31 miles
Distance
853 ft
Climb
-1,381 ft
Descent
1,251 ft
High Point

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
  • Riding Area
    Olifants
    Phalaborwa
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Easy
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Mountain Biking
  • Land Manager
    SanParks

Olifants Camp, situated high on a rocky outcrop and overlooking the Olifants River, is home to an exiting adventure activity in the Kruger National Park. Cyclists now have the opportunity to combine their cycling skills with a wilderness experience. The three mountain bike trails offered are designed to bring cyclists closer to nature than the more usual Kruger game drive experience.

At this stage, 3 different routes (trails) can be done (guides determine the trail taken due to weather conditions, trail service condition (rain) and the level of fitness of all participants. If there are requests for a specific trail, then the entire 6 places must be reserved). A maximum of 6 participants can be accommodated per trail.

Olifants Camp supplies the mountain bikes, backpacks, water bottles, bicycle helmets and snacks for use during the trail. Should participants want to utilise their own personal Mountain Bikes, prove of a recent service by an accredited Bicycle Shop will have to be supplied. The participants will then be required to take their own equipment i.e. puncture repair kits, tools, spares, tubes etc.

The trails are graded according to the level of difficulty and technicality by a colour coding system with Green being of moderate length and terrain and Black being technically advanced and strenuous.

Two fully trained, armed and skilled field guides lead the trails. You will be transported to the start of each trail with your guides, in an open game-viewing vehicle. A dedicated and specially designed mountain bike trailer carries the bikes behind the vehicle. All safety drills and aspects regarding the trail will be demonstrated and communicated by the guides prior the trail.

Trails should not be seen as a race, as a full bush interpretation will be done whilst on the trail, pointing out interesting nature signs and wild life sightings.

The recommended trail for beginners and the not-so-experienced rider is the Hardekool Draai trail. The trail starts at Hardekool-Draai (the name originated from a huge Lead Wood tree, (Combretum imberbi), on the banks of the Olifants River) and leads through Mopane veld, with the occasional view of the Olifants River. On the route you will cross many a game path, constantly used by hippo and other general game, walking to and from the river. After about 5 km of cycling the bikes are left and a short walk down to the river will have any wildlife enthusiast excited. The guides are armed and have excellent knowledge of the area’s fauna and flora.

The trail then continues over rocky terrain, superb for mountain biking for a further 5,7 km where a small hippo path turns to the south, towards the Olifants River. There the guide will stop for you to enjoy snacks under a huge Sycamore Fig tree, overlooking grunting hippo wallowing in the Olifants River below. There are plenty of crocodile, elephant, buffalo and general game in this area. The bird life along the river is also outstanding. After snacks you cycle the 10,7km back to the game drive vehicle to end the trail.

The cycle distance of this trail is 21,4 kilometres. This is a long trail and a certain degree of fitness is necessary.

Access Info

Reservations can be made through Central Reservations in Pretoria on Tel. +27 (0)12 428 9111 or by E-mail. For more information contact Olifants Camp Reception on +27 (0)13 735 6606 / 7

Disclaimer

It is compulsory to wear cycling helmets during all Mountain Bike Trails. Indemnity forms must be completed before commencing the trail.

More Stats for Hardekool Draai MTB Trail mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -528 ft
  • Altitude min
    710 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,251 ft
  • Altitude end
    722 ft
  • Grade
    -0.3%
  • Grade max
    -17.6%
  • Grade min
    36.6%
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    18 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
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