Mountain biking

Get on your mountain bike to experience Plettenberg bay’s mountain biking trails. Stunning scenic single track and jeep track trails through indigenous forest, plantations, fragrant fynbos and dramatic cliff tops, overlooking the ocean.

Mountain biking
Mountain biking

Mountain biking trails close to Plettenberg bay

The 4 color-coded Harkerville cycle routes?offer a range of routes to suit all levels of riders. Ranging from an easy family ride to fast-flowing single track. You ride through plantations, coastal fynbos and indigenous forest. Harkerville forest is part of the South African National Parks.

Yellow route; This 14-kilometer route is an easy ride along fairly flat gravel roads and is just right for “slackers”.
Blue route; This route is an easy 12-kilometer option with some single track, through indigenous forest and a section of enormous redwood trees.
Green route; The more difficult 15-kilometer green Route offers exhilarating glimpses of the craggy coastline and dense coastal forest.
Red route; Die-hard cyclists can?t resist the 24-kilometer route for the incredibly scenic and dizzying coastal cliff top cruise with some downhills and uphills that guarantee to get your pulse racing.
Graspad; This route is a newly launched 12 kilometer cycling route. It joins up to all popular Harkerville mountain biking routes. Cyclists will ride through the species-rich indigenous Knysna forest with a backdrop of the ocean.

Mountain biking
Mountain biking

Nearby routes:
Petrus se Brand; During this 22,4 km route you ride through pristine indigenous forest, small sections of fynbos and plantations. Low water bridge crossings. The trail type is jeep tracks, single track and logging roads. Feathered braking, gear shifting on the fly while descending, moderate to steep inclines and declines. Bumpy surfaces. Negotiate moderate obstacles. Route Duration: Approximately 2 – 3 hours, Difficulty: 7/10

Mountain bike hire

Mountain Bikes can be hired in the forest near the start of most of these trails.

Mountain biking
Mountain biking

Plettenberg bay is just 13 km away from the Harkerville Forest. An easy drive over the airport road or via the N2 and you are right there. We can organize a shuttle for you. At Albergo for Backpackers we can organize overnight accommodation for you. We have very comfortable and affordable accommodation in the center of Plettenberg bay. You can choose from camping to dorms and private rooms all with shared/communal bathrooms.


Cairnbrogie is a working Dairy farm with beautiful mountain bike trails on the farm. The trailnetwork on the farm also includes pump tracks. This means that there is a trail for everybody. More information about Cairnbrogie you can find on their website.


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