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Famous Bike Trails in Robertson


mountain biker riding along a trail

Mountain biking has steadily grown in popularity during the past decade, but it leapfrogged over other outdoor hobbies when working remotely became more accepted and accessible. The small town of Robertson boasts some of the best mountain bike routes in the Western Cape as its dedicated mountain bike trails were built with a variety of mountain bikers in mind and are truly special.


Where can I cycle in Robertson?

As with most of the mountain bike trails out this way, the Van Loveren MTB is located about 15 minutes out of the town. You can find us along the R317.


Furthermore, the Van Loveren MTB trail is part of the Wine Lands Regional trail permit including 17 trail networks spanning nearly 1300 kilometres of trails.

Robertson's Wine lands mtb trails

What do I need to cycle at Van Loveren?

Upon entering Van Loveren, you will need to secure your MTB permit from the Tasting Room, unless you have a Wine Lands Regional trail permit. Van Loveren permit prices vary from season to season, but you can call +27 23 615 1505 or email info@vanloveren.co.za if you have any queries. If you are planning on leaving at the crack of dawn for your mountain bike trail escapade, we recommend buying a permit the night before at https://www.vanloveren.co.za/online-store/MTB-&-HIKING-PERMIT-c79493012

mountain bikers enjoying the outdoors

Java MTB

This Van Loveren MTB trail has three options that cater for all riders: from our weekend warriors to the almost-elites.

Java MTB trail map

Java MTB 12km Yellow Route

This mountain bike trail contains just 12km of Jeep track with only 200m elevation. A great casual jaunt for the family that ends at Christina’s Bistro where you can try their chocolate ganache milkshakes which makes an excellent recovery drink.


Java MTB 21km Red Route

This route is slightly more challenging and includes about 3km of single track. It suits an intermediate rider that knows bike and body fairly well. It boasts 350m elevation and some spectacular scenic views.


Java MTB 32km Blue Route

This bike trail is for those who have been riding MTB for a while. With 550m elevation and a fair bit of single track, riders will need to pack some sports drink and snacks and will probably need to take a nap that afternoon!

Van Loveren MTB trail competition run

Java MTB Annual Event

The annual Java MTB event uses some of the same mountain bike trails but sections are added and each year slightly different paths are chosen to keep it fresh for the competitors. There is a 20km, 45km and 65km option. This event raises thousands of Rands each year for local schools in the Robertson area. It really showcases the heart of our Van Loveren family. If you are interested in attending the Java MTB this year or would like information on the Java MTB prices, head over here: https://javaMTB.co.za/


Although there are many popular Robertson mountain biking trails, we are partial to our own Java MTB. We can’t wait to see the smile on your face when you finish the trail and return to the Tasting Room full of stories, dust and already planning your next time up our mountain!

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