Amatola

OVERVIEW

Neels du Toit is not a dude to hog the limelight, but if anyone has been putting in serious overtime on the Hogsback singe-track production line, he’s the man! Over the past year or so, he has single-handedly tackled the area below Hog 1 to shape some kick-ass rides along the wooded slopes here.

Pop into the Cycle Roots / Hogsback Adventures offices on the main road across from the Information Centre to pay your permit fee and obtain a cycling map. It’s important to chat to Neels before your ride in order to get information regarding the trails. Most of the single-tracks meander through private forestry land, so access is occasionally restricted due to harvesting.

On your bike

Most of the singletracks are at the foot of Hog 1, passing many streams and lovely forest sections. The highest one on the mountain passes two rather large waterfalls. All the trails interlink which makes for a great XC course.

There are guided tours of about 3-4 hours. Visitors are shown eight waterfalls on a 18km circular loop which also takes them along the Puffadder Run, passing by two bridges built over the waterways. It is a truly scenic ride. There is a view deck next to Robinson Falls with an exceptional view into the valley below. One can also see the Tuyme River snaking through the Valley which used to be the old South Africa/Ciskei border from this viewpoint.

Riders are welcome to explore on their own and the singletracks are clearly marked with yellow Cycle Roots Logo branded arrows. The map is easy to read and has detailed descriptions of all the trail routes. Neels can be contacted on 073 567 9487 should anyone get lost.

Grading: Beginner: Lots  of  dirt roads and jeep tracks available with some added smooth singletrack. Scenic ride towards Waterfalls with lots  of  viewpoints for break time.+-18km’s

Intermediate: Good combination of flat and hilly sections leading up to a number of singletracks winding through the Forests which are both adventurous and challenging to the every day rider.

Advanced:

Head straight up the main road, turning right onto Oak Avenue and cycle into the Arboretum, past the parking area and follow the footpath (to the left) to 39 Steps Waterfall. Return the same way and exit the Arboretum, turning left along the gravel road. Keep going for about 1km, ignoring any right hand turns into the forest. After the dip, you will arrive at a fork in the road. Look out for the yellow ‘Cycle Roots’ arrows from this point. Veer right and continue through the pines until you end up at a gate on a main gravel road. Turn left and continue for about 1km.

After the Madonna and Child carpark, there is a steep downhill; beware of logging trucks. Look out for orange stickers at the bottom of this hill and follow the footpath to the top of the Madonna and Child Waterfall to a fantastic viewpoint.

Back on the bike, continue up the gravel road (about 50m) and turn right on a steep hill onto a rugged service jeep-track following the cliffs overlooking the Tyume Valley below. This duck-and-dive through tall stands of wattle brings you to Robinson Dam. Carry on with the gravel road (keeping the dam to your left) to the end of the dam. Turn right onto the jeep-track and cycle (about 200m) till you get to a left hand bend. Leave your bike hidden in the bush (very safe) and head off into the forest to your right to view Robinson Waterfall. This is the best viewpoint on the ride so don’t miss it!

Back at the dam; turn right at the tall trees/picnic area and cycle for about 300m to the exhilarating Puffadder Run single-track Section. Meander through the forests until you reach the switchbacks which bring you to the end of the trail. End with a very sharp right turn and a little further, take a left at the fork. This section leads onto an equally beautiful track winding through tree ferns and crossing through a cascading stream, before you eventually connect back onto Wolfridge Road, turning right to return to the village.

All in all, it’s an eye-bleedingly scenic ride, with exceptional views across the Tyume Valley below.After rippin’ the tracks apart one is welcome to enjoy an ice cold frosty at the legendary Wizzards Sleeve Inn at Away with the Fairies Backpackers – www.awaywiththefairies.co.za

After rippin’ the tracks apart one is welcome to enjoy an ice cold frosty at the legendary Wizzards Sleeve Inn at Away with the Faries Backpackers. An epic way to top of your most scenic ride ever.

Off the bike

Bikes can be hired and a few spares such as gear cables, housing, chain links, tubes, bombs and a few other odds and ends are available.

An outdoor playground of note awaits … Abseiling, Archery, Trout Fishing, 4×4 trails, Horse Rides, Arts and Crafts, superb walks or the multi-day Amatole Hike are just a few of the other attractions in the area. After rippin’ the tracks apart one is welcome to enjoy an ice cold frosty at the legendary Wizzards Sleeve Inn at Away with the Faries Backpackers. An epic way to top of your most scenic ride ever.

CONTACT:

Route Information:Neels du Toit

Tel:  +27 (0)73 567 9487

Email: [email protected]

GPS: 32°35′52.1″ South / 026°56′17.9″ East (Hogsback Information Centre)

13/11/2019

Cycle Roots Mountain Trail

OVERVIEW Neels du Toit is not a dude to hog the limelight, but if anyone has been putting in serious overtime on the Hogsback singe-track production line, he’s the man! Over the past year or so, he has single-handedly tackled the area below Hog 1 to shape some kick-ass rides […]
13/11/2019

Longhill MTB Route

OVERVIEW The Longhill Nature Reserve is located just north of Queenstown in the Eastern Cape. Situated in the Karoo heartland, along a stretch of the Longhill Mountains, the reserve provides visitors with magnificent scenic beauty, as well as a variety of exciting outdoor activities. On your bike The reserve has […]
13/11/2019

Henderson Valley MTB Route

OVERVIEW Discover incredible mountain bike trails on jeep tracks and gravel roads in a lost valley of the Eastern Cape. A couple of farmers laid out these routes along the Thomas River, revealing staggering views and an interesting variety of challenges.   On your bike   The routes offer everything; […]
13/11/2019

Gubu Dam Mountain Bike Route

OVERVIEW The picturesque Gubu Dam is surrounded by forest and is locates at the foot of the magnificent Mount Kubusie. On your bike This mountain biking route is a circular route that takes you up the one side of Mount Thomas, and then follows a contour path for a few […]
13/11/2019

Qolorha Forest

Overview All trails start and end at the Qolorha Forest picnic site with the routes traversing diverse forest and woodland. On your bike All trails start and end at the Qolorha Forest picnic site with the routes traversing a range of diverse forest and woodland environs. This is a summer […]
13/11/2019

Katberg MTB Trail

OVERVIEW Hogsback is old news to most mountain bikers heading into the Eastern Cape’s Amatole Region, but only a handful of out-of-towners have discovered the nearby Katberg area. If you’re up for a serious bout of big mountain wheezing, there are dozens of day rides bombing the Winterberg ranges here. […]
13/11/2019

Hogsback MTB Route

OVERVIEW 28 km of gravel roads, jeep track and singletrack through forests, plantations and open grassland. On your bike A combination of 28 km of gravel roads, jeep track and singletrack winds its way through forests, plantations and open grassland. This was once the Holy trail of South African MTB, […]
13/11/2019

Commando Drift Nature Reserve

OVERVIEW Be like Rambo and tackle the tough Endur­ance Trail meandering through sections of spectacular broken karroid landscape within Commando Drift Nature Reserve. This is a rocky route, traversing remote and un­touched parts of the area unfolding towards a spectacular Karoo mountain backdrop. Al­though challenging, it is top-class riding and […]
COVID-19

Project X: MTBR Community

The Mission:

Build a community that highlights achievements, encourages participation and fosters communication amongst MTB & gravel biking community members.

The Rewards:

Build your digital trophy case, earn rewards and badges, get VIP access and win amazing prices from top brands.

Local and National Events, Quests, Challenges and Virtual Events!

Join today!