Mountain Biking

Saddle up and see South Africa as never before on a Mountain Biking Adventure.  Whether you opt for a warp speed blast or a leisurely cruise your will experience the landscape around you in a whole new light.

Mountain Biking is one of the fastest-growing adventure activities worldwide – and for a very good reason. It is immensely fun, relatively inexpensive, you get lots of exercise without pounding your knees to bits and you get to play in beautiful surroundings. All you need is a…

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Mountain Biking South Africa
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Saddle up and see South Africa as never before on a Mountain Biking Adventure.  Whether you opt for a warp speed blast or a leisurely cruise your will experience the landscape around you in a whole new light.

Mountain Biking is one of the fastest-growing adventure activities worldwide – and for a very good reason. It is immensely fun, relatively inexpensive, you get lots of exercise without pounding your knees to bits and you get to play in beautiful surroundings. All you need is a half-decent bicycle and a helmet and you’re ready for adventure.

There are amazing mountain bike trails all around South Africa; so you will be spoiled for choice, but nowhere else will you get more ride for your rand than in the sprawling Western Cape region. From the slopes of iconic Table Mountain, windswept beaches and sandstone ranges, the choices here are limitless.

Towards the horizon, the Cape Winelands awaits. An hours drive towards Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek, you can select from an exhilarating mix of vineyards, fynbos and rugged mountain trails.

Continue north and you’ll discover the inspiring mountain scapes of the Cederberg and Groot Winterhoek Wilderness area. To the west, the Breede River Valley offers enless dusty gravel roads and in the south the Overberg unfolds beyond the inland ranges. Here you can saddle up in De Hoop Nature Reserve, one of Cape Nature’s flagship nature reserves.

Conquer the wide open spaces and arid plains of the Karoo and Little Karoo, then defy gravity on the winding gravel passes of the Swartbeg Mountain before entering the picturesque Garden Route, a true mountain bikers heaven. Crank through the tranquil knysna forests and race along coastal cliffs. There is a mountain bike route for every day of the year in South Africa’s favourite garden.

The Eastern Cape offers a rollicking ride through largely unexplored farmlands. Head further inland to the green forests of Hogsback where you will feel like you have entered straight into a Tolkiensque tale of Middle Earth.

In KwaZulu-Natal hard core mountain bikers head to the Sani Pass for a challenging day in the saddle. Remember to bring along your passport as you have the option of entering into Lesotho. The Drakensberg has plenty of fun rides too, so whether you are a seasoned rider or just starting out, come here for the amazing scenery and great trails.

Tiny but mighty Swaziland is an endless landscape of rolling hills. Here, in the many national parks, you will find outrides for all tastes and abilities. Further north, in Mpumalanga and Limpopo mountain bikers go for the adrenaline filled adventure of cycling amongst wildlife in the Kruger National Park or take the more scenic option along the Panorama Route.

City slickers from Gauteng have no need to worry about missing out on all the Mountain Biking Action. Only a short drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria into the Magaliesberg Mountains of North West, and you will find plenty of trails.

With so many options to choose from, contact out operators that will help you make the best choice for you, but wherever your next holiday takes you, make sure to include a Mountain Biking Adventure. There is no better way to see our beautiful country.

Mountain Biking South Africa Operators

Active Escapes - Cycle Tours - Howick

Farmlands, forests and the largest network of handcrafted single-track, the Midlands countryside provides the ultimate playground for your next cycle adventure. Active Escapes offers daytrips, fully supported lodge-to-lodge tours, bike maintenance workshops and training camps....

All Out Adventures - Mountain Biking - Drakensberg

Drakensberg Trails is based at All Out Adventures and is the gateway to over 150 kilometres of single-track trails through the spectacular Northern Drakensberg Mountains. Trail passes give you access to world-class mountain biking routes that radiate from dozens of accommodation venues in the area to All Out Adventures, which is located at the centre of the trail system. Four main routes, red...

Anew Hotel Ingeli Forest & Spa - Mountain Biking - South Coast KwaZulu-Natal

Two hours inland from the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast town of Port Shepstone is the beautiful and luxurious Anew Hotel Ingeli Forest & Spa. Far from being a run-of-the-mill hotel, this venue caters for mountain bikers and trail runners with a variety of routes. Forget traffic, work, emails and deadlines when you take to trails that wind through indigenous forest. Revel in stream crossings and at a...

Chubeka Trails – Mountain Biking - Swaziland|Eswatini

Big Game Parks offers mountain biking on 2 reserves in Swaziland (now Eswatini). Mountain biking on Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (home of the renowned Imvelo MTB Classic) offers exciting single track, or gentle game viewing on dirt roads, with or without a guide. Strict policy – animals have the right of way. An overnight fly camp can be arranged on request for small groups who love it Own a...

Daytrippers - Garden Route Cycle Tours - Garden Route|Little Karoo

Daytrippers does a few scheduled and a whole host of bespoke cycling tours down the Garden Route each year. The 'Cape Build Up', in February, is a 5-day Port Elizabeth to Cape Town road riding tour for good riders where the focus is more on the cycling rather than just sightseeing to get you fit for the season or just raise your game. The 'Winter Warmer' in July is a very relaxed non-technical...

