18 June 2011 by Kate Turkington

Mountain biking in South Africa’s National Parks

So you’ve seen the Big 5, had the traditional sundowner as another blazing African sunset brings your safari day to a close, now what about a bit of exercise?

Many of our national parks are now offering mountain biking. If you still want to do the Big Game thing, then opt for mountain biking in Kruger National Park. There are 3 trails of varying length and difficulty all of which start from Olifants Camp one of Kruger’s loveliest camps. 

You’ll pick up your picnic, helmet, backpack and gear at the camp and then off just 6 of you go. Don’t worry about that charging elephant or rhino, however, 2 armed guards will be looking after you.

For something very different, pedal over the rocky terrain and listen to the thundering noise of one of the world’s largest waterfalls at Augrabies Falls National Park in the Northern Cape. The name Augrabies comes from the Khoi word for ‘Place of Great Noise’ so save your conversation until after the ride.

Surf www.sanparks.org for the other parks that offer mountain biking. There are lots of opportunities and very different experiences to try.

But be sure to book well in advance as parks pedal power is very popular.

Category: Adventure, Wildlife

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