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.

Misty Mpumalanga Trails

Misty Valley rates as one of South Africa’s more established MTB trail destinations, and the recent upgrades to the trails means there’s now all the more reason to go ride here. Photographs and words: Jacques Marais. Local Buzz: A scenic cruise through the high-lying grasslands of Mpumalanga gets you to Misty […]

Go proper African MTB in Mankele

Kick-ass climbs, bush tunnels, rumbling thunderstorms, outback trails and superb single-track… that’s Mankele MTB Park for you. If you and your bike ever get to Mpumalanga, this is one stop-over you can’t miss. Photographs and word by Jacques Marais.

World Class South African Riding

I’ve mountain biked in the UK, States, South America and Europe, but I can proudly (and confidently) state that Karkloof rates right up there with some of the best trails in the world. But don’t believe me; go ride it and see for yourself. Photographs and words by Jacques Marais.

Merrell Eden Duo

Riding in EDEN

The Garden Route boasts a bounty of trails on which to go wild with your bike, with the recent Merrell Eden Duo once again taking me onto a selection of superb MTB routes. Think Saasveld, Pepsi Pools and Montagu Pass, for starters …