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Bottelary Conservancy mid-year MTB Membership Special

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Welcome to Stellenbosch – South Africa’s second oldest town and most inspiring wine, food, art and cultural destination.

Mountain bike enthusiasts can now enjoy the 92km Bottelary Hills Renosterveld Conservancy (BHRC) trail network at the special midyear permit rate of R400. 

Make the most of the great outdoors for the remainder of 2021 and enjoy the wide open spaces of the BHRC that stretches across the rolling hillsides, conservation areas, vineyards and private farmland in the Bottelary Hills.

The ever-evolving network of MTB trails cater for various skill and fitness levels. Only 2021 BHRC annual or day permit holders are allowed access to the trails and bike boards must be displayed on handle bars at all times.  Annual permits are available for purchase online. 

Day permits (R70) are sold at various park and ride spots including Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate, Zevenwacht Wine Estate, The Bakery at Jordan, Asara Wine Estate, 18 Coffee trail centre at Neethlingshof, Hellsend Bike Compound in Stellenbosch, Hazendal Babushka Deli as well as Engen Soneike and the security gate at Dwars in die Weg on Devon Valley road.  Take note that most of the access points operate on a cashless system with Zapper as the only payment option.

While never too technical there are challenging climbs and a variety of distances and difficulty levels.  Multiple route options cater for various skill and fitness levels and can be combined to present many happy hours of mountain biking with some of the most spectacular vistas in the Western Cape.  Riding the trails is a special and invigorating experience. You are taken through sections of pristine Renosterveld with 360 degree views as you circle the hills – from Table Mountain and Table Bay to the Paarl Mountains, Stellenbosch and Helderberg Mountains and False Bay.  Less than 4% of the original Renosterveld in the Western Cape remains and only grows in very rich fertile soils, which is often replaced with commercial crops. The BHRC is fortunate to have large tracts of pristine Renosterveld in its area.

Funds generated through permit sales are used mainly to subsidize alien vegetation eradication. While alien plant clearing has been an ongoing initiative of the BHRC, the project has intensified since 2012 following the opening of the Bottelary Hills MTB Trails in April 2011.   During the past two years alien clearing follow up was done across 735.2 hectares generating a total of 4486 person days worked.

Game still roams naturally in the Hills such as Caracal, Grysbok, Grey duiker, Porcupine, Bat-eared foxes, Cape foxes and otters. There are also endangered reptile species such as the Diamondback tortoise only found in Renosterveld areas.   More than 109 bird species have been identified and listed on the BHRC website.

When you support our trails you support conservation.  Find the latest trail map on the Trailforks APP

For more information please visit www.bottelaryconservancy.co.za or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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