In keeping with the traveller’s increasing focus on experiential experiences and sustainability, the award-winning Gondwana Game Reserve on South Africa’s Garden Route, accessibly located close to Cape Town, has opened several mountain bike trails on the reserve, adding cycling as a complimentary activity for guests. Combining a traditional Big 5 safari experience with healthy outdoor exercise, adventurous individuals can interact with nature in a fun and active way, enjoying game viewing of non-dangerous wildlife while breaking a sweat in the saddle.
If you are seeking to explore the reserve’s beautiful country at a close range, there is no better way to do this than biking through it. Gondwana is a treasure trove of exciting routes waiting to be discovered, with mild weather allowing for cycling at any time of the year. Located in Gondwana’s 1000-hectare protected area, the new trails have been designed for all levels of fitness and skill levels to enjoy, including families with smaller children.
Graded from novice to advanced, the routes consist of varied terrain from dirt roads and jeep tracks to long valley descents and steep technical climbs. Cycling through Gondwana’s stunning wilderness, guests see endangered and specialty species such Bontebok, Cape Mountain Zebra, Sable and Giraffe as well as herds of Eland and Impala that roam freely in open grass plains and plateaus, wetlands, rolling hills, riverine and sub-tropical thicket valleys.
Another draw is the incredible endemic birdlife as well the ever-changing beauty of the Cape Fynbos vegetation which has something of interest to see year-round, with the best time to view the phenomenal South African Protea flowers in April, May and June and the pincushions in November.
Complimentary mountain bikes are available for both adults and children.