The Freedom Trail
Did you know?
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 7 terrestrial biomes, 6 mountain ranges, 2 national parks, 1 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 6 to 8 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 (5 nights), Pietermaritzburg to Rhodes (9 nights) and Port Elizabeth to Prince Albert (7 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 2 to 3 hours on the trail.
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Who to contact
The Freedom Trail
Tel: +27 (0) 84 567 4152