Top 10 Mountain Bike Trails in South Africa

South Africa is spoilt with beautifully-maintained mountain biking trails and parks, offering mountain bikers an assortment of adrenaline-pumping experiences.

To help you discover these exciting mountain bike trials, First Car Rental has created a list of the Top 10 Mountain Bike Trails in South Africa.

  • Giba Gorge MTB Park

    1. Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park, KwaZulu-Natal

    Set in the idyllic and tranquil Giba Valley 20kms from Durban central, Giba Gorge is a world-class mountain bike and lifestyle venue. The park features a variety of trails built around a central picnic area, restaurant and BMX track, offering a fun-filled day for the whole family to enjoy.

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  • Tygerberg MTB Trails

    2. Tygerberg Trails, Western Cape

    Situated in the south of Cape Town, Tygerberg Trails offers riders over 120kms of well-maintained trails that meander through the Cape Peninsula. The network of trails covers the rider spectrum - whether you're a novice rider, Cape Epic finisher, cross-country master or downhill enthusiast, weekend warrior or flat-track fanatic.

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  • Harkerville MTB Trails

    3. Harkerville Mountain Bike Trails, Garden Route

    Harkerville Mountain Bike Trails are situated in the Harkerville Forest in the centre of the garden route and offers a variety of mountain biking routes that vary in difficulty and length. The easy gradients and the variety of trails offer some beautiful scenes through indigenous forest, fynbos and the Harkerville coastline.

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  • Gariep Dam MTB Trails

    4. Gariep Dam Mountain Bike Trails, Free State

    Situated along the edge of one of South Africa's oldest and biggest man-made lakes, the Gariep Dam MTB trails are a mountain-biking nirvana. The 150km of trails, starting in the Gariep Dam Forever Resort and head into the Oviston Nature Reserve, offer riders a combination of gravel roads, single-tracks, game paths and jeep track.

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  • Northern Farm MTB

    5. Northern Farm Nature Reserve, Gauteng

    Northern Farm Nature Reserve, also known as Diepsloot Nature Reserve, is Johannesburg's best kept secret and offers over 2500 hectares of beautiful grass- and woodlands to explore. The mountain biking trails at Northern Farm offer scenic mountain terrain and trails to suit various fitness and skill levels.

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  • Tokai MTB Trails

    6. Tokai Mountain Bike Trails, Western Cape

    Tokai Mountain Bike Trails are situated in the Table Mountain National Park, a world heritage site and popular tourist destination recognised globally for its rich and diverse flora and unique fauna. The mountain trails cater for every type of rider - young and old, beginner to professionals, cross country to downhill.

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  • Impala Ranch MTB Trails

    7. Impala Ranch Mountain Bike Trails, Eastern Cape

    Impala Ranch is situated next to the Jefferys Bay Wind Farm, one of the first and the largest wind farms in South Africa. Impala Ranch offers purpose-built mountain bike trails with an enjoyable mix of climbs and long flowing single-track descents, 360° vistas, kilometres of streams and exhilarating forest sections, rocks and boulders.

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  • Eselfontein MTB Trails

    8. Eselfontein Farm Mountain Bike Trails, Western Cape

    Situated on a working farm 150kms outside of Cape Town in the foothills of the Ceres Mountains, the Eselfontein Mountain Bike Trails offer a range of routes. Featuring more than 100km of single-track, the Eselfontein is rated as one of the best trails in South Africa for single-track riding.

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  • Karkloof MTB Trails

    9. Karkloof MTB Trails, KwaZulu-Natal

    Karkloof is regarded as one of the best trail riding destinations in the country. All routes begin and end at Karkloof Country Club and are graded according to International Mountain Biking Association trail-grading standards. The trails feature a good mixture of climbing, forestry road, single-track and technical features.

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  • Goegap MTB Trails

    10. Goegap Nature Reserve, Northern Cape

    This is a must-ride for wildlife lovers, with the trail passing herds of zebra, springbok and gemsbok. The terrain at Goegap is desert-like and slightly rocky with trail splitting into two routes right at the beginning. Some 55km of jeep track and gravel road feature gentle climbs, rocky sections and sandy patches to test the riders' skills.

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