Rider Academy

The Mountain Pastures Academy

  • FUEL is available in Avontuur, about 15 kilometres from the Reserve.
  • LATE ARRIVALS: Please call ahead if you’re going to arrive late – management tends to worry when participants don’t arrive on time.

Dave Hodgson +27(0)83 251 5293;

Jan du Toit +27(0)83 669 7283;

Deon Meyer +27(0)82 449 8081.

  • AVAILABILITY: To confirm availability, please contact the course administrator by

Email: sanvalley@uniondale.co.za or call +27(0)83 669 7283

  • HOW TO GET THERE: Ride to the village of Avontuur on the R62 (it’s about 12 km south of Uniondale). Now take the R62 east (towards P.E.) for 500 m and turn left onto the R339 (towards Uniondale). After 2.5 km, turn right to De Hoop. You’ll find the gate to Mountain Pastures on your right after about 10 km.


Courses at The Mountain Pastures Academy

  • Introductory Off-Road Course: a one-day course designed to help very inexperienced riders to find their feet and offered on the Friday preceding each Off-Road Intermediate Course.
  • Intermediate Off-road Course: a weekend-long course and the perfect follow-up to the Introductory Course.

For more information on this venue go to www.sanvalley.za.com

Off-road Training at The Mountain Pastures Academy

In conjunction with BMW, Schroeder Biking also offers an unforgettable experience at Mountain Pastures Game Reserve near Uniondale – an hour and a half from George. Here you can improve your skills and gain confidence in all aspects of off-road riding under the expert tutelage of Jan Du Toit.


The Mountain Pastures Academy is situated 20 km east of Uniondale in the Eastern Cape. It was developed for riders who want to hone their off-road skills and boasts a specialised oval track in addition to the usual training amenities. In addition to living up to BMW’s high standards, the farm offers ancient San Rock Art paintings, more than 4,000 plant species, more than 40 species of animals and 130 species of birds. You can catch a bass while being watched by an inquisitive Eland, Zebra or Springbok – or you can see our beautiful Blue Crane raising their young, while Black Eagles soar overhead. At night take a trip to see the majestic Buffalo, elusive Lynx or – if you’re really fortunate – the rarely-seen, phantom-like mountain Leopard.

Victoria Driving School

Our Rider Academy operates in conjunction with BMW South Africa and the Victoria Driving School in George – and it’s there to help you whether you want to get your licence or to improve your off-road riding skills.

Victoria Driving School will help you to learn the basic theory you need in order to pass the ‘K52 Test’ – and they’ll assist with test bookings and will offer guidance on how to pass your license first time.