On 1 December, it for the first time became legal for cyclists to pedal off-road from Rhodes Memorial to Constantia Nek. While not technically challenging, riders need to be reasonably bike fit to ride these trails, or be equipped and prepared to spend a few hours out on the trails. The trail includes a few compulsory portage sections.
A Sanparks ‘My Activity MTB’ (Level 3) permit is needed and users are reminded that the trails are shared with other trail users (runners, walkers, dog walkers). The trails are clearly marked, as are the no-go areas.
WHERE DOES IT START? From Rhodes Memorial (going towards Constantia Nek), follow the footpath below Newlands forest until some 200m past the entrance to the Fire Station. From there, follow the signs – the gate key number is 1234 (please keep the gate closed). From Constantia Nek side, you access the trails via the short tar section directly across the restaurant. There is no connection from Newlands to the single track near Mount Pleasant – you can only access Newlands from the cycle path below the forest.
Permits can be bought at the San Parks office in Tokai or at any Cape Town Tourism kiosk. The annual permit costs R500 and you need to bring along 2 passport photos and proof of ID. NOTE: If you take along 2 or more friends when purchasing a permit, you will receive a discount for the second and subsequent permits.