Daytrippers - Mountain Biking Tours - Cape Town|Cape Winelands

A mecca for mountain bikers, Cape Town has an extensive network of mountain biking trails on the fringes of the suburbs as well as on farms and through nature reserves outside of the city. When visiting an unfamiliar city, joining an established bicycle tour is an opportunity to get out for a ride and to experience locations chosen for interesting features along the way. Guided, safe and with a...

Drakensberg Trails - Mountain Biking - KwaZulu-Natal North Coast|Drakensberg

Situated at All Out Adventures, Drakensberg Trails offers more than a 100 km of exclusive single track in the heart of the spectacular Northern Drakensberg Mountains. The trail network crosses 14 properties and links many of the area’s accommodation venues. Trails can be accessed directly from many of these venues, or from All Out Adventures. Parking and bathrooms at All Out Adventures are a...

Fatbike Adventures - Overberg

Join our new Fatbike trails in the stunning Walker Bay Whale Sanctuary only 2 hours from Cape Town. You can choose between 4 tours and also various packages including accommodation and shark cage diving if you want a full-on adventure. We run tours all year round and our trails offer different challenges from steep Sand Dunes to rides from De Kelders to Hermanus enjoying 20 kilometres of beach...

Franschhoek Adventures - Guided Mountain Biking - Cape Winelands

Mountain Biking has become a favourite pastime around the world and Franschhoek lends itself to this activity very well. A Mountain Bike Wine Tour is an fun, leisurely way to visit three of our spectacular farms and you can choose from visiting the large, well-known farms or the smaller, boutique wine farms on the other side of the village. You will get to taste their award-winning wines but...

Hogsback Adventures - Mountain Biking - Eastern Cape & Wild Coast

Hogsback Adventures offer outdoor adventures high in the Amatole Mountains. Tucked away in a secret part of the Eastern Cape, a Mountain Biking Adventure in Hogsback is a scenic ride past waterfalls and with amazing views – all off the beaten track. A swim in a natural Jacuzzi atop a waterfall is bliss for tired legs and hungry cyclists can look forward to the picnic at the dam after tackling...

Kruger National Park - Mountain Bike Trails - Mpumalanga|Limpopo

Here is the perfect opportunity to combine your love of the great outdoors with your passion for mountain biking. The Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa invites you to experience its wilderness up close and personal on a Kruger Mountain Bike Trail. This wild untamed part of South Africa is home to more species of large mammals than any other African game reserve,...

Malealea Lodge and Pony Trek Centre - Lesotho

Malealea Lodge & Pony Trek Centre offers accommodation, pony treks, hiking and village stays. Lesotho adventures start at Malealea, with day outings before travelling across the country. Companions arranged for your trip, introducing you to local chiefs, locating night camping sites, and ensuring your safety. Tailor-made outings range from one hour to six days or longer, about seven hours a day....

Natural High Outdoor Adventures - Eastern Cape & Wild Coast

Get your ‘highs’ in the outdoors – naturally! The ‘Adventure Gateway’ to the Amahlathi/Stutterheim region. We are also fully mobile. ARCHERY Come and try the ancient skill of archery, using both compound and recurve bows. MOUNTAIN BIKING Ride in MTB paradise, through indigenous forests, from flat-and-easy trails to killer singletrack. Bike hire is available. KAYAKING Paddle our super...

Rocky Bay Resorts Trails - Mountain Biking - South Coast KwaZulu-Natal

Rocky Bay Resort is situated near Park Rynie on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Enjoy incredible sea views at Rocky Bay Resort trails as you go through indigenous forest and sugarcane farms and end with a scenic downhill to Rocky Bay beach. Experience the trails on foot or mountain bike, hiking, running or cross training. The Cross Training Trail is 4km with 6 strength training stops. Running...

Semonkong Lodge - Lesotho

Deep in the magnificent Maluti Mountains of Lesotho, you will discover the gem that is Semonkong Lodge. Home to the worlds longest commercial single-drop abseil, it is a top spot for adventure. As registered with the Guinness book of Records, the abseil takes you 204m over Maletsunyane Falls and into the gorge with our experienced guides. The lodge itself is beautiful and cosy using only local...

Swazi Trails - Abseiling - Swaziland|Eswatini

Offered daily as part of our white-water rafting combo (winter months only), abseiling alongside the Holomi Waterfall is a thrilling part of this full day of adventure. Special event, teambuilding and school-group abseils are available at a variety of sites: Mantenga Falls, Maguga Dam, Execution Rock and more… We also provide guided hikes, kloofing adventures and canopy tours, as well as MTB...

Trading Post Adventures - Lesotho

Whether you are looking for a family adventure or want the challenge of an extreme off-road experience, Lesotho is a 4x4 paradise waiting to be discovered. Be challenged by 4x4 adventure trails in Lesotho. We can plan your trip from mild to wild for all the family to enjoy and be thrilled by. Mountain man, Ashley Thorn, will guide you over awesome passes, through trout-filled rivers and down the...

Umdoni Park Nature Reserve - Mountain Biking - South Coast KwaZulu-Natal

Umdoni Park Nature Reserve is situated near Pennington on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The 210ha Umdoni Park, “a gift to the nation”, is an area of exceptional natural beauty. It is managed by the Umdoni Park Trust and derives its name from the Umdoni trees scattered throughout the estate. Whether you like hiking, running or cycling, make sure you go past the Environmental Centre or to...