South Africa has an abundance of excellent mountain bike races, trails and safaris catering for both casual mountain bikers and the more experienced. For the more experienced mountain biking fraternity, a number of extremely tough Mountain Bike Epic races have been established. On the less strenuous side one can find easy 1 to 5 hours rides.
In the Western Cape, around Cape Town, there are some superb single track routes on the mountain and in the pine plantations. The Cape Epic can certainly be considered as South Africa's most strenuous race
Gauteng has a very active MTB population so there are a lot of trails nearby. Many of these urbanites head out to the wonderful trails in the nearby provinces, North West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Free State, where you'll find lots of opportunity to get down and dirty.
The Free State has some of the most hectic trails and often has competitions - there's one called the Two Mountains Race, which should give you an idea of what you'd be in for.
KwaZulu Natal's mountainous topography lends itself to quality mountain biking.
The Sani Pass Transfrontier MTB Epic is unique in many respects. It is one of the few events which takes place in a World Heritage Site and is undoubtedly the hardest MTB event in Southern Africa.
The 72kms event, which takes place in Novenber each year, takes cyclists up the fabled Sani Pass and into Lesotho, climbing 1674metres before turning at the top of Black Mountain Pass and returning to the starting point.
Riders have the privilege of riding through the unspoilt beauty of a World Heritage Site, with breathtaking views and lung busting climbs. Two shorter rides are included, making a wonderful weekend for the whole family. Proceeds from the event go to local charities.
Mountain Biking Tour & Safari Operators and MTB Trails:
Mountain Biking Africa offers guided mountain bike tours on magnificent routes with varied landscapes, beautiful indigenous forest, awesome single track, sea views and loads of downhill fun. Transportation included.
Extreme 3 Adventures is a unique adventure travel company, that focuses on showing our guests the best outdoor extreme sports and adventures Southern Africa has got to offer, while exploring and experiencing the country's most incredible sights and wonders. We combine your favourite extreme outdoor adventure sport, be it mountain biking or white water rafting, with an adrenaline pumping variety of other outdoor adventures like a Big 5 safari, or power kiting, rock climbing and abseiling or just plain sight seeing.
Cape Sports Centre on the Langebaan Lagoon caters for kitesurfers, windsurfers, mountain bikers and kayakers. They sell and rent equipment, offer lessons and tips, and provide various adventure packages.
The Freedom Trail is a 2200km mountain bike trail that now runs from Pietermaritzburg via Ntsikeni Nature Reserve, Matatiele and Rhodes to Cape Town.
Downhill Adventures offers the Cape Great Eight Adventure Experience, a combination of the best and most exciting adventures available in this area: shark cage diving, sandboarding, mountain biking, surfing, tandem skydiving, abseiling, sea kayaking and quad biking.