TOUR DURATION

3-days/2-nights Fly-in or 4-days 3-nights drive-in from Cape Town

PACKAGE PRICE

Please enquire about our packaged tour pricing.

DEPOSIT

50% deposit is required on confirmation of booking.

* If the tour dates don’t suit your calendar or you have your own tour dates in  mind, no problem. Get in touch and we can arrange a tour any time as long as your tour is confirmed 21 days prior to your requested tour date.

Each option and area has its own unique personality and a well developed MTB single-track network that will keep your smile on, plus some, for the duration of your stay. Single location accommodation has been chosen to maximize your time spent on the bike.

Option 1 – Stellenbosch Option 2 – Grabouw Option 3 – Sedgefield Option 4 – Cederberg

 

OPTION 1:

Stellenbosch – Jonkershoek & Welvanpas

A short 30-minute shuttle from Cape Town International Airport takes us to South Africa’s wine and gourmet capital, Stellenbosch. Here you will discover a vibrant university town with oak shaded streets lined with cafes, boutiques, art galleries and historical buildings. Plenty sights, sounds and evening entertainment to keep you occupied when you’re not on the bike. Bed down at the same location for the duration of the trip to maximize your time spent on single-track stoke. Vivid will guide you to the champagne trails in Jonkershoek and surrounding areas.


  • Intermediate and above fitness level required.
  • Intermediate – advanced technical skills advised.
  • We suggest between 130mm – 160mm of travel for the full experience.
  • Rental bikes available from Vivid MTB.
  • Each day we ride about 2-4 hours (20-30km) in the morning, lunch, then another 1-2 hour ride (15km) in the afternoon if you’re up for it.
  • Our elevation gain on each ride ranges from about 400m-1000m.
  • Temperatures can vary between 20 – 35degrees C depending on time of year.


  • 3/4 star accommodation.
  • Packed lunch
  • 2 MTB guides (depending on size of group)
  • Transportation to and from the different riding destinations
  • Shuttle service for airport transfers
  • *All prices are based on double rooms per person sharing.
  • *Single room supplements are available on request.


  • Extra night’s accommodation other than what’s included in the package
  • Flights
  • Dinners (we have carefully researched a suggested list of venues for excellent food & good vibes)
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees to national parks or museums
  • Bike rentals: We do offer bike rentals as required. Please contact us for more info.


 

DAY 1 / Friday

JONKERSHOEK

  • Airport transfer to accommodation
  • Introductions and banter whilst we build up the steeds
  • Head out to Jonkershoek trails for an afternoon shake down
  • Dinner – we have carefully researched a suggested list of venues for excellent food & good vibes
TRAILS

The Jonkershoek MTB trail network, situated in a nature reserve, is an easy access 9km away from Stellenbosch central. Abundant purpose built MTB single-track offering a medley of trails from flow blue lines to more technical red lines. Berms, off-camber, rocks, roots and jumps, Jonkershoek has something for all riding abilities. There is also a double black route for the adrenaline junkies. Jonkershoek will reward you with single-track goodness, a big mountain experience and stunning scenery reminiscent of France, Germany and Switzerland.

 

DAY 2 / Saturday

WELVANPAS

  • Early fuel up for a big day out
  • 40-minute transfer to Welvanpas
  • Ride Welvanpas MTB trail network
  • Lunch
  • Transfer back to Stellenbosch
  • Afternoon ride – optional
  • Dinner – we have carefully researched a suggested list of venues for excellent food & good vibes
TRAILS

More big mountains! Set in the foothills of Bainskloof, the historic Welvanpas farm is the beginning and end point of the mornings ride. Weave through orchards, vineyards, waterfalls and pristine fynbos. Challenging ups rewarded with some of the best single-track on the African continent. Welvanpas has a special place in our hearts! A big day out.

 

DAY 3 / Sunday

SIMONSBERG / DELVERA

  • Early breakfast
  • 20-minute transfer to Simonsberg Conservancy
  • Ride Delvere & Simonsberg MTB trail network
  • Lunch – Wine tasting
  • Transfer back to Cape Town International
TRAILS

Greater Simonsberg Conservancy is a mountainous wine producing region with panoramic views that never fail to impress. Experience diverse landscapes from vineyards, pine plantations, open grassland to indigenous fynbos. Over 60km’s of crafted single-track stoke. Well planned contours to keep the ups interesting before tucking in and bombing down sublime single-track. The tracks here are regularly used for regional Enduro events.

 

VIVID MTB - Grabouw

OPTION 2:

Grabouw, Elgin Valley & Hermanus

The Elgin Valley, 65km from Cape Town, is the largest single export fruit producing area in South Africa, commonly referred to as the “valley of apples” and to mountain bikers as an area of abundant single-track goodness. The trail network is vast and offers a superb experience for all MTB skill levels. The trails offer an eclectic mix of single-track through forested pine and rolling orchards all set against the stunning backdrop of the protected fynbos on the slopes of the Groenlandberg Mountain. Although offered by VIVID as a Getaway package, the amount of trails on offer in the region would mean coming back for a second bite of the apple for further exploration.


