Kluitjieskraal MTB Route

CLOSEST TOWN > Wolseley

TRAIL DESTINATION > Watervalberge

DISTANCE > 41km

GRADING > Intermediate

kluitjieskraal

OVERVIEW

This challenging route is mainly on gravel road, with arduous climbs along loose shale and rock. Hectic downhill hairpins mean you need to keep your wits about you, but wonderful views and a spectacular waterfall are sure to keep you coming back for more. 

On your bike

The route starts along a fairly flat section through pine plantations, before the 6km climb to Watervalberg, with splendid views over the Wolseley Valley.

After the summit, descend into the Suurbrak Valley where you are bound to bump into baboons and the odd buck or snake. The route through this low-lying valley is flat and fast.

Near the end of the valley, turn right to cross the Watervalberg once again. The route is marked and the going fast, but from here it starts to get quite technical and bumpy. Cross the river above the waterfall, then loop onto the high mountain slopes for scenic views of Tulbagh.

Stay on the contour path through the plantations along the speedy home run. Although the river water is drinkable, it is a good idea to take enough water and food as this is a hard ride.

Off the bike

The region is accessed via four scenic and historic passes; the Nuwekloof, Bainskloof, Du Toitskloof and Mitchell's Passes. All of these make for interesting country drives or tarmac rides.

Farming is the mainstay of the area, with excellent fruit, vegetables, wine, olives, wheat, meat and dairy products produced here. With its hiking trails, biking routes, historic sites, art galleries, potters, crafters, wine tasting, restaurants and accommodation establishments, Wolseley makes a great weekend getaway.

Some lovely wine estates offer wine tasting and more MTB trails to explore - try www.waverleyhills.co.za and www.bergsig.co.za.

CONTACT:

Telephone: +27 (0)23 231 1021

Website: www.wolseleyinfo.co.za

GPS: 33°25’33.4” South / 19°10’49.7” East

 

FAST FACTS

GRADING:

Intermediate

DURATION:

About 2–3 hours

CONFIGURATION :

Circular, 41km

START POINT:

Kluitjieskraal Forestry Station

TERRAIN:

Mainly gravel and gnarly jeep track; river crossings

MAP:

Available at the Wolseley 7/11

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Purchase a permit at the Wolseley 7/11 - +27 (0)23 23

FACILITIES:

No ablution facilities, cell phone reception intermittent

BEWARE OF:

Lumber trucks

 

HOW TO GET THERE

Travelling down Voortrekker Street (R46), look for a street crossing the railway line going towards the Wolseley Cemetery. At the T-junction, turn left and follow this road for about 1.7km to the Kluitjieskraal Offices on your left.

BEST TIME OF YEAR

A year-round destination; icy winters.

 

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