Misty Valley Lodge – Machadodorp

Misty Valley is trail centre made up of numerous exciting loops ranging in distance from 6 km to 8 km that vary in difficulty based on colour. They all finish at the same location so you can quickly choose another and head off on another exciting adventure. All the trails have different names and stories behind them but it is suggested to start on the green loop to get an idea of how the grading works. Clever bridges and ramps have been built over boulders and large rocks which has made the technical sections exciting and some unofficial chicken runs have been created around these features for those that are still new to the sport. A large variety of game can be viewed as you tour the property which includes blesbok, springbok, Black wildebeest, zebra, Grey rhebok and jackal. This is also a child friendly venue as they have provided a jumping castle, sandpit and jungle gym for the little ones as well as a large grass area for them to get to grips with their bikes.

Oi!! The venue is called “Misty Valley” for a reason, dress in an extra layer or two.

One bottle of water or two?

Trails vary in distance from 5 km to 120 km.

 

How should I prep my bike?

All purpose chain lube is recommended and tubeless tire pressure should be medium for that added traction on the loose rocky sections and tubes should be relatively high pressure to avoid those nasty pinch flats.

 

When can I ride?

Monday – Sunday: 08h00 – 17h00

 

Small change or personal loan?

R20 per person.

Guided rides can be booked in advance and are charged at R50 per hour.

 

Where do I park?

Safe and secure parking at reception.

 

Do I need to find a bush?

No need, toilet facilities are available at reception.

 

Take me, quick and easy!

-25.73292        30.43675

S 25 43.975      E 30 26.205

S 25°43’58.5”   E 30°26’12.3”

 

You loved the trail, now go show them some love!

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Trail specifics

Green – Stonehenge Trail

Stonehenge is a famous stone monument and as you ride the trail you will discover the resemblance although in a smaller ratio.

Distance: 6 km – 8 km
Difficulty: Easy
Terrain: Jeep track, single track, bridge crossings mostly flat with some climbing, suitable for children with geared bikes.

Green – Loch Ness Trail

Please don’t feed the monster when you ride along the shore of the Loch Ness. Ride the upper section of our property starting with a climb and finishing with a descent.

Distance:6 km – 8 km
Difficulty: Easy
Terrain: Jeep track, single track, bridge crossings, mostly flat with some climbing, suitable for children with geared bikes.

 Green – Ambleside Trail

Ambleside is a country town known for excellent hiking, mountain biking and outdoor activities. Enjoy the lower property taking in the splendid views and game.

Distance: 6 km – 8 km
Difficulty: Easy
Terrain: Jeep track, single track, mostly flat with some climbing, suitable for children with geared bikes.

 Blue – Fingal’s Forest Trail

A forest where animals have marked paths in the shape of fingers, you will find tight turns in this little forest.

Distance: 6 km – 8 km
Difficulty: Intermediate
Terrain: Jeep track, single track, bridge crossings, drop-offs, mostly flat with some climbing.

 Blue – Hadrian’s Wall Trail

Hadrian’s Wall was built by the Roman Empire from mostly rocks and stones for military purposes. On this trail you will spend some time on the natural rocky sections also for military purpose’s – SURVIVAL.

Distance: 6 km – 8 km
Difficulty: Intermediate
Terrain: Jeep track, rocky single track, bridge crossings, drop-offs, mostly flat with some climbing.

Blue – Munro Bagger Trail

A Munro Bagger is a term used to describe a person who spends his life wandering the mountains and hills. Some tough climbs with the best views in the area.

Distance: 6 km – 8 km
Difficulty: Intermediate
Terrain: Jeep track, rocky single track, bridge crossings, drop-offs, mostly flat with some climbing.

 Blue – Hawkshead Trail

Hawkshead is a farming town with great views and old style buildings. Enjoy this trail through the next door neighbours farm with a cool forest section and small waterfall to refill with icy water.

Distance: 6 km – 8 km
Difficulty: Intermediate
Terrain: Jeep track, rocky single track, bridge crossings, drop-offs, mostly flat with some climbing.

Red – Shetland Wulver Trail

Shetland Wulver is a myth about a man with the head of a wolf that waits in the mist for wandering travellers to pass by and attacks them with no mercy. Keep your wits about you on this trail.

Distance:6 km – 8 km
Difficulty: Intermediate – Expert
Terrain: Jeep track, rocky single track, bridge crossings, drop-offs, mostly flat with some climbing. 

Red/Black – Gorge Of Gods Trail

Experience the Gorge trail with tough all round mountain biking. Lots of drop offs, steep climbs, rocky sections, technical descents and narrow paths. You have to be a god with a good sense of humour to ride the trail. A Black Diamond section has also been added.

Distance: 6 km – 8 km
Difficulty: Expert
Terrain: Steep downhills, rocky single track, bridge crossings and drop-offs.

4 thoughts on “Misty Valley Lodge – Machadodorp

  1. Rode ALL the trails on 21/22 March 2015.
    What a GREAT mtb park – we all had a lot of fun in really beautiful surroundings.
    Only one or two minor negatives – the Gorge Of Gods Trail seems to have disappeared and the ladies at reception could not tell me where it is located? I went in the general direction twice but could not locate any signboards.
    Secondly, the signage could be improved, as we all got lost.
    Lastly, I think the rocky section of the Shetland Wulver Trail would work better in an anti-clockwise direction (ie opposite to its current direction).
    Highly recommended trail system and the Slaaihoek road outside is great for a few extra roadie miles.

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