  • Intermediate and above fitness level required
  • Intermediate technical skills advised
  • We suggest between 120mm + of travel for the full experience
  • Rental bikes available from Vivid MTB
  • Each day we ride about 2-3hours (20-30km) in the morning, lunch, then another 1-2 hour ride (15km) in the afternoon if you wish. The ride distances are very flexible depending on the individual’s fitness levels
  • Our elevation gain on each ride ranges from about 400m-600m
  • Temperatures can vary between 20°c – 40°c depending on time of year


  • Airport transfer
  • Van, trailer and driver/guide for 3-days
  • 2 MTB guides for 3-days (dependent on group size)
  • Accommodation at a well appointed cottages within the trail network
  • 3-breakfasts, snacks
  • 3-delectable picnic lunches
  • 3-social and conversational dinners around the fire in the evening
  • *All prices are based on double rooms per person sharing


  • Drinks
  • Flights
  • Bike Hire


 

DAY 1 / Friday

VIVID MTB - Grabouw

GRABOUW – OAK VALLEY & PAUL CLUVER

  • Airport transfer to accommodation
  • Introductions and banter whilst we build up the steeds
  • Head out to Oak Valley and Paul Cluver for an afternoon soul ride
  • Quench your thirst with a cold frostie and a chilled braai with awesome natural views
TRAILS

We start off on gently meandering single-track through a forest of oak, crossing fences over wooden bridges, loosening the limbs and taking in the natural scenic beauty of the area. Every uphill is rewarded with sublime and well maintained single-track downs. During our ride there is a 6km section of ear to ear grin inducing single-track decadence that flows, swoops, drops and bombs along the course of a river.  Every crest and corner seems to offer a different scenic experience. There is such a huge variety in terrain and gravel beneath rubber that it’s difficult to assign a description, best to experience it first hand with your hands firmly on the bars. All the trails are ride-able for mountain bikers of intermediate fitness and skill level.

 

DAY 2 / Saturday

VIVID MTB - Grabouw

HERMANUS – HEMEL EN AARDE (HEAVEN & EARTH)

  • Breakfast
  • Scenic 40-minute East coast transfer to Hermanus
  • Saddle up and head out on the Hemel en Aarde trail network. Cycle time approximately 3-hours
  • Lunch in Hermanus and take in the ambience of this coastal village. If your tour is between June – December, you will be treated to whale sightings along this stretch of coastline
  • Transfer back to Grabouw
TRAILS

Hermanus has an exquisite backdrop of mountainous areas carpeted in pristine Cape fynbos and is world-famous for having fantastic land and boat based whale watching. The hills are riddled with walking, hiking and mountain bike trails that make this popular town a must visit on the South African bucket list. Hermanus holds claim to the southernmost wine route in Africa and produces top quality, world renowned wines in the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.

VIVID MTB - Grabouw

The valley is made up of four excellent MTB trails ranging in distance from 7km (green route) to 33km (black route). All routes take us through the valley via a selection of wineries with stunning views and consist of a mixture of jeep track and single-track. The red and black routes take us along the banks of the Onrus River through vineyards and berry farm’s to the Country Kitchen for some delectable food delights. Mountain biking in and around this charming coastal town is varied, fun and exceptionally scenic with trails to suit all abilities

 

DAY 3 / Sunday

VIVID MTB - Grabouw

GRABOUW – LEBANON & OAK VALLEY

  • 15-minute shuttle to Lebanon MTB Trails
  • Lunch
  • Oak Valley MTB Trails
  • Home Gerome
TRAILS

The Lebanon Forest Reserve has something to offer all skill levels of mountain bikers. It is a mixture of jeep track for climbing and single-track descending that passes through local forestry and privately owned farms. The landscape varies from gently rolling orchards, forested pine and mountain fynbos with breathtaking views over the Elgin valley. Good for the soul.  The trails offer a variety of MTB terrain from bridges, roots, rocky sections and rollercoaster single-track. There are four routes that vary in distance and difficulty ranging from 7km to 26km and have been included in the Wine2Whales, Houw Hoek and Cape Epic Tours.

