Karkloof and Giba Gorge mountain bike trails are rated in the top 10 bike parks in South Africa, but are seldom frequented by anyone other than locals. Visitors need some guidance to experience the best trails and find the hidden gems, so join us for a weekend of riding your bike on some awesome trails, while we manage all the logistics.
|TOUR GRADE||This ride is for regular mountain bikers, who have a degree of off road experience.Routes include some moderate to difficult technical sections|
SUMMARY OF ITINERARY
|1||Travel to Karkloof||–||N/A||11 on Karkloof||D|
|2||Karkloof||50km||N/A||11 on Karkloof||B|
|3||Virgina Farms||40km||N/A||Clifton Country House||BL|
Day 1: Travel to Karkloof
There are a couple of travel options (see below) with all riders meeting at 11 on Karkloof by mid-afternoon. After preparing bikes and a briefing, the evening is spent around the braai enjoying the peace and quiet of the Natal Midlands before retiring for a good night’s sleep.
Day 2: Karkloof
Stats: 20 km – 50 km
With over a 100km of trails, Karkloof offers riders a great mix of single track, technical challenges and forestry road. We kick off the day with the 20km Super loop (70% single track, 30% forestry road).
This gives riders a taste of the Karkloof trails, bringing them to club house for a refreshment break (own account). From here riders choose how much more riding they wish to do or even if they prefer to go spend the afternoon at the waterfall before returning to 11 on Karkloof.
Day 3: Virginia Farms
Stats: 35 km
Virginia Farms is a little known destination in rural farmlands overlooking the Mgwahumbe Valley where the farmer has created some excellent flowing single track.
It’s an early transfer from Karkloof and a quick cup of coffee at Virginia before the riders are ready to take on these awesome trails of varying length and challenge, enough to keep all levels of riders occupied for many hours.
Once exhausted, it’s time for the group to relax with a beer while enjoying a lunchtime braai before packing up and heading to Clifton Country House (overlooking Giba Gorge). The group will dine at of the many restaurants in the Hillcrest (own account).
Day 4: Giba Gorge
Stats: 20 km – 30 km
Don’t be fooled by the short distance planned, because of the topography, it is always tough riding in Giba, but so worth it! We will drop in from Clifton Country House for a ride around the perimeter of the park before deciding which of the other trails is best suited to the riders and their skills. We have to admit that we’re a little like ‘monkeys in a mango tree’ here as this is our home turf, so expect us to want to take you on every exciting trail possible!
Expect to be exhausted, but equally exhilarated when it’s time for a shower and lunch (own account) at the trail centre. Then it’s time to reluctantly bid these amazing KZN Bike Parks goodbye and head for home.
Expect to pay around R 4 500 (inc. VAT) per person sharing, there is a single supplement additional charge of 30% if you require a single room.
MINIMUM NUMBER: 6
Riders travelling by air into King Shaka International can take the Detour Trails Mothership option where we provide you with a complete Airport-to-Airport service on Friday morning and Sunday afternoon at a charge of R750 per rider and bicycle, limited to 12.