Northern Gauteng

 

Wolwespruit MTB and Trail Park

CLOSEST TOWN > Pretoria

TRAIL DESTINATION > Wolwespruit MTB and Trail Park

DISTANCE > 22km

GRADING > Moderate

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OVERVIEW

Wolwespruit is a mountain bike and trail run park located in Erasmuskloof, Pretoria. Named after the spruit that runs through it, the park's hand crafted single track trails provide a flowing and adrenaline filled adventure for beginner to advanced skilled riders and runners.

On your bike

The trails make full use of the park's topography and offers thrilling drops, jumps, river crossings and lots of uphill! It is a perfect place to practices skills and get fit at the same time. The park is fully fenced and provides a safe environment to enjoy the outdoors right in the heart of Pretoria east. At the moment the park has 22 km of single track with about 300m of climbing to be done, 8 km of running trails which can also be used for walking. Dogs on leashes are welcome to join runners and walkers.

Wolwespruit MTB park also has three new features; one of the largest pump tracks around, a skills clinic area and a jump line for those who need a double dose of adrenaline. All of them designed with the aim to increase rider skill level, confidence and provide hours of fun.

Off the bike

Trailwolf Cycles is the brand new local bike shop on the park. Owned and staffed by some of the best bike mechanics in the Capital, this shop offers a variety of bike products and services, from a masterful workshop to MTB skills clinics and coffee. The shop also stocks products from leading global and local brands like Yeti Cycles, Swift, Cotic and Pyga. Now your ride at the park is a one stop coffee, service and gear shop!

CONTACT:

Telephone: +27 (0)12 942 9509

Emergency No: +27 (0)61 085 8120

Website: www.wolwespruit.co.za

GPS: 25°48'35.3"S 28°15'47.9"E

 

FAST FACTS

GRADING:

Moderate

DURATION:

2-3 hours

CONFIGURATION :

Circular and out-and-back

START POINT:

Bike shop/restaurant

TERRAIN:

Hardpack trails, 95% singletrack

MAP:

On website

CELL RECEPTION:

Yes

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Fee payable - No helmet, no ride

FACILITIES:

Ablution block with showers, bike shop, restaurant

BEWARE OF:

Trail runners

 

HOW TO GET THERE

From the Ben Schoeman Highway, take the Delmas Road Turn off and drive southeast. Turn left onto Nossob Street, then left onto Jochemus Street 

BEST TIME OF YEAR

Year round destination

 

 

Ezemvelo Nature Reserve

CLOSEST TOWN > Bronkhorstspruit

TRAIL DESTINATION > Ezemvelo Nature Reserve

DISTANCE > Self determined

 

GRADING > Easy to Difficult

OVERVIEW

Ezemvelo Nature Reserve rates as one of the better-kept secrets in northern Gauteng, boasting some spectacular cliffs, amazing rock formations, ancient cave paintings, 33 mammal species and a bird count of 300. The 10,000ha reserve protects a mix of grassland, woodland and wetland biomes and is situated on the Bankenveld, only an hour from Pretoria and Johannesburg.

On your bike

Mountain bikers are welcome to explore all the gravel roads and tracks within the reseve. And with more than 80km of cranking, you can be sure there will be something for all levels of riders to enjoy. Many tracks meander through the veld, taking you through a few muddy patches, concrete drifts and low-water bridges over the Wilge River. The route winds through beautiful amber-coloured sandstone, with spectacular views across the dramatic gorge cut by the river course.

Off the bike

Follow one of the hiking trails (4-23km) and enjoy excellent bird-watching and game viewing; go on a horseback safari; or make use of the swimming pool or foefie slide at the dam, where fishing and canoeing are allowed.

