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"Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving" – Albert Einstein

At Active Escapes we are absolutely fanatical about mountain biking and have spent the past few years travelling South Africa in search of the best trails. We specialise in providing mountain biking and cycling holidays, to accommodate all levels of riders. Whether you're looking for adrenalin-pumping downhill, flowing single-track, endurance or tranquil country road riding, we will customise a tour to meet your specific requirements.

Our cycling holidays range from fully-supported and professionally guided tours (with all accommodation, meals, luggage transfers & vehicle support provided) to more 'self-guided' options whereby we provide detailed route information (maps & GPS co-ordinates) and take care of trip logistics such as accommodation bookings, airport and end-point vehicle transfers.

Active Escape tour leaders are fit, professional and dedicated to delivering a rewarding experience. We take great pleasure in leading enthusiastic cyclists through some of the best mountain biking territory available. Active Escapes also offer skills clinics and bike maintenance workshops, which can be run separately or included in the cycle tour if it is an appropriate option for your group.

Active Escapes currently offer mountain biking & cycling holidays along the Wild Coast, in the Eastern Cape Highlands, the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, the Tugela Valley and the Maluti - Drakensberg Mountains.


    learning to adjust disc brake callipers on a day maintenance workshop in the midlands

    Learn to fix skipping gears or pop a manual over rocks & roots on one of our day or weekend workshops in the KZN Midlands.

  • training camps MIDLANDS MTB TRAINER
    Entered Sani2C, Sabie or Epic and need to do some long distance training & technical practice? Let us plan a weekend trainer for you with professional guiding and scenic routes.

Featured Destinations:


day-trip MTB ride over Darge farmlands, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

Daytrips to training tours in MTB Heaven

The Midland’s is our backyard. From quiet country roads and farm tracks to sweeping single-track or downhill thrills, we can tailor-make a MTB or Cycle tour to excite all levels of rider. Traversing through private farmlands, forest and nature reserves – you’ll discover the real Midlands countryside of forgotten falls, valley vistas and wildlife. Day-trips, multi-day & training tours, skills & maintenance workshops.

TUGELA RIVER - spioenkop TOUR »

a full-suspension mountain bike makes lighter work of the rocky riding on the Tugela River MTB Tour

Trail Blazing through Bush & Battlefields

Training for a multi-day event and tiring of your same old routes? Need some hills to sweat and new track to tame? Just 2.5hrs from Durbs & 3.5hrs from Joburg, the Tugela Valley makes for an easy weekend MTB getaway.  With single-tracks created by the legendary Berg & Bush and Joberg2Sea MTB races, these red earth trails through Berg, Bush & Battlefield's are guaranteed to get those endorphins pumping.


sand tracks on the Imana Wild Ride route, Wild Coast, South Africa

Pristine Beach-Riding & Fresh Oysters

There's no better way to appreciate the diversity of this wild coastline than from the vantage of your saddle, as you wind your way from cliff-top to sandy bay, across grassy plateau and up forested tracks, passing friendly villages along the way. Following the popular route of the Imana Wild Ride, our supported tours offer more days to do the distance, making it as much a holiday with friends as an Epic MTB adventure.


when the sand gets soft,its just easier to push

Accessible Wild Ride Experience

Our 3-day Pondo-Pedal packs the adventure of Wild Coast riding into a cost-effective long weekend. Starting at Umtamvuna Nature Reserve you can enjoy swooping berms and switchbacks of handcrafted single-track before crossing into the Eastern Cape. The trail makes its way to Mtentu camp - an ideal base for exploring Mkambati Nature Reserve before cycling back to Port Edward on the final day.


sleigh trails created by oxen, provide organic singletrack on the Maluti MTB adventure

Riding cattle paths & sleigh trails

Explore the mountainous foothills of the Maluti Drakensberg on a community-based, supported & guided mountain bike trail. Delight in the downhill thrills of organic 'sleigh-trails', contoured cattle-paths and high-plateau riding. Overnight in comfortable mountain chalets with hot showers, stunning views and a friendly host to provide delicious home-cooked meals.


high mountain passes in the Eastern Cape Highlands provide breathtaking scenery and excellent opportunity for LSR training rides

High Passes in Wild Mountain Territory

Boasting the highest & arguably most scenic passes in South Africa, you needn't venture 'off-road' to embrace wild mountain cycle territory. An ideal tour for persons looking for time in the saddle & high altitude training, or for ’dirt-roadies’ – who we know have the legs & lungs but are happier with fewer rocks & roots. We also have an Off-Rhodes MTB tour on offer