Greyton and Genadendal MTB
CLOSEST TOWN > Greyton
TRAIL DESTINATION > Greyton and Genadendal
DISTANCE > 13.5km to 38km
GRADING > Easy to Difficult
There’s nothing grey about Greyton. Instead, you can expect a stylish village with equal parts funk, adventure and history, and with some of the greatest MTB trails to ride in SA. And yes, the rumour about Greyton having more MTB Trails than roads is spot-on!
On your bike
The deal with the routes is that access is strictly controlled on the BLUE and RED Routes as these are on private property. All you have to do though is get a permit from the Vanilla Café, and you’re good to go.
The other routes are pretty much open access, but if this still does not make sense, go check out www.ggmtb.comand download a complete PDF Route Document for a full-on riding guide. So, although riding RockHopper Forest or Gobos River along the Green Loop is free of charge, it really makes sense to take out an annual permit to support trail building in the area.
The official trail head is in town, but you can obviously access your preferred section of the route from whichever side you are coming. Easy skirmishing will be off the R406 (the main drag to the N2 and Cape Town), but you can also mix-and-match off a number of other minor gravel roads in the area.
As a rule of thumb, the Green Route makes for easy riding right for rookies, with limited ascent if you take the short cuts (121m over 13,3km). The full distance comes to 18km and this will up the climbs to 343m in total, but all along manageable route sections, and perfect if the kids want to tag along.
Go next level on the Blue Route, which again can be shortened from a pretty tough 35km (with a total elevation of 508m) to 21km by connecting along a few of the sneaks. You’ll probably be on the bike for 90min to a couple of hours, but it is a fast blast, so keep an eye out for the racing snakes along this section of track.
Head onto the Red Route at your own peril if you’re not on good terms with your granny gear, with a good 768m of ascent over the full 38km. (Again, judicious short cuts will drop the total distance to 25km). This is a pearler of a ride, with a teeth-gritter of a climb and some white-knuckle descending along sweeping and well-groomed single-track. In my opinion, probably some of the best mountain biking you will find in SA right now.
Off the bike
Far from the madding crowd, some 1.5 hours from Cape Town in the sleepy Overberg, you'll find Greyton, a peaceful and picturesque village at the foot of the majestic Sonderend mountain range. Mighty oak trees, original thatched cottages, leafy lanes and breath-taking mountain views form the backdrop to this country gem that will enchant and delight you... for more information visit www.greytontourism.com
Bikes for hire can be found at High Hopes Bed and Breakfast - +27 (0)28 254 9898
Tristram Wilson: 082 852 4366
GPS: 34°03’04.8”S 19°36’27.4”E
Easy to Difficult
Depends on option chosen, up to 3 hours.
Various loops ranging from 13.5km to 38 km. See Map below for details.
Singel track, jeeptrack, gravel road etc...
Available at Vanilla Cafe or download from www.ggmtb.co.za
Signal on most of the Red Route
Permits required for the Blue and Red routes. Availible at Oak and Vigne, and the Tourism Offices.
A quaint country village, bike shop, restaurants, coffee shops. Contact Andrew for more information.
Following the fires in the Rockhopper forest loop area please be aware of possible obstacles on the trails.
Green Route 18km:
Red (14km) and Blue (18km) Loop:
HOW TO GET THERE
BEST TIME OF YEAR
The town is set on the border between the Cape Winelands and the Overberg regions, so expect mainly winter rains. Summers are just this side of mild, but mid-winter months can pack a serious punch, with muddh trails and icy temperatures as a result.