iSimangaliso – A Wilder Side of Wonderland, KwaZulu-Natal

Have I mentioned it is proper mooi here along the southern section of Namaqua's West Coast? Scrubland plains and kelp-strewn beaches suddenly go ballistic in the vicinity of Strandfontein, rearing up into serrated lines of rugged sandstone sea cliffs.

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.

Karkloof Trails, KZN

World-class … that’s all I need to say about Karkloof. As an Average Joe who’s been fortunate enough to ride trails all around the world, I can safely say that few rides can compare whoop-for-whoop with this magical little piece of the Midlands Meander. But there’s no need to take my word for it, so saddle up and plug into pure MTB Mojo.

All Out Adventures – Sungubala Eco Camp, KZN

All Out Adventures and the gorgeous Sungubala Eco Camp must surely rate as one of the Berg’s best kept secrets. Situated a mere 2km off The Cavern tarmac road makes it easy to access, but you will feel a million miles away from the rat race.

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.