The sports enthusiast will definitely not feel left out here in the Winelands. The glorious mountains surrounding Stellenbosch set the scene for spectacular hiking and mountain biking trails designed to get the adrenaline pumping. The half-dozen golf courses in and around Stellenbosch are the dreams of professionals, while any sun worshipper would thoroughly enjoy a visit to one of the nearby beaches. Horse riding is also a very popular activity here and many farms have these facilities available.
Bonne Esperance Guest House is situated within driving distance from some of best golf courses the Western Cape has to offer. Beautiful natural surroundings and rolling vineyards make for the perfect setting for a good game of golf, especially after the great rainy season we have just had.
Fynbos Educational Hike
Everyone in the cape has probably heard about the wonders of our local flora, but what is it that makes the Cape Floral Kingdom so unique and special? Find out, as your guide delivers a brief overview, before leading you on a hike to delve into some fascinating aspects of this botanical treasure trove residing virtually on our doorsteps.
Activity Level: 2/5
Price : R390 pp
Hike Jonkershoek to Mont Mari
Bring the family and traverse the Stellenbosch Mountain from the Jonkershoek Valley to Mont Marie. This 4 hour hike will lead straight up and over the Stellenbosch Mountain and down the other side, amazing King protea bushes and fantastic views of Jonkershoek, False Bay and Table Mountain await you at the top.
Explore Jonkershoek on a Mountain® Scooter! Scootours give you the opportunity to Experience this gem of Stellenbosch like never before. During the tour you will experience the beauty of these alpine like mountains surrounding Stellenbosch in a fun and active way. Stunning views, majestic mountains and endless downhill slopes is what Scootours® Stellenbosch is all about
Stellenbosch is fastly becoming one of the top MTB destinations of South Africa with more than 500km of trail to explore.
Gear up and test yourself on these trails:
Coetzenburg MTB Trails Trailhead: for the beginner to pro, including XCM course, and access to other trail networks. This trail and only 2km from the guest house.
G-spot MTB Trail: G-spot is home to some of the area’s most hotly contested strava segments. People from all over the world come to train in this remarkable environment that the Western Cape has to offer, it is only a two kilometre long gradually descending single-track trail with jumps and berms; and more jumps and berms.
Jonkershoek Trails offers trails from 10-45km. The rugged Jonkershoek Mountains, which form part of the Boland Mountains, are ideal for mountain biking enthusiasts.
For more information check-out The Ultimate Mountain-Biker’s Guide to Stellenbosch as brought to you by The Inside Guide in association with Visit Stellenbosch.
Hike - Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
The Jonkershoek Nature Reserve has a circular drive of ±10km, leading around the valley floor. Four hiking trails of varying difficulty and length lead off the circular drive and up the mountain slopes.
1. Swartboskloof–Sosyskloof: This easy scenic route ascends along the western slopes of Swartboskloof for about 2 km, passing through a patch of beautiful indigenous forest. It then traverses along a contour to Sosyskloof before winding back to the start. 5.3 km; 2 hours; circular, or 6.9 km; 2.5 hours; circular, if longer route to lookout is taken.
2. Swartboskloof Route: Ascends the steep Swartboskloof, gaining over 900 m in altitude over the first 4.5 km, but the panoramic views are ample reward. The route then traverses fairly level terrain to the top of Kurktrekkernek where there is a steep 2.5 km descent to the Waterfall Route. 18 km; 6 hours; circular.
3. Panorama Circuit: From the bridge on the hairpin bend of the Circular Drive, there is a steep climb to a contour path just below Third Ridge and Banghoek peaks. Following the contour path, you reach Bergriviernek, from where there are amazing views of Assegaaiboskloof. The path then winds across the Dwarsberg Plateau, with its marshy areas and streams surrounded by disas, to
Kurktrekkernek. There is a short detour here, to the summit of Guardian Peak (1,227 m), with stunning views of the Cape Peninsula, from Table Mountain to Cape Point, Robben Island, False Bay, Cape Hangklip and the peaks of the Hottentots Holland range. From Kurktrekker the path
descends past Second and First waterfalls to the starting point. 17 km; 6 hours; circular.
4. Tweede Waterval: An easy ramble along the Eerste River past Eerste Waterval (First Waterfall), followed by a steep climb along a gorge to the foot of Tweede Waterval (Second Waterfall). The dangerous ascent to this waterfall is closed. 6.4 km; 2 hours; out-and-return.