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I thought it would be apt to start this off where the true origin of our company lies: the Jonkershoek valley. Being able to go to university in Stellenbosch is a special thing; having a space like Jonkershoek where you can escape for a quick afternoon or enjoy a full day adventure and feel completely in the wilderness, is absolutely incredible. It is only when you don't have access to something like this do you realize how awesome this place is and what an integral part of your life it becomes. Having a place where you can go to reset, replenish and focus on only the next rock in the trail is super special. Naturally, I spent a lot of my time over four years in Stellenbosch in this valley, often with my brother, Luke. It was a source of a lot of the ideas that formed into the brand that is Westpeak today.
This is the first feature in a mini series we're calling Trail Destinations. The plan is to feature and try highlight some of the best (and sometimes relatively unknown) places around South Africa where you can go to get your dose of trail stoke. Without further adieu...
Trail Destination: Jonkershoek Valley
Stellenbosch South Africa
The Jonkershoek mountains form part of the larger Boland mountain range. High in the upper parts of the valley, the Lourens, Eerste, Riviersonderend and Berg rivers all have their sources, though only the Eerste river flows through the valley itself.
In March 2015, the valley was devastated by a large wild fire which burnt the majority of the valley and the timber on it. Since then, the timber has been largely felled and a renewed drive to make Jonkershoek a world-class trail destination has been established. Alongside the forestry partner, MTO as well as Specialized South Africa, a tariff has been introduced and professional trail builders, Hylton Turvey and Bennet Nel have combined to revamp Jonkershoek to its former, pre-fire glory.
The vision for Jonkershoek is to have multiple 'trail-heads' which have various different routes stemming from them. Currently, there are three main trail heads. On the Northern side of the valley there is the Saaltjie trail head and the Point trail head. On the Southern side, the Quarry trail head.
Aside from mountain biking, there are a number of hiking trails which access parts of the reserve you can't get to on your mountain bike. Some of these include:
The work that goes into clearing, building and maintaining trails like this is enormous. The section of trail that you fly past in a few seconds probably took hours to clear and build. Support the hard work, commitment and passion that's gone into making Jonkershoek the destination it is today - don't rogue ride. Trail pass for the day is R50 (payable via Zapper, Snapscan, Credit Card or on the myMTO app - NO cash) or for the year is R500.
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