Rosemary Hill – Donkerhoek

Rosemary Hill is a working organic farm. The family that runs this land has farmed for almost 35 years, have planted over 30 000 trees and shrubs, and currently grow African Potato, Sutherlandia, Rosemary, Lavender, Artemisia, Lippia, Spearmint, Eucalyptus and various other plants from which they distil essential oils. Other crops include Pecan nuts and vegetables and the vast nursery sells all of this as well as a variety of these shrubs, flowers, herbs and trees.

The trails vary in difficulty, becoming more complex as they increase in distance. You experience the most amazing smells of Lavender and Rosemary as you cycle so we recommend you cycle for as long as possible. The trails are fairly flat and fast with some bridges and tight single track sections. There are some sharp drop-offs, steep hills, logs and then of course the legendary camber bridge but if you are not feeling very cocky, there is a chicken run option just for you.

Rosemary Hill now offer bike rentals from R180 per rider which includes your entrance and a helmet for those who are new to the sport or if you want to quickly pop in for a surprise visit. An honest R300 deposit is also required for your rental.

Oi!! Don’t forget to try their sick homemade lemonade and get your hands on some essential oils for your recovery bath.

One bottle of water or two?

Trails vary in distance from 6 km – 33 km.

Including a 1 km Toddler trail. (Free for under 6 yrs)


How should I prep my bike?

Dry chain lube is recommended and tire pressure should be medium for those tricky and rocky descents.


When can I ride?

Monday –  Thursday 08h00 – 17h00

Saturday – Sunday 07h00 – 17h00

Small change or personal loan?

R40 per person. For school-going children the price is R25 per person.


Where do I park?

Safe and secure parking available.


Should I pack a spade?

No need, there are very clean toilet facilities available at the restaurant.


Take me, quick and easy!

-25.79092            28.43238

S25° 47′ 27.3″    E28° 25′ 56.58″

S 25° 47.455’     E 28° 25.943’


I have burnt all my energy, where can I eat?

The restaurant serves delicious food from Monday – Friday 08h00-17h00 and Saturday – Sunday 07h00 – 14h00. If you are in the mood for something slightly more decadent bookings can be made for special High Teas. A limited menu is now also available during the week.


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Website: Rosemary Hill, Twitter handle: @RosemaryHillMTB , Facebook: Rosemary Hill

Trail specifics

Short route

Distance: 6 km
Difficulty: Easy
Terrain: Jeep track, single track, mostly flat, suitable for children with geared bikes.

Medium route

Distance: 10 km
Difficulty: Intermediate
Terrain: Jeep track, single track, most flat, visible roots in forest areas, narrow bridge crossings.

Long route

Distance: 33 km
Difficulty: Intermediate – Hard
Terrain: Single track, visible roots in forest areas, narrow bridge crossings, 45° bridge, rock gardens and drop offs.