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The Knysna Belle
75 Bayswater Drive,
Leisure Isle,
Knysna

P.O. Box 1015,
Knysna,
6570,
South Africa

For the Mountain Bike Enthusiast

 

 

· South Africa's best mountain bike trails ·

 

When you combine South Africa's largest indigenous forests with dramatic Outiniqua Mountains add spectacular Indian ocean views and hard working Sanparks foresters you have 6 of the finest, well marked, MTB trails in the country.

Directions:

The four Harkerville trails*.
Take the N2 road east out of Knysna - direction Plettenberg Bay - after +- 20km you will find the Garden-of-Eden kiosk where you can park, obtain riding permits and route maps (+- R25.00) 
Yellow Route - 14 km - follows Jeep tracks - not technical
Blue Route - 12 km - single track and Jeep track  - not technical
Green Route - 15 km - starts with Jeep track and finishes on single track through lush forest section - semi-technical
Red Route - 24 km Believed to be the most scenically diverse MTB trail in SA (some say world-wide) combines the best forest single tracks, near cliff-edge sea views and lush fern lined deep wooded sections. Some technical sections.   

 

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Petrus-se-Brand route (North-South direction)
Take the N2 east out of Knysna - at the top of the hill leaving Knysna immediatly take the Uniondale R339 road on your left - heading north (at informal settlement) after a few km the tar road becomes gravel - after about 18-20kn look out for Diepwalle Forestry sign - the road splits - take the right fork to the station where you can obtain a permit and start the ride.

24 km Forest Jeep track with a short high speed technical single track section near the end (this can be by-passed if you wish)
North-south riding gives you the advantage of the fall in elevation.
The route starts at the forestry office parking and ends at the Garden-of-Eden N2
(The route can be ridden south-north but the south start point is not marked and you need to be careful as the route markers are arranged for North South riding)

 

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Homtini Route
Take the N2 west - direction George/Cape Town - Take the Rheenendal road (off N2) on your right after leaving the bridge over the Knysna River (lagoon)
Look out for the Libbies Hoek/Jublee Creek/Milwood turn-off - follow that road until you get to the forestry hut at the entrance where you get a permit - continue up to Krisjan se Nek picnic spot parking and start of circular trail
Note there are beautiful picnic spots at Jublee Creek - a few km from the trail start - 19km circular forest train mainly Jeep track to start (long steep climb +- 6km after start) then very scenic views and great forest trail to finish

 

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