What does it entail to be the first Bike Hotel in Africa? Trail’s End was inspired by the concept in Europe, of ski lodges offering accommodation to mountain bikers during the summer months when the snow melts enough to reveal their mountain bike trail networks. At Trail’s End we’ve decided to take it to the next level, not only are we located at the trail head of some of South Africa’s most iconic mountain bike trails, but we also cater for every outdoor enthusiast, sports fanatic and adrenaline junkie as well as being the perfect family friendly destination.
How do we cater for everyone? You may ask. Besides having the extensive Grabouw Forest Trails out our backdoor (open to cycling, running and hiking, with 4x4ing also on offer in the area) and the spectacular Oak Valley Trails around the corner (both of which will be used extensively in the next Cape Epic…did somebody say Epic training camp coming right up?), accessible via a short back route, through the farmlands rather than the town, we also have our very own Declan O’Malley Flow Trail on the property. While this flow trail has plenty of fun features (including a wooden berm out over the river) for adults, there is also a mini pump-track that will keep any youngster occupied for hours.
If the youngsters do get bored of the pump-track, we have plenty of other fun up our sleeves (they won’t know what’s hit them when they don’t even ask for screen-time) with a jungle gym and a mini climbing wall and that’s not to mention the pool!
We have a 20 m, purpose-built training pool that is ideal for both training and recreation, even playing host to aqua-aerobics classes! These are not the only classes that take place at Trail’s End, we also have the FitBox gym where you can join a class, opt for a one-on-one session with our dynamic instructor or book it out to use the equipment. We also have a studio where one of our instructors can lead you in yoga, Pilates (our instructor tailors classes to target the specific strength and stability that helps prevent injury and improve power in sport), or spinning!
After all this activity you will doubtless need a massage, and you’re in luck, we have a wonderful in-house masseuse and beautician, who will sort out your aches and pains and keep you looking fabulous.
If this isn’t enough to be getting on with, we also have our Cecil Nurse Conference Centre, equipped with projectors, sound system and seating for up to 80 people, depending on the requirements. We also have a backup generator and fast fibre Wi-Fi that runs on solar if the generator is not in use. With this setup, we frequently host conferences, team building and public speakers, as well as movie and quiz nights. And if you are looking at holding a team building event at Trail’s End, why not throw in one of the other activities available on the property, including quad biking and archery? Or further afield, it’s a 15 minute drive up to the world famous Cape Canopy Tours for a real adrenaline rush!
But wait, there’s more! We also host weddings (and other events). What better location for an active couple to tie the knot than in the centre of the great outdoors? With all the running, hiking and cycling options, as well as some of the best wine farms within a short drive, and the Oude Molen Brandy Distillery next door, there is plenty to keep the guests busy for a whole-weekend wedding. And we have a private cottage, detached from the hotel as an option for a rustic bridal suite. Get married with the mountains as your backdrop and dance the night away beneath the stars with the peace of mind that none of the guests have to drive to their accommodation afterwards.
Not only is Trail’s End the first Bike Hotel in Africa, but we also have another first on the property, the Trail’s End Bicycle Museum, which is the first bicycle museum in Africa and has been drawing international attention since the opening of Gallery I in 2021. This museum, curated by Professor Mike Bruton, best known for his work in founding the Cape Town Science Centre, tells the story of the origins of the bicycle in the first gallery, with some beautiful, one-of-a-kind exhibits, including a replica 1863 Michaux Velocipede (Boneshaker) fastidiously built by David Mercer of Mercer Bikes, an immaculately restored pair of Victor and Victoria bicycles, an 1890s shaft drive bicycle and many more.
The second gallery which is due to open in March, is a Celebration of Bicycles in Africa and includes exhibits of South African made and/or designed bicycles, some of the greatest cyclists to come out of South Africa (including bicycles ridden by Greg Minnaar – the G.O.A.T., Alan Hatherly, Burry Stander, Erica Green, Riaan Nel of Paralympic fame, and more) and a photo gallery of Bicycles in Africa. The small team has been working tirelessly throughout 2022 to pull this display of bicycle history together, and welcome any donations to the running costs and improvements thereof (which can be made via the link). Making a donation gives you bragging rights, literally, when you make a donation, you can fill in your ‘Claim to Fame’ and dream cycling team, to be immortalised in our digital ‘Claims to Fame’ gallery.
The museum will also be organising an event which will really give you bragging rights. In collaboration with the Franschhoek Motor Museum, we will be organising a Retro Race, from Franschhoek Motor Museum to Trail’s End Bicycle Museum. This race will be retro bike mandatory, meaning that you will have to ride a bike of the downtube shifters era, to compete for bragging rights. It will take the form of several segment chases, with time for a breather in between, while you roll to the next segment. There will be banter, beers and potentially, old cars to provide the refreshments. The finish and prize giving as well as a museum tour, will take place at Trail’s End after the race, where participants can be met by family and friends for the afterparty. Keep your eyes on our social media for updates, and start dusting off your old faithful (‘90s and earlier SA built roadies are also available for rent from Heritage Cycling Company – contact: email@example.com and for sale at Woodstock Cycleworks – 14 Searle St, Woodstock, Cape Town).
Contact Trail’s End Bike Hotel
Phone: 021 859 5193
Facebook: @Trail’s End Bike Hotel
Subscribe to our mailer to keep posted on our latest deals and on what’s going on at Trail’s End
Click to subscribe