Kluitjieskraal MTB Route
CLOSEST TOWN > Wolseley
TRAIL DESTINATION > Watervalberge
DISTANCE > 41km
GRADING > Intermediate
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.
Some lovely wine estates offer wine tasting and more MTB trails to explore - try www.waverleyhills.co.za and www.bergsig.co.za.
Telephone: +27 (0)23 231 1021
GPS: 33°25’33.4” South / 19°10’49.7” East
About 2–3 hours
Kluitjieskraal Forestry Station
Mainly gravel and gnarly jeep track; river crossings
Available at the Wolseley 7/11
Purchase a permit at the Wolseley 7/11 - +27 (0)23 23
No ablution facilities, cell phone reception intermittent
HOW TO GET THERE
BEST TIME OF YEAR
A year-round destination; icy winters.