Hopewell MTB Trails

CLOSEST TOWN > Port Elizabeth

TRAIL DESTINATION > Circular route - Hopewell Conservation Estate

DISTANCE > 5, 12 and 35km

 

GRADING > Intermediate

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OVERVIEW

This 2,500ha nature reserve approximately 20km west of central Port Elizabeth offers secure riding in a wilderness area. Even better, the trails are tailor-made for mountain biking, and with a limited amount of climbing, you are in for a super-fast blast. 

On your bike

Flat single-track flows in wide ess-bends along grassy summits and fynbos slopes, every so often plunging along rough jeep-track into densely vegetated fynbos valleys. Keep your eyes peeled as you bomb through these riverine forest sections, as this is probably where you will bump into much of the game, including eland, kudu, red hartebeest, Cape mountain zebra and springbok.

There are several trails of varying intensities including a toddlers’ track, a 7km social ride, a 20km and 32km intermediate ride and a 44km and 50km advanced and technical ride. (Find out about the pissed off ostrich along the longer routes, as he has taken to chasing riders on occasion.)

The trails are open Wednesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays & Tuesdays); gate times are 06h00 – 18h00 (Summer) and 07h00 - 17h00 (Winter).

Off the bike

Trail runners and hikers are also welcome to enjoy the trails. Birders should note that there is more than a 130 resident bird species in the reserve. Keep an eye out for their special family evenings with live music and kiddies activities or their Sunday MTB brunches.

CONTACT:

Telephone: 0+27 (0)87 942 5726

Website: www.hopewellconservation.co.za

GPS: 33°53′46.6″ South /  25°22′06.1″ East

 

FAST FACTS

GRADING:

Intermediate

DURATION:

2 hours for the 35km

CONFIGURATION :

Lots of singletrack. Singletrack is wide and easy to ride.

START POINT:

House and stable. The stable is the trail head.

TERRAIN:

Rocky with lots of hills.

MAP:

Availible at reception.

CELL RECEPTION:

Patchty

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Conservation fee payable

FACILITIES:

Drinks are available as well as ablution facilities.

BEWARE OF:

Hikers, runners and horse riders

MORE INFORMATION

Their Facebook page will keep you up to date on events and specials www.facebook.com/HopewellConservationEstate

hopewell-map

HOW TO GET THERE

Take the R102 from PE twoards Jeffreys Bay. Carry on for about 3km past the Wedgewood Golf Estate before turning right at the Hopewell Estate sigh onto a gravel road. Continue for another 3km to the Estate's main gate and restaurant guilding on your left.

BEST TIME OF YEAR

Great moderate weather year round, though things get a bit windy sometimes, especially towards the end of October.

 

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PLEASE NOTE: This site is a flippen labour of love, brought to you for nada. Niks. Free of Charge. If you'd like to contribute some Bucks, please do - bank details below, but I'm not holding my breath wink

ABSA Cheque Account
Name: T. J. Marais
Branch Number: 312109
Account Number: 011 3130 0014
Any donation over R300 will receive a free copy of MTB TOP TRAILS 2 or MORE MTB TRAILS; just remember to send me Proof of Payment and a Delivery address!