Closest Town: Pinetown / Durban
Grading: Intermediate to extreme | Duration: Varies depending on route chosen
Location (Area/Province): Holiday Coast and KZN - Natal
Configuration: 4 circular loops from the Main Office
Start Point: Giba Gorge MTB Park
Access: Annual membership or day passes available
Beware of: Tree roots and some kicker jumps!
Facilities: Conference centre, showers, bike wash, coffee bar, indigenous plant nursery, dedicated bike repair workshop.
Cell Reception: Yes
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The trail Centre lies at the end of 4km of good quality gravel road and is accessed through the Check-in desk where an indemnity form must be signed.
On your bike
A range of beautifully manicured trails traverse the 250ha Bike Park, set within a valley blessed with a distinctive, powdery red soil. There are four trail options to choose from: a 10.2km Orange Route, a 5.2km Green Route, a 6.7km Blue Route and finally the 1.2km Giba Downhill.
The 7km-odd Blue Route is the most radical option, running right up against the N3 freeway at its westernmost point. From here, it dips down dangerously to pass through a blue gum plantation. The Mainline has super-smooth flowing lines, tight berms and wooden bridges, while the Free Ride section will undoubtedly improve your riding skills and focus. Being hand-made, the trails allow some tight cornering and all protruding rocks and tree stumps are clearly marked with white paint.
Off the bike
Giba is also open to hikers, birders and backpackers, with plans to open a B&B high up on the hill. There is a conference centre, showers, a bike wash (R10 per bike), a coffee bar, an indigenous plant nursery and a dedicated bike repair workshop, all within a 150 square metre area. The Check-in area offers optional energy drinks for anyone with a sieve for a brain.
Jethro Nyandeni 079 4514898 [email protected]
Cell: 083 307-9046
Telephone: 031 769 1527 / 031 769 1419
GPS: 29°49′37.83″ South / 30°46′ 52.25″ East