Hopewell MTB Trails
CLOSEST TOWN > Port Elizabeth
TRAIL DESTINATION > Circular route - Hopewell Conservation Estate
DISTANCE > 5, 12 and 35km
GRADING > Intermediate
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.
Telephone: 0+27 (0)87 942 5726
GPS: 33°53′46.6″ South / 25°22′06.1″ East
2 hours for the 35km
Lots of singletrack. Singletrack is wide and easy to ride.
House and stable. The stable is the trail head.
Rocky with lots of hills.
Availible at reception.
Conservation fee payable
Drinks are available as well as ablution facilities.
Hikers, runners and horse riders
Their Facebook page will keep you up to date on events and specials www.facebook.com/HopewellConservationEstate
HOW TO GET THERE
BEST TIME OF YEAR
Great moderate weather year round, though things get a bit windy sometimes, especially towards the end of October.