MTB | TRAIL RUNNING | HIKING
Witkrans forms part of Walker Bay Conservancy Klipspringer MTB trail as well as The Fynbos Trail which is a 28km hiking trail which you can run. There are also shorter trail runs on Witkrans
KLIPSPRINGER MTB TRAIL:
There are four routes available to test your mountain biking capabilities.
- Black Route (28 km)
- Green Route (17 km)
- Red Route (11,5 km)
- Yellow Route (8km)
Our custom built trails, which starts and finish at Lomond Wine Farm. The 30 km circular Klipspringer route takes riders through the Lomond vineyards and then up through magnificent fynbos of the conservancy. The climb is tough, but the views at the top are worth the effort. If you take time for a breather you can look out over the Lomond vineyards across to the coast and distant Dyer Island. The climb is followed by a fast downhill on a rough jeep track with some fun sharp bends to keep you alert. After crossing the dam wall at Koudeberg there is more downhill thrills through Goedvertrouw and along the Uilkraals River to the gravel road. After a short section of gravel road the route heads up a steep climb onto Witvoetskloof. This is a real oxygen sucker and you will do well to reach the top without pushing. The route then heads to a trig beacon on Witvoetskloof with 360 panoramic views across the Lomond Dam and surrounding fynbos. After some fun riding along old flower picking roads the route reaches Fynbos Retreat and then on over the ridge and down a steep descent into Flower Valley. The ride is started and ended at Lomond Tasting room.The total distance is 31km and includes 920m of climbing.
Green Route: 17 kilometers: 300 meters elevation An easier ride starting through the Lomond vineyards and climbing up into the fynbos on gravel roads with views over the Lomond Dam. This is a non-technical route on farm roads and jeep tracks as well as gravel roads. None the less there are still a few sharp turns and some steep climbs and descents.
Yellow Route: 8 kilometers: 200 meters elevation This is a really fun route mostly on single track starting along the dam and then climbing up the slopes of Windheuwel. You will get to experience the magnificent fynbos on Lomond and the panoramic views of landscapes and ocean.
Red Route: 11,5 kilometers: 325 meters elevation This is for the views and a bit of fun, as well as some tough climbing with a bit of tech.
THE FYNBOS TRAIL HIKE/RUN:Are you a keen trail runner? Then come out and run The Fynbos Trail! Bring your family out with you and base yourself at Witkrans and enjoy running sections of the trail. The full route is mentioned below but it is possible to do shorter sections. Permit fee's are applicable as this trail goes over private land
This full route is a toughie with three steep climbs and a total altitude gain of 1229m. The runs starts and ends at Witkrans, and after a relatively gentle start the first climb takes runners up the Baviaansfontein Valley and onto the shade of ancient white pear and wild olive trees. The trail then meanders through magnificent fynbos to the Grootbos Milkwood Forest where runners will follow the forest trail path under these majestic, thousand year old trees. The trail then heads up Swartkransberg to the 13km mark. The route then takes runners down through pristine fynbos in full spring time bloom and through the ancient Steynsbos milkwood forest at Fynbos Retreat at the 21km mark. From here it's down to the Witvoetskloof forest and waterfall (beware of slippery bridges, steps and boardwalks) and then up the steep ascent of the second major climb of the run to near the summit of Grootberg. The route then descends quite steeply into Flower valley through the beautiful Stinkhoutsbos Forest and down the valley to Flower Valley Farm. Along the trail back to Witkrans and hop into the wood fired hot tub (if you have booked Cone Bush Cottage) for a well deserved soak.
Running time: Top runners can expect to take around 140-160mins to complete the 30km route and slower runners around 5 hours.