CLOSEST TOWN: Melkbosstrand
DISTANCE: 7, 21 or 25km
DIFFICULTY: Beginner/easy
MORE INFORMATION: www.mtbroutes.co.za
HIGHLIGHTS: The perfect place to learn to mountain bike; flat, with postcard views of the mountain.
The Koeberg Nature Reserve was officially proclaimed a private nature reserve in 1991, and Eskom has built and now maintains a fantastic network of hiking and mountain-bike trails on the land. As an MTB venue it is strictly a ‘beginners and family affair’, with no singletrack at all. Rather, trails are wide and perfectly maintained gravel roads. The main attraction of Koeberg is the scenery and vast abundance of wildlife, including grysbok, steenbok, bontebok, springbok and duiker. If you’re really lucky, you might spot caracal (rooikat), an African wild cat or even a genet. Many angulated tortoises cross the trails; beware of them in the early morning or late afternoon. There are two official trails: a 7km loop and a 21km route (plus a road down to the beach which adds 4km). Trails are well marked and direction markers include the distance to avoid any nasty surprises.