Bottelary Hills MTB Trails were opened by the Bottelary Hills Conservancy in April 2011 and allow controlled access to the conservancy via dedicated, well marked routes. The rolling hillsides feature vineyards, farmland, conservation areas and trails comprised of farm roads, jeeptracks and numerous singletracks. While never too technical there are challenging climbs and a variety of distances on offer for riders of all fitness levels. A Mediterranean climate prevails providing cold wet winters and hot dry summers.A number of MTB routes run across 20 farms in the hills outside Stellenbosch that collectively make up the Bottelary Hills Renosterveld Conservancy.
The trail has numerous starting points that include: the Radish Restaurant, Hazendal Wine Estate, Zevenwacht Wine Estate, Overgaauw Wine Estate, Asara Wine state, Devonvale Golf and Wine Estate and Devon Valley Hotel.
All the trails run on private land. Common to all the trails is really great scenery. Money raised from the trails goes towards the conservation of endangered fynbos.
The red route, is the main route – 25.7 km through Renosterveld jeep track and along farm roads with three single track sections. It's a moderately challenging ride.
The yellow loop is 6.5 km ride is along farm roads with a 2.5 km single track that provides an easy to moderate ride.
The purple loop is 9.2 km along farm roads that take you through vineyards and Renosterveld; an easy to moderate ride with some technical downhill sections and a 1.3 km climb.
The green loop is 13 km through Renosterveld jeep track and farm roads with three single track sections and a 2.5 km climb.
The orange loop is perfect for beginners at 9.7 km with a little climb only, along jeep track and farm roads.
For a map of the trails, see the Bottelary Hills MTB website.
Local Trail AssociationAfrican Mountain Bike Association (www.amarider.org.za)
More Stats for Asara (Red Route) mountain bike route
Altitude min422 ft
Altitude start423 ft
Altitude end423 ft
Distance climb9 miles
Distance down8 miles
Distance flat2 miles