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Papkuilsfontein mountain bike trails, Nieuwoudtville

The sound of my tyres crunching over coarse sand filled my ears as I set out on one of Papkuilsfontein Farmʼs new trails on an unusually misty morning. The first set of mountain-bike trails on this farm, lying 20km outside Nieuwoudtville in the Northern Cape, officially opened in October 2020.

The Ou-Muur, Duifieshoek, Arendsnes and Waterfall trails (which range from four to 21km long) aren't very technical but allow visitors to explore and cycle to the farmʼs canyon to enjoy the views. The second phase, scheduled to open in the first quarter this year, includes the technical Klipspringer trail (27km) and the less technical

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