CONTACT:

Website: www.ezemvelo.co.za

Telephone: +27 (0)13 680 1399

GPS: 25°42'30.0" South / 28°55'48.5" East

 

 

 

 

FAST FACTS

GRADING:

Easy to Dificult

DURATION:

Up to 6 hours

CONFIGURATION :

A network of dirt roads and trails

START POINT:

Ezemvelo Nature Reserve

TERRAIN:

Dirt roads, jeep track and game paths

MAP:

None available

CELL RECEPTION:

Intermittent

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Day visitor fee applicable

FACILITIES:

Ablutions, accommodation, camping, braai areas, picnic spots

BEWARE OF:

Snakes in summer; water crossings after heavy rains

 

HOW TO GET THERE

Head on the N4 towards eMalaheni (Witbank) and exit at Bronkhorstspruit. Follow the R25 north for 4.5km before turning right onto a dirt road at the brown Ezembelo sign Continue for 20km on this road to the Ezemvelo entrance.

BEST TIME OF YEAR

Year round

 

X-Trax Trails

CLOSEST TOWN > Pretoria

TRAIL DESTINATION > X-Trax bike park

DISTANCE2km loops

GRADING > Intermediate to Expert

X-Trax

OVERVIEW

X-trax mountain bike track is based 15 minutes from moreletapark on Garsfontein road in the Pretoria area.

On your bike

The park is on a small holding that consists of a 2km loop that has technical sections of varying difficulty depending on which coloured arrow you decide to follow. The aim is to improve your technical skilols rather than giving you an aerobic workout.

The Green loop is suitable for children of all ages, while the Yellow, Red and Black loops are reserved for experienced riders having dirt jumps, suspended bridges, drop-offs, gaps in suspended bridges, see-saw bridges and quick and fast ascents and descents. Spend an hour or two pushing your riding skills to the limit. 

Off the bike

Remember your picnic basket, braai goodies and drinks.

CONTACT:

Tel: +27 (0)72 225 8557

Tel: +27 (0)84 475 0152

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Website: www.x-trax.co.za

GPS: 25°55′04.6″ South / 028°25′02.5″ East

 

FAST FACTS

GRADING:

Intermediate to Expert

DURATION:

Depends on route chosen

CONFIGURATION :

15km of twisty, scenic track along a river & through dense old growth.

START POINT:

Park entrance

TERRAIN:

Rocky climbs, fast flat sections & sweeping turns!

MAP:

Available at Bike Park

CELL RECEPTION:

Good

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Entry fee payable

FACILITIES:

Cozy lapa and braai facilities available to the public

BEWARE OF:

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X-Trax_map

HOW TO GET THERE

See left for map to the Bike Park.

BEST TIME OF YEAR

All year round.

 

The Big Red Barn MTB Trails

CLOSEST TOWN > Irene, Centurion

TRAIL DESTINATIONSunlawns Estate

DISTANCE > from 5 - 27km

 

GRADING > Easy to Difficult

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BigRedBarn

The Barn is an antique hay barn which we salvaged and rebuilt on Sunlawns Estate, a 200 hectare just 15 minutes from Centurion. The Big Red Barn is next to a 20 acre Eucalyptus forest, and looks out over an expansive vista of fields, grasslands and the Kaal River. It is the perfect urban escape, with 25km of scenic MTB trails meandering through veld, farmlands, forest and beside the river.

On your bike  

We rely on your honesty.  Please purchase your tickets inside the barn BEFORE riding the trails.  All trails start and finish at the barn.

There are trails for the casual biker looking for an afternoon crank, but your more competitive rider will certainly find his or her technical fix, too. Trails are clearly marked and graded:

Green Circle - casual riders   Blue Square - intermediate riders  Black Diamond - advanced riders

●  ROUTE 1 : Blast off (27km) - includes the following trails: Green Circle, Blue Square and Diamond routes.  The total length of this route including all the Black Diamond options is just under 27km. An average to good mountain biker takes between 90 minutes to 2 hours to complete the entire route. 

♦  Black Diamond trails are off shoot trails and very technical, consisting of steep drop-offs, jumps, switchbacks, BMX ramps and berms.  They all link back onto the blue or green trail so you can always meet up with members of your group who do not want to attempt the Black Diamond.

WARNING : The Black Diamond trails are a challenge and should only be attempted by experienced mountain bikers.  There are chicken runs for those who have a change of heart.

