Mountain Biking in Greyton / Genadendal
Greyton and Genadendal are only a two-hour drive from Cape Town International Airport. These historic villages in the Overberg form part of an area renowned as one of the best destinations in the Western Cape for mountain biking, known as Theewaterskloof. This picturesque part of the world is nestled at the foot of the Riviersonderend Mountains and is a strong draw card for anyone wanting to mountain bike in nature.
The area is popular with anyone looking for recreation and relaxation, whether for a quick weekend getaway or a long rejuvenating holiday. With varying trails and tracks, the hamlet is a paradise for any cyclist, regardless of their fitness level.
The community in Greyton and Genadendal have a group of passionate MTB enthusiasts who worked hard to ensure the region gets appreciated by cyclists of every class and calibre. Together the local bikers have spent time building, clearing and marking kilometre after kilometre of dirt track to increase the number of options available to mountain bikers in the Overberg.
If you’re travelling with children who also want to ride, there are several paths of least resistance in the Rockhopper Forest. These trails offer lots of fun without big hills or elevations and are part of the Green Route that winds through the trees with twists and turns for added excitement. There is also an 18km and a 13.5km route to choose from that both hold rewards of incredible views over Greyton, Genadendal and the surrounding farmlands.
For those MTB riders looking to be challenged and thrilled, there are plenty of routes with tough climbs and exhilarating descents. Look into Cattle Baron, Rocky Horror, Korlandskloof, Bakenskop (most difficult climb but best views) and Nakkieskloof (most technical descent).
One of the most enjoyable reasons for mountain biking in and around Greyton and Genadendal is the after-cycling fun and entertainment in this warm, country atmosphere. Besides the abundance of routes to ride, and stunning scenery, there is also a wide range of accommodations to ensure the perfect stay. It is also possible to hire mountain bikes once you have arrived, which is hugely convenient for those who can’t transport bikes with them.
The locals in Greyton and Genadendal are always keen to share knowledge of the trails and offer training to anyone who wants to brush up first before hitting the mountainside.
You can explore several farms that allow riding by prior arrangement and even enter into some of the annual cycling events. These include the Greyton MTB Classic, Dirtopia MTB Festival, The Greyton Tour and the Genadendal Mission MTB and Trail Run.