Cape Town - RockyFest is a three-day mountain bike experience in the Maluti Mountains at Afriski - a mountain resort in Lesotho.
Afriski Mountain Resort in the northern Lesotho highlands in conjunction with Rocky Mountain will be holding their third Rocky Mountain Festival in March 2017.
The exhilarating, freshly-cut section runs next to the ridge of the mountains close to the Afriski resort with the river far below and the vast range of mountains in the background. This is mountain biking at its most beautiful.
From the Sky Restaurant, the ski slopes and the newly-created down hill tracks are clearly visible. Adrenalin junkies can take the ski lifts to the start of the downhill tracks and entertain those watching at the Sky Restaurant with their antics.
Spectacular days of mountain biking always ends with riders swapping war stories (some of them true) around a spit braai.
To add to the mountain adventure, Afriski also offers activities such as abseiling, monster rollers, fly fishing, paintball, quad biking for kids, kids adventure land and more.
What is certain is that the 2017 edition of the Afriski’sRockyFest will provide thrills and spills...and plenty of the best single track and stunning scenery to talk about.
Here are the most frequently asked questions about RockyFest, with answers:
Isn’t RockyFest a gravity riding festival?
Nope. While it does cater for the gravity riding guys and girls, the majority of RockyFest attendees are marathon riders or those that enjoy riding trails for fun.
How long does it take to get there?
From Johannesburg or Pretoria, five hours of driving and about six hours from Durban via the beautiful town of Clarens. Obviously, Cape Town folks will need to either prepare for a very long drive or arrange to fly into Joburg and Durban and then drive to Afriski.
What is the accommodation like?
It’s very comfortable lodge and chalet style accommodation.
Is it a self-catering event?
No, all the main meals are included in the package. We recommend taking a coolerbox with fruit and snacks though, especially for the Friday outride as the start is not at Afriski but lower down in the valley. There isn’t a local SPAR nearby…
Do I need a passport?
Yes you do. Everyone travelling with you across the border needs a passport. If you’re travelling with children, you need the relevant documentation to confirm they’re actually yours i.e. unabridged birth certificate (and an affidavit if travelling with only one parent).
What is the weather like?
It’s basically the end of summer, but at over 3000 metres above sea level (glaciers in the Alps are that high), it gets chilly, so pack warm stuff.
Is it hard to breathe at that altitude?
No, but because the air is thin, you do find yourself having to adjust your breathing a bit.
How fit must I be?
You need to be moderately fit to enjoy the various riding opportunities. The Escarpment Ride on Saturday morning is recommended for well conditioned riders though. The moderately fit can enjoy the ski lift and slope riding trails instead.
Is it only gravity lines down the mountain that can be ridden at RockyFest?
No, on the Friday we do a lowlands ride, which is an incredible experience that includes a great deal of singletrack with a long section along the Khukhune River basin.
On Saturday, there’s an option of a longer outride to the escarpment with views of the Eastern Freestate and Qwaqwa from the top of the Maluti Drakensberg Mountains.
On the Saturday and Sunday you get to ride a number of trails around Afriski itself and have the option of taking the T-bar lift to get you to the summit where you can choose your trail back to the resort, with all levels of skill catered for.
The packages range from R1430–R2210 per person and R1430–R2050 per person sharing, which includes two nights accommodation and all meals from Friday night dinner to Sunday morning breakfast as well as access to ski lift and all mountain biking activities.
For full details and to book, visit Afriski.
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