Holla Mountain Bike Trails, located in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal, is one of the best mountain bike trails to experience in SA.
Beginner, Intermediate and Experienced riders.
Two things stand out for us at Holla Trails, variety and vibe. With over 300km of marked, maintained trails, Holla is the most extensive mountain bike trails park in South Africa. It’s also one of the biggest in the world. It would be easier to have three or four routes, which would be just as appreciated, but no, the Holla crew has created 10 courses! Some tracks head southwest from the trailhead. While the rest head west, mostly in out-and-back loops, all of them stimulating. With the hilly terrain, you can rack up some decent climbing and distance if you’re into that kind of riding. Although the longest route, the Black, is 85km long, it’s a challenging 85 that will leave you spent, no matter your condition. But the most popular routes are shorter and offer a combination of factors that make you want to holla. That’s where the name came from. They use the more formal sugar cane farm roads to gain elevation and then bring you back down via superbly crafted, flowy singletrack descents through lush coastal vegetation ravines or river banks.
The vibe? We have ridden most bike parks in South Africa and have never sensed the same general pre-ride energy and post-ride chatter level as we have at Holla. It’s quite extraordinary.
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The signage is generally good. We like how they change the signage slightly so that you know you’re on your way back on your chosen route; and they include distance-to-finish kilometres on almost every sign! With that vast trail network you can imagine how many signs there are, so don’t be too upset if one is ‘missing’. It’s likely been knocked over by a sugar cane vehicle as the trails are all mostly on working sugar cane farms. They have all the routes in Garmin files that you can download from their website.
As with many South African trails parks, the trails aren’t graded according to IMBA’s skill level grading system. Holla Trails is listed on Trailforks though, where it’s trails are rate mostly Blue and Green.
There’s a very established trailhead which sells good coffee and light meals and snacks. Over the years, the trailhead venue, known as Sugar Rush Park, has developed into a destination for families with loads of kids’ indoor and outdoor activities, a full restaurant and a small bike shop too.
There are a total of 10 trails as follows:
Holla Trails is one of the original South African mountain bike trails parks. With driven staff, Holla Trails has always shown resourcefulness and ambition that’s resulted in a vast network of reliably stimulating trails for all levels of mountain biker.
R83 per adult; R50 for youth (12-18 years) and pensioners; free for under-12s and over-70s.
With a network of over 300km of marked, maintained trails, Holla is the largest mountain bike trails park in South Africa and one of the biggest in the world. It would be easier to just have three or four routes, which would be just as appreciated, but no, the Holla crew has created 10 routes! Some routes head southwest from the trailhead, while the rest head west, mostly in out-and-back loops, all of them stimulating. With the hilly terrain, you can rack up some decent climbing and distance if you’re into that kind of riding.
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