If you live in the northern suburbs or get tired of all the south has to offer, have your passport stamped and head out north for some fantastic Tygerberg trail running. My favourite trail is the Majik Forest located just a minute or two from the Tyger Valley Shopping Centre. Majik Forest is the perfect for an after-work run, although the trails were built and maintained by the Tygerberg mtb club and thus gets quite a bit of mtb traffic in the afternoon. If you thus like your run to be all karma like head out in the morning when you will have the flowing single track all to yourself. This combined with amazing sunrises, a combination of fynbos, vineyards and Pine forest, with a dam and stream to boot makes the Majik forest trail running experience truly…majikal!
The trail itself has a nice combination of tough climbs to make those leg muscles burn, especially the first few kms to the substation. Here you can decide if you want to turn left and start following the twisty single track home or head further up the hill. Either way there is plenty of single track, with everything in between;- fast smooth jeep track, rocky sections, bridges, drop-offs and some of the twisty-turny forest trails makes for exciting running! As you come down the trails running along the dam is quite spectacular, which then leads to an exquisite piece of trail through the lower forest alongside a stream. All the time you are winding through the forest and running slightly downhill and you feel on top of the world rand frankly invincible!
A typical loop of the 15km trail can take from 1hr for the super fit, to 2hrs for novice. Distances vary depending on the route you take, and range from 2km to 15km. All the trails are well marked with yellow arrows and so you cannot really get lost, as all tracks are inter-leading. There is no entrance fee to run here and dogs are welcome.
The best place to park is in the yellow lines near the robot intersection of Van Riebeeckshof Road and Jip de Jager as you come off the M16 (GPS Co ordinates 33°51’34.51″S , 18°37’37.16″E). You could however park at the Van Riebeeckshof Spar or at the Tygervalley Virgin Active if you want to turn your run into a 20km long run by adding a bit of tar.
Quick Trail Info
Safe parking : Yes
Access fee : No
Safe trail to run alone : Afternoons: Yes as there are lots of mtbers and people walking their dogs around. Mornings: I run alone, but would suggest a partner, especially for the ladies
Technical/Challenging/Knee-breaker : No. Lovely and flowing single track makes the time flash by while you are having fun.
Steep Uphills/Climbs and Descents : Yes
Going to get wet : No
Beginner friendly : Yes. There are lots of short cuts and escape routes.
Great View : Yes
Trail distance : 2km – 15km
Suggested coffee shop/retaurant nearby : Café Bakuba at the Van Riebeeckshof Mall