The Best MTB Trails across SA

2014-10-06 15:33
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Cape Town - Do the words "off-road", "trail", "MTB" and "adventure" get your heart pumping? Yes? Then this is your to-do list for the following season. 

All across South Africa you'll find amazing off-road Mountain Biking Trails that will allow you to explore the country up close and personal. 

Whether you can ride your bike with no handle bars, or you're just starting to get the feel of it - there's certainly something for every kind of rider in SA. 

One day you might even be as good (and brave) as the guy in the video below maneuvering his way down a very vertical cliff in Austria!

Wilder Kaiser extreme from Big Col on Vimeo.


For now, however, it's best to start on home ground. Here are the best Mountain Biking Trails in each province of South Africa: 


The Eastern Cape's Grueling yet Rewarding Baviaanskloof MTB Trail


Distance: 180km 
Level: Advanced 
Location: In the Baviaansberge accessible through the R332 from Willowmore 
Time: 24 hours
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The Leisurely Bushmanskloof MTB Route in the Western Cape Cederberg Mountains 

Distance: 18km 
Level: Moderate 
Location: About 3 hours' drive from Cape Town. 
Time: 1 and a half hours 
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The Northern Cape's Family-friendly Khamkiri MTB Trail 

Distance: Various options available between 10km and 90km
Level: Moderate
Location: Take the Riemvasmaak Road outside Kakamas for about 25km
Time: From 2 hours to 12 hours 
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KZN's Scenic Drakensberg Sani Pass Classic MTB Trail 
Distance: 80km
Level: Moderate
Location: 19km from Underberg
Time: 6 Hours
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The Free State's Technical & Timely Camelroc MTB trail 

Distance: Various distances between 10km and 30km 
Level: Extreme
Location: 9km before the Border Post to Lesotho from Fouriesburg's side
Time: 4 to 5 hours
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North West's Versatile 'Best of Everything' Van Gaalens MTB Trail
Distance: 120km 
Level: Advanced 
Location: The Van Gaalens Cheese Farm on the R512
Time: Anything from 6 hours to 24 hours
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Gauteng's City Centre Easy Going Botanical Garden Trail 

Distance: 40km 
Level: Easy
Location: The Braamfontein Spruit in Emmarentia 
Time: From 1 hour to 6 hours
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Mpumalanga's Wet & Wild Crystal Springs MTB Trail

Distance: 150km
Level: Moderate
Location: The Crystal Springs Mountain Lodge 
Time: From 6 hours to 14 hours 
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Limpopo's easy going ThabaNkwe Lodge MTB Trail in Thabazimbi 

Distance: 9km
Level: Beginner 
Location: 500m form the ThabaNkwe Lodge's gate
Time: 2 hours
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