Explore South Africa’s Top Mountain Biking Trails: From Single Tracks to Scenic Forest Routes

Cyclist enjoying the scenic forest route

Mountain biking in South Africa is booming, with trails that cater to every type of rider. Whether you’re into fast-paced single tracks or more relaxed scenic routes, there’s something for everyone. 

Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park, KwaZulu-Natal

Giba Gorge is famous for its thrilling single tracks and beautiful greenery. It’s perfect for families and bikers of all skill levels. You’ll find everything from beginner-friendly pump tracks to more challenging jump lines and a BMX track. The Green Trail is a 5 km loop great for newbies and kids, offering an easy ride through picturesque surroundings

Harkerville Mountain Bike Trails, Garden Route

These trails are great for riders of all abilities, offering a mix of easy rides and more challenging routes that let you immerse yourself in nature. The Yellow Route is a 14 km easy route, perfect for a family ride through beautiful scenery with minimal ups and downs. 

Gariep Dam Mountain Bike Trails, Free State

These trails circle the largest dam in South Africa, offering long-distance routes with breathtaking views of the water and beyond. Perfect for those who like to mix biking with other activities like water sports, these are mainly long-distance trails, great for riders who love a longer journey. 

Tokai Mountain Bike Trails, Western Cape

These trails are part of the famous Table Mountain National Park and are known for their challenging routes and stunning views. You’ll find trails that challenge you technically but also offer incredible views of Table Mountain and the surrounding area. The Lower Tokai Trail is an 8 km trail moderately challenging trail with a mix of paths, great for intermediate riders. 

Impala Ranch Mountain Bike Trails, Eastern Cape

On a private game reserve, these trails offer a chance to bike among wildlife like giraffes and zebras, on specially made tracks. It’s a unique chance to ride alongside giraffes and other animals, with trails designed for every skill level. 

Eselfontein Farm Mountain Bike Trails, Western Cape

A bike resting against a tree on the bike trail

This farm is known for hosting the oldest mountain bike stage race in South Africa, offering a genuine, rustic biking experience. You can ride on historic trails used in the country’s oldest bike race, with a variety of natural obstacles and beautiful views. 

Jonkershoek Mountain Bike Trails, Western Cape

These trails will give you a mix of vineyard and mountain views, with trails for all from beginners to experts. The Vineyard Trail is a 10 km moderate trail that goes through local vineyards. A 25 km trail for those who like a challenge, the Mountain Loop has elevation gains and stunning mountain views. There are guided vineyard tours with wine tastings, MTB workshops, and nearby places to stay and eat in the Stellenbosch area.

Each trail in South Africa offers something special for mountain bikers. Whether you’re after a relaxing ride or an extreme challenge, these trails have it all. 

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