Longhill MTB Route

CLOSEST TOWN > Queenstown

TRAIL DESTINATION > Longhille Nature Reserve

DISTANCE > 40km

GRADING > Moderate to Difficult

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OVERVIEW

The Longhill Nature Reserve is located just north of Queenstown in the Eastern Cape. Situated in the Karoo heartland, along a stretch of the Longhill Mountains, the reserve provides visitors with magnificent scenic beauty, as well as a variety of exciting outdoor activities.

On your bike

The reserve has rolling hills with lovely views over Queenstown and surrounds. It has a nice and challenging climb up the back of a propper mountain. Then it has a trully testing downhill down the side of a propper mountain. Most people walk down this trecherous section. But others will enjoy the thrill of the challenge to try riding down as far as they can. Then you are rewarded for your bravery with the sweetest single track that clears your mind of any residual pain the mountain might have caused. It is truly therapeutic! 

Off the bike

Delightful picnic spots offering pleasant views of the town. There is  a walking and running trail up the mountain that allows one to escape into real nature. A striking feature of the reserve is the Tamboekie Thorn (Erythrina acanthocarpa), also known as "Wag 'n Bietjie" or Cape Aloe. This plant grows nowhere else in the world except for Queenstown and the surrounding area. There are also several species of antelope and other wild animals and many species of birds for twitchers.

CONTACT:

Reserve Manager: Ian McEwan

Telephone: 045 838 3144 or 045 838 2233

Website: www.easterncapemidlands.co.za

GPS: 31°51′35.8″S 026°51′31.2″E

 

FAST FACTS

GRADING:

Moderate to Difficult

DURATION:

2 - 4 Hours

CONFIGURATION :

40km circular route.

START POINT:

Longhill Nature Reserve

TERRAIN:

Very steep and fast rocky downhill, and great singletrack.

MAP:

See below.

CELL RECEPTION:

Intermittent.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Entry fee payable

FACILITIES:

Picnic spots, accommodation.

BEWARE OF:

A lot of "Wag-'n-Bietjie" thorns.

HOW TO GET THERE

Get yourself to Queenstown, which is a small town 186km North from East London along the N6. Now drive through the city centre untill you get to the Hexagon, or the really large traffic circle. Take the Zieler Street exit then turn right into Alexander Street or Queens Drive. Then take the first left which is Kingsway Avenue. Continue on this road untill it changes into Hangklip Road. Carry on on this road, which eventually turns into a gravel road which you stay on for 2km.

BEST TIME OF YEAR

All year round, very cold in the winter.

 

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