Where there is good hiking and climbing, you’ll often find a selection of great mountain bike trails. The Drakensberg is no exception to this rule with some of the best trails to be found within South Africa.
Centrally located in relation to most accommodation in the Northern Drakensberg region is the Mountain Biking Adventure Centre.
This is home to the annual Royal Drakensberg MTB Challenge and many exciting trails suited to different levels of riders, and with lengths varying from a casual 10km on the beginner level Gypsy’s Bend to a more challenging 20km on the advanced Trilby Trail.
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There is also the intermediate 17km Gorge Trail and a number of auxiliary trails linking to those mentioned above are currently under construction. In total there are 50kms of marked trails accessible from the centre. Extreme mountain bikers use this terrain to train for the Cape Epic.
For any of these marked trails, you will have to purchase a trail pass before setting off on your bike. Maps are also available.
All in all, the Drakensberg area is well- suited to the dirt- junkie with varying terrain, routes and distance.
If mountain running is more your thing then you can take part in the Mont-Aux-Sources challenge which takes place in September every year. This 50km challenge takes you from the Mahai campsite at the Royal Natal section of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site to the top of the Tugela Falls (the second highest single fall in the world) and back again via the chain ladders on the way up and the gully and Witsieshoek on the way down.