Mountain Biking

Mountain biking


Montagu is becoming a key Mountain Bike destination of choice. Our endless jeep tracks and stunning scenery is perfect for Mountain Biking enthusiasts who enjoy exploring nature.  At African Game Lodge, you can safely cycle on the reserve. You can follow our game or birding trails and spend the day exploring African Game Lodge. In the afternoon, enjoy a refreshing swim at the lodge. The reserve is also great for family mountain biking trips.


Apart from cycling on the reserve, mountain biking enthusiasts can use African Game Lodge as a base to cycle to Montagu, along the Koo Valley and Route 62 towards Barrydale.  The area is a very popular destination for mountain biking offering spectacular scenery and great routes.


The following is a selection of the trails suitable for mountain biking available on the reserve:


Wilderness Trail – A great mountain biking route which takes you from the lodge and past the camping site and heads towards the higher mountainous area of the reserve. Crossing a river, you head past Caracal Bush Camp, and cycle parallel to the river and enter the restricted Wilderness area where you can chose to go left or right for a longer cycle, and follow the trail in very remote high mountain plains.


Gatskraal Trail – This popular mountain biking trail includes some spectacular scenery overlooking Swellendam and a bit of off-the-beaten-track mountain biking. After ascending to a high point and magnificent lookout, you head down and cross the Gatskraal River. At this point you can turn left onto the Red House Trail and head home, or right to carry on to the extreme right of the reserve, a seldom visited and special area of great beauty.


Red House Trail – A relatively flat ride to see game and suitable for family excursions. The Red House Trail heads out past the campsite and then parallel to the dense riverine thicket where you may encounter kudu on your ride. You cycle past the pan which always has a good selection of birds, and then on towards the wildebeest plains. After a short ascent, you will see the Red House Ruins on your right. After that, head back to camp or continue along the road for several more kilometres into some very beautiful scenery. The road ends at a high point in the mountains, a good point to sit and reflect on the beauty surrounding you.   (Mind the Aardvark holes in the track)


Montagu by bike – A lovely run through to Montagu along the Driekuilshoogte and Ouberg Pad. (Especially popular on a Saturday morning, combine it with a visit to the local Farmers Market in Bath Street). If you want to spend the day off the reserve, a good circular route back from Montagu, is via the Koo Valley, R318 (see reverse directions below for Ouberg Route)


Montagu Cycle Hire hires Mountain Bikes for off-road riding in and around Montagu. Each bike comes with crash helmet, water bottle and puncture kit. Each group will get a map where they have six different routes to ride. Should there be any mishap while cycling a back-up is available to collect or replace the bike if one is available. Contact: Alan Brown, Cell phone No: 0837025465, Email:  Alan recommends some of the following routes in and around Montagu

You go through the town and link up to the R62, just outside the town, in the Barrydale direction, you turn left onto the Talana Road. A kilometer later you turn left again on a dirt road to Ouberg. This road continues with an easy gradient passing through farmland and later mountainous areas.
At about the 19km mark you turn left, this is 1,5km after the turn off to the right to African Game Lodge on a right hand bend the road drops off to the left-later after the gate the road splits-you go straight on/left. This is a tougher section along a dirt track, once over the top it’s home along farm roads connecting you to the R318 back to Montagu to the left.
This ride offers unlimited mileage should you choose to turn left. Continue on to Ouberg and beyond, do a “U-turn” and return home, it’s fast and fun.

Leave Montagu via the R318 past the golf course and take the right hand fork along a dirt road. Continue until you can turn left through farm land and beautiful scenery, turn left again at the next turning which takes you back to the R318 and home to the left. This can be done clock wise which will give you a fast ride home.

You go through the town and link up to the R62, just outside town, in the Barrydale direction, you turn left onto the Talana road. Follow this road, at Talana t-junction do a right to the r62-left is to potjieskloof dam-dead end taking no lefts or rights. There are no big hills on the route except for the section before the R62. Once at the R62 you turn right for a fast tar ride home on the wide shoulder. This is an easy ride with fantastic farm land and mountain views. If you want a little more dirt road, take a right at the shop and connect back onto the Talana road, then home.

The same as the Talana ride, but at the R62 turn left then right again for an extra loop of 10km.

The same as the Talana ride, but as you hit dirt turn right and right or left at the T-junction. At the R62 turn right for home.

Get yourself onto Church Street and head south past the hospital where you will get onto some dirt, carry on up to the top, keep left until you see a track going left. Once on this track it’s then up to you to explore the area. This is for the technical rider.



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