Diepwalle Forest & Petrus-se-Brand MTB Trail

Mountain Bike though the heart of the Knysna Forest!

Located between Knysna & Plettenberg Bay, amidst the treetops of the Diepwalle Forest, this elevated camp affords the visitor an opportunity to feel at one with the forest whilst providing that perfect balance of outdoor living and basic amenities which the ardent camper will love. Sleep over and enjoy some of the best day walks, mountain cycle routes that take you into the heart of the Knysna Forest, bird watching, picnic sites and scenic view points.

The Petrus-se-Brand mountain bike trail

The camp forms the start point for the 22.4km Petrus-se-Brand Cycle Route which runs from Diepwalle Forest Station to Harkerville (Garden of Eden on the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay). The route follows a mix of jeep tracks, single track and logging roads flowing through pristine indigenous forest, small sections of fynbos and plantations. Expect exhilarating downhills, streams to refill your water and stunning scenery. After the rains the trails can be very muddy. As Diepwalle Forest station is the highest point on the route it is easier to start the ride here (more downhills), the route markers are also more visible from this side. Click the full version of the map below to access the cue sheet or download the gpx tracks.

  • Trail Type: Jeep tracks, single track and logging roads.
  • Surface: Smooth to rough gravel. Dirt tracks. Muddy after rains. Tree roots across track.
  • Technical: : Feathered braking, gear shifting on the fly while descending, moderate to steep inclines and declines. Bumpy surfaces. Negotiate moderate obstacles.
  • Exertion: Moderate (high when wet).
  • Distance: 22.4 km
  • Route Duration: Approximately 2 – 3 hours
  • Difficulty: 7/10


SANParks has recently launched Forest Timber Camping Decks in the heart of Knysna Forest (Knysna Lakes) section.

Diepwalle Forest Camping Decks

These decks accommodate a three-man tent, come with braai and dining areas, and have electric points. Tents and mattresses are available to rent from the Diepwalle Forest Office. Communal ablutions have hot showers. Visitors have access to communal fridge, washing machine and tumble dryer. Firewood is available for purchase at the Forest Office.

Diepwalle Forest Tented Decks

Comes with a fixed tent which houses two beds, each with basic mattress (no bedding) and a bar fridge. Communal ablutions have hot showers. Visitors have access to a washing machine and tumble dryer. Firewood is available for purchase at the Forest Office.

*These campsites are not suitable for Motorhomes, Roof-top Tents or Caravans. It is only appropriate for tents to be pitched on the timber decks.

Old Forester’s House (Diepwalle)

This historical building was once forester D.E. Hutchins’ house. He was responsible for constructing stone houses at the Gouna, Diepwalle, Harkerville and Fisantehoek Forest Stations between 1888 and 1920. Rustic finishes add to the age-old charm of the building. An indoor fireplace warms during winter. Sleeps 6 and comes with fully equipped kitchen, lounge, and TV with DSTV (limited channels). Visitors have access to a washing machine and tumble dryer. Firewood provided.

Please note: Overnight visitors have access to all day trails and cycle trails listed above for the duration of their stay. Cycle permits for day cyclists will still be available for purchase. Cyclist can obtain permits from the designated gates or SANParks Office in Thesen Island, Knysna.

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