Maureen Woolridge

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!

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.

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.

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 ...

Namaqua National Park Cranking

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

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.

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 …

!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?

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.