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There are many mountain bike trails in South Africa but they are not always easy to find. New comers to the sport often ask where can I find the best MTB trail to ride? Well luckily we live in South Africa which is a great place to get out on your bike and has no shortage of trails to ride. Most if not all of the riding destinations are natural as opposed to main made trails which are constructed from artificial materials. Mountain biking in Cape Town is one of the favourite destinations with the slopes of Table Mountain providing the ideal backdrop. But there are many other destinations with great mountain ranges  like Knysna on the garden route, Drakensberg in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Sabie in Mpumalanga and the Magaliesberg in Gauteng. The routes and trails are usually made up of dirt roads, jeep tracks, singletrack foot paths and hiking trails. There are not many purpose build and dedicated bike trails, most are dual purpose.

Most of the mountain bikers live in Gauteng so most of the riding happens in this general area. A maze of footpaths and open veld mean that there is no shortage of singletrack. In South Africa land access is also an issue as with the rest of the world, many routes are on private land and require owner permission for access. In the urban areas encroaching development and personal safety can limit riding possibilities. The most established formal venue in the country has been Dirtopia Trail Lodge outside Stellenbosch and then there was Clearwater trails in southern KZN. A recent phenomenon is the creation of mountain bike parks in South Africa. This is an international trend that has proved very successful in providing dedicated maintained mountain biking trails that are safe and easily accessible.  The first of these parks in SA was Logwood bike park in Muldersdrift Gauteng, and then there is Giba Gorge MTB Park in Kwa-Zulu Natal South Africa. The Toyota MTN Cycle park is the latest secure riding area to open in Gauteng.

The best way to find mtb routes is to hook up with some riders in the area because  local knowledge is the key to find out where to ride. You can join or contact the local club or the local bike shop to find out about regular rides, this is also a good way to find new routes in your own area. There are also some great resources on the internet with lists of trails to ride as well as books like Mountain Biking Trails of South Africa and Best Mountain Bike Rides in South Africa. Taking part in a mountain bike race or event is also a great way to ride some new and often inaccessible routes in remote areas. Another way to experience some new tracks is to go on a tour or holiday, there is a growing number of operators in South Africa offering some unique riding opportunities. 

MTB Routes | Gauteng | Western Cape | Kwa-Zulu Natal | Mpumalanga | Eastern Cape | Freestate

 

Mountain Bike Trail Reviews
Gauteng

Groenkloof, Voortrelkker Monument and Klapperkop
Logwood Bike Haven

 
Western Cape

Dirtopia trail Centre - Delvera
Eselfontein Singletrack
Contermanskloof MTB Trail Review

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Giba Gorge
Clear Water Trails

MTB Routes - National
MTB Routes
More than 250 trails and counting. This is an up-to-date and constantly evolving web site in South Africa dedicated to mountain biking trails and related riding information!

Mountain Bike Trails in South Africa
Comprehensive listing of mountain biking trails in Southern Africa, listed by town

Bike Parks
BIKEPARKS is offering mountain bikers a review on bike parks and riding destinations around South Africa. By visiting these destinations, anonymously, riding the trails and then posting their balanced score card and written review on  website.

Gauteng

Cycle Park in Bryanston
Situated on the north western side of Johannesburg near Bryanston this is a new secure mountain bike park in Gauteng. They offer custom built single track for mountain bikes suited for ALL ages and ALL skill levels. All routes are graded, clearly signposted and include, beginner, intermediate and advanced circuits.

Central Park Trails
Located in the Modderfontein area in Johannesburg these trails offer fun non technical riding with mix of jeep track and singletrack. The trails are open on weekends and offer a 17km green route and 35km yellow route.


Kingskloof MTB Trail
Kings kloof MTB trail is situated in the Krugersdorp area. There are 3 marked MTB trails, black, yellow and red with distances varying between 17 and 22.5km. You can expect great views, heart pounding climbs, exhilarating downhills and tranquil river crossings.

Rietvlei Farm Trails
Situated in the south of Johannesburg this trail network hasMTB trails for all levels of riders with the goal of making 80% of trails rideable by 80% of the cyclists. There is a 4km yellow toute, 11km green and 18km blue route with plenty challenging singletrack riding.

Northern Farms
Northern Farm, situated west of Fourways next to the R28, is a multi-user recreational facility is used by Horses, Birders and Hikers and Adventure outings. The Northern Farm MTB Trail Head does offer a selection of rides. The trials are specially designed for different riding experiences, duration and difficulties. Two trails are already permanently marked to prevent you from getting lost, and there are more to follow.

Mountain Bike Trails in Pretoria
The Groenkloof Nature Reserve in Tshwane has approximately 20km of market mountain bike trails with some great technical climbs and descents. The reserve has great vegetation and a good selection of game. Also check out the Voortrekker Monument and Klapperkop trails close by.

Thaba Trails
This trail centre is situated in Mulbarton in south of Johannesburg on 450 hectares of a nature reserve. They boast JOHANNESBURG'S TOUGHEST MTB TRAIL with extremely exciting downhills on single track. Other routes include 6 and 15km non technical yellow routes and an intermediate green route. The Thaba Trails office on site is open on Saturdays & Sundays and night riding is available some week nights.

Western Cape

Dirtopia Trail Centre
The Delvera mountain bike trails are situated midway between Stellenbosch and Klapmuts. The Porcupine Trail offers trail riders over 5km of challenging singletrack trails, and the total route is roughly 15km long. There is also a more sedate Farm Trail which is 7,75km and perfect for beginners.

