Choose your country and language:
WWhat started as a fun hobby by two new landowners in 2007 has, over the years, become a world-class bike and lifestyle venue known as Giba Gorge MTB Park.
In 2007, Chris and Steve Harburn decided to cut some trails onto a KwaZulu-Natal property they purchased when they took over Stockville Quarry outside Pinetown. Over the years, with the help of enthusiastic friends and the biking fraternity, the park has grown in popularity to become the lifestyle destination it is today.
Giba Gorge MTB Park has been built around a central picnic area, restaurants and BMX track. Single-track trails lead off in various directions, taking bikers across 300ha of challenging terrain.
From little ones on BMX bikes to serious mountain bikers, trail runners and those in search of an adrenaline boost, Giba Gorge has it all. All the trails offer a mix of technical challenges including rocks, roots, drops and tight switchbacks.
The combo BMX track is a world-class facility, while there’s also a tight pump track designed and shaped to develop riders’ skills.
The trail network includes many link-ups that allow a rider to flow from one trail into another, creating a different riding experience on every outing. If you ride all the marked trails without deviating, you will cover about 35km; extend this distance by using the link-up trails.
The main routes are conveniently colour-coded for ease of recognition: purple is perfect for kids and novices; green for easier climbs and flowing descents; and blue is a long training loop with steep climbs and tight switchbacks.
For more experienced riders there are 2 short, but advanced, trails: Downhill and Enduro.
A delight for outdoor enthusiasts and bikers of all ages and abilities, Giba has become a family destination of note and the perfect kids' party venue. The selection of restaurants provides breakfasts, salads, grills, pizzas and, of course, cold beer for after your ride.
TTravel tips & planning info
Who to contact
Giba Gorge MTB Park
Tel: +27 (0)31 769 1419
How to get here
The Giba Gorge MTB park is alongside the N3 freeway just outside Pinetown. See the listed website for detailed directions.
Best time to visit
All year round, though in summer (November to February) the tracks are slippery and gripping; winter is dry and loose. The park is open Monday to Sunday from 7am to 5pm.
Things to do
Fun team building, professional corporate team building and school camps are also offered at the park. Every Saturday morning there's the Shongweni farmers' and craft market, not far away.
What will it cost?
Adult riders (12+) R70; child riders (under 12) R40; non-riders: R10. Memberships are available for individuals or families at discounted rates.
Length of stay
Spend a day here with the family. There's lots for everyone to do.
What to pack
Biking gear, picnic basket and helmets.
Where to stay
The park is only 45 minutes' drive from Durban, where hotels, B&Bs and holiday apartments abound. The nearby Hillcrest suburb also offers B&Bs.
An on-site bike shop sells bikes, parts, accessories and apparel.