Trails

Jacques Marais is the South African trail guru. If he’s not scouting a new MTB trial, he’s running a new route in the Drakensberg. His new book, Top MTB Trails 2, has just hit the shelves of all good book shops and you can purchase a copy for R250. Follow him on Twitter @JacqMaraisPhoto.

San Satisfaction

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: […]

Swartberg, Prins Albert

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 […]

Witsand Nature Reserve

Nope, not the Witsand close to Swellendam. Or Scarborough, bru. I’m talking Noord-Kaap here, so chuck the Speedo and slip into your MTB Baggies. If you have a fat-bike, you get a double-like… Photographs and words by Jacques Marais. Local Buzz: I could go on for hours about Witsand being […]

Quench your Curiosity in Greyton

There’s nothing grey about Greyton. Instead, you can expect a stylish village with equal parts funk, adventure and history, and with some of the greatest MTB trails to ride in SA. Photographs and words by Jacques Marais. Local Buzz: Local wines at Lismore estate (www.lismore.co.za). Genadendal donkeys. Kick-ass coffee shops. […]

Mlilwane Magic

Should you feel the need to tune into your wild side, Swaziland just has to be on your African bucket list this year. Set course for Mlilwane and get ready to saddle up within one of the top adventure riding destinations in ‘The Kingdom’. Photographs and words by Jacques Marais. […]