Closest Town: Kokstad
Grading: Easy to Difficult | Duration: 1-4 hours
Location (Area/Province): KZN - Natal and Midlands
Configuration: 3-37km loops
Start Point: Ingeli Forest Lodge
Access: Day rate payable; annual membership available
Beware of: Too much fun
Facilities: Accommodation, pub and restaurant, ablutions, bike wash, bike hire, bike parts and cycling supplements and drinks for sale
Cell Reception: Yes
At the foot of the Ingeli Mountains near Harding, you will find Ingeli Forest Lodge, set within a truly spectacular section of indigenous forest. This unique establishment is the perfect base from which to undertake some extraordinary MTB exploration along a mix of well-marked trails catering for just about every level of rider.
On your bike
The trails weave through beautiful plantations, private farms and indigenous forest, and most of the exhilarating single-track has been custom-built by Hylton Turvey. The longer trails ascending the flanks of Ingeli Mountain will certainly test your legs (and the descents through forested areas your nerves). The trails are designed to pass through the most scenic parts of the landscape, leading you past waterfalls, streams and amazing viewpoints.
Off the bike
Activities include: tennis, swimming, Hiking (many trails of various distances, starting just below the lodge), bird-watching (many birding specials including the Narina Trogan and Cape Parrot can be spotted in the indigenous forest. There is also a Blue Swallow sanctuary nearby), darts and pool. And of course the South Coast beaches are only an hour away.
Route Information: Graham Kent , Ingeli Forest Lodge
Telephone: 039 553-0600 or 083 254 4217
GPS: 30° 32.262’ South / 29° 41.167’East