This 45km self-guided circular route consists of jeep tracks, dirt roads and concrete section with the start point located at Platberg Backpackers.
The grading is difficult to extreme with the route forming part of the Dirty Harry MTB Classic.
Karkloof Mountain Bike Trails is just over an hour away from Durban and a few kilometres off the N3.
The trails are accessible year-round to recreational cyclists who can choose from 10km, 20km, 30km and cross country routes.
The trail park offers safe parking, hot showers and a place to wash your bike.
A day indemnity form must be completed and a fee of R30 paid at the Karkloof Country Club. Alternatively, annual membership fees are R450 for adults and R350 for under 18s
The Vlei Park MTB Trail is situated in Rietvlei and boasts an array of trails suitable to all levels of riding expertise.
You will find colour coded trails from the 4km Yellow trail for beginners, an 11km circular Jeep/Single/Forest track all amalgamated for the more intermediate riders and lastly, the blue and black trails which are for the more advanced riders.
The venue also has a day picnic facility and caters for various functions from birthdays to team-buildings.
A single ride entry is R25, Multi entry (10) is R150 and Annual Loyalty Membership is R960.
Tranquilitas features a number of single track MTB trails that will accommodate the skill set of any rider.
The trails have been designed to be fast, flowing and include views of various landmarks and historical sites in the area.
The climbs on the route are designed to be smooth and follow the contours of the landscape resulting in quick elevation gain.
The Lebanon Mountain Bike Trails based in Cape Town, offer a great feature mix and are suitable for mountain bikers of any experience level.
There are four routes to choose from,the 7.3km Yellow Trail, the 10.1km Green Trail, the 17.1km Blue Trail and the 23.6km Red Trail.
The trails are open from 7am to 7pm, with permits essential and available for R25 per rider.
There are also shower and braai facilities available to cyclists.
The Giba Gorge MTB Park situated in Westmead KZN has over 30km of main trails which link up with another 10km of alternative routes.
There are 5 main trails, the Blue Route which is 16.3km, the 10.7km Green Route, the 4.6km Purple Route, the 1km Enduro Trail and the 1km Downhill Trail.
All of the trails (except the purple route) offer technical aspects with rocks, roots, drops and tight switch backs.
Other family offerings available at the Giba Gorge MTB Park is the Giba Café, picnic spots, BMX track and trails for runners.
In the forest at the foot of the Outenqiua mountains is where you’ll find the Farleigh Mountain Bike trails.
There are three circular route options to choose from, the 7.5km Green Route which is quite easy, the 20.1 Yellow Route which is more of a moderate ride and the 25.3km Blue route, also a moderate ride.
Permits are essential and can be obtained at the Farleigh Office, Thesen Island Office and Goudveld entrance gate for R35 per adult and R18 per child under 13.
Located in the heart of Gauteng is the PwC Bike Park, one of the first international standard cycle parks in Gauteng.
There is something for the whole family from a tarred kids track for the littlies, junior mountain bike trail, pump track or multi tiered BMX track to four main trails for the older riders.
The Green Circle track is easy flowing, incorporating both single and jeep track and is perfect for new riders, the Blue Square track is faster and is more suited towards the intermediate rider with technical sections, the Black Diamond track is fast and challenging – perfect for the more experienced rider and the Double Black Diamond Track is laden with fast, dangerous single track suitable for the expert or professional cycling category.
The park has a number of Mountain Bikes, BMX’s and Kids Straddle Bikes available for hire, picnic spots and braai facilities on site, running trails as well as a jungle gym and jumping castle also available for the kids.
Fees are R20 for riders under five, R50 for riders under 12, R60 for riders under 18 and R75 for adult riders.
The park is open from Monday to Sunday, 6am to 6pm.
Sani Spoors, located in Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal, is home to a bunch of farmers who are passionate about mountain biking and came together to create a system of trails on the working farms, which catered for all skill levels known today as Sani Spoors.
Sani Spoors have seven tracks that visitors can challenge themselves on, the 17km Rainbow/Khotos Clamber which has minimal climbing but a few technical sections, the 7km Mzimkulu Run which has no ascent and is a flat and gentle ride, the 10km Milk Run which is made up of mostly pine forest and single track with a couple of climbs and rocky sections, the 17km Jackal Jol which has been compared to the Milk Run but has a few more climbs, the 3.3km Intshitshi Spoor which is a flat and gentle ride along the river, the 17km Heaven and Hell trail which boasts some of the most spectacular views with a few testing climbs and exhilarating downhill forest single track and lastly the gruelling 32km Ekhutuleni Elevation which is the most technical and exhilarating of all the trails.
All of the trails start at the Olde Duck restaurant on the Drakensberg Garden Road with a strict no helmet no ride policy.
Visitors can also opt to take on a trail running route, try the fine food and beverages on sale at the Olde Duck Restaurant while the kids feed the animals in the animal farm or try their hand at the specially created kiddies track.
All visitors need to fill in the required indemnity forms and pay the relevant fees at the Vanilla Rose gift shop which is on the same premises as Sani Spoors and the Olde Duck.
Daily fees are R45 per person, R135 per week or R450 for Annual Subs.
The Jonkershoek/ Assegaaibosch Reserve MTB Trails are located on the slopes of the Jokershoek Mountains and consist of commercial forest plantations.
The plantations are regularly harvested, ensuring the trails are always changing, disappearing or being rebuilt.
There are two main trails – 15km and 30km, available to choose from and both start at the entrance gate.
The trails have an intermediate to technical grading.
The Swartberg pass & Die Hel is a 57km one way MTB challenge near Prince Albert in the Western Cape.
