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Drakensberg Mountain Bike Trails – Experienced MTB Riders

Drakensberg Mountain Bike Trails – Experienced MTB Riders

One or two day mountain biking trails in the Northern Drakensberg. Northern Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal
Call us anytime Drakensberg MTB Trails / All Out Adventures 036 438 6242
info@alloutadventures.co.za
Specification
Core Activity:Mountain Biking Type:Self-drive Duration:1 - 2 days Budget:R70-R180 per person (R70 for a day pass and R180 is valid for the guests whole stay) When to Go:Open year round. Early Morning rides in summer are preferable due to afternoon thunderstorms. Itinerary Rating:Riders to be experienced mountain bike riders. Other:Guests must bring their own bikes. Trail pass is required for access to trails. A trail pass includes map with 100km of mapped trail. Passes available at All Out Adventures or participating resorts. Coffee shop at All Out Adventures. Other Activities:Adventure Centre at All Out Adventures Points Of Interest:Besides MTB trails, All Out Adventures offers awesome adventure activities for all ages: quad tours, cable tour, paintball and adventure rides can keep non-mountain biking members of the family entertained while riders enjoy the trails. www.alloutadventures.co.za/adventure-activities Accommodation with direct access to MTB Trails: Montusi Mountian Lodge – 4 star upmarket lodge www.montusi.co.za. The Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa – 3 star award winning family resort www.cavern.co.za. Three Cities Alpine Heath – 4 star resort www.alpineheath.co.za. Hlalanathi Berg Resort – Camping and self catering resort www.hlalanathi.co.za. The Ledges Guest Farm – affordable accommodation and Ouma’s home cooking www.theledges.co.za. Tower of Pizza B&B – Well-appointed B&B suites and the tastiest Pizza in the country www.towerofpizza.co.za. Orion Mont Aux Sources – Hotel offering standard, deluxe and honeymoon suites www.oriongroup.co.za. Berghouse & Cottages – Self catering or B&B accommodation with panoramic views of the Northern Drakensberg www.berghouse.co.za.

One or two day mountain biking trails in the Northern Drakensberg. Over 100km of mountain biking trail to explore, experienced rider can enjoy 30km on day 1 and 25km trail on day 2.

Day 1: Berghouse Trail and Wanhoop – 30km.

This trail leaves the Adventure Centre on the scenic intermediate Gorge Trail and takes in lovely views of the Montusi Waterfall and Petrified Forest.  The Rocky Pass descent and Waterfall Challenge make for some interesting riding before the fast flat Canal Trail past the Tower of Pizza and along Steyn’s Lane.  The short stretch of tar to cross the Tugela River is followed by a proper climb up to the Berghouse.  From there the trail takes a scenic meander along the escarpment, before making a steep descent into the Wanhoop Valley.

After the tricky river crossing a scenic riverside meander enables you to recover before the demanding climb out of the Wanhoop Valley.  The trail then passes the entrance to Montusi Lodge (where you are welcome to stop and purchase drinks!) and then makes a steep descent down Forbidden Pass, to the trail that returns to All Out Adventures. There you can enjoy a well-deserved cappuccino and a home-made scone.

Day 2: Grotto Trail and Trilby Return – 25km.

The trail starts off gently on the Gypsy’s Bend and Acacia trails so you have enough time to get warmed up before hitting the bridges on the Ledges Trail, and the gruelling climb that starts the Grotto Trail, from the Cavern’s Stables Dam to Cowslip Falls.  The Cavern’s shop is a welcome stop on the climb to refill water bottles and dwindling sweetie supplies! From Cowslip Falls you will ride one of the most beautiful trails in the country, through the Protea trees along the edge of Surprise Ridge to the top of Fan Falls.  The sheer drops, mountain views and flowing trails make this a spectacular bit of riding.  Exercise caution though, there are consequences if you get it wrong up here!  The Grotto Trail connects up with the Trilby Trail, which climbs over the ridge on beautiful single track, offering stunning views of the Drakensberg’s Amphitheatre.  The fast descent to Orion Mont Aux Sources Hotel makes all the climbing worthwhile.  The trail then follows Thabani’s Traverse until a short section of tar down to the Tugela River. Save a bit for the short steep “Tugela Traction” climb out of the river valley.  Another short stretch on the tar takes riders to the Hlalanathi Trails, which connects up to All Out Adventures.

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