MOUNTAIN BIKING!

There are a few guys in South Africa you can trust when it comes to all things mountain biking. Glenn Harrison is one of them and, if you know the name, you will immediately understand why you need to his trails at Tranquilitas.

Most of the routes consist of a rollicking combo of purpose-built single-track, hiking trails and gravel roads, and will therefore suit all levels of rider. Enjoy the super-tight, fast and flowing sections, especially through the Zorro swerves in the forest, and take occasional breathers to enjoy the many viewpoints and historical landmarks.

There will be climbing, but the ascents are pretty rideable, following the contours of the landscape. The up-side of this is that the elevation gain is quick - and very achievable - without too many gear changes

The descents are 98% rideable, and the brave will blast the wooden bridges and drop-offs others agonise over. All in all, the routes are extremely well marked, and the Blue Trail is suitable for families. Plus there are all those jeep tracks around the campsite to keep the kids occupied …plus there is a kiddies track at the campsite where parents can keep an eye over the young ones – whilst enjoying a cuppacino

The four-X track or jump track is sure to entertain the kid in all of us.

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PERMITS:

All riders must have permits
Permits are available from Tranquilitas Farm

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7 Day week permit ........... R100

3 Day weekend permit ..... R50

1 Day permit .................... R30

BREAKDOWN OF THE ROUTES
SECRET FOREST
4.5 km
THE GINK
18km
ROOIBAARD
12.5km
BOVEN MOUNTAIN 
42km
BLACK MAGIC
4.5km
JUMP TRACK
4X track 1km
GREEN MILE
3km
 RIM TRAIL
8km
TRAIL X
4km
SECRET FOREST
4.5 km
Intermediate/Advanced

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Opposite the start of the Red and Blue routes on the right hand side of the road is the Black trail. The route climbs easily up through the field. Joins the Blue and Red trails for a short section in the forest.

The trail then crosses the log ride and climbs up to the gap in the stone wall. Here it splits left through a rock garden for a short section. Down rocky drop offs and at the bottom splits right over the bridge. Steep bridge drops follow, narrow bridges, fast downhill enduro type track to the trail start.

THE GINK
18km
Easy

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Start as per the Secret Forest and follow the pink arrows, this route will take you into the Sappi forest with some amazing views of the hidden valley above Waterval Boven. Combination of Jeep track and downhill singletrack sections through the pine forest.

Lots of singletrack amongst the pine forests with relatively easy climbs and flowing downhills to finish on the secret forest downhill back to the campsite.

ROOIBAARD
12.5km
Intermediate/Technical

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Start this trail at the Trail entrance, follow the red arrows into the forest. Take the red split left over the log ride bridge, follow red arrows up a good forest climb, passing the Boer War graves and through the gap in the old stone wall.

This is followed by some fast flowing trail through the forest to join up with the Forest blue loop until just past the lookout point where the trails split.

As you exit the next forest you cross a cattle bridge and follow single track through the grassland with some amazing views of the Elandsvalley. You then climb steeply up to the top of the koppie with a 360degree view of the countryside.

A fast drop through the old quarry will see you back in the forest heading towards some of the steep descents with a few drop-offs and some fun berms. A great fast trail back to the farm gate.

BOVEN MOUNTAIN TRAVERSE
42km
Intermediate/Strenuous

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This is the longest and most strenuous route in the Tranquilitas trail network. But definitely well worth the effort. This trail takes you to the highest point on the opposite ridge, with spectacular views. An exciting run through the Pine plantation on the ridge through a long singletrack section of grassland and then a heart stopping 5km drop to the river crossing. A great long downhill, with little or no time to enjoy the view. A relaxed climb back to the campsite will be rewarded with a coffee or cold drink at the reception hut.

BLACK MAGIC
4.5km
Intermediate/Advanced

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Opposite the start of the Red and Blue routes on the right hand side of the road is the Black trail. The route climbs easily up through the field. Joins the Blue and Red trails for a short section in the forest.

The trail then crosses the log ride and climbs up to the gap in the stone wall. Here it splits left through a rock garden for a short section. Down rocky drop offs and at the bottom splits right over the bridge. Steep bridge drops follow, narrow bridges, fast downhill enduro type track to the trail start.

JUMP TRACK
4X track 1km
Easy/Fun

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A great attraction for children is the 4 X track of 800m of jumps and berms, which will keep them occupied for hours.

Take the blue arrows up to the end of the snake path, (don't exit the gate) immediately left is the start of a downhill jump track, back to the start of the snake path

– extreme fun for kids.

GREEN MILE
3km
Intermediate/Technical

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This trail is a warm up with its start either at the campsite or at the gate above the dam. It is a circular route that climbs up behind the campsite and around the front of the escarpment. The trail is short and fun with a great views of the valley below and into Waterval Onder. Finishes on the road at the dam.

THE TRANQUILITAS RIM TRAIL
8km
Intermediate/Advanced

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At the entrance to the main gate of Tranquilitas farm (opposite farmhouse) The trail starts and follows the cliff edge for 5km and exits onto the road above the rubbish dump. Can be ridden both ways.

TRAIL X
4km
Strenuous/Advanced

Start as per the green trail and split right towards the waterfall. Be aware that the trail is shared for a short section with climbers and hikers. Down the timber catwalk towards the waterfall, over the bridge and keeping right split onto the bike trail for some more bridge crossings, serious switchbacks and great views of the indigenous forest and streams. Ride the trail back in reverse or take the steep jeep track to the top of the ridge.

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