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.

Cedar Falls Farm, Baviaanskloof (E/C)

Regular contributor and trail-guru JACQUES MARAIS spent some time in the picturesque Baviaanskloof. WORDS AND IMAGES: JACQUES MARAIS LOCAL BUZZ The annual ECOBOUND #TransBaviaans 24hr MTB Marathon … let me tell you, bru, that’s a pretty hard-core event. Yup, you’ve got only 24hrs, and in that time you need to […]

Utshwayelo Lodge, KZN

LOCAL BUZZ Right, good people, this is as far north-east as you can book accommodation here in our Rainbow Nation! Imagine Ponta do Ouro in Mozambique just across the border, mix in a sub-tropical vibe and some seriously kiff fat-biking, and you’ll sommer want to saddle up for a beach […]

TRAILS: Riding iSimangaliso

  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 […]


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 […]

The Two Tunnels Trail, De Doorns

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 Puffadder Run

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 […]

5 Sisters and a Singletrack

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 […]