Our MTB Trails
Buffelsdrift Mountain Bike Park currently has six main trails available. These trails offer the mountain biking enthusiast different challenges and riding environments. Our trails are very well marked and with constant trail maintenance we keep our trails ready for your riding pleasure. We have a dedicated Trail Building and Maintenance Team that is managed by Andre “Palies” vd Merwe. Francois Theron, one of the Co-Owners has extensive MTB experience as a professional MTBer and his years of cycling all kinds of trails is being put into practice at Buffelsdrift. Through the involvement of local bike clubs in trail building sessions we keep on expanding our trails. Since the trails are also built by riders, we know that our trails offer exactly what you want.
The Buffel route is our flagship route, covering our entire trail along the mountain range in the park, it starts out tough but gives some easier miles in the third quarter of the route along the canal and river trails. The route should not get judged by the distance as it is slow going and takes the average rider 3 to 4 hours to complete. The trail has 4 major climbs: “Kwagga climb”; “Concrete hill”; “Spook bult” and then “Ockies climb”. All of the dowhills are fun but still for the more seasoned mountain biker, if you are in doubts rather opt for one of our easier routes. Downhills featured: Rocks2Crocks; Buffel View; Maiyak/ A-line; Njala Drop and Supertube! Enjoy!
The Zebra trail offers a fun 30km ride that includes two of the most fun downhill sections – Rocks2Crocks and the Supertube. You also get to ride down to the river section and before you know it, you’re back at the start. Have a snack and tackle the next trail.
The Impala trail is waiting for you to enjoy it. Come climb up the Kwagga and discover the more technical short route that will give you such a great workout. Your training can be taken to a new level on this trail. If you are a novice rider looking to move up your skill level, this trail is for you. This 18km trail is pure single track.
The Kudu trail offers the rider about 24km of nice steady riding. You start with some easy flat riding but once over the canal, you face the steep Cement Climb. Once over you have some fun dirt road down hills and a fun single track before you follow the jeep track to the Pienaars River section. All technical challenges have easy routes on this trail.
The Rabbit trail is perfect for the beginner that wants to put a bit more distance in. It is also great for kids that are building their mountain biking skills. The trail runs along the Pienaarsrivier which makes for a wonderful winding trail that is basic enough for anyone to ride.
The Turtle Trail is our beginners’ 7km trail that offers some flat riding along the canal and down to the Pienaars River section. Here the more confident rider can try their skills down the bull runs. The less confident cyclists can stay on the chicken run – you still need to concentrate here as chickens can also fall prey to the river python.
Our Running & Hiking Trails
Buffelsdrift Mountain Bike Park currently has five main trails available. These trails offer the outdoor enthusiast different running and hiking challenges and various environments. Our trails are very well marked and with constant trail maintenance we keep our trails ready for your hiking and running pleasure. We have a dedicated Trail Building and Maintenance Team that is managed by Andre “Palies” vd Merwe. Francois Theron, one of the Co-Owners has extensive Mountain biking and trail running experience as a professional MTBer and his years of cycling all kinds of trails is being put into practice at Buffelsdrift. Through the involvement of local clubs in trail building sessions we keep on expanding our trails. Our trails will challenge and excite you, and we are looking forward to hear from you after your day out on the trails.
Fast 5 Trail
Perfect for beginners hiking or running. Starting anti-clockwise past the beautiful Kuthula then through horse camps and over the canal.
A stunning single track will lead you over a fence, past dams, wildlife, horses, through refreshing orange orchards. Then past Skaap Kraal and into the rolling bushveld single track on the way to Sefudi Coffee Shop where you can enjoy well-deserved refreshments after the workout.
Supa 7 Trail
Great for bird watching, hiking or running workout. Start clockwise, pass the Kuthula Function then through horse camps and over the canal lead
by a single track next to dams, wildlife and horses. Heading down to the marsh you will spot a variety of indigenous bird species at the Reed
Bush next to the picturesque Pienaar’s river before crossing the marsh and fence again, through refreshing orange orchards, pass Skaap Kraal and enter the rolling bushveld single track on the way to Sefudi Coffee Shop where you can enjoy well-deserved refreshments after the workout.
TT 10 Trail
Great for measuring fitness and achieving personal beast while being in the heart of nature! You will start anti-clockwise, pass the Kuthula Function Venue then through horse camps, past the stinky Crock Farm and into the Kudu Bush. You then pop out next to the canal on a flat and open road to make for some “easy miles”. You will then head past the Cattle Kraal and ARC houses into the marsh, up past the horses. After crossing the fence you will go past Skaap Kraal and into some orange orchards, back to the great bush veld single track with ups and downs back to Sefudi Coffee Shop for a well-deserved refreshment!
Buffelsdrift Mountain Bike Park is located only 15km North of Pretoria and provides a safe and secure riding environment within the confines of the Buffelsdrift Nature Conservancy. Lying on the western boundaries of the Dinokeng area, between the Roodeplaat Dam and the N1 highway, Buffelsdrift Conservancy has become a fairly popular place to visit not only because it is so easy to reach, so close to both Pretoria and Johannesburg, but also as a superb birding spot. This is due in no small part to the proximity of the Roodeplaat dam, from which an extensive canal system runs, and the Pienaars River that runs through the conservancy attracting birds for most of the year.
Our bike park has been used to showcase the natural beauty the bushveld has to offer and the wildlife that can be viewed while riding is some of the most breathtaking in the world. We have Kudu, Zebra, Impala and even the tempestuous Warthog or Bush Pig. They have an appeal that no one can quite explain.
LOCATION: Buffelsdrift AH -25.586866, 28.325045, 0130 Pretoria, South Africa.
PARK OPERATING HOURS WEEK:
- Closed Monday & Tuesday for Day Visitors
- Open 08:00 to 18:00 Wednesday to Friday
- Please Note that Day Tickets must be purchased before 12:00 at the Office.
- The Office will be closed after 12:00 during the week
- You are welcome on the trail till 18:00.
PARK OPERATING HOURS WEEKENDS:
- SUMMER Operating Times
- Day Visitors: 06:00 to 18:00 Saturday and Sunday. Please purchase your Day Permits before 17:00 as well.
- WINTER Operating Times (From Month of May)
- Day Visitors: 07:00 to 18:00 Saturday and Sunday. Please purchase your Day Permits before 17:00 as well.
- Annual Board Holders: 24-hrs every day of the week and weekends
COFFEE SHOP OPERATING HOURS:
- WEEKENDS – Kitchen open from 07:30 till 13:00 on Saturdays and Sundays ONLY
- WEEK DAYS – On Weekdays ONLY Cool drinks and Counter Snacks will be available
- Only Zapper and SnapScan please.
CURRENT MTBING ROUTES:
- 7km, 15km, 20km, 24km, 30km, 50km.
- You are welcome to combine routes to extend your riding pleasure.
- Mix of Single Tack and Jeep Track, Fun Climbs and fast down hills
CURRENT TRAIL RUNNING ROUTES:
- 5km, 7.5km, 10km, 15km, 21km.
- R55 per Day Visit for MTBing
- R30 per Day Visit for Trail Running & Hiking
- Kids under 12 years: R10
MTBing Annual Subscription
- Adults: R650
- Children (12-18): R500
- Pensioners: R500
- Kids under 12 years: Day Permits only.
Trail Running/Hiking Annual Subscription
- All: R300
MTB & Trail Running/Hiking Annual Combo
- All: R800