MTB Trails in Drakensberg
Mountain Slendour MTB Trails
Closest Town: Winterton
Distance: 5km 10km Easty to difficult
An easy 5km trail and a more technical 10km intermediate trail around the property can be extended by cranking off into nearby plantations (here you’ll find even more single-track and a good few challenging hills to boot). A permit to access the plantations can be obtained from reception, while a cool kiddies track with fun obstacles will keep the young ones occupied.
Tel: +27 (0)36 468 1172
Vulintaba Country Estate MTB Trail
Closest Town: Newcastle
Distance: 10, 12 and 14km Intermediate to difficult
The Green Route explores the valley below the golf course on wide trails along the stream’s edge, while the Blue Route is mostly contouring single-track. Commit to a steep switchback climb half way up the escarpment before the route levels out to contour back to a stand of gum trees. This is where the Black Route splits off, climbing even higher, while the Blue Route descends on single-track and jeep track back to the centre.
The Black Trail continues along challenging single-track up to the old hiking path, which then joins up with Donkey’s Pass to take you down a level. From here, you will branch off onto a final 3km of serious downhill single-track, passing under a waterfall before returning to the centre.
Tel: 072 629 6581
All Out Adventures
Closest Town: Bergville
Distance: Self Determined Easy to Extreme
Gypsies Bend (15km- Green, easy) – wide, groomed single track with moderate grades through veld, feating easy stream crossings, acacia trees and great view of the Little Berg.
Montusi Gorge (25km – Blue, moderate) – wide bermed quad tracks with switch backs, stream crossings, the Montusi Waterfall Cave and beautiful views of the Amphitheater.
Grotto Trail (22km – Red, most difficult) – groomed single track with difficult grades, long steep climbs, exposed traverses, long narrow bridges, elevated fast peddling plateaus, long flowing downhills with big berms and sheer sand stone rock features.
Nook Road (36km – Black, most difficult) – varied terrain with most difficult grades along groomed single track, jeep track and concrete strips. Be prepared for proper climbing (one 7km stretch), long downhills and breath taking scenery with spectacular stone cliffs and the 5km Enduro descent of Nook Road.
Berghouse Trail (40km – Purple, most difficult) – groomed single track and difficult grades. Separate tracks up the east end of the valley include long steep climbs, exposed traverses, multiple switch backs and long technical downhills with spectacular views of the Amphitheater and a chance of sighting game.
Tel: +27 36 438 6242
Cathedral Peak MTB Trails
Closest Town: Bergville
Distance: 20 km Moderate to difficult
Mountains beckon all round, with options such as Mike’s Pass (600m ascent in 1st 11km) with a 16km add-on loop at the top between 1700m and 2000m ASL. (Total ascent 915m.) and the legendary climb to Sani Top on the cards. If, however, you’re in the mood for a somewhat milder ride, opt for a gentle crank through the plantations surrounding the Cathedral Peak Hotel.
There is also 20km technical ride along the golf course loop.
Tel: +27 36 488 1888
Little Switzerland Resort MTB Trail
Closest Town: Harrismith
Distance: 22km Difficult
Tel: + 27 (0)36 438 2500
Nice MTB Race: Bergandbush www.bergandbush.co.za