 

VIVID MTB - Sedgefield

OPTION 3:

Garden Route Trail Park

Silently tucked away in the foothills of the magical Outeniqua Mountains, just 20km outside Sedgefield, lies Rob Dormehl’s single track flow network. Slivers of hero dirt lead you through lush indigenous forest and open grassland. Loosen your hips and go with the flow or put peddle to the metal and have a shred delight on these hand crafted trails. Built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers, enjoy carving turns, berms, table tops and the occasional drop. A feature trail is Mountain Mayhem, a 15-20 minute descent depending on your skill and enthusiasm. Alternatively, chill out in a rock pool and take in the ambience of the surrounding natural beauty, rewind and reset. It’s no wonder the Dark Fest Crew made this one of their dig destinations. Bring your best legs as the climbs can be short, sharp and brutal.

Accommodation is in a well appointed house in the middle of the trail network. Literally ride from your door. Wake up, fuel up, saddle up, braaap braaap.


  • Intermediate and above fitness level required
  • Intermediate – advanced technical skills advised
  • We suggest between 120mm – 160mm of travel for the full experience. For those of you with a good MTB skill level, a hard-tail will suffice
  • Rental bikes available from Vivid MTB
  • Each day we ride about 2-3hours (20-30km) in the morning, lunch, then another 1-2 hour ride (15km) in the afternoon if you wish. The ride distances are very flexible depending on the individual’s fitness levels
  • Our elevation gain on each ride ranges from about 400m-600m
  • Temperatures can vary between 20 – 35degrees C depending on time of year


  • Airport transfers
  • Van, trailer and driver/guide for 3 – *4-days (dependant on whether the tour is from George airport or by vehicle from Cape Town)
  • 2 MTB guides for *3-4-days. This is dependent on group size
  • Accommodation at a well appointed house in the middle of the trail network. Literarily ride from your door
  • 3 x delectable picnic lunches
  • 3 x social and conversational dinners around the fire in the evening
  • *All prices are based on double rooms per person sharing


  • Drinks
  • Flights
  • Bike hire


 

DAY 1 / Friday

GARDEN ROUTE TRAIL PARK

  • Airport transfer from George Airport to accommodation
  • *VIVID do a 4-day, 3-night tour to The Garden Route Trail Park for tours departing from Cape Town by vehicle.
  • Introductions and banter whilst we build up the steeds.
  • Ride from your door.
  • Quench your thirst, make fire and braai

 

DAY 2 / Saturday

GARDEN ROUTE TRAIL PARK

  • Brekkie
  • Ride from your door.
  • Pedal on down to the Trail Park center for their famous milkshakes and light lunch
  • Pump track and skills park muck about
  • Ride more flow
  • Quench your thirst, food glorious food

 

DAY 3 / Sunday

GARDEN ROUTE TRAIL PARK

  • Early Brekkie
  • Saddle up for flow
  • Light lunch
  • Pack-up
  • Transfer back to George airport *(Drive back to Cape Town for the 4-day vehicle trip)

VIVID MTB - Cederberg

OPTION 4:

Cederberg

The Cederberg wilderness region outside Clanwilliam is located around 4 hours drive north of Cape Town. This area is known for the rocky terrain and dramatic mountain landscapes. The natural attractions and unique rock formations in the area are well known among hikers, climbers and mountain bikers. The mountain biking trails in the region vary greatly with numerous long, smooth gravel roads, more technical single track loops and a few gnarly, rocky descents. All the vegetation in the area is tough and hardy Karoo bushveld with minimal large trees to provide shade during the summer heat. The accommodation is a ride-in-ride-out format making for a convenient and breath taking long weekend away without the need for additional driving once settled. The added attraction of the nearby winery and craft-beer brewery also add a different dimension for activities during the downtime between rides.


  • Intermediate and above fitness level required.
  • Intermediate – advanced technical skills advised.
  • We suggest between 120mm + of travel for the full experience.
  • Rental bikes available from Vivid MTB.
  • Each day we ride about 2-3hours (20-30km) in the morning, lunch, then another 1-2 hour ride (15km) in the afternoon if you wish. The ride distances are very flexible depending on the individual’s fitness levels.
  • Our elevation gain on each ride ranges from about 400m-600m.
  • Temperatures can vary between 20°c – 40°c depending on time of year.


  • Airport transfers
  • Van, trailer and driver/guide for 3-days
  • 2 MTB guides for 3-days. This is dependent on group size.
  • Accommodation at a well appointed cottages within the trail network. Literarily ride from your door.
  • 3-breakfasts, snacks
  • 3-delectable picnic lunches
  • 3-social and conversational dinners around the fire in the evening
  • *All prices are based on double rooms per person sharing.


  • Drinks
  • Flights
  • Bike hire


VIVID MTB - Cederberg

Due to the remote location, there is no cell-phone reception, but there is a public telephone in the camp site. Besides Mountain Biking, the area is also known for the native tribal rock paintings and anthropological richness. From the cottages there are numerous hikes and the nearby Wolfsberg Cracks is definitely worth a half-day excursion if timing allows. It is also possible to relax with a swim in the adjacent Matjies River which will be a treat for those enjoying the icy waters. The nearby Cederberg Winery offers superb wine-tasting and direct sales at discounted prices. Perfect for grabbing a bottle or three to enjoy back at cottages, similarly for the adjacent micro-brewery and restaurant.


