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discover the real Midlands Countryside by bike

This fully inclusive, 3-4 day lodge to lodge MTB route is a great introduction to the diverse mountain biking terrain on offer in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Beginning in the foothills of the Drakensberg (Lotheni) and making tracks to the small town of Howick, riders get to experience a diverse mix of landscapes from mist-belt grasslands to wetlands, montane forests and farmlands.

Enjoyable at all times of the year, but best during Winter and Autumn months, this tour combines handcrafted trails with pastoral scenery, warm hospitality and some of the finest cuisine that the Midlands has to offer.

Midland's multiday tours are flexible and can be adapted to different levels of experience, fitness and interest. Since there is full vehicle support, non-riders can join, cycling as much or as little as they choose, which makes this a very good option for family groups with a reasonable fitness level.

This tour can also be tailored to groups training for multi-stage events such as Sani2C or Joberg2C, with longer daily distances, ascents and more technical route options.


Trip Duration Standard Tour: 4 days - with shorter and longer variations
Daily Distances 145- 150km : 4 Riding Days

Day 1: 40km     Day 2: 36km     Day 3: 34km     Day 4: 35- 40km   
Trail Grading  
Physical Fitness Grade 3: This is a flexible trail that can be adapted to suit riders of all ages and fitness. However on our standard routing (distances above) a moderate-good level of MTB experience is recommended.
Technicality Grade 3: A moderate level of technical competency (or willingness to try) is advised to make the most of this tour. However if you not technically inclined, more farm and jeep-track route options can be organised. For those with a penchant for single track - the trails around Karkloof & Howick will not disappoint! Dedicated downhill runs can also be arranged as add-ons to the tour.
Trail Terrain Farm and forestry roads, country roads, jeep track and lots of hand-built single-track on Days 3 & 4.
Accommodation 3-4 Star Country Guest Houses and B&B’s
Logistic Support This is a fully guided and catered lodge-to-lodge tour with vehicle back-up and daily luggage transfers. Return transfer (to collect own vehicles from start or finish) is included.
Tour Highlights Diversity of fauna and flora, stunning scenery, good food and hospitality, sublime singletrack. A 'good' place to be!
Other Activities Karkloof Canopy Tours, Abseil down Howick Falls, game-viewing in Umgeni, birding, massage & spa’s, fine dining options, arts & crafts the Midlands Meander.
Fauna & Flora Mist-belt grasslands, wetlands, montane indigenous forests, beef and dairy farms, pine and gum plantations, thornveld savanna.
Climate The Natal Midlands has a lush climate. Summer days are often warm to hot  (28-33°C) with a strong probability of afternoon showers, but we can also have consecutive days of drizzle.  Autumn months (Mar – May) tend to produce pleasantly warm days and mild nights with lower chance of rain.

Winter months (June & Aug) provide the most predictable and stable months for touring – with days being chilly to start but mild to warm by mid-morning (12-20°C) and a very low chance of rain. Winter evenings can be chilly (0-10°C) but then there's always a logfire and a bottle of red to warm you up.

Seasonality & Best Time Year

Winter months are the most reliable for mild and dry days (best for riding). Summer days can be fantastic one day and raining the next so they are less predictable. Autumn months (Mar – May) strike a good balance between warm days, mild nights and lower probability or rain.

Availability: Generally not a problem all year round.

Group Size Minimum 2 persons & maximum 14 persons per guided group.
Price / PP Dependent on customised tour, but indicative price for the Standard 4 Ride day/3 Night tour based on group of:

4-5 Persons: R7000/pp
6 -8 Persons: R6400/pp

Price Includes
  • 3 Guided Ride Days
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in 3-4-Star Country Guest Houses
  • All Meals: 3 Dinners, 3 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches - including restaurant lunch
  • Vehicle Back-up Support & Daily Luggage Transfers (point-to-point)
  • Trail & Reserve permits
  • Transfer back to where vehicles have been left
  • AE Route Customisation Services