10 epic mountain bike trails to explore on the #KZNSouthCoast

10 epic mountain bike trails to explore on the #KZNSouthCoast

With its variety of dense coastal forests, cliffs, gorges, valleys and farmlands, the #KZNSouthCoast is the setting for the most incredible nature-based sporting activities, with mountain biking topping the list. There are many well-maintained trails that traverse the natural landscape, providing entry-level options for novices and extending to the more demanding trails for professional competitors.

“The natural beauty of the KZN South Coast is one of the many reasons visitors are drawn here, and one of the ways to experience this nature and local wildlife is by bike,” explained CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT), Phelisa Mangcu. “And, with our year-round sunny weather, the KZN South Coast has established itself as one of the country’s top biking destinations, with the annual sani2c and joberg2c mountain biking competitions passing through the region and finishing in Scottburgh.”

#KZNSouthCoast mountain bike trails

Here’s a look at some of the popular mountain biking trails that can be found in the #ParadiseoftheZuluKindom…

  1. Rocky Bay Resorts

The mountain biking trails here include 9km, 12km, 19km and 40km courses, as well as the 4km, 6km, 8km and 10km running trails that are clearly marked. The trails are suited to cyclists of all levels.

  1. Umdoni Park Trust Golf Club & Nature Reserve

This stunning nature reserve is home to a variety of trails that can take anywhere between 15 minutes and two hours, depending on the cyclists’ preference and endurance level. The trails wind around the Umdoni Park Golf Course with the epic nine-day joberg2c finishing here.

  1. Burry Stander Bike Park

Established in memory of the #KZNSouthCoast’s Olympic cyclist, Burry Stander, this Umtentweni-based bike park was opened in 2014 to both honour him and develop cycling among local youth. The bike park consists of a 2km cross-country track or a 5km farm track with an on-site Kiddies Zone and coffee shop.

  1. Lake Eland Game Reserve

Lake Eland Game Reserve has a number of biking trails crossing four distinct ecosystems. Among the African wildlife, cyclists can enjoy quality mountain biking trails that include gorge rides and climbs.

  1. ANEW Resort Ingeli Forest

Found inland near Harding is the beautiful Ingeli Forest, an indigenous forest that consists of a variety of mountain biking (as well as hiking and running) trails. These cross forest streams and waterfalls for a truly invigorating cycle.

  1. KwaNzimakwe Experience

Traversing the Mpenjati River Valley, the KwaNzimakwe multi-trails range from 4 to 22km, with incredible views as well as wildlife and birdlife. The trails are also suited to hiking, birdwatching and 4×4 excursions. Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting Victor Jaca on 063 072 1873.

  1. Beaver Creek Coffee Estate

This Port-Edward-based biking destination is the southernmost coffee estate in the world which has quality coffee to match its quality trails. For the children, there is the 400m Chocochino Route around the coffee shop, followed by the 2.5km Espresso Route through the Beaver Creek coffee fields. Finally, there’s the advanced 8.5km Stoney Creek Route through Beaver Creek and surrounding farms.

  1. Clearwater Trail Centre

The Clearwater Trail Route is now accessible from Beaver Creek Coffee Estate & Café, which is marked as the official start/finish point of the trails. The trails are suited to mountain bikers, trail runners and nature walkers of all abilities for exercise, recreation and education.

  1. Umtamvuna Nature Reserve

This exquisite nature reserve, home to riverine forests and rocky cliffs, consists of a range of well-maintained biking routes.

  1. Sweetdale Ventures

Ventures by Sweetdale has 120 hectares of beautiful coastal nature, thrilling adventures and fun for the entire family. Among these are mountain bike trails, with the choice of a short 4.1km ride or a strenuous 9.5km ride with an elevation gain of 175m.

Take the ride of your life on one of the #KZNSouthCoast’s incredible mountain biking trails. For more information about the trails, as well as other events and activities on the #KZNSouthCoast, download the free ‘Explore KZN South Coast’ app from Google Play and Apple stores or #Visit www.visitkznsouthcoast.co.za. USCT is also on social media – follow the ‘South Coast Tourism’ Facebook page, or @infosouthcoast on Twitter.

Rocky Bay Resorts.

Umdoni golf park.

Burry Stander Bike Park.

Lake Eland Game Reserve.

Ingeli Forest.

KwaNzimakwe.

Beaver Creek.

Clearwater Trail Centre.

Red Desert Nature Reserve.

Umtamvuna Nature Reserve.

About Ugu South Coast Tourism 

Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) is the official destination management organisation of the Ugu District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa. The Ugu District comprises four local municipalities that include Umdoni, Umzumbe, Umuziwabantu and Ray Nkonyeni. USCT’s mandate is to grow tourism within the KZN South Coast. This involves implementing marketing and development initiatives that are aimed at showcasing the diverse offerings and experiences of the South Coast as tourist destination. A board of directors oversee USCT, headed by CEO, Phelisa Mangcu.

About KZN South Coast

Known as the ‘Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom’, the KZN South Coast stretches 120 kilometres from Scottburgh to Port Edward and inland to Harding. Here, the spirit of adventure can be discovered among the many cultural experiences, as well as the 35 nature trails and 58 beaches, ideal for activities like river rafting, abseiling, suspension bridges, paintball, surfing, SUP, canoeing, beach horse rides, shark cage diving and free diving. Nicknamed ‘The Golf Coast’, there are 11 golf courses on the KZN South Coast ranging in difficulty, with endless hiking, mountain biking and 4×4 trails for more rugged excursions. Promoting sustainability, the KZN South Coast has a growing agri-tourism sector that offers world-class produce and hosts tours and excursions. The region boasts a number of permanently managed Blue Flag beaches, and is home to some of the world’s top diving sites, Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks. The originality continues with the annual Sardine Run, coined the #GreatestShoalonEarth, which is the largest biomass migration on earth and a marvel to witness. The region’s many nature reserves are inhabited by indigenous bird and wildlife, and it holds the title for ‘smallest desert on earth’, The Red Desert in Port Edward. The KZN South Coast is a fast-emerging MICE destination which also plays host to a number of high-profile events including the The Bike Fest, Uvukile Gospel Festival, Ugu Jazz, Ugu Film Festival and the South Coast Fever MTB & Trail Run Series.

 

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