Mountain Biking Trails in Franschhoek

Posted on the September 29th, 2017

While the town of Franschhoek is most widely known for its decadent cuisine and world-class wines, what many don’t know is that it is also home to some of the country’s finest mountain biking trails. Whether you’re a beginner cyclist looking for the right excuse to head outdoors, or an experienced mountain biker seeking a challenge, there is something for everyone.

Mountain Biking Trails in Franschhoek

And what better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than with a day exploring the Franschhoek countryside via mountain bike?

Robertsvlei Loop

Perfect for beginner cyclists, the 14km Robertsvlei Loop moves from the bustling R45 to the beautifully scenic Roberstvlei Road, which is lined with Oak trees and cuts through gently undulating farmland. With stunning views of the Franschhoek River and the surrounding mountains, a leisurely ride along this route is the perfect way to explore this part of the Cape Winelands.

Difficulty: Beginner

western cape mountain biking


Boschendal Wine Estate

Having hosted the Cape Epic 2016, earlier this year, Boschendal Wine Estate opened several mountain biking trails to the public. Riders can choose from 4km, 9km, 11km, 15km, 23km and 33km marked routes, according to their level of experience. Highlights of these incredible trails include three well-maintained downhill single tracks: Porcupine (1.3km), Sugar Bowl (2.3km), and Inferno (3.7km), and the 1km Orchards skills track.

Franschhoek Mountain Biking Trails

The daily rate for mountain biking at Boschendal is R50 per rider, and bikes can be hired from Trek Marlin 7 for R400 per day. To reserve a bike simply email before you arrive. View the route, here.

Difficulty: Beginner – Advanced

Franschhoek Pass Mountain Bike Route

Beginning at the R45 on the south-east edge of Franschhoek, the Franschhoek Pass MTB Route provides breath-taking views across the Franschhoek Valley. A steady 25km climb to the top of the pass, it is rightfully suited towards intermediate and advanced riders. Along the way you will pass the Hugeunot Memorial Museum, La Petite Ferme, the Franschhoek Pass Winery, L’ermitage Franschhoek, and a section of the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. View the route, here.

Difficulty: Intermediate – Advanced

Franschhoek Pass

Matoppie Mountain Bike Trail

A local favourite, the 14km Matoppie MTB Trail is a fairly technical route that incorporates challenging countour riding, a significant climb, and varied ground surfaces. Making it well-worth the effort required to complete this trail, riders can look forward to spectacular views of the Berg River Dam, a ride through a lush forest road, and a stint along the oak-lined Robertsvlei Road.

Difficulty: Intermediate – Advanced

Berg River Dam

To find out more about the mountain biking trails in Franschhoek, or to book a range of outdoor activities in Franschhoek, simply get in touch with Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa on or 021 876 8900.

Image Credits: Hello Franschhoek, Govan Basson, Boschendal Wine Estate, Flickr/Chris Eason, Flickr/Delyth Angharad

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