Running on the trails around Stellenbosch offer a unique experience. An increasingly popular sport in its own right, Stellenbosch is home to an network of trails known for its spawling mountains and lush fynbos. Athletes training in here have access to kilometres of challenging double black tracks as well as easy to use jeep tracks, to mountain trails with high-mountain itineraries with stunning views
Eden, Mont Marie, G-spot
The Paradyskloof pine plantation consists of a maze of tracks and trails, ideal for single and downhill track riding. The tracks continue on to the northern side where it links up with the Coetzenburg areas.
About 60km’s of trails start right outside the Trail Centre on Delvera.
Set on a private farm within the foothills of the Helderberg Mountains (half-way between Somerset West and Stellenbosch), the newly re-done Helderberg Trails prides themselves on providing a trail destination suited to every runner.
The Helderberg Farm Trail offers superb views over False Bay, Table Mountain and the Stellenbosch vineyards. This in itself should be enough to motivate you to ascend the moderate climbs and zoom thedownhills and flat sections.
Some of the favourites routes are in Jonkershoek nature reserve at 9,800 hectares a mere 10km scenic route from Stellenbosch. The reserve offers wide variety of trails, ranging between 5 km and 18 km, that criss-cross the natural amphitheatre formed by the mountain peaks surrounding the pine tree plantations and reservoir at the bottom of the long valley. Gates open at 07:30 throughout the year and close at 18:00 during winter and 19:00 during summer.
Jonkershoek trails starts along the Eerste River (which flows all the way into Stellenbosch) and then proceeds up a fairly steep gorge to Tweede Waterval (‘Second Waterfall’) A dip in its glorious waters makes for a great reward after hot strenuous run. Other favourite trails for those who wish to exert themselves include 18 km Swartboskloof Trail, alternatively there is the 17 km Panorama Circuit which takes you all the way to the top of Guardian Peak (1,227 meters above sea level) from where you can see as far as Table Mountain and Robben Island.
Further afield is the stunning trails along the contours of the iconic Table mountain including some more challenging routes for the extreme trail seeker otherwise beautiful loop round Lions head at sunset to savour a 360degree view of much of Cape Town has to offer
For a bit of R&R – one massage is included in the week package.