Located on the fringe of the Little Karoo and the Garden Route in the Western Cape, the charming little countryside town of Uniondale is known for its warm hospitality and leisurely way of life. It is also a hugely popular destination for cycle tours and events in the area, the most well-known is the Karoo to Coast where thousands of cyclists ride th 100km route from Uniondale via the Prince Alfred’s Pass to Knysna.
MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS
There are so many good dirt roads around Uniondale, which create wonderful opportunities for mountain and offroad biking. Bring your own mountain bike – or ask the hosts at your guesthouse whether you can use theirs!
With more than 300km of dirt roads and trails in the area, stunning mountains, scenery and wide open spaces– you are spoiled for choice for mountain and offroad biking;
For those who want to have a quick spin around the town in Uniondale, our pdf maps out a route or two for you to explore and enjoy. Bring your own bike – or ask the hosts at your guesthouse whether you can use theirs. Most guest houses will pack you a lunch for day trips.
Haarlem is also a lovely town to cycle, and Afsaal Guest House offers drop-offs to some of the higher points if you are only feeling half-energetic. The area is a favourite training ground for local and international professional cyclists, so for the fitter – and very fit – it’s paradise. 2001 Masters MTB World Champion Geoff Vorpagel lives in the area, and has shared with us his insight on a few of the routes he likes to ride.
The route details can be found on Uniondale Tourism website.
CYCLING AROUND TOWN
Uniondale has a rich history and two cycling or walking routes has been mapped for visitors to experience some of the town’s past and present.
The two routes, Route one is 4,9km and Route two 7,8km, will take you past numerous historical buildings and you will also encounter some of our Tea Gardens and Restaurants for a break.
A map is available for download here and printed copies are available from various tourism establishments in Town.
There are a number of Bike Friendly accommodation establishments and restaurants in Uniondale.