Forest Flyers Trails Mountain Biking

The Forest Flyers area contains a network of six trails ranging from 10 to 26 km. The routes include Grahams Downhill (18 km), Helvetia Ruins (12 km), Lookout Tower (10 km), Middle Hill War (26 km), Rassies Downhill (18 km), and Tianns Downhill (18 km). Many of these trails can be combined to form routes up to 68 km with gruelling climbing, fast descents, waterfalls and natural springs.

To reach the mountain biking trailhead from Johannesburg, take the N12 past Witbank where it joins up with the N4 to Nelspriut (if coming from Pretoria take the N4 past Witbank). Follow the N4 past Middelburg, Belfast, and Machadodorp. About 10 kilometres after Machadodorp, there is a turnoff to your left which reads Bambi Lydenburg and look for a Total garage on your left. Take this turnoff and follow the road up the hill. You will start to see lots of lush green forest as you go up the hill. After about 5 km, there is a dirt road turnoff to the left that reads Goedewill. Take this turnoff. After about 0.5 km, the road splits, keep left towards Elandsfontein. After about 1.5 km, there is a farmhouse with parking on your right.


Local Contact(s):  Forest Flyers MTB Club (27) (11) 011-486-3053; South Africa Tourism (US) (202) 232-4400; AFTRAC (27) 11-794-1713; Morningside Cycles, Johannesburg (27) 11-784-2154.

Recommended Map:  "Guide To South Africa" from Lonely Planet

Best Season:  Any

Base Camp:  Malaga Hotel

Luxury Loding:  Westcliff in Johannesburg (800) 237-1236

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Date Updated:  7/18/2016


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