Stellenbosch is a mountain bike Mekka. There are lots of single trails, but it is not that easy to find your way around. This guide is meant to give an overview of the most interesting trails. Some are easy to find and well-marked, but if you are new to the area, you'd be better off booking a professional guide or joining one of the many cycling groups. You'll find a list of the major Stellenbosch mountain bike races in the second section of this article.
Most of the time you will be riding on private land. Therefore, you are always expected to follow the rules of the trail. Stick to the trails. Don’t trespass. The trails are being built and maintained by private initiatives who at the same time try to keep the landowners happy. Most will require a permit. If you don't buy one, you'll risk losing karma points or being banned as a rogue rider.
The good news is that you can ride the trails all-year, as long as you adapt to the conditions.