 

DAY 1 / Friday

VIVID MTB - Cederberg

DEPART CAPE TOWN

The hour and a half drive from Cape Town to Ceres takes you through the dramatic vistas of the Du Toits Kloof valley on your way to the Cerderberg. After a quick coffee stop in Ceres, we then we head out of town and onto the gravel roads towards the Oasis lunch stop. Be sure to send your last Instagram post before leaving Ceres as cell phone reception is intermittent once leaving town.

 After about an hour and a half driving through the stark landscapes and incredible geographical formations, you reach the top of the pass that will be our first mountain biking stop for the day. The pass down to Oasis is perfect for a pre-lunch shuttle session. Each run is about 4-5km of rocky, fast downhill single track with the track snaking alongside the road down to Oasis. Best to take it easy as it is all too tempting to overcook it on the technical descent which could mean an early dirt nap for those frothing a little too hard. Take your time, stop for your mates and take in the scenery as this makes for the perfect place to start getting your eye in and dialing in your bike set up for the terrain coming up over the weekend. After a couple laps, we head down to the Oasis Conservancy and bush pub for some of best ribs you’ll ever have; best washed down with a few local beers. The friendly, easy going attitude and honesty-box style bar is also indicative of the down-to-earth attitude one will encounter in the Cederberg.

VIVID MTB - Cederberg

After lunch, a short 20 minute drive takes us to our accommodation on the banks of the Matjiesrivier (River of Friends if translated from the local Afrikaans language). From this location there are a handful of exciting single-track loops in close proximity which all offer a perfect introduction to the area. We start with the Wolfberg MTB loop adjacent to the Wolfberg Cracks, a popular hiking and climbing route. The mountain bike loop skirts along the start of the hiking trail before it drops you through the Sanddrif Crags back to the cottages in a short thirty minute loop. This is an invigorating leg loosener and worth repeating a few times to get into the flow of the terrain. Evenings get pretty chilly so be sure to pack warm kit for the fireside banter.

 

DAY 2 / Saturday

VIVID MTB - Cederberg

MOUNTAIN BIKING PARADISE

The cooler winter months (June – September) means a leisurely start to the day but if we’re riding in the summer months (December – March), an early start is essential as temperatures can reach into the 40  region. 

After breakfast, we start the day with a repeat of the amazing trail we sampled the afternoon before. Just to warm up (literally) and ensure everything is ship-shape before heading further away from base-camp (remember no cell phone signal). The morning trail loops up the same relaxed fire-road climb up through the Valley of the Red Gods, but taking different paths down the best technical descents of the Yellow and Red routes. Together these make up an hour and half long circuit with elements which are easy to repeat if you just have to smash that technical section on more time (like we always do). The landscape can have an otherworldly vibe to it as you drop down through rocky cracks and features that look like they belong on another planet. The chilled jeep track back to cottages allows for a detour via the Cederberg winery and craft beer brewery, perfect for our mid-day refreshment stop.

VIVID MTB - Cederberg

After an easy lunch, faffing with the bikes and a swim in the river if you are brave, it is time to head out on the afternoon ride known as the “blackwards” route. This takes us back past the winery and observatory to do the conventional black route in reverse. This allows for a more relaxed climb with a few technical highlights. It also gives a better opportunity to enjoy the interesting rock formations that the Cerderberg region is known for such as the Window Rocks and Lots Wife. Apart from the scenic views, the real reward of doing the route in reverse is an interesting, technical descent which would otherwise be a rough and challenging climb.  A highlight of this descent is a dual slalom style, jeep track descent towards the end which is perfect to challenge your mates down the final stretch. Pick a side of the overgrown track and gun it to the finish.

After sunset it is time to settle in for some beers around the braai and enjoy the brightness of the stars away from the city lights. A trip to the nearby observatory adjacent to the winery is a real treat.

 

DAY 3 / Sunday

VIVID MTB - Cederberg

HIGHLIGHTS PACKAGE AND THEN RETURN BACK TO REALITY

The last day in the Cederberg should be viewed as a good chance to relive the highlights reel of the past couple of days. The close proximity of amazing Wolfberg trails is an easy go-to. This is especially true if the legs are a little tired one does not want to be caught a long way from home with no more gas in the tank. And after two days of bombing around similar trails, confidence levels and skill should be well honed to really enjoy the challenging down-hills before departing back to Cape Town after lunch.  Alternatively, you could enjoy a relaxed gravel-road grind to the Bushman paintings at Staadsaal cave nearby. This is an important archaeological site in South African history showing “first-peoples” hand paintings of their life in the area.