Trails

TRAILS: Riding iSimangaliso

  1 month ago

  Great mountain biking trails. Big game viewing. Nine months of summer every year … you can do worse than saddling up your MTB in iSimangaliso, northern KZN’s ‘Place of Miracles and Wonders’.                                                            – Photographs & Copy: Jacques Marais Local Buzz: iSimangaliso rates as the largest natural World Heritage Site on the planet, stretching…

Read more


TRAILS: HOWICK TRAIL NETWORK

  3 months ago

When you get tired of playing smooth operator along the immaculately groomed Karkloof trails, may we suggest you add some grit and hard rock to your next MTB ride by heading onto the Howick Trails network?                                                             – Photographs & Copy: Jacques Marais Local Buzz: Right, you’ve got the Midlands. On one side, there’s a whole…

Read more


DAGBREEK & LANGBAKEN ROUTE, WILLISTON

  5 months ago

Williston was originally known as Amandelboom, thanks to a big-ass almond tree planted there in 1768 by Johan Abraham Nel to honour his son’s birth … how’s that for some useless info? What you do need to know is that this eccentric little dorp in the Bo-Karoo is well worth a visit. Until quite recently,…

Read more


The Two Tunnels Trail, De Doorns

  8 months ago

Trains, Plains & Velo-mobiles… that’s De Doorns for you. Actually, the Karoo plains are a way off, so you can expect anything but flat riding here along the rail tracks traversing the Hex River ranges. – Photographs & Copy: Jacques Marais Local Buzz: Autumn Splendour. That’s the name coined by the local organisers for their…

Read more


The Puffadder Run

  10 months ago

The Hogsback Trails have gone next-level thanks to some sweet trail-building by Neels du Toit. Yup, go get your crank on along the Puffadder, Stihl and Veldfokus Runs. Photographs and words by Jacques Marais. Local Buzz: You can’t help sensing the enchantment of Hogsback when you drive into this hideaway village high within the Amathole…

Read more


5 Sisters and a Singletrack

  1 year ago

It’s that time of year again, with Jacques Marais still sandy from his #DesertKnights ride up in /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. The good news is that he’s discovered even more single-track up in the desert. Photographs and words by Jacques Marais. Local Buzz: Here’s the short version: Desert Knights is a five-day MTB Stage Tour, with…

Read more


KAP sani2c gets underway amidst excited fanfare

  1 year ago

KAP sani2c gets underway amidst excited fanfare Himeville – Tuesday marked the beginning of the one of the most popular mountain biking events in South Africa as the Trail event got the 2016 KAP sani2c underway with many riders easing their way into their three day journey from the foothills of Sani Pass to the…

Read more


San Satisfaction

  1 year ago

I love it when an MTB plan comes together, especially when there’s stacks of singletrack involved. Last week said plan came together in the most unlikely of places; I mean, who’d have thunk you’d find a kick-ass crank in the Yzerfontein hills? Photographs and words by Jacques Marais. Local Buzz: Bru, if it is endless…

Read more


Swartberg, Prins Albert

  1 year ago

Want to know why they call it ‘mountain’ biking? Because flat-is-boring, as they say in the Buff advert … So, next time you want to experience some proper MTB stoke, go ride some proper hills, like in the Swartberg ranges. Photographs and words by Jacques Marais. Local Buzz: Think of a perfect dorp, and you’re…

Read more