Welcome to Bonnievale Bonanza

Welcome to the Bonnievale Bonanza website. Come and enjoy a wonderful Bonnievale Bonanza, a fantastic town festival for young and old!!!

Each year we set the first weekend of November aside for cyclists, walkers, runners and fellow guests to come and enjoy the beauty and joy of festivities in the country side.

We have Enduro routes for the motorcyclists and Quad Bike enthusiasts as well as a brandnew 4×4 route. Something to look forward too for both participants and spectators. Book now and make sure that you do not miss out on all the fun!

Welkom by Bonnievale Bonanza webtuiste. Kom geniet ‘n heerlike Bonnievale Bonanza, ‘n fantastiese dorpsfees vir oud en jonk!!!

Jaarliks word die eerste naweek in November bespreek vir fietsryers, stappers, drawwers en feesgangers om te kom deel in die skoonheid en vreugde van feesverrigtinge op die platteland.

Vir motorfietse en “Quad bike” liefhebbers is daar ook pret Enduro roetes sowel as ‘n splinternuwe 4×4 Roete. Vir deelnemers sowel as toeskouers is dit beslis iets om na uit te sien. Bespreek nou om seker te maak jy mis nie uit op al die pret nie!

SOMETHING NEW!! On Sunday the 6th of November there will be a foodmarket at Bonnievale Cellar for young and old. Live music, wine, preserves, food on the go , a kids corner, cheese and olives will be  some of the things to enjoy.

Bonnievale Festival Paragliding Special

Every year at the Bonnievale Bonanza Festival we try and include something different and unique. Sure we always have a good lineup of South African musicians and performers but it’s also nice to have some kind of entertainment other than music and theatre. This year we asked the Skywings paragliding team from Cape Town to come and give us a display of their skills and of course there will be a few lucky members of the  public that get to try this out for free.

Bonnievale

Whether you are an adrenaline junkie, an acrophobic or a down right doer of all things, paragliding over Cape Town is something you definitely need to do when you are around the Mother City.

Of cause, your heart might want to jump out of your body when you eventually decide to go on with it but there is no greater feeling after your feet have touched the ground. Life is a risk too so if we are to always second-guess the things we want to do or be hesitant about it, we will never get the joy of the best things in life.

Paragliding gives you that sense of edge, you need to toughen up, put on a brave face and just do it! Similarly to the diary of life, nothing comes with a manual. Each and everything is a choice, a risk or a result. The best thing you can do is just give your adventurous self a push and fly up in the sky over Cape Town. You will not regret taking that liberating choice.

The minute you start thinking it through or thinking of the all the bad things that might happen is the minute all your excitement levels mount to zero. The whole point of an outing is to enjoy it to the fullest and this is the right way of going about it. If we had to think about each and every step we took, we would not have had doctors, technicians, hairdressers, you name them.

Everything in life is a choice that either changes you or teaches you. This shouldn’t be that much of a train smash decision because it is all about the fun in it. Tandem paragliding over Cape Town is the best thing to do when you are within the Capetonian parameters because it is certainly worth all the sweat you feel before the final jump.

In each and everything that you do, there is always that voice within you that tells you that you can’t do it or you not good enough. The negative voice will always surpass the positive that is why you must never listen to anything inside that says you can’t succeed. To many, an adventure like paragliding over Cape Town is a timeless conversation they would have to have with their instinct.

Gut feelings are never wrong but sometime gut instincts are scared to do the unthinkable. In fact, if gut instincts could speak, they would be that one friend that is always negative, never wants to try new things and is always against anything that lights up your life. Who needs such negativity? Nobody. Nobody needs to be constantly reminded that if they wanted to fly up the sky, they would fall.

This years Bonnievale Bonanza promises to be better than all previous ones thanks to the magnificent job our organizers have done in arranging the best entertainers from around South Africa along with the assistance of the Langeberg Municipality.

There are skilled and experienced professionals who are equipped to not only calm your nerves but also to make sure that your safety harness is not loose and has been firmly tightened to prevent any falls. They are fully aware that your life’s rest upon your shoulders and that is why they take extreme care to ensure your life is protected. So for that day, they are your physical guardian angels because they are there to make sure you witness goodness and mercy above the sky.

