Things To Do in HarkervilleHarkerville MTB Trails
Where? Harkerville Forest, close to Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, Garden Route
When? Daylight hours.
How? Call +27 (0)44 382-5153
How much? Falls into price group R1 to R100 per person. Confirm with the provider.
The Harkerville MTB trail near Knysna is 24 km of 72 per cent single track trail though forest, coastal path and plantation; an incredible ride. The red route qualifies as iconic. Many regard Harkerville as the birth place of mountain biking in South Africa.
Where: Harkerville Forest, close to Plettenberg Bay and Knysna
Level: all riding levels
Type of route: a range of four, colour-coded, circular routes; anything from easy to fast-flowing single track that gets quite technical
Best: any time of year
A highlight of the trails is the intermittent views from above the ocean on the coastal paths.
Yellow Route – 13 km on gravel forest service roads and the only route to remain open even when it rains; the easiest of the routes and good for those not terribly fit
Blue Route – 11 km on gravel service roads, the route heads along Beukespad, a forest path, and through thick forest. The return passes huge coastal redwood trees. It is an easier option although the sections of single track through the forest can get tricky for beginners
Green Route – 14 km moderately difficult route along the Grooteiland path and Waterpad (includes a swimming hole) with an optional loop along the Harkerville coastline path (worth doing). The return along Perdekoppad (coastal forest) is all single track
Red route – the toughest, most exhilarating, and longest of the routes, but definitely one of the most scenic in the country; take the time on the gravel road downhill and bridge crossing to have a swim (steep climb ahead); head through deep forest, fynbos and dizzying coastal road
Get your permit from the Garden of Eden forestry office, 15 km east of Knysna on the N2 or 16 km west of Plettenberg Bay
No helmet – no ride.