ROUTE 2 : Easy Rider (16km) -  This is a combination of easy blue and green trails and is around 16km of easy riding.  Suitable for beginners who want to push their limits a little.

●  ROUTE 3 : Halleluja Experience (12km) (suitable for trail running) - Fast, free-flowing ride through the shady forest, approximately 12km long.

ROUTE 4 - Out of commission.    Heavy rain has washed away Innocents Bridge and parts of this route will be out of commission until further notice.

●  ROUTE 5 : Altogether now (4.2 km) (suitable for trail running) - A gentle meander through the forest close to the Barn.  Suitable for children who are learning the ropes but who need adult supervision.  Parents can walk, run or cycle with their kids and enjoy the scenery.

MOUNTAIN BIKING FOR KIDS

For the youngest members of the family there is the kids mountain biking trail that goes round The Big Red Barn. It has mini ramps and windy tracks that run through the trees all within the safety of the 5 hectares of farmland. The cost  for the MTB tracks is R20.00/child under the age of 12.

Guided MTB tours are available for young and old.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

There is a minimum requirement of five riders and it costs R120 per rider. To make bookings or for any queries please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Off the bike

There are other adventure activities available for the whole family including Acrobranch which offers zipline obstacle courses in the trees.  A full service restaurant serves breakfasts, snacks and lunch and is open every day from 07h00 to 17h00.  The Big Red Barn caters for kids parties and other functions.  No self-catering is allowed.

CONTACT:

Route Information:  The Big Red Barn - 078 343 6939

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Website: www.thebigredbarn.co.za

GPS: 25 55 639″ South / 28 13 673″ East  

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAST FACTS

GRADING:

Easy to Difficult

DURATION:

1 - 3 Hours

CONFIGURATION :

Various options fom 5-27km

START POINT:

The Big Red Barn

TERRAIN:

Farmland and forest trails

MAP:

Ask at reception

CELL RECEPTION:

Yes

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Everyday from 06.00 – 18.00. R40.00 per person

FACILITIES:

Tree swinging adventures with Acrobranch and picnic sites, restaurant.  All general facilities availible.

 

 

 

HOW TO GET THERE

Look for The Big Red Barn on the M18, just 6 minutes from Irene Village, and 15 minutes from the R21, or see map on the left for directions.

BEST TIME OF YEAR

All year round.

 

Somabula Nature Reserve MTB Trail

CLOSEST TOWN > Cullinan

TRAIL DESTINATION > Somabula Nature Reserve

DISTANCE > 30km

GRADING > Easy

Somabula

OVERVIEW

Nestling in the quiet hills between Rayton and Cullinan, the Somabula Nature Reserve offers 400 hectares of indigenous trees, excellent birding and a large variety of antelope as well as giraffe, zebra, springbok and wildebeest.

On your bike

There are more than 30km of road and trails for walking and mountain biking in an area rich in wildlife and history.  Although there are no official trails, the animal paths offer interesting destinations as you ride through the bush and trees.

Off the bike

Game drives during the day and at night are offered. There are trails for walking and horse riding. Day visitors can make use of the lapa with its braai area for family gatherings or special occasions. 

CONTACT:

Route Information:

Cell: +27 (0)82 550 1892

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.somabula.co.za

GPS: S25°42'62.2" South / 28°31;93.6" East

FAST FACTS

GRADING:

Easy

DURATION:

1 - 2 Hours

CONFIGURATION :

Reserve roads up to 30km.

START POINT:

Somabula Nature Reserve

TERRAIN:

Gravel road, jeep track and animal paths.

MAP:

Ask at reception for map of the reserve.

CELL RECEPTION:

Intermittent reception

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Entry fee payable

FACILITIES:

Day visitors can arrange to make use of the Lapa with its braai area. Somabula offers self-catering chalets, a lovely shaded camping ground and accommodation in beautifully restored ox wagons.

 

 

HOW TO GET THERE

From the N4 take the R515. Drive through Rayton towards Cullinan. Somabula entrance is on your left.
Approximately 4km from Rayton.

BEST TIME OF YEAR

Best all year round. Summer can get a bit hot.

 

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