-bike routes include dirtroad, farm tracks and at least 19 kilometres of single-track sections on which you can explore the mountain tops. Configured as a network of single-track loops branching off a jeep track backbone, the trails offer many options of distance and grading. There are easy, level and short options for the young, the unfit or those who want to enjoy the magnificent views. For serious training, the highly technical routes take advantage of the more than 200-metre elevation differences and offer serious challenges.
Despite the secluded setting, Deelfontein is only 40 kilometres from the N1 freeway and 140 kilometres from Johannesburg. Riding opportunities are not limited to Deelfontein – the rest of the dome beckons, with more than 100 kilometres of dirt road winding through the mountainous terrain. This is the home of the Crater Cruise MTB race, one of the premium mountain-bike events in South Africa.
Off the bike
Deelfontein offers a variety of exciting outdoor activities:
Route Information: Gerhard Benade
Tel: 083 280 9784
GPS: 26°56́́́′37,80″ S 27°16′16,48″ E
Easy to extreme
Various circular and return options.
At the Deelfontein Guest house.
Dirt roads, jeep tracks, and single-track, mountainous topography.
Free for farm guests, entry fee payable for visitors. Booking is essential
Change rooms, showers, braai facilities and a range of accommodation options
Steep sections, loose gravel and lightning on ridges
Regular mountain-bike races over various distances are organised nearly every month, so check it out and plan your trip accordingly
HOW TO GET THERE
BEST TIME OF YEAR
Summer is wet and hot, but never blistering. Winter is dry and mostly sunny, even though the nights may be freezing.