Cape Town - Western Cape

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Trails: 43
Total Distance: 63Km
eBikes: Yes
Shuttle-friendly: No
Cost: You need a San Parks Level 3 Activity Permit or a day permit of R32 (for adults) or R16 per child.
Security Rating: 4/5

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Tokai Mountain Bike Trails, located in Cape Town, Western Cape, is one of the best mountain bike trails to experience in SA.

Best suited for:

Intermediate and Experienced riders.

What we love about it: 

The Tokai mountain bike trails are an excellent example of how mountain bikers, driven by passion, have worked tirelessly to create an incredible playground for themselves. 

Since the massive fire in 2014, Tokai MTB’s dedicated volunteers have been solely responsible for resurrecting and growing the trail network to world-class status. 

Tokai MTB’s vision is to meet the mountain biking needs of the Cape Town public. For instance, it is developing and maintaining a sensitive and sustainable network of mountain bike trails. In the same vein, establishing Tokai as the premier local, national, and international destination. In the heart of a world heritage site accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

Riders can enjoy some of the best descending trails in the country at Tokai, where the gradient is generous. As a result, a wide range of singletrack, passionately created by knowledgeable mountain bikers.

Tokai has three trails: Green (easy), Blue (challenging) and Black (Difficult)

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Additional Trail Facts


With the support of sponsors, Tokai’s trails are well marked, with various local businesses and brands taking ‘ownership’ of different trails, as denoted by their branding on the signage.


IMBA grading sees trails that include Green, Blue and Black.


There are just two Green trails lower down to cater for newer riders. But the majority of the riding is on Blue and Black trails, ideal for intermediate and experienced riders in terms of skill level. Because the trails are on a mountain slope, most of the ascending is done on the main gravel road and jeep track and all of the stimulating descending is done on the various trails, which are almost entirely singletrack and single direction. The builders certainly know what they’re doing and have thoughtfully made a myriad of trails that are worth the climb.
A fairly recent addition is the Donkey Trail, which is a fast and flowing downhill trail that you reach by climbing up the concrete switchback trail, above the Silvermine Dam.It’s effectively on the Noordhoek Peak loop and you turn right towards Elephant’s Eye and the drop into the trail that sweeps down a ravine to the Level 5 jeep track.It took months of toil to clear out the alien trees and ‘rediscover’ and repurpose an old donkey trail.
For those that are more about the climb, the Tokai mast climb is legendary to the locals and offers 10.7km ascent at an average gradient of 7.7% (max 16%) to give a total ascent gain of 836 metres! The incredible views from the top are Instagram favourites…

Off the bike

Since the trails are in a national park, there’s not much off the bike activity other than a post-ride picnic area. But there are loads of decent coffee shops and wine farms in the area where you can enjoy a post-ride meal or caffeine fix.


The gradient on the slopes of the mountain looking over False Bay, is generous and has resulted in the building and maintenance of a stimulating, well-planned trail network that offers steady climbs and exciting descents. A real Cape Town asset.


You need a San Parks Level 3 Activity Permit or a day permit of R32 (for adults) or R16 per child. An annual membership (or part thereof) to Tokai MTB is optional and costs R400, every cent of which goes to trail building and maintenance.

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Tim Price
14 October 2022
This is the only MTB specific trail system in the whole Table Mountain National Park and possibly in any national park in SA. The tracks go back to the dawn of MTB in Cape Town. The gate fees are paid to SANP who do nothing to maintain the trails. This is done solely by members of the public and corporate sponsors and even now only about 10% of the actual trail users contribute to keep TokaiMTB the local association sufficiently well financed to maintain the tracks. What they manage to do on a shoe string budget and considering the difficulty of managing trails in a national park. If you ride Tokai, please join TokaiMTB and help keep these trails running well. www.tokaimtb.com. R400 per year is very little when compared to bike and parts prices. See Trailforks for detailed maps and trail descriptions.
Mai Conradie
30 September 2022
Hands down one of the best trails in the Western Cape! Always well maintained, clearly marked trails and fun for any skill level rider - From easy jeep track trails to fun DH lines. If you feel for a longer ride, then cycle all the way up to Silvermine and stop at the view point overlooking Hout Bay 😍 Remember to purchase your permits at the entry of Tokai Forest or get yourselves the SANPARKS Level 3 Activity Cards then you can ride anytime 😊 P. S scout 3 other riding buddies and you’ll get a group discount on your permits (up to 4 people per group discount)
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Eugene Elliott
24 August 2022
Brilliant trail park with a bit of everything. Long marathon riding, some fun flowy single track and some jump lines. Definitely recommend for anyone in the area.
07 June 2022
Trails are in superb condition. The DH Lines are a good test of your technical abilities with some drops, rocks, roots and some nice jumps. DH3 is fast flowing with numerous jumps table tops and a small gap or two. The snakes are good fun and are ridable by most riders. Tokai is one of my favourite places to ride. Highly recommend it.
Mark Drummond
07 June 2022
Fairy Garden recently upgraded. Downhill 1, 2 and 3 in great shape - rad drop offs, nice jumps and lots of technical sections to test the skills. Snakes could do with some work, especially the lower sections.
Fakhrie Arendse
07 June 2022
I call it home ground. My first mtb ride was at Tokai and to this day it's my go-to. Learnt so much and there's something for all levels of riding. I'll probably be there again tomorrow!
Dominic Conradie
22 April 2022
Great trail. Trees has been cut so little sad but the trails are great. Not always the best maintained but mostly in good condition if you haven’t done this trail in a while go slow before you go chasing some things might not be how you remeber
Ridha Davids
30 March 2022
Everything you will ever need, at any level.
Mark Drummond
11 February 2022
Some great single track, majority of which are in good riding condition and well maintained. Jeep tracks and lower single track loops good for beginner and intermediate riders. Majority of upper single tracks for intermediate to advanced XC, Enduro and Downhill riders. Just keep an eye out for baboons…
Fakhrie Arendse
04 December 2021
Tokai has a little bit of everything for all ages, fitness, and skill levels. There's an emergency medical service available during operating hours and a very secure and safe space to have fun
Richard Key
29 November 2021
My go-to trail, rode it this afternoon after getting home from the Cederberg. Solid workout going up the jeep track, and lots of thrilling downhill single tracks.
Stewart Goodman
26 November 2021
Huge effort being made by the team to make this one of the best in the country
Team Tread
30 June 2020

Tokai mountain bike trails is a great example of how mountain bikers, driven by passion, have worked tirelessly to create an incredible playground for themselves. Since the huge fire in 2014, Tokai MTB’s team of dedicated volunteers has been solely responsible for resurrecting and growing the trails network to world-class status.

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