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MTB Trails to Try in KwaZulu-Natal

With its enchanting forests, lush savannah, awe-inspiring mountain ranges and wildlife, KwaZulu-Natal is mountain biking heaven par none. We’ve put together a short list of a few trails in KZN, that are suitable for all levels and a must if you find yourself and your MTB shoes in KZN.

Giba Gorge Mountain Bike and Adventure Park
Westmead, KZN
Grading: Beginner to expert
Distance/s: up to 40km
Giba Gorge Mountain Bike and Adventure Park is a real treat for the whole family. They have a BMX track, single track routes for mountain bikers and trail runners, picnic spots, an outdoor restaurant, horse trails and many more. It’s the perfect venue to host a kid’s party. If it’s serious cycling you want, then choose from the fast 2km Enduro route to the 17km Blue route, ideal for sharpening your skills.

Karkloof MTB Trails
Karkloof Valley KZN Midlands
Grading: Beginner to expert
Distance/s: up to 37km
Known as one of the top mountain biking destinations in KwaZulu-Natal, Karkloof MTB Trails offers something for everyone at every level. A bona fide country club with all the facilities you could want – they cater to locals as well as travellers. There’s plenty here to enjoy. Cycle through tree-lined trails (7km – 18km) or go off the reservation with their Outback trail (30km – 37km) for the experts.

Ingeli Adventures
Kokstad, KZN
Grading: Easy to extreme
Distance/s: up to 37km
The Ingeli Adventures is conveniently nestled in the grounds of the Ingeli Forest Resort – a beautiful retreat and also home to the annual Ingeli MTB Race. Take your bike along with you or a rent a bike and helmet for about R350 for a full day. Expect rolling vistas, and trails that gives you indigenous forests, pine plantations, waterfalls, wooden bridges, rich birdlife and more.

Glengarry Holiday Farms
Kamberg Valley, KZN
Grading: Easy to extreme
Distance/s: up to 37km
Known as one the top mountain biking trails in South Africa, Glengarry Holiday Farms is the ideal cycling playground for mountain bikers. Nestled beneath the dramatic Drakensberg mountain range, the trails offer a unique experience through farmlands, small forests, over streams and along mountain ranges. Ride the 15km single track or explore the entire Kamberg area take the full 60km tour.

Clearwater Trails
Port Edward, KZN
Grading: Easy to extreme
Distance/s: up to 37km
Indulge in the stunning views of the Umtamvuna River as you cycle through the Clearwater Trails. Define those cycling skills with the variety of routes custom-made for any skill level. Craving for a more technical route that’s still fairly moderate? Then go for the 20km Blue Route. Planning to take the whole family out? Then the Green Route (4.7km) is the perfect route as it’s fairly easy and its mainly located on farm roads. For experts try the Black route which is a 4.6km extension of the Blue Route.

KwaZulu-Natal is an exciting location which every mountain biking enthusiast should have on their bucket list. Once you’ve ticked these trails off your list, check out our lists for the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Gauteng. Happy riding!