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MOUNTAIN BIKING THE WILD COAST

Cycling tours and MTB holidays on the Wild Side

There's no better way to appreciate the dramatic cliff faces, jutting headlands, natural waterfalls and deserted beaches of the Wild Coast, than from the vantage of your saddle. As you wind your way from cliff-top to sandy bay, across grassy plateaux and up the forest tracks of this untamed coastline you have plenty of time to stop and interact with the colourful, friendly villagers that you meet along the way.

With its phenomenal scenery, quite unlike any other area in South Africa, the Wild Coast is a mountain biker's paradise. Stretching from Port Edward in the north all the way down to Cintsa in the south; the landscape changes from the softer features of KwaZulu-Natal's south coast to that of the rugged, raw beauty synonymous with the Eastern Cape.

Unique sights such as waterfalls that drop into the ocean and Nguni cattle chilling in the surf provide fantastic spectacles along the way. Our tours are customised to the riding level of the group, but we prefer to take things at a slightly more relaxed tempo: allowing enough time to swim along the way, explore the shipwrecks, take photos, or simply put your feet up under the cool shade of a milkwood, to admire the spectacular scenery through which you cycling.

There are currently two main sections of the Wild Coast which are more favourable to bicycles, though portaging sections is par for the course. These are the Lower Wild Coast – stretching from Morgan Bay in the south through to Umngazi or Port St John in the north, and the northern most Pondoland section from the Mtamvuna River through to Mtentu, Msikaba or Mbotyi. Active Escapes offers standard and customised trail options in both regions.

Active Escapes offers mountain biking tours on the Lower Wild Coast (Morgan Bay – Port St John's) and in the northern Pondoland section (Port Edward – Mtentu, Mbotyi or PSJ). We tailor our tours to the experience & fitness of the group, but with an emphasis on less haste and more time to appreciate the spectacular terrain through which you are cycling.



    FEATURED TOURS


  • mountain bikers on the pondo pedal ride - Mzama estuary

    PONDO-PEDAL
    Our 3 day Pondo-Pedal to Mtentu and back, packs the adventure and experience of Wild Coast riding into a super long weekend, just 1.5hrs drive from Durban.

  • grassy descents provide many thrills on the Lower Wild Coast Mountain Bike adventureCLIFFS-TO-HOLES

    Following the route of the Imana Wild Ride, but at a more relaxed tempo with shorter days and a mix of accommodation from backpackers, hotels, cottages & reserves.



Wild Coast MTB Tours


LOWER WILD COAST MTB ADVENTURE »

portaging bike on back through a rocky section on the Lower Wild Coast Cycle Tour adventure

The full tour begins in Morgan Bay and follows the rugged coastline north, to finish in Coffee Bay (4 Ride Days) or Umngazi / Port St. Johns (6 Ride Days). The 6 day route is cycled in 4 days on the Imana Wild Ride, so we do the distance over a more relaxed tempo, using a diverse mix of accommodation – from hotels to nature reserves, vibey eco-lodges and private cottages – offering a kaleidoscope of wild coast flavours. We offer fully supported and guided tour or more independent options where we can arrange accommodation, end-point transfers, luggage transfers and maps - but you on your own when it comes to route choices and mechanicals.

NORTHERN PONDO-PEDAL TOURS »

mountain bikers push up a sandy track after crossing Sikombe River on the Wild Coast Pondo-Pedal Cycle Tour

The Pondo-Pedal route starts at the Wild Coast Casino (Port Edward) and goes through to Mtentu, Mbotyi or even as far as Port St John's depending on your support and back-up requirements. Our 3 day Pondo-Pedal to Mtentu and back, packs the adventure and experience of Wild Coast riding into a cost-effective long weekend. Overnighting at Mtentu Lodge, a relax day is spent paddling up the gorgeous Mtentu estuary, swimming under forgotten falls in Mkambati, or cycling through to Msikaba. Depending on time and tides, we'll cycle a beach route one way and an inland route the next–stopping at local villages for a cold quart or a plunge in one of the natural pools along the way.