MTB Trail in Natal Midlands
Gwahumbe Game & Spa MTB Trail
Closest Town : Mid Illovo
Distance: 18km Easy to intermediate
The 18km fully marked mountain-bike tril with superb singletrack forms part of the Mid-Illovo Husqvarna Classic race. Great cranking with a chance of spotting wildlife and an abundance of birdlife.
Cell: +27 (0)87 150 3475
Thala Private game reserve
Closest Town : Mid Illovo
Distance: Intermediate: 13 km loop with mostly single tracks and steep climbs. Advanced: 27 km loop with 600 meters of climbing, bridges, rolling drop-offs and more
RIDER’S RULES: Animals have right of way – in case of emergency get to cover or higher ground until the animal has moved away. Do not provoke the animals. All cyclists MUST wear helmets and must ride in a group of 3 or more. Indemnities are to be signed at start AND finish so that staff are aware of who is out on the track. Minors must be signed in by a guardian
Tel: 031 781000
Web page : www.tala.co.za
Sani Spoors MTB Trails
Closest Town : Underberg
Distance : 3 to 13km Easy, moderate, difficult to extreme
The 3.3km Intshitshi Spoor (Yellow) is an easy cruise along the banks of the Umzimkulu River, perfect for novices and children. There are several wooden stiles over farm fences along the way, but enough speed and momentum will get you safely across these (walk them until you’ve gained the necessary confidence). The 7km Umzimkulu Run (Blue) splits from the Intshitshi Spoor at a dangerous bridge to add in an extra bit of flat riverside riding as well as a few fast downhills, then re-joins the Intshitshi Spoor.
The 19.2km Tsango Trail (Lime Green) also starts along the Umzimkulu Run before branching off and following the Umzimkulu River and its tributary the Umzimkulwana River. After crossing the tar road, the trail follows a higher contour with fast flowing and rocky single-track. The 21.6km Rinkhals Road (Orange) continues along the tar road for 1.5km from the Tsango split, before entering a wattle single-track section, emerging onto fantastic cliff-top trails with some fun-filled downhill single-track. It joins onto the Tsango trail at the Umzimkulwana Bridge.
The 9.4km Milk Run (Green) is your access route to single-track heaven. Long climbs, some nice pine plantation single-track and incredible berg views are on the menu. Once at the top, either hit Jackall Joll or crank back along the Milk Run to the start point. This is the only section of the trail where you risk encountering oncoming traffic. Remember, ascending cyclists have right of way, so please be cautious and courteous.
Once it splits up with the Milk Run, the 13km Jackall Joll (Red) will throw more climbing your way, but it is all worth it. Forestry roads take you to the highest point on the property, from where a number of technical and rocky descents with fantastic downhill switchbacks will seduce the Gravity crowd with adrenaline hit after hit.
Tel : Derek Christie +27 (0)82 318 9995 / Ed Smith : +27 (0)82 299 5234
Kamberg Nature Reserve MTB Route
Closest Town: Mooi River
Distance: 13 km Intermediate
One thing is for sure; you won’t get lost on your Kamberg crank. It is most probably one of the easier MTB routes to navigate, so don’t stress about packing a GPS or a compass. Kick off from the Kamberg Camp Site, rolling downhill from the cottages along a cement dual-track descending towards the trout dams (900 metres).
Tel: + 27 (0)33 845 1000
Mtb Races: sani2c www.sani2c.co.za