Explore the Cradle of Humankind and surrounds on your mountain bike

Posted on February 09, 2017 — Carina van Wyk

On any given weekend you'll find hundreds of cyclists making their way through the Cradle of Humankind, thanks to the cycling lanes next to most of the main roads. What many people don't know, however, is that it's a great mountain-biking destination, too.

Most of the mountain-biking tracks consist of colour-coded trails, indicating their level of difficulty.

Avianto

The Avianto mountain-bike trail starts at the Avianto Clubhouse in Muldersdrift. It features a green beginner loop that is 6km long and made up of mostly jeep track and dirt roads.

There is also an intermediate blue loop that covers a distance of just more than 19km and has some challenging sections with single tracks and climbs. From this loop, riders have the option of taking the more advanced black sections for skilled riders.

Although the blue loop covers a relatively short distance, it will put your skills and fitness levels to the test.

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Saddle Creek Adventures

Saddle Creek Adventures' mountain-bike trails have been designed to cater for the novice rider and families, with “loop back home” signs along the way. The track evolves and offers various routes for more experienced and fit riders, too.

Saddle Creek offers 20km of easy green trails, which include two dual single-track descent sections that make for epic racing if you're up for it. The blue and red trails are more challenging, with several ascents and descents (luckily, what goes up must come down) and beautiful scenery.

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Hennops

The Hennops mountain-bike trail starts next to the Hennops River and offers a variety of loops to suit all levels of expertise and fitness.

The main circular green route consists of single and jeep tracks, and is 13km long. For the beginner rider there is an option to complete only a 5km section, called the River Loop. Branching from the main track there are various blue loops to choose from to create your own route, with a distance of up to 26km.

Trails traverse a working cattle farm and a fenced area with game like kudu, wildebeest, zebra and impala. After your ride, you can enjoy a braai, picnic and swim at the Hennops picnic spot.

Gates open at 7am on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, but registration office hours are from 6.30am to 2pm. On weekdays, you can start at 8.30am, but remember to call +27 (0)82 825 9205 to book.

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Northern Farm

Northern Farm offers a wide range of different terrains, suitable for everyone from children to competitive cyclists. You'll cycle past farmland and dams, and also through lush, green areas. There are five routes, all clearly marked, and you can select one according to your experience.

The pink kids' route is 8km long, while the rest range from an easy 12km to a very challenging 62km with many obstacles.

Northern Farm is only open on weekends and public holidays, from 6.30am to 3pm from 1 May to 31 August, and 6am to 3pm from 1 September to 30 April.

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