Part of the Gansbaai MTB Race Route has been opened to the public! Get ready for an adventure!

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Be A Part of the Adventure

Part of the Gansbaai MTB Race Route has been opened to the public! The section from De Uijlenes over Flowervalley up to Helderfontein has been marked and will only be rideable if you have a valid permit as the route crosses various private farms and conservancies.  Permits are available from Saxon Lodge at the moment and we will have them available at Gansbaai Information and the Uilenes, Farm 215, Grootbos and other B&Bs going forward. Permits cost R40 and the moneys raised will go back into the trails.  Please visit us for any further updates or news!

The Green Route

This is the perfect route to get to know Gansbaai, easy and ideal for beginners. This route is also suitable for road bikes and is mostly tar roads.

Distance: 15 km
Start: Tourism Office
Climb: 100m
Average Time: 30 min - 1 hr
No permit required

The Blue Route (from Gansbaai Info about 25km)

From Gansbaai you ride along the tar road to either Franskraal or to Uilenskraal resort (includes a short section along the beach).  From here you follow the markings along the coast to Kleinbaai, where you will cross the grassy area next to the tidal pool to get to the 4X4 track along the coast.  After about 2.5km you can either keep left along a very up and down sandy road, or keep right and join the tar road to the lighthouse.

Distance: 25km
Start: Tourism Office
Climb: 200m
Average Time: 45 min - 1.5 hr
No permit required

The Red Route (from Gansbaai Info about 85km)

The red route follows the B'bos road over Sopieshoogte, turns left onto the gravel road past the Kraaibosch dam to Papiesvlei and over Nuwepos to B'bos and back to Sopieshoogte.  The total elevation is roughly 1200m, with the Nuwepos climb at the 40km the longest.

Distance: 55 km / 85 km
Start: De Uijlenes / Tourism Office
Climb: 1100 m / 1270 m
Average Time: 2.5 hrs - 5 hrs
No permit required

The Black Route (from de Uijlenes about 30km)

This is the toughie, and you have to be fit as well as technically able to ride steep rocky descents and tight switchbacks.  The route has fun single track sections.

Distance: 30 km / 60 km
Start: De Uijlenes / Tourism Office
Climb: 775 m / 1025 m
Average Time: 2.5 hrs - 5 hrs
Permit required as this route traverses private land

Conditions & Rules

Route Rules

  • Use trail at own risk
  • Obey all traffic regulations
  • Yield for pedestrians and horses
  • Do not ride alone
  • Marked route is for your enjoyment and that of others

Black Route Rules

  • Permit holders ONLY
  • Do NOT ride alone – Limited to no cell phone signal
  • Use trail at own risk
  • Stay on the marked route
  • No litter / No Fires / No smoking / No shouting
  • No Quads / Motorcycles / Vehicles on trail
  • Riders climbing uphill have right of way
  • Farm vehicles and workers have right of way
  • Hikers and horses have right of way
  • Close all gates


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