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Buffelsdrift Mountain Bike Trails, located in the North of Pretoria, Gauteng, is one of the best mountain bike trails to experience in SA.
Beginner, Intermediate and Experienced riders.
Dry and dusty in winter, muddy at times in summer, always stimulating and always well maintained with various trails to suit all fitness and skill levels. That’s Buffelsdrift mountain bike trails in a nutshell. When you drive to Buffelsdrift, not too far from the gate, you head over a small ridge, and all you can see in the distance in front of you is scrubby bushveld. You feel like you have crossed the border between chaotic city life and serene bushveld bliss. This feeling extends when you ride there – it’s peaceful and playful.
The climbs are challenging, and the descents are thrilling, even though you may have to pedal from time to time. There aren’t any huge climbs, but the trail builders utilise the available gradient well. The Supertubes descent, a sweet slice of 2.5km twisty singletrack descent, has recently been refurbished to be less sketchy and flowier. There’s also some excellent riverside singletrack that’s more fun the faster you go.
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The signage is excellent. With the sharing of sections by different trails, directions can become confusing, but the Buffelsdrift team has made sure there’s no doubt as to which direction to go with bold, visible signage.
As with many South African trails parks, the trails aren’t graded according to IMBA’s skill level grading system. Buffelsdrift is listed on Trailforks though, where it’s trails are all either marked Green or Blue, with only the Enduro lines classified as Black.
There are two sections to Buffeldrift – the northern section includes less gradient and more open riding along gravel roads, jeep track and singletrack. This section is ideal for beginners and riders looking to add low-risk distance. The southern section incorporates the main hilly sections which range from flowy to steep and gnarly. This section has more rocky terrain and delivers a good challenge for intermediate and experienced riders. The Enduro lines can also be found here.
There are a total of 10 trails as follows:
Turtle: 7km – Beginners
Rabbit: 14km – Beginners
Impala: 17km – Beginner and Intermediate
Kudu: 24km – Intermediate
Zebra: 30km – Intermediate and Advanced
Short Nguni: 31km – Beginner and Intermediate
Nguni: 50km – Intermediate
Buffel: 50km – Advanced
Buffuni: 85km – Advanced
Enduro: Six downhill runs – Advanced
There’s a small bicycle workshop for those needing repairs done and a restaurant as well as a large safe parking area. The ablutions include hot showers. The restaurant food is good and always worth lingering longer for…
Buffelsdrift is a world-class mountain bike trails park just north of Pretoria that offers stimulating trails for every level of rider, both in terms of fitness and skill. It’s more than a trails park though, it’s a wonderful bushveld escape with your bike.
R75 per adult; R50 12-18 years; R30 Kids under 12. There are various annual membership packages for locals.
There aren’t any huge climbs, but the available gradient is very well utilised by the trailbuilders and sufficient to test you on the way up and excite you on the way down, albeit with some pedalling from time to time on the descents. The Supertubes descent, a sweet slice of 2.5km twisty singletrack descent has recently been refurbished to be less sketchy and more flowy. There’s also some great riverside singletrack that’s more fun the faster you go.
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