Zululand

Fugitive's MTB Trail

CLOSEST TOWN > Dundee

TRAIL DESTINATIONIsandlwana Battlefield & return

DISTANCE > 40km

 

GRADING > Easy to intermediate

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OVERVIEW

The spectacular Fugitives’ Drift property, a 5,000 acre Natural Heritage Site, overlooks both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, offering you panoramic views over the Buffalo River and the rolling hills of rural Zululand. There is an ever-expanding network of single-track and jeep tracks through the reserve, ranging from flat to steep, and technical to more intermediate. 

On your bike

One of the many perks of cycling here is fantastic over-the-bars game viewing, with giraffe, zebra, blesbok and wildebeest all around on the ride to these famous Anglo-Zulu war battlefields. Explore the single-track maze through the rugged terrain of this part of northern KZN. A visit in July will allow you to partake in theannual RattRace, a local bicycle event started in 2007.

Off the bike

Museum at Rorke's Drift and at Isandlwana. Art & Craft centre at road or bike up to San caves with paintings, go on down to beauty spot on the river with cliffs beyond which have nests of Bald Ibis. Historic sites to visit nearby and within an hour's drive. Walks and horse rides within the reserve allow you to view the abundant game and birdlife, plus there is good fishing along the 20km of water frontage on the Buffalo River.

CONTACT:

 

Address: Fugitives' Drift Lodge, Rorke's Drift, KwaZulu-Natal

Telephone: 034 542 1843

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Website: www.fugitivesdrift.com 

GPS: 28° 23.439’ South / 30° 36.520’East 

 

FAST FACTS

GRADING:

Easy to intermediate

DURATION:

Up to a full day of riding

CONFIGURATION :

A network of circular and return routes

START POINT:

Fugitives' Drift Game Reserve

TERRAIN:

Singletrack, dirt roads, jeep tracks

MAP:

Availible at reception

CELL RECEPTION:

Limited

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

No day visitors allowed

FACILITIES:

Full board accommodation options, pool

BEWARE OF:

Sudden weather changes; summer afternoon thunderstorms

 

HOW TO GET THERE

Follow the R33 from Dundee towards Greytown for 14km before turning left to Rorke's Drift on a dirt road. Drive for 29km to Rorke's Drift, then past it for 3km to turn left at the Fugitives" Drift sign onto the D31. drive another 7km through the big black gate until you see signs for the lodge and guesthouse on your right.

BEST TIME OF YEAR

Winters are mild and dry with warm days and chilly mornings and evenings

 

Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park MTB Trails

CLOSEST TOWN > St. Lucia

TRAIL DESTINATION > St Lucia Wetland Park

DISTANCE > 15km to 25km

GRADING > Moderate

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OVERVIEW

The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park is a World Heritage Site, and consists of 250,000 ha of lakes, islands and estuaries. It is a Wetland of International Importance, home to the Nile crocodile, 800 hippo and an outstanding diversity of ecosystems, birds and wildlife. .

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On your bike

The Park provides opportunities for mountain-biking at False Bay and St Lucia Estuary. These rides are suitable for the novice to intermediate rider and vary in length from 15 to 25 km on sand tracks, trails, gravel roads and tar.

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Off the bike

The St Lucia Wetlands Park is a popular destination and offers a wide range of activities. Fishing, boating, bird-watching, scuba-diving, hiking and camping are all on offer and the region offers marvellous photographic opportunities to amateur and professional photographer alike.

CONTACT:

Route information: St Lucia Estuary

Telephone for St Lucia: +27 (0) 35 590 1340

Address: Private Bag 3936, St Lucia Estuary, 3936

Website: www.kznwildlife.com

GPS: 32d25'23.34"E 28d22'51.09"S

Weather: {weather St. Lucia, South Africa}

FAST FACTS

GRADING:

Moderate

DURATION:

Various

CONFIGURATION :

Various

START POINT:

St Lucia Wetland Park

TERRAIN:

Sand tracks, trails, gravel roads and tar.

MAP:

Ask at reception

CELL RECEPTION:

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Gate times:Winter (April to September) 06:00 to 18:00. Summer (October to March) 05:00 to 19:00

FACILITIES:

Activities and accommodation at beach destinations including chalets, log cabins, bush camps, caravan and campsites.

BEWARE OF:

Do not deviate from designated areas or ride alone. Due to the introduction of elephants to the western shores of Lake St Lucia the public can no longer ride mountain bikes on the trails around Charter's Creek or Fanie's Island

 

HOW TO GET THERE

St Lucia Estuary is situated on the Zululand coast, 273 km north of Durban. Turn-off the N2 at Mtubatuba, 47 km north of Empangeni and St Lucia Estuary is 25 km east of Mtubatuba.

BEST TIME OF YEAR

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Zeekoepan River Lodge MTB Route

CLOSEST TOWN > Pongola

TRAIL DESTINATION > Zeekoepan River Lodge

DISTANCE > Self-determined

GRADING > Moderate

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OVERVIEW

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On your bike

Mountain biking along 2x4 and 4x4 roads.

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Off the bike

The only things that you need to bring are swimming towels, food and drinks. Hiking, camping, 4x4 tracks, game viewing hides at waterholes, bird watching, river fly fishing and swimming. Guided game drives can be booked in advance.

CONTACT:

Contact name: Amanda Basson

Tel number: (034) 4141150

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Website: www.zeekoepan.co.za

Physical address: D496 Zeekoepan, Pongola, Magudu, 3170

GPS: S27° 34'11.7" E031° 39'41.5"

Weather: {weather Vryheid, South Africa}

FAST FACTS

GRADING:

Modearte

DURATION:

Self-determined

CONFIGURATION :

Various

START POINT:

At Zeekoepan

TERRAIN:

4x4 roads, jeeptracks and gravel road.

MAP:

Ask at reception.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Contact for more details.

FACILITIES:

Zeekoepan River Lodge & the Chalets, all offer way above average, self catering facilities, private "braai"/ lapa areas and river viewing decks.

BEWARE OF:

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From Pongola - Take the R66 towards Nongoma / Ulundi.vAfter +/- 23km, turn RIGHT on R69 to Louwsburg / Vryheid. 2,5km further, turn LEFT on the D496 (at our sign ZEEKOEPAN RIVER LODGE - S27° 34'11.7" E031° 39'41.5"). Travel 300m to the main entrance gate.

From Vryheid - Take the R69 towards Louwsburg / Pongola. 50km from the Louwsburg turn off, turn RIGHT on the D496 (at our sign ZEEKOEPAN RIVER LODGE - S27° 34'11.7" E031° 39'41.5")
Travel 300m to the main entrance gate.

NB! Ask and see to it that the gate guard contacts us per radio OR please phone us to advice of your arrival.

HOW TO GET THERE

See left.

BEST TIME OF YEAR

Can be wet in the summer rainfall.

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