Country: South Africa
Outdoor activities: mountain bike, cycling
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On our way to Cape Town we made an unexpected detour into Stellenbosch.
Main attraction for the wine lovers, this place is also a perfect stop for the Sportrotters.
The city is surrounded by mountains and nature reserves in which one can enjoy the scenery on a hike trail or one of the numerous mountain bike paths.
There are also plenty of other outdoor activities but we opted for the bikes and explore these green valleys and flowered mountains.
The city is very young as it has its own university located in the center and offers lots of attractions and feels safe for tourists.
You’ll be spoiled with good quality bikes at reasonable prices everywhere in town.
We rented our bikes with RideIn Mountain Bikes. The owner, Gavin is very friendly and the big advantage is that he also offers bed and breakfast accommodation and a delicious café where you can have lunch and chat with other cyclists before embarking on one of the many tracks. We recommend you reserve your bikes before coming on site.
For mountain biking, you will find a few kilometers from RideIn, one of the best spots in South Africa, Jonkershoek Nature Reserve. There is something for everyone, from complete beginner to expert. There is gravel road, jeep track, single track and some built jumps for the extremists!
As for a tour in the vineyards, it is a bit tedious to organize because the vineyards are located outside the town (there are many wine routes, which are made by car but can also be made by bicycle) .
It is therefore necessary to get outside the city to find nice paths into the vineyards (ask Gavin and he will give you more information). Also we were a bit disappointed as most of the properties are closed to the public and they only offer wine tasting tours (it’s not bad either because the South African wines are very good).
You can also go for a couple of nice walks in the reserve if you have time to spear.
We were pleasantly surprised with this perfect spot for an active and gastronomic stop.
Mountain bike trails for all levels
RideIn offers quality bikes at competitive prices
You can start early as they open at 7am
The fee to enter the reserve is R50 per person per day so if you want to go several times you must pay every day.
No drinking water in the reserve.