Also, they too have families and loved ones that would not want to lose them so why would they want your families to lose you? The safety precautions cannot be over emphasized so you need worry about anything happening because they are qualified in the field of paragliding and would not do anything that would harm your life, your safety or your excitement.

Awesome Activities at the Festival

Join us for the first Kokkedoor pop up restaurant in Bonnievale at Weltevrede Family Wine Estate.

Chefs Tiaan Langenegger en Mynhardt Joubert, winners of Kyknet Kokkedoor 2013 cook time-honoured food with a twist. They will serve a four course dinner paired with Weltevrede Wines at the cellar.

An elegant rustic atmosphere will be created starting with a dinner on the outside terrace where Mynhardt and Tiaan will get a chance to meet and interact with guests and discuss the evening’s food and wine. Inside the cellar two further courses will be served. For desert we will rejoin in the courtyard with Weltevrede’s dessert wines and a table full of desserts.

It promises to be an evening not to be forgotten.

Date: 30 October 2014
Time: 18h30
Venue: Weltevrede Wine Estate
Cost: R290 pp
Bookings: Helena de Wet | Cell 083 603 2971 | Email: helena@sa3.co.za

Road
Dust of your lycra and put the pedal to the metal! We offer everyone from 4-80 a fun race in the beautiful valley of Bonnievale. For all Road & MTB Cycle enquiries please contact Erika.

9.8km

A fun, non-technical route following the R317 towards Robertson. Crosses the Breede River a short distance from town and follow the tar road back. A must do ride for young kids!

35km

A fun, scenic and non-technical route covering a section of the 60km road race. This ride follows the R317 towards Robertson, crossing the Breede River 16km from town after turning left towards Swellendam and Stormsvlei. The route follows the tar road through vineyards, fruit orchards and “Renosterveld” vegetation, with the beautiful Langeberg Mountains in the background. At the Bonnievale Cellar (31 km) the route turns left, crossing the Breede River and back to town.

60km

This ride is for the more serious rider. The first section of the race follows the same route as the 35km. At the Bonnievale Cellar, the route turns right towards Stormsvlei and after a short distance left towards Swellendam crossing the Breede River at 45km before turning back to town. A picturesque route.

96km

Definitely a race for fitter and more serious cyclist. The first section of the race follows the same route as the other road races, but at the turn towards Stormsvlei and Swellendam, the cyclist follow the R317 towards Robertson. At the traffic circle, follow the road towards Ashton, the next turn is right onto the Arabella/Excelsior road. At the T-junction with the R317, turn left towards Bonnievale, and right at the R317 towards Stormsvlei and Swellendam. From there the cyclists follow the 60km route.

Erika
Cell: 081 302 7338

MTB

31km MTB

This route has been planned for mountain bikers of average fitness and covers a distance of just over 31km.

The ride begins at the Church hall where you obtain your entry form also. It is a one way route that take you through the diversity of our agricultural environment. You will ride along our famous Breede River and also through some of our wine farms in the valley. The route will take you out of town where a few hills will test your strenth, but the views alongs the route and smell of our renosterveld and fynbos will help you back to a stunning ride to the finish. There will be water points along the route but make sure you have enough water for the November heat. Make sure that your tyres are filled with sludge and where possible bring a spare tube.

50km MTB

This route is for the fitter mountain bike rider. You will start at the same venue as the shorter route and will follow the route after which you will turn off onto the longer route. The technical part of the route is moderate which will also be the same for the hills on this route. The larger part of the route is in our renosterveld farm land, where you will be riding a single track route, have a few hills to content with and also have to handle your bike on a few loose gravel areas. There is also parts of the route where you can sit back, or paddle hard and enjoy our scenery of river, wine farms and the Langeberg Mountain range. You will need to have done a few 50km rides prior to the Bonanza route. Water points will help you get refreshed and make sure you have sludge and a spare tube.

For enquiries please contact:
Erika
Cell: 081 302 7338