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Macolebe MTB Tours

CLOSEST TOWN > Groot Marico

TRAIL DESTINATION > Macolebi Estate and Groot Marico Surrounds

DISTANCE > 5 - 120km options

 

GRADING> East to intermediate

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OVERVIEW

Maybe it’s something in the air, or the earthy attitude of the people, or the heavenly bush veldt sunsets … Or maybe it is a combo of all the above that makes Groot Marico such a unique African dorp. Macolebi is a pecan nut and citrus estate outside town along the beautiful Groot Marico River, one of the only perennial rivers in this part of the country.

On your bike

Mountain bikers are free to explore the estate’s MTB trail and the surrounding farm roads in search of wild life. The real deal, however, is to join owner Colin on one of his incredible mountain biking tours to explore the back roads and tracks of the North West. These adventurous affairs are completely custom made to suite you and your group.

Off the bike

Enjoy the peaceful surroundings while fishing, swimming, birding, hiking or even trying your hand at Bush Golf. Learn more about Herman Charles Bosman or go diving in the Marico Oog.

CONTACT:

Telephone: +27 (0)76 991 2008

Website:  www.macolebi.co.za

GPS: 25° 37.661’ South / 26° 26.365’East 

 

FAST FACTS

GRADING:

Easy to intermediate

DURATION:

203 hour circular routs or expeditions

CONFIGURATION :

5-120km options

START POINT:

Macolebi Estate

TERRAIN:

Mostly farm tracks and dirt roads, some singletrack

MAP:

Available at the farm on request

CELL RECEPTION:

Very limited

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Book ahead for guided trails

FACILITIES:

Safe parking, pool and self-catering

BEWARE OF:

Acacia thorns, heat

 

HOW TO GET THERE

Follow the N4 from Rustenburg towards Zeedrust. The turn-off to Macolebi is after the Swartruggens toll, about 4km before you reach the town of Groot Marico


BEST TIME OF YEAR

It is a great year-roiund escape, though summer tends to be very hot. Come in October to join in the Bosman Weekend Festivities or September for the challenging Bosveld Mile

 

Draaifontein/Riverbend Farm MTB Trail

CLOSEST TOWN >  Groot Marico

TRAIL DESTINATIONRiverbend Guest Farm

DISTANCE > 28km

 

GRADING > Difficult to Extreme

OVERVIEW

Welcome to the world of Oom Schalk Lourens, arguably one of South Africa’s best-known mythical literary anti-heroes. If you’ve read about this veldskoen-wearing character with his larger-than-life mampoer habit, Groot Marico (less than 2hrs from Gauteng) will certainly be a worthy weekend destination. Magnificent Bosveld sunsets and rural tranquillity comes as part and parcel with any visit to this little dorp on the Botswana border, a place seemingly forgotten by time.

Mountain bikers will perk up when they hear that the area offers some of SA’s best technical riding during annual MTB races such as the Marico Mountain Bike Classic (August) and the Marico Bosveld Mile Festival (www.maricomyl.co.za), in September. One of the venues for these events is the farm Draaifontein, a spreading bush veldt estate of more than 3.000ha, with meandering rivers, rugged mountains and the spectacular Langkloof.

Situated just 28km from the quirkiness that is Groot Marico, and thick green bush veldt vegetation clustered like green veins along perennial water courses will immediately differentiate the immediate area from the surrounding, bare-topped Highveld hills. You had better be sure to bring your mountain bike, because a rambunctious network of gravel farm tracks and footpaths are just begging to be explored. 

On your bike

The actual route grading vary from intermediate to extreme, but anyone looking to crank some easy miles will have never-ending gravel district roads and farm tracks to ride throughout the area. Draaifontein’s main circuit measures 28km, but can be extended with an additional loop if you want to super-size your workout. Much of the routes are along man-made and natural single-track, but with some jeep track heaven through rocky and technical terrain in places. There is no way around the steep climbs, so sometimes you’ll have to return the favour and carry your bike!

It’s a good idea to warm-up before setting off from the homestead as the ride goes straight into a 800m-long climb with a gradient that is often over 1-in-4. Once this done, take time to catch your breath and enjoy the anticipation the off-road treat ahead. As you continue your crank, beautiful kloofs, dense savannah woodland and challenging water crossings await against a backdrop of rugged, rolling hills.

Get lost within the valley, where you will be swallowed up by the welcome shade of the verdant riverine vegetation. Stick to the roughshod jeep track to blast again and again through nearly a dozen water crossing (you’ll probably need the cooling off)! Round about now you can decide to either head home or tackle the second loop … Keep in mind that the winter nights get icy, but that there will be some genuine Groot Marico mampoer to keep you warm and cosy around the fire!

Off the bike

For scuba diving and swimming “Die Oog” is a natural spring, a dolomitic eye and the actual source of the Marico River. Draaifontein Farm has 4x4 trails and hiking trails. For genuine South African culture, in March Groot Marico hosts the Summer Sounds Jazz Festival. In October, The Herman Charles Bosman Literary Society celebrates the work of this famous writer in the form of plays, readings and poetry.

Draaifontein Farm has 4x4 and hiking trails with excellent birding, and you can even get pampered with a massage, facial, manicure or pedicure. Take in nature's beauty and be sure to take advantage of the naturally formed rock pools for a revitalizing swim.

CONTACT:

Telephone: +27 (0)82 337 7781 (Michele Stanton)

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

Web site: www.goingwhere.co.za/riverbend

GPS: 25°44.16.4’ South / 26°21.54.0’ East 

 

FAST FACTS

GRADING:

Difficult to Extreme

DURATION:

Around 3-4 hours

CONFIGURATION :

28km main circular loop

START POINT:

At the Homestead

TERRAIN:

Single track,  rocky jeep track

MAP:

Hand-drawn map from Ronnie Stanton on arrival at the farm, or obtain your own 1:50 000 map of GrootMarico and Leadmine from your local Map office. GPS maps from: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CELL RECEPTION:

None

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Private property. Day visitors by appointment. No fixed fee: phone and ask the owner, Ronnie Stanton

FACILITIES:

Draaifontein guest cottage sleeps ten. Remote campsite (4x4 or high-clearance bakkie required to access it)

BEWARE OF:

Heat in summer

 

HOW TO GET THERE

Riverbend Guest Farm is 28 km from Groot Marico and approximately 2 and a half hours from Johannesburg. Follow the N4 out of Groot Marico towards Zeerust for approximately 7km before turning left onto the D404 towards Lichtenburg. After about 10km, take the D1283 that splits off to the left. After another 8km, turn left again onto the D2085 and drive for approximately 2km to the farm.

BEST TIME OF YEAR

It would probably be best to avoid cycling herre in the middle of summer. 

 

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