Dirtopia trail Centre - Delvera

Mountain Biking Cape Town, Table Mountain
Some useful information on mountain biking in cape town and on Table Mountain. Including info on Deer park, Silvermine and Tokai.

Eselfontein MTB Track  
The Alexander Forbes MTB trail in the Ceres area is up to date the top MTB trial because of its design, amount of single tracks and year round marketing. The track is about 48 km and calls for a high level of fitness and handling skills. Shorter trials are also available.

Eselfontein.com

Montagu Mountain Bike Trails
Montagu offers the avid mountain biker a huge range of trailing options with guided mountain bike adventures in foothills of the Langeberg mountains. 

Tygerberg MTB Trails
In early 2008 The Tygerberg MTB Club was invited to give a presentation to the Tygerberg Renosterveld Conservancy on the topic of building mtb trails to raise funds for Renosterveld conservation. Since then the network of trails has continued to grow.
Contermanskloof trail review

Harkerville Cycling Routes
Situated between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, Harkerville forest is the ideal location for recreational mountain-biking. The relatively easy gradients and diversity of the rides offer some of the finest cycling in the Southern Cape.

Lebanon MTB Trails
Lebanon MTB trails are situated in the Eglin valley. They consist of 4 marked trails offering a unique riding experience that combines rolling orchards, forested pine slopes, mountain fynbos, rock gardens and breathtaking views.

MTO Ecotourism mountain bike trails in SAFCOL forests
Riding options in the SAFCOL forests in the Western Cape, Jonkershoek, La Motte, Kluitjieskraal, Grabouw, Jonkersberg, Homtini, Lottering, Blueliliesbush, Witelsbos and Longmore

Knysna mountain biking trails
Trails in the Knysna and Garden Route area suggested by the Knysna cycle works, Harkerville, Homtini, Diepwalle, Poison spider, Oyster route

PaarlMTB Routes
Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve is a striking landscape dominated by the three enormous 500 million year old granite rock triplets, Paarl, Bretagne and Gordon. A diversity of indigenous vegetation and a gradient ideal for a day of leisurely recreational riding and not so leisurely for the more adventurous.

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Clearwater Trails
Enjoy some of the best terrain over farm roads, single tracks and down hills with panoramic views of the coast, gorge and grasslands. Our all-round service will make your MTB experience an unforgettable one!
Clearwater mountain bike trails review

Holla Trails
Holla Trails are a system of marked mountain biking trails among the farms in the Ballito area. The trail system already consists of nearly 300kms of marked and signed trails. The MTB trails are not just for experienced riders, there is plenty of track for the newer riders and it will finally give many people who want to get into mountain biking a place to ride on the KZN north coast.

Karkloof MTB
Sappi’s vast plantations, coupled with the vision and dedication of passionate local mountain biking enthusiasts the Mr Price Karkloof Classic has resulted in a world-class trail network which is now accessible year round to recreational riders. The Karkloof Mountain Biking Club have marked the XC, 6km, 7km and 40km and 60km single-track routes.

Giba Gorge
Nestled in Giba Gorge valley is Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park, a special place for those who enjoy an active and outdoor lifestyle. It is an escape from the rat race, a local spot to meet like-minded people and spend quality time with family and friends.
Giba Gorge Website

Sani Spoors
Sani Spoors teamed up with local dairy farmers to secure a lease on magnificent land in the Underberg area. It is very easily accessible to tourists and locals alike. MTB trails have names like Intshishi, Umzimkulu, Milk Run and Jackall Joll with distances varying between 3-13km.

Howick Mountain Bike Trails
Howick MTB Trails are in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands in South Africa. They offer technical single track with about 30km of tracks varying from gentle, tree and fern lined paths to attention getting sections with names like Suicide Slide, The Face, Rushalot and Pines.

Mpumalanga

Mountain Biking in Sabie Mpumalanga
Mountain Biking around Sabie - arguably the best mountain biking destination in South Africa - is the ideal springboard for both novice and accomplished mountain bikers to practice this sport in a secure environment amidst breathtaking scenery. Sabie offer both the competitive and the casual mountain biker a wide range of expertly guided and well marked self-guided mountain bike trails.
Mankele Mountain Biking
In the heart of Mpumalanga, it is located in an indigenous forest near the Sudwala Caves. The property consists of sub tropical forest, open grasslands, mountains, valleys and river frontage. Mankele Mountain Biking is renowned for its sometimes technical, but always flowing, single track and big mountain trail riding.

Misty Valley MTB Park & Trail Centre
Mountain Bike Trails, guided rides and holidays through a pristine Game Estate in Mpumalanga which is 150km from the Kruger National Park, with spectacular scenery and awesome mtb trails.

Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape Mountain Biking
The Eastern Cape is a region rich in diversity! Not only in culture but also in mountain biking terrains. Test your technical riding skills in the forests around Stutterheim or Hogsback. Test your anaerobic endurance in the mountains around Rhodes. Rid yourself of any stress while you explore the wild coast on your mountain bike, or go for multi day rides through the Baviaans Kloof. You could even go on a mountain bike safari in one of the many game parks!
 

Freestate 

There are a great variety of mountain biking trails  found in the Vaal River valley, in the farmlands to the south of Parys, and along the heights of the Dome Bergland. There is something to suit every level of fitness and interest, from pure sport to archaeological explorations and historical battlefield routes. If you know of dedicated MTB trails in Freestate let us know.

 


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