The Freedom Trail is a mountain bike route that traverses the country between Cape Town and Durban. It’s incredibly scenic, passing mountains, criss-crossing valleys and venturing into untouched wilderness areas. It includes dozens of historical and palaeontological sites, making for a fascinating way to see the country’s many highlights.

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The Freedom Trail hosts the Freedom Challenge, an annual mountain bike ultra-marathon.

The Freedom Trail is a 2 350km mountain bike route between Durban on the East Coast and Cape Town on the Atlantic seaboard.

It's a highly celebrated South African mountain biking trail, as it includes some of the most awe-inspiring scenery, combined with the warm hospitality for which the country is renowned.

You'll see amazing geological and natural diversity along the route. Covering seven terrestrial biomes, six mountain ranges, two national parks, one transfrontier national park and several provincial nature reserves, it offers an ever-changing fascinating landscape.

The Freedom Trail is open all-year-round, allowing riders to tackle all, or only parts of it, at their leisure. You can ride alone or as part of a group, self-guided or supported with the assistance of accredited tour operators. Either way, you can tailor-make the route to include the areas you'd most like to visit.

There are a number of tour options to choose, all of which are based on daily riding times of between six to eight hours, allowing for adequate rests along the way and mid-afternoon finishes at designated rest stops.

These include the complete Freedom Trail (27 nights), Port Elizabeth to Cape Town (14 nights), Pietermaritzburg to Swartberg (five nights), Pietermaritzburg to Rhodes (nine nights) and Port Elizabeth to Prince Albert (seven nights).

Accommodation en route ranges from fully-serviced cottages in nature reserves, to B&Bs, country hotels and game lodges. There's even a refurbished cave and a Boer War blockhouse.

Hearty South African meals are provided at all accommodation stops, including dinner, breakfast and a packed lunch for the route that lies ahead and water is available every two to three hours on the trail.

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