Maureen Woolridge
01/08/2021

A Wilder Side of Wonderland, Game Park Section, iSimangaliso, KZN

Waving grassland plains frequented by elephant and giraffe ... Sand forests abuzz with calls of narina trogon and purple-crested touraco ... Shimmering wetlands where hippo and crocodile lurk … And you want to go ride in this ‘Place of Miracles and Wonder’? Of course you do!
19/07/2021

The Other False Bay, iSimangaliso, KZN

There’s False Bay on the Cape Peninsula, brimming with southern right whales, great white sharks and sandy single-track. Then there’s iSimangaliso False Bay, near Hluhluwe, where you can crank hippo paths and watch pelicans across the bars of your bike. Go there. Now.
06/07/2021

Saasveld Trails (Garden Route Dam, George) Western Cape

Our focus for this issue of the MOUNTAIN BIKE ROUTES Blog covers ‘Garden Route Dam’ – another build by the ‘Hillbillies MTB Club’ – as well as connections from here to ‘Saasveld’ and the ‘Pepsi Pools’ trail networks.
25/06/2021

George Trails (Witfontein), Western Cape

You've seen the George number plate, right? Locals will have you believe that the 'CAW' stand for 'cold and wet', but this is just a malicious rumour spread by the outdoor crowd there keen to keep you off their trails ...
17/06/2021

Namaqua National Park Cranking

The wide-sky plains and gritty gravel passes of the Namaqua National Park make it the perfect pedalling destination.
10/06/2021

Mankele: Man Up in Mpumalanga …

Mankele is pretty legendary. It is the home of the gruelling Three Towers MTB Challenge, and a place of killer climbs, Tarzan forests, epic thunderstorms and daredevil descents on seemingly endless single-track.
27/05/2021

Camelroc MTB Route, Fouriesburg, Free State

Get ready for some great gravel road-tripping and seriously gritty MTB trails at Camelroc Guest Farm, near the Lesotho border. Know one thing though: the Free State is NOT flat, so this is a high-altitude ride that comes with a serious PK of punch …
20/05/2021

!Khwattu San Trails, Yzerfontein, Western Cape

I love it when an MTB plan comes together, especially when there's stacks of single-track involved. Such a plan 'came together' in the most unlikely of places; I mean, who'd have thunk you'd find a kick-ass crank in the Yzerfontein hills?
14/05/2021

Pedal to Hell. Or Heaven … You Decide

Wide-sky horizons, heaps of headspace, the feel of true family hospitality, historic passes winding into a rugged wilderness area, and unmatched camaraderie … that’s what you get when you pedal into Die Hel.
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