The Saasveld Route System start and finishes on the Garden Route Dam wall and the bulk of the routes are on MTO Forestry land which brings certain rules and responsibilities with it. Routes consists of jeep tracks, plantation roads and some single tracks. There is water available at the security entrance/boom to the dam and the nearest coffee shop is at the Deli at Geneva Superette. No route markers are displayed so please navigate by downloading the GPX file for the route and uploading it to your GPS device or smart phone to navigate with.
Dam Dash ± 5.5 km ± 150 m Easy
The Dam Dash route is an easy, short looped route. It starts off alongside the Garden Route Dam’s edge before turning into the pine plantations and back.
Pine Time ± 11.0 km ± 320 m Moderate
The Pine Time route is an 11km looped route starting alongside the Garden Route Dam’s edge. It takes you further north and winds deeper through the pine plantation before returning to the dam wall again. The route is 95% jeep track and plantation roads with a small section of fun single track down ‘The snake’.
Root ‘n Roll ± 18.0 km ± 470 m Moderate
Root n Roll is the longest route around the Saaveld plantation. It offers a combination of jeep tracks, plantation roads and some single tracks which some users might find challenging. At the most western side is a short extension to the famous Pepsi Pools. This spot offers a cool swimming hole and small waterfall.
ABOUT GEORGE TRAILS
George Trails is SA’s largest and most diverse network of mountain biking, trail running and hiking routes, totaling more than 1000 kilometers. Located at the heart of the Garden Route, between the Indian ocean and the foothills of the Outeniqua mountains, the picturesque city of George boasts lush indigenous forests, fynbos, pine plantations, mountains, oceans, rivers, dams, mountain passes, farmlands and semi-desert (Karoo) all within a 20km radius of a town or city centre. Dubbed the ‘Trail Republic’, George offers an incredible diversity of route options – from the historic Montagu Pass to the single tracks of Witfontein to the plantations of Saasveld, jeep tracks and beaches of Wilderness – you’ll never get bored exploring this amazing natural playground. George is also situated along the Cross Cape Cycle Route between Plett and Stellenbosch.