Goldrush MTB Trail

CLOSEST TOWN > Lydenburg

TRAIL DESTINATIONMount Anderson reserve

DISTANCE > 25km

 

GRADING > Moderate to extreme

OVERVIEW

Welcome to the highest singletrack riding in South Africa. Set within the Highveld landscape of the Drakensberg (the tallest peak tops out at a lofty 2,286m), Mount Anderson boasts some of the best