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Mountain Biking Trails
The popular sport of Mountain Biking. Cyclists now have the opportunity to combine their cycling skills with a wilderness experience. A number of parks offer this activity which is designed to bring cyclists closer to nature than the more usual game drive experience.
The Kruger Park and KwaZulu Natal Parks offer excelent Mountain biking facilities.
Departure times for the Mountain Bike Trails must be confirmed with Olifants Camp reception as departing times and days vary depending on the season. Currently on offer is a Morning and Afternoon excursion that varies between 3 and 4 hours in time depending on the route taken. Full day trails, that takes about 7 hours, are also available.
No persons under the age of 16 years are permitted on the Mountain Bike Trails.
Hardekool Draai Trail (green rating)
The recommended trail for beginners and the not-so-experienced rider
The cycle distance of this trail is 21,4 kilometres
This is a long trail and a certain degree of fitness is necessary
Olifants / Letaba River Confluence Trail (black rating)
The trip is very strenuous taking into account the time frame
The cycle distance of this trial is 12,2 km
It is compulsory to be an experienced rider if you want to enjoy this trail to it’s full potential as loose rocks and branches necessitate concentration on riding conditions
A fair level of skill and fitness is required for this Border Trail that can be extended to the Gorge to make it a full day adventure. If the latter option is chosen, reservations for all 6 participants need to be made
Please note that full day trails is only suitable for very fit and experienced cyclists.
Cycling and more particularly mountain biking is a very popular sport in the province of KwaZulu-Natal and there are a number of KZN Wildlife protected areas that provide ideal cycling opportunities.
In the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park these are Cathedral Peak, Lotheni, and Sani Pass.
Situated in the northern Drakensberg mountains is Cathedral Peak Reserve.
Within the reserve, Mike's Pass will take you to the top of the Little Berg and awesome views of the main mountain range. Ride or drive up to the Arendsig carpark from where you can enjoy 35kms of mountain bike trails.
Distance: Up to 35km
Riding Surface: Gravel road and Management 4x4 tracks
Caution: If riding down Mike's Pass be extremely cautious as this road is used by vehicles and a speed limit of 40km/hr is set.
The beautiful Lotheni Valley and the Lotheni Nature Reserve lies in the Southern Drakensberg Mountains, and a simple mountain bike trail has been established in the reserve.
Approximately 14km long it goes past the historical Gelib Tree site and returns along the tarred road.
On a good warm day it's essential to stop for a swim at the magnificent Cool Pools.
Distance: approx 14km
Riding Surface: Single track and tar road
Caution: There is a steep downhill to a stream on this trail.
This is a dirt road mountain pass in the scenic Southern Drakensberg mountains, starting as a gradual incline and increasingly steep with hairpin bends and precipitous drops into the valley below.
The road is used by heavily loaded 4x4 vehicles so keep alert and ride safely.
Distance: from 5 to 100 km depending on stamina and fitness level