22.7 miles
Distance
2,594 ft
Climb
-2,597 ft
Descent
1,346 ft
High Point

A permit is required to access the Bottelary Hills Conservancy MTB Trails network, which must be displayed on the bike handlebars at all times.
Bottelary Hills Conservancy and the landowners accept no responsibility for any damage or injury incurred.

Open farm roads with great views onto the mountain ranges surrounding Stellenbosch with flowing single track, passing through vineyards and Renosterveld. Some switchbacks and several sustained steep climbs, remember the trails traverse the Bottelary hills.

Detail description:
From Hazendal, cross the Bottelary Road with care (there is a culvert to cross underneath but this can only be used when not over grown or flooded).
Follow pink arrows until you join the Green loop which takes you past the Kaapzicht winery. There is a water point here.

Shortly after crossing the main access road to the farm, you turn right and then left to bring you to the bottom of the Kaapzicht Killer climb. Look out for a junction to your left at the top of the climb where you need to leave the Green loop and follow red arrows.
Descend to Goedehoop farm on Fishers Road. There is a water point on the Fischers Road at Goedehoop.

Follow Fishers Road northwards for about 200m and turn right. Keep following Red arrow markers meandering through the vineyards and eventually join the Orange loop shortly after the junction towards the Blue loop.
Follow Orange & Red markers for about 3.6km. Look out for a junction to your right after passing houses where you leave the Orange route. Follow red arrows.

About 1km further you reach the next split point, where you turn right (straight on is a short cut to the Yellow route, bypassing the Welgelegen climb).
This is the start of the Welgelegen climb. At the top of the Welgelegen climb, cross the farm road to join a single track running parallel to the road. Don't go too fast when starting to go downhill after rejoining the road; Red goes sharp right at the first junction. A single track section to the left exits onto farm road for a few meters before entering single track again. Look out for riders coming down on the Yellow route joining from your right. The single track ends in a fast section going straight down with a left and right turn to bring you back onto vineyard roads.

Continue straight where the Yellow route return leg splits off to the left. About 1.5km further you join up with the outgoing leg of Yellow again.

Continue upwards and to the left to the top where you turn right to face the Stellenbosch mountains with the Jonkershoek Twin peaks as main feature. Enjoy the view; this is some of the best you get sitting on a bicycle Look out for arrows pointing right after passing the land owner's braai under Oak trees

The route meanders through the vineyards on Wolwedans farm (there is a water point near the Wolwedans homestead).
Soon after passing the water point, you hit the bottom of Wolwedans Vastrap.
Carry on straight where Long Yellow branches right near the top of the Wolwedans Vastrap climb and enter the Lizard single track on the left at the top.

At the bottom of Lizard single track you need to turn very sharp right to do the full Red route (to optionally bypass Wolfkloof carry on straight with the single track here). Ystervark single track drops into Wolfkloof with some sweeping switchbacks and climbs back out the other side.

After Ystervark single track you continue to climb on a jeep track back up to the game fence. (Skaapsteker single track on Green joins in from the right on the jeep track where the gradient levels off).

More climbing along what feels like never ending switchbacks brings you to the masts on Ribbokkop. As you round the masts, a short section of jeep track towards the right leads you to more switchback downhill single track on the left. You head down until you reach a neck on the watershed between the Brackenfell and Stellenbosch sides.

This neck is where red and green splits. The Red loop turns right and heads downhill (green continues straight uphill). This section is 2 way traffic with Green loop coming up. Follow red arrows which will bring you back to the top of the Kaapzicht killer climb and the junction where you left the green loop on your way out. Head down the hill and retrace your route past the Kaapzicht winery back to Hazendal where you started.

Detailed Description
Bottelary Red from Hazendal is a 23 mile popular easy route located near Stellenbosch. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 17 trails. This route climbs 2,594 ft with a max elevation of 1,346 ft then descends -2,597 ft.
Route Supporters
Local Trail Association
Local trail association
Bottelary Hills Renosterveld Conservancy (bottelaryconservancy.co.za)
Please consider joining or donating to the local riding association to support trail development & maintenance.

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Trails in Route

Hazendal-Access1 mile
Green012 miles
Red081,398 ft
Red092,877 ft
Red10276 ft
Orange041,896 ft
Yellow06476 ft
Red014,469 ft
Yellow041 mile
Red03-Lizard4,662 ft
Red05-Ystervark4,357 ft
Green181,811 ft
Green19328 ft
Green202,126 ft
Green08495 ft
Green013 miles
Hazendal-Access1 mile

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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • E-Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Green
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    135
More Stats for Bottelary Red from Hazendal mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    236 ft
  • Altitude start
    248 ft
  • Altitude end
    246 ft
  • Grade max
    -123.7%
  • Grade min
    68.8%
  • Distance climb
    11 miles
  • Distance down
    10 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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