Closest Town: Hazyview
Grading: Varies depending on route chosen | Duration: 2 hours minimum
Location (Area/Province): Highlands & Lowveld and Mpumalanga
Configuration: Several interlinked loops
Start Point: Induna Adventures Centre
Access: Entry fee payable per bike. Closed on Sundays
Beware of: Hippos; extreme routes when w
Facilities: Toilets, farm stall and camp site with hot water; no electricity
Cell Reception: Intermittent
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The area around Hazyview is not flat and you will quickly discover this as you head onto the top-notch MTB trails of the Sabie Valley. A natural adventure park waits amid rolling hills, gorges, rivers and unspoilt indigenous forests, right on the Panorama Route. Induna’s spectacular purpose-built trails meander through natural forests, blue gum plantations, orchards and cross the Mac Mac and Sabie Rivers several times. Endless downhills, gruelling climbs and fast rollers will rattle your teeth, while a few technical problems and river crossings will keep you on your toes.
There are no less than 80km of well-designed and very scenic trails, all starting from the Induna Adventure Centre. The trail network consists of a variety of loops that can be linked to form a longer ride. You can plan to spend around 2 hours in the saddle, though this will depend on your level of fitness and the route choices you’ve made. Expect some climbing to warm-up your legs, but also breath-taking waterfalls and out of this world scenery as you snake through indigenous forests or blast along single-tracks beaten flat by hippos!
On your bike
The routes vary from easy to very difficult with technically challenging single-track. The 10km Blue Trail is the perfect trail for beginners. It starts with a short climb then a long flat section through some blue gum plantations. The halfway mark is a beautiful view of a big cascading waterfall. Add the 5km Green Trail to bump up your distance to 15km and add some single-track to your ride. The 12km Grey Trail is the 3rd trail at Induna that is rated green; you’ll do some hills, but nothing technical.
The tough 33.6km Yellow Trail is rated blue. This medium length trail covers slippery terrain with a few steep and extended climbs up to a high point of 1 400m ASL. It is a fairly difficult ride, but great views of local waterfalls and a 9km downhill to the finish makes it a must-do. It is also the Induna X-Fest’s course, taking your through indigenous forest and plantations and over lots of bridges.
Finally, for those searching for a cranking challenge, we would suggest the 11km Black Trail or 8km Red Trail. The courses serve up a mind-blowing mix of short sharp climbs, rock shelves, rooty drops, fast bermed switchbacks and a few shallow water crossings. The 8km Red Trail is a technical ride with lots of smooth challenging single-tracks and short steep climbs, while the Black Trail will throw down the MTB gauntlet through beautiful scenery and great single-tracks along the Mac Mac River.
Off the bike
The list of activities available at Induna is very long and includes quad biking, white water rafting, geckoing, kloofing, paintball, horse trails, zip lines and abseiling, enduro outrides, archery, bass fishing and even hiking trails.
How to Get There:
Take the R40 from Nelspruit to Hazyview and then left onto the Sabie Road (R536) just North of Hazyview. Induna Adventures is 10km further on your left. The office is inside the Brandwag Farm stall.
Best Time of Year:
All year-round destination but check in after rain as the trail surface may be extremely muddy and some sections off-limits.
Telephone: +27 (0)13 492 0071 / +27 (0)82 463 2334
GPS: 25° 01’ 54.24” South / 31° 01’ 30.45” East