Tokai forest is the mountain biking gem of Cape Town. Situated just 20km from Cape Town CBD it is the most popular mtb destination for riders living in and around Cape Town. If you have ridden there recently you would have noticed the prolific felling of trees, causing a moonscape effect where the ever popular Mumba trails used to be.
There are mixed feelings and heated debates around this, but riders need to remember that Tokai is a working plantation and felling of trees is inevitable. There are still plenty of trails to enjoy, perhaps aimed more towards the trail riders, but I see this as a good thing. Riders need to go outside of their comfort zones and push the limits of their skills to become better riders.
I have chatted to Deon, the man leading the charge when it comes to tokai’s future trail network. He has an optimistic view of the future, saying: ” Tokai is a commercial plantation operated by Cape Pine. This current logging is no different from all the logging that has preceded it, the trails are destroyed every time. The exception now being that the pines will not be replanted and TMNP will be taking an active role in the restoration of the lost trails, something we’ve not had before and marks the difference in their view on the sport from previous years.”
Below is an image that I acquired from Deon and AirMap that shows the extent of the logging. For local riders it is a depressing site, but I think the future trails will make up for this. Lets be patient and show our support for what could become Cape Town’s best bike park.