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RIDING HIGH IN THE NORTHERN BERG

2 Day/ 2 Night Weekend Trainer

Just 4hrs from Joey's & 3hrs from Durbs, our Northern Drakensberg MTB weekender is a lodge-to-lodge guided MTB tour, combining sublime single-track with majestic mountain views. Altitude, ascent and some technical descents, offers the perfect training ground for advanced riders looking to 'up their game' or train for a multi-day event, whilst easier tour options can be tailored to novice, intermediate and family riders.

The tour option described below is designed for the intermediate to 'Advanced Rider'



TOUR - AT A GLANCE


Trip Duration Standard 'Self-guided' Package: 3 Nights/ 2 Full Ride Days
* Extra days & customised trails on request
Daily Distances Ride Day 1: approx 50 km/ 5-6hr
Ride Day 2:approx 40km  / 4-5hr
Trail Grading  
Physical Fitness Grade 4: this tour is best suited to riders with a good level of mountain bike fitness and experience 
Technicality Grade 3 - 4: can expect some serious climbing, large amounts of single track and some rocky descents. Less technical alternatives can also be arranged.
Trail Terrain This is as close to ‘high berg’ riding as you will get, legally. Taking you from the plains of the Tugela River to 1800m’s above sea level, under the shadow of the mighty Drakensberg peaks where Cape Vultures soar.
Accommodation 2 Nights Hotel, 1 Night Canadian Style Log Cabin
Logistic Support A fully-catered & vehicle-supported MTB Tour (Guided or self-guided options)
Tour Highlights As close to riding in the ‘Berg’ as you get! Custom built singletrack with the Amphitheatre as your backdrop. Plenty of activities in the Northern berg valley to keep non-riders entertained. Close enough to JHB & Durban, to make it a weekend break. 
Other Activities PLENTY to do in this Northern Drak valley: cable tours, bungees, quadbike trails, tubing, swimming, hiking, fishing & horse riding.
Fauna & Flora Grasslands in the Tugela Valley, Drakensberg Montane grassland as you gain altitude.
Climate Summer (Nov -May) is wet and warm, with most rain during Oct -Mar. Daily temps can climb to 25 - 30 deg C & rain falls mainly as afternoon thunderstorms. Winter (June to Oct) consists of mainly dry, sunny, clear, crisp days with daytime temps avg 15-20 deg C and night-time temps often dropping below zero.
Seasonality & Best Time Year

All year round. In Summer it is wise to make the most of the mornings, and presume afternoons will be wet. Whilst days are shorter in winter, the weather is more stable and trail conditions tend to be optimal.

Availability: Preferred to be outside of peak holiday & long weekends
Group Size Minimum of 2 persons - maximum 18 - 20 persons
Price / PP Dependent on customised tour, but indicative price/pp for a 3 Night/ 2 Ride Day self-guided but supported MTB Tour: R3,800/pp
Price Includes
  • 3 Nights Accom: 2 Nights at Cavern hotel, 1 Night Drak Mountain Inn
  • All meals from dinner on arrival day to lunch on departure day: 3 Dinners, 2 trail lunches + 1 normal, 3 Breakfasts
  • Luggage Transfers: collect from the Cavern - 4x4 transfer up to Drak Mountain Inn & return back to Cavern
  • Customised Trail Routes - 2 Full Ride Days
  • Trail Permit for 5 Days & Private Access negotiated
Mountain biker on bridge framed by Amphitheatre backdrop - Northern Drakensberg
Soaking up the singletrack on the All Out Adventure trails in the Northern Drakensberg