Mountain biking in Cape Town

As well as providing some of the most varied and spectacular hiking in the world. Table Mountain also offers some pretty amazing mountain biking. Although there are a few places throughout the peninsula where you can take your bike, the best mountain biking is found in Tokai Forest on the slopes of the Constantiaberg.

To get there take the M3 towards Muizenberg.  Take the Tokai turn off and head towards the mountain. The road takes you straight to the mountain bike parking area. If you have a wild card which is loaded with mountain biking then you do  not pay to enter. If you don’t have a wild card, you need to pay for a R25 permit at the picnic area which you pass before you reach the parking area.

Once in the mountain biking area you have a number of choices. Steep uphills, fun single tracks and some flatter roads to spin a bit abound. One of my favourites is to grind up the dirt road for 5km. Here the road becomes tar for a further 5km and leads to the height of 920m at the top of the Constantiaberg. The tar road is to allow access to the TV mast at the peak. Only official vehicles are allowed up there and are seldom seen. So the only traffic to be aware of are rapidly descending mountain bikes.

The tar road which leads to the TV ariel

The tar road which leads to the TV ariel

The grind up the 5km tar road stretch is tough but the views make it bearable. Above the forestry area now views over Hout Bay on one side and the Southern suburbs on the other are fantastic. Once at the top you can look right over onto the back table and Orange Kloof.

The mast at the top

The mast at the top

After the struggle up it takes a short time to whizz down. Once back on the dirt road taking one of the numerous off road tracks is a must. They are well worked out and maintained. Often some corners include the choice between a hazardous jump for the daring or a simpler corner for the less brave. Twists and turns, drop offs, tree roots etc all add to the excitement of these routes which can take hours to explore. 

One of the many single tracks that lead off the main jeep track

One of the many single tracks that lead off the main jeep track