Western Mpumalanga

OVERVIEW

Botshabelo is nestled in a valley cut by the Klein Olifants River. The name means ‘place of shelter’ and was started way back in 1865 as a mission station. It was bought by the Middelburg Municipality in 1972. They started to restore the property and transformed it into a small nature reserve with some plains game. Cyclists use single-track and dirt roads to explore the reserve.

On your bike

Botshabelo trail (12 km) :

It is easy cycling on the hard compacted sand while low grassland affords good views over the lush green rolling hills and valleys. The road loops onto the ridge above the mission to a stone-walled fort. Fort Merensky was built in 1865 to protect the mission settlement from attacks by Chief Sekukuni. It has subsequently been restored and visitors are allowed to clamber over its dry stone walls and defensive tower. After visiting the fort, follow the road back the way you came, before branching left onto a smaller track leading to the top of the hill.

This track forms the main game loop and you can follow it back down the hill catching air over some great irrigation bumps and humps.

Little elephant Trail (35 to 60 km) :

Mountain bikers wanting a more challenging ride may park and ride from Botshabelo on some thrilling singletrack out through the Defence Force training farm, Doornkop, and over the Little Elephant river. This ride can be extended to about 60 km if the Cycad hiking trail is incorporated. Cycle up and down beautiful valleys with spectacular views of the Olifants River, with the possibility of chance encounters with indigenous game.

Off the bike

There’s plenty to keep non-cyclists and the little ones happy while you are out riding, for instance – horse rides, a river for swimming, shady picnic spots and a Southern Ndebele cultural village.

CONTACT:

Telephone: +27 71 561 6333

Website: www.southafrica.net

GPS: 25°41′57.8″S 029°24′26.6″E

05/12/2019

Botshabelo Nature Reserve MTB Route

OVERVIEW Botshabelo is nestled in a valley cut by the Klein Olifants River. The name means ‘place of shelter’ and was started way back in 1865 as a mission station. It was bought by the Middelburg Municipality in 1972. They started to restore the property and transformed it into a […]
05/12/2019

Buffalo Gorge MTB Trail

OVERVIEW At Buffalo Gorge you can roam all over the farm and surrounding roads, exploring at will or crank along the 18km loop that follows the 4×4 route. Two stream crossings and a few uphills brings you to markers that indicate 3 options: turn left to cycle uphill to the […]
21/11/2019

Botshabelo Nature Reserve MTB Route

OVERVIEW Botshabelo is nestled in a valley cut by the Klein Olifants River. The name means ‘place of shelter’ and was started way back in 1865 as a mission station. It was bought by the Middelburg Municipality in 1972. They started to restore the property and transformed it into a […]
21/11/2019

Buffalo Gorge MTB Trail

OVERVIEW At Buffalo Gorge you can roam all over the farm and surrounding roads, exploring at will or crank along the 18km loop that follows the 4×4 route. Two stream crossings and a few uphills brings you to markers that indicate 3 options: turn left to cycle uphill to the […]
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