Goegap Nature Reserve MTB Trails

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Things To Do in SpringbokGoegap Nature Reserve MTB Trails

Cycling Sight Seeing Sports & Leisure Namakwa

Where? In Goegap Nature Reserve, +/-15 east of of Springbok, Namaqualand, Northern Cape.

When? Please enquire.

How? Call +27 (0)27 718-9906

How much? Price on request

Overnight? Stay at accommodation in Springbok, in Northern Cape

Where: 15 km east of Springbok (in the direction of the airport, along the R355)
Level: intermediate with some rocky sections (not good for children)
Type of route: mostly jeep track and gravel road
Best: if there in mid-summer, ride early mornings or evenings to avoid the heat, and winters get icy in the mornings and evenings; August/September has the added bonus of spring wild flowers

The Northern Cape offers a different terrain for those who do not often visit. Goegap Nature Reserve is beautiful and desert-like; a harsh terrain that is a melting pot of kokerbome (giant aloes) and halfmens trees, great swathes of sand, rocks, and boulders that provide a backdrop for hardy zebra and the odd klipspringer.

Roughly 35 km of 4x4 tracks serve as your playground with a start at the reserve office, before riding up a narrow valley that cuts through the huge granite boulders of the Klein Koperberge (small copper mountains).

22 km of 4x4 track form a basic circular route through semi-desert and sand with some rocky sections, whilst other gravel roads create additional options to vary the route.

Your bike skills are put to the test through patches of sand, a couple of gentle climbs and a steep ascent to the top of Carolusberg, the Goegap's highest point, but consult the map and you can work out a variant to avoid the harsh bits of this largely uncharted landscape.

It's highly likely you won't see another rider for the duration of your ride.

Pick up a map from the Goegap Nature Reserve office. A conservation and levy fee are involved.

The Goegap MTB Race is an annual 60 km through the reserve with two available routes 30 km and 60km.

If riding during spring, include the Hester Malan Wild Flower Garden, also in the reserve.

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