Utshwayelo Lodge, Kosi Bay Mouth Reserve, KZN

From Durban, take the N2 north past Empangeni and turn right to Hluhluwe/Sodwana Bay, continuing on the R22 to Mbazwana. Keep going for 45km to a traffic circle, where you turn right to KaNgwanase/Kosibay and the Farazella Border Post. Drive 20km past Emanguzi (KanGwanase) towards the Mozambique border post, only turning right onto a good gravel road 600m before border post. Another 4.5 km will get you to the Utshwayelo Lodge and Camp.

Baviaans River Conservancy – The ‘Bedford’ Baviaans

Hang on folks, we’re talking about the ‘river’ and not the ‘kloof’. Yup, there’s a whole other Baviaans to explore, but it is way away in this province.

St Francis, Kouga Region, Eastern Cape

The coastal stretch west of ‘the world’s perfect wave’ in Jeffreys Bay rates as one of SA’s undiscovered mountain biking gems. There’s no huge trail network, but you’ll get to super-charge your soul along a range of sumptuous coastal rides.

Tulbagh Bone Trail

Mountain biking can be a pretty cruel sport and chances are you will seriously suffer if you tackle the Tulbagh Bone Trail a tad undercooked. Yup, this is a tough old bugger of a crank into those high-and-righteous Witzenberg ridges …

JBay Bike Park & Zebra Lodge MTB Trails, Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape ticks a whole bunch of kick-ass adventure boxes, and a whole lot of them happen to be right here on the Sunshine Coast. The weather is as friendly as the locals, so rock up any time of year, as the region is rated one of Africa’s most temperate climates.

Retreat Guest Farm MTB Trail, Western Cape

Situated on the Piket-Bo-Berg approximately 150km outside Cape Town, Retreat Guest Farm is just the place for an incredible escape for an off-grid family weekend, with superb hikes, open-water farm dam swims, bass fishing, fynbos walks and endless single track to explore.

Gabriel’s Loop MTB Trail, Baviaanskloof, Eastern Cape

Everyone knows about the legendary Trans-Baviaans 24hr MTB Marathon that traverses the wild wonderland shaping Baviaanskloof. There hasn’t been much for weekend warriors in terms of trail exploration, though, but the guys at Cedar Falls are about to change that …

Magoebaskloof MTB Trails, Wolkberge, Limpopo Province

Forested passes along the meandering R71 connects the towns of Polokwane and Tzaneen, with the tiny village of Haenertsburg set centrally to the mountain community who thrives in this rural space. Organic cheese dairies, SA’s northern-most craft beer brewery, avocado plantations, a 2000-year old cussonia kiepersol tree, the Cheerio Tea Garden, quirky ‘Mountain Foodie’ characters … welcome to the ultimate space in which to reconnect with nature.

3 Rivers Trails, Eastern Cape

Dude, there is rollicking riding to be had in the good old EC, a largely unexplored province where you can crank till your legs go blunt. Anything goes, from those rough-shod trails tripping through the Frontier Province’s interior, to a whole bunch of brand new coastal routes.

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