Did you know?
Greg Minaar, who has won numerous downhill world mountain-biking championships, grew up in KwaZulu-Natal.
Giba Gorge MTB Park is based in the Stockville Quarry area near the Marianhill Toll Plaza, less than 20 minutes' drive from Durban. The venue is ideal for those cyclists passing through KwaZulu-Natal keen try out the well-designed dirt tracks and off-road trails.
The dirt jumps at this venue are widely regarded as being the best in South Africa, and Giba Gorge MTB Park regularly hosts professional cycling events.
For visitors who haven’t brought their bicycles out to South Africa, Giba Gorge also has a cycling shop that offers both rental and sales of equipment for each of the three cycling disciplines offered.
Mountain bikers can choose from three different routes, depending on their skill level. The longest of these routes is 10.2km and the shortest is 6.7km. The scenery along these routes includes waterfalls and beautiful trees.
Downhill riders can race the clock on Giba Gorge’s steep 1km downhill track, which includes several opportunities to get airborne!
BMX riders who make use of the dedicated track will probably spend more time in the air than on the dirt track, which often hosts top BMX competitions.
The facilities at Giba Gorge include picnic sites, camping sites, toilets, showers and ample parking.
There is a restaurant on the premises where riders can replenish their bodies after a tiring circuit. In the evenings, the bar at Giba Gorge is a great venue for socialising.
Safety precautions are taken seriously at Giba Gorge MTB Park and paramedics are on call in the event of an accident.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Giba Gorge MTB Park
Tel: +27 (0)31 769 1527
How to get here
From Durban, take the N3 north toward Pietermaritzburg. Take the Stockville Road off-ramp and then follow the signs to Stockville Quarry, which will take you along a dirt road. After approx. 3km you will see Giba Gorge MTB Park.
What will it cost
Riders with a bike pay R40 to gain a day pass to the courses at Giba Gorge. This includes the use of facilities such as picnic sites and showers. For an extra R30, you can camp the night. Non-riders fee is R10, while kids under 12 with bikes pay R15.
What to pack
Your protective riding gear and bike. You can also rent a bike at Giba Gorge.
Where to stay
You can camp at Giba Gorge MTB Park. Or if roughing it doesn't appeal, nearby Durban has accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets.
Visit the race calendar page on the Giba Gorge MTB Park website for updates about competitions hosted there.