This route is famous for being included in the 122km “To Hell and Back” MTB challenge and is for the Intermediate to Extreme rider.
Open to the public for more than thirty seven years, the privately owned Mountain Sanctuary Park is nestled in the Magaliesberg Mountains.
There is a 12km bike trails for MTB enthusiasts to tackle, with this specific trail forming part of the Magalies Monster race and is not for the faint hearted.
Cyclists can also take advantage of some of the other dirt roads with terrain ranging from easy like the Barnardsvlei Road to seriously physical such as the Breed’s Neck Mountain Pass
Other attractions include a braai and picnic facility as well as nature walks and walking trails.
Day visitors are welcome but bookings are essential as there are a limited number of guests allowed in the park daily.
Day visitors entry fee: Per person – R100; Children under 12 – R60
For those riders looking to take advantage of some moderate, well worn singletrack just 13km’s from Berea, then be sure to check out the Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve.
Along your ride you may also come across zebra, bushbuck, impala and plenty of other wildlife found in the nature reserve.
With the trail route starting near the parking area, cyclists can look forward to a 10 km circuit that drops off and winds through a riverbed.
There is a gate fee payable on entrance with the gates opening at 6am and closing at 6pm.
Situated between Knysna and Plett you’ll find Harkerville forest.
There are four circular routes available which are perfect for some recreational mountain biking, the 14km Yellow Route featuring gravelled service roads, the 12 km Blue Route featuring forest slip paths and single track, the 15km Green Route and the 24km Red Route.
All four routes start and finish at the Garden of Eden and permits are required which are obtainable from the Garden of Eden Kiosk or Kranshoek Road Gate.
Situated in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands, nestled between and abundance of bird life and wildlife is where you’ll find the St Ives MTB Park and Trails.
The trail network, designed by Big Wheel Cycles have been mapped to be fun, flowing and perfect for all cyclists from beginners wanting to learn all about MTB to the more experienced riders seeking training and skills development.
The trails are graded by colour with the green trails classified as easy, blue trails suited for the more intermediate rider and the red and black trails for the experienced rider.
There are four trail routes to choose from, the 6.3km XCO Trail route which is green graded, the 1.2km Tom and Jerrys Canyon route graded as a blue trail, the 600m Speedway route which is also graded as blue and the 1.3km D/H & Pop Rock graded as red and black.
All riders cycling on the red and black routes are required to wear a full face helmet and all other cyclists are kept to the standard no helmet no ride policy.
The Bike Park and trails are open on Monday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm with cyclists registering at the hotel reception and bikes available for hire for guests.
Visitors can also try their hand at the Trout and Bass filled dam free to hotel guests and a charge of R100 per person for day guests, the hiking trails in the area and food and drinks available at either the hotel or for purchase to enjoy at the onsite picnic and braai areas.
Thaba Trails is located in Rietvlei 101-lr, Johannesburg, in the Gauteng province.
On offer is a technical and challenging 30km ride with adrenaline-pumping downhills on single track.
There is also a Yellow route which has a distance of 14km and is not as technical. It is an endurance ride on jeep track.
The office is open on Saturdays and Sundays and routes can be ridden from 6.30am until 5pm every day in the week.
There is an annual membership option available for R450. For entrance fee riders can phone the office.
This dirt road MTB trail which is the only road between Rustenburg and Hartbeespoort, is set in the magificent Magaliesberg countryside.
Cyclists can take advantage of a 50km plus distance ride starting from the Hekpoort Petrol Station or tryout the 10km trail from Sugarbush Hill Cottages.
The grading is intermediate to difficult, with riders choosing to use this route in training for the cycling events like the Magalies Monster – you can also pre plan your ride options by referring to the Automobile Association’s Magaliesberg Map.
Other attractions include Sugarbush Hill hiking trails and a multitude of restaurants and shops to browse through and relax in.
The Norm-Hudlin trails are situated in Kragga Kamma, Port Elizabeth.
There are 3 route options to choose from, the 30km which is suitable for all skill levels, 15km or 10km.
The terrain is Singletrack, sandy patches.
Entry is R10 during the week and R20 on weekends.
Situated perfectly between Centurion and Johannesburg, Northern Farm is a mountain bikers dream location, with varying terrain suitable for all fitness levels and for the whole family based in a safe environment.
The MTB Routes have been established on an actual working farm that spans more than 2500 hectares, with animals and farm vehicles having the right of way.
Cyclists have four main routes to choose from here, the 12km Green Route which is classified as relatively easy over farm roads, the 22km Blue Route which has a nice mix of farm roads, single track and easy obstacles for the beginner rider, the 34km Red Route which is suited to the intermediate rider and has a mix of single track and obstacles and the 62km Black Route which has a few technical sections and obstacles laden on single track, suitable for the intermediate rider.
The kiddies also have their own 8km Pink Route which is set on farm roads with all routes clearly marked.
On completion of your ride, you can take advantage of the onsite coffee shop while you have your bike washed or try to identify some of the 270 recorded bird species found in the Diepsloot Nature Reserve.
The farm is open on weekends and public holidays from 6:30am to 5:30pm from May to August and 6am to 6pm from September to April.
Cyclists are required to purchase entry tickets on arrival to the farm at R40 per person.
The J-bay bike park just outside of Jeffrey’s Bay caters for all level of riders.
There are six various routes to choose from, Route 1 is 1.5km, Route 2 is 4.9km, Route 3 is 8km, Route 4 is 8km, Route 5 is 1.2km and Route 6 is 2.8km.
Entrance is R40 per person and kids under 12 are free, open seven days a week, except during wet weather.
Other activities also include trails, jungle gyms and trampolines.