Van Gaalen Trails

Mountain biking, trail running & hiking in Magalies

Skeerpoort is a village in the foothills of the Magaliesberg mountains. Its community enjoys country lifestyle, privacy and caring for the environment. The trails, developed by Erik Schipper, extend over 30 private properties over a distance of 100 kilometers.

The trails (mainly single track) offer opportunities for mountain biking, trail running, hiking, horse riding & birding. The manicured routes are well prepared and maintained which attract many athletes to the area.

Day permits and mandatory indemnity forms are available at the Farm Shop.

During the weekends, the trails open at 

06h00 during the summer and at 07h00 during the winter. Wednesdays - Fridays the trails are open from 08h00.

Trail access is limited or closed during events.

For any trails queries, please contact Victor Schipper at 0835603318 or victor@vangaalen.co.za


Our Trails


10km Yellow Route

Distance: 2 km, 4 km, 6 km, 8 km & 10 km Difficulty: Novice
The Yellow 10km Challenge route is our suggested route for all first time hikers @ Van Gaalen. Our easiest and most well marked trail covered with a canopy of trees and an abundance of reed tunnels and bridges, fun for the whole family.
5km of the trail is pram friendly.

River Trail

Distance: 12 km Difficulty: Novice/Intermediate The River Trail forms a loop with plenty of shade along the Magalies River and is the ideal route to develop your mountain biking skills. With sporting forests, pecan nut plantations, farmlands and long reed tunnels with exceptional flow, this route is perfect for a family looking to be active outdoors.


Greek Church

Distance: 10 km/20 km combined with River Trail Difficulty: Intermediate With a 138 m elevation, Greek Church is a popular route for people looking for more distance and relatively easy climbing. The Greek Church built in 1952 overlooks the Skeerpoort Valley and the Hartbeespoort Dam. With steel bridges, a red route on the descent and steep and short bursts of ups and downs in areas, this route is not without its challenges and sure will keep you on your toes.

Railway & Pomphuis

Distance: 10 km Difficulty: Novice/Intermediate The Railway serves as the highway for the trails linking all the loops together. Pomphuis is a 4.3 km loop with 83 m elevation. It also has the mine shaft red route for those looking to do some extra climbing.

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Concrete Hill & Tannie Miems

Distance: 10km Difficulty: Advanced With 110 m of elevation over 1.7 km, the Concrete Hill climb is a beast. A great climbing ability test for those looking to tackle big races. Tannie Miems offers a technical descent with rocky drops and shaded single track, as well as a cross country-style rocky river section. This whole route won’t disappoint for riders looking for the tough stuff.

Poffadder, Revenge & Daggapad

Distance: 5 km Difficulty: Advanced It may only be 5 km, but for those looking for a very real challenge, Pofadder and Revenge, both red routes and virtually impossible to climb out, offers some of the best rocky switch back descending for any enduro or downhill enthusiast.


Trail Maps 2020/2021

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Van Gaalen Full

River Trail Map

Greek Church Map

Van Gaalen MTB Advanced Trails


Upcoming Events

  • Time is TBD
    Terrace @ Van Gaalen
    Time is TBD
    Terrace @ Van Gaalen, R560 Provincial road, Skeerpoort, Hartbeespoort, 0232, South Africa
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Annual Trail Membership Application

Apply here for a yearly trail membership.

MTB Year permit - R1500.00
Trailrunning/Hiking year permit - R1000.00
Family Trail Package - R3000.00
(permit duration is 12 Months)


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