Treat yourself to a fantastic short break with your bike. We have ridden some fantastic trails around the country and carefully selected some of our favourite destinations that are ideal for a long weekend away or a mini adventure. Here are our current top three...
T R A N Q U I L I T A S
Tranquilitas only 2,5 hrs from JHB offers awesome MTB trails from beginner riders through to advanced technical riders. For R40 you can ride anything from 45min to 4 hours (or more if you wish) on the Tranquilitas trails. The routes are very well marked and clearly indicated which are the beginner routes or technical routes.Tranquilitas offers fantastic single tracks winding through trees, to come out on the other side with breathtaking views of the Waterval Boven area. The tracks are very well maintained for a smooth riding experience.If it's rocks and technical descents that you're after, you will find these on the black route. If you're a downhill fanatic, you'll find these going through the pine forests. If you want a family cycle with the kiddies, you'll find a pretty route twisting through the trees. After all the riding you can relax around the pool area, bring your skottle for a braai and picnic under the shaded trees.If you're not a rider, you can trail run on the tracks or simply walk the dogs around the farm. If that doesn't satisfy you, then you can explore the rock climbing of over 1000 different routes on offer. A very well looked after Camping area and clean ablution blocks are on offer if you want to bring the kitchen sink and stay the weekend. So, take a trip to the Waterval Boven area and make a stop at Tranquilitas where you'll experience just that.....Tranquillity. there are many accomodation options around the area - Take a look at https://www.safarinow.com/destinations/waterval-boven for some great options.
25˚ 40' 38.29" S 30˚ 21'48.56" E
TEL: 0823880100 I 012-3436167
Some epic vista's await as you ride up the escarpment.
Forrest shaded single track make up a large portion of the trails.
Ride along the edge of the world and stop to take in the Mpumalanga landscape below.
Photo credit : Jacques Marais
P E N H I L L M A N O R
Penhill Manor is tucked away in the Nuy Valley between Worcester and Robertson.The Nuy Valley is what I like to call off the beaten track a hidden gem if you like. It is somewhere you can go to escape city life. As well as offering extremely charming accommodation, the farm is a haven of peace and tranquillity. Beautifully manicured gardens are alive with bird and insect life. It does not get much better than this. A variety of self-catering accommodation options sleeps from 4 to 8 people per cottage. Units offer a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, and sitting room. A great bonus, especially in the heat we experienced, is that all cottages have air-conditioning! For winter months there is a wood burning stove. There is also satellite TV, WiFi, as well as a sound system available.Trails are varied and family friendly. All trails are open to visitors and 6 Bicycles are available for rent. Access to various other trails in the area are available .
Address: Penhill Manor at Toontjiesrivier, Agtervink Rd, Nuy Valley.
Contact via Telephone 023 342 0908.
For accommodation rates and booking details pop over to the Perfect Hideaways http://www.perfecthideaways.co.za/accommodation/penhill-west-grange/.
6 bikes are available for rental from the property.
Some beautiful western Cape district roads surround Penhill and linking these with some trails can allow a rider to create some distance if needed.
Photo credit: Supplied
G R E A T E R S T . L U C I A
W E T L A N D P A R K
M T B T R A I L S
The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park is a World Heritage Site, and consists of 250,000ha of lakes, islands and estuaries. It is a Wetland of International Importance, home to the Nile crocodile, 800 hippo and an outstanding diversity of ecosystems, birds and wildlife. The Park provides opportunities for mountain-biking at False Bay and St Lucia Estuary. These rides are suitable for the novice to intermediate rider and vary in length from 15 to 25 km on sand tracks, trails, gravel roads and tar. The St Lucia Wetlands Park is a popular destination and offers a wide range of activities. Fishing, boating, bird-watching, scuba-diving, hiking and camping are all on offer and the region offers marvelous photographic opportunities to amateur and professional photographer alike.
Route information: St Lucia Estuary
Telephone for St Lucia: +27 (0) 35 590 1340
Address: Private Bag 3936, St Lucia Estuary, 3936
GPS: 32d25'23.34"E 28d22'51.09"S
A sublime mix of ocean front wetlands and bush riding makes this a unique location.
Forested sections leading into bush trails often with game sightings.
Photo Credit : Peter Kirk