Peter Jackson made a horrible mistake choosing to film the “Lord of the ring” trilogy in South Island New Zealand. Little did he know, but he could have spent all that time and money just outside Stellenbosch in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve (South Africa). Warmer temperatures, less rain, less sheep, cheaper beer, better wine, finer ladies to cast and possibly the most spectacular scenery that I have laid my eyes on. The reserve has it all, world class mountain bikes trials, towering peaks, pine forests, cascading waterfalls, indigenous fynbos and epic trails to run.
I have visited the Jonkershoeks reserve on numerous occasions, but never really explored the entire bowl. The Jonkershoek mountain challenge opened my eyes to an area, which literally made me stop in my tracks, forget about racing and stare at views. All that effort spent climbing up to the ridge seemed trivial and a small price to pay for the soul enriching scenery.