LEVEL 3 UPDATE : Northern Farm will still be open for recreation, the following changes will be made :-
– The club house will have limited seating
– Bike wash will be open
– Online booking is essential
– Bike rental will be open
– Online bookings are essential unless you are a multipass, season ticket holder or multiparks holder
NEW OPERATING HOURS:- Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays 06:30 – 16:00
BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL to avoid gatherings and keep our farm open to you. Please check the ticket availability before coming through as we do not want to turn you away at the gate.
Welcome to Northern Farm
Where recreation gives to conservation.
Winter operating hours:-
Gates open 06:30 – 16:00
NO HELMET NO RIDE
Entry Fee R60pp
Multi access pass (available at the bike wash):-
R500 for 10 passes, can be used by multiple users
R800 for 20, can be used by multiple users
Online bookings only
Northern Farm is non-profit trail park based within the boundaries of Dieplsoodt Nature Reserve on the doorstep of Johannesburg, the operation runs in support of the local community through various programs operated at the farm.
Our variety of trails cater for all levels of fitness and skill sets, visitors to Northern Farm can choose from the following:-
Pink route: 8km
Green route 12km
Blue route 22km
Red route 34km
Black route 68km
Purple route 55km
Trail run 8km & 15km
*Please note. For additional peace of mind, there is security on all boundary fences.
Northern Farm has 6 bicycles available for rental, both soft tail and hard tail bike in a variety of sizes. We are formalizing the booking process for you.
At this moment in time, bikes are hired out on a 1st come, 1st serve basis for R300 per bike.
What do you need to do to hire a bike?
Step 1. Book a visit to Northern Farm
Step 2. Head on through to the bike wash inside the club house, chat with the team there about hiring a bike
Step 3. Pay for your MTB rental, no bikes will be rented out without payment (no cash is accepted). Helmets are provided if needed.
PLEASE NOTE : You are required to leave a valid drivers license at the Bike Wash when hiring a bike. No exceptions will be made in this regard.
Events that we recommend
We know events are currently shut down, but here are some that we highly recommend for when we can all play again.
Why we like it:-
The race offers various entry options which cater for a wide variety of fitness and skills sets. It is set in the beautiful village of Clarens and starts and finishes on the square every day, so you can pick your own accommodation and have a great weekend away with friends and family.
The 2 days of riding are some of the most scenic that you will do anywhere in this country.
Why we like it:-
One of the pioneers in stage racing around SA. Gary and the team know how to put on a race. The 100km plus traverse from Sterkfontein dam to Emseni camp is not for sissies.
There is something very special about the race village on the banks of the Tugela river. Head up for a sunset talk on Spioenkop mountain and discover some of the incredible history of the land before you ride it the next day.
Why we like it:-
We should all ride the Karoo at least once, that is all it will take to keep you coming back for more. This race unlocks many of the secrets of the land you just cruise by on your way to Cape Town normally.
The organisers of this event deliver an unforgettable hospitality experience combined with great riding in wide open spaces.
This ride is food for the soul.
Frequently asked questions
Please take a read through here, the answers to your questions are more than likely right in front of you:-
What do you do in an emergency?
Immediately call Fourways Life on 086 044 4044, please inform our gate of the emergency too so that we can bring the ambulance to you. Our gate number is 060 708 6384
Are the trails marked?
All our trails are very clearly marked with caution signs in the relevant areas.
What are your open times?
Our gates are open on weekends in summer from 06:00 – 17:00 and winter from 07:00 – 16:00
Do we need to book?
Yes, booking is compulsory. Unless you have a multi-pass or season pass, this includes the MultiPark pass. Then you only need to arrive in our operating hours to ride.
Is it safe to ride on my own?
There is security on route, but we never recommend riding alone due to the hazardous nature of the sport.
Are there facilities?
Yes, we have ample facilities for kiddies food and drinks for the folks and friends. Did we mention that the coffee is amazing?
I got mud on my bike, what do I do?
It is a mountain bike and these are mountain bike trails, bikes have been known to get mud on them from time to time. We have a great solution though, our bike wash is fully operational and offers a great wash and lube service at a small premium of R25.
It rained last night, are the trails wet?
More than likely yes. Rain has the tendency to do that to things, the great news is that majority of our single trails run off quickly. The district roads can hold a little water after rain.
Can I run at the farm?
You most certainly can. Our dedicated trails are now open to runners, please follow the orange boards.
How technical are the trails?
You have options, plenty of them. At Northern Farm we have district roads, single trail for days and bumpy technical stuff on the black route. You can switch between routes, but you are spoiled for choice when it comes to your specific riding ability.
Can we fetch you if you have a technical issue on route?
Sadly not, ride prepared.
Can I bring my dog to ride or run with me?
Unfortunately not, Northern Farm is actually 1st and foremost a nature reserve and then a working farm.
Can I fish the dams?
Sadly not, they are off limits as we protect the Blue Cranes, Fish Eagles and Goliath Herons that live at the farm.
Our Covid-19 best practice
In line with Government regulations, we are exercising Covid-19 best practice. Our measures are made up of the following protocols:-
– Bookings are online and limited
– The use of facemasks in all common areas is essential, you do not have to wear one when riding
– Our clubhouse is limited to 50% capacity
– Hand sanitizer stations are positioned throughout the clubhouse
Please help us keep recreation open by abiding by the laws and social distancing best practice.
Still have a question?
No problem, drop us an email. Please note, responses on weekends will only be seen in the following week.
For MTB inquiries – firstname.lastname@example.org
For Birding inquiries – email@example.com
For Equestrian inquiries – firstname.lastname@example.org
The cell signal at the farm is pretty shady.
Emergency contact 086 044 4044
In the event of an emergency, please do the following:-
– Call for an ambulance from Fourways life, they take 8 minutes to get to the farm
– Call our gate and inform them of the emergency, please look at the nearest trail sign and tell them what the name on it is. We will escort the ambulance to you directly
– Gate number 060 708 6384 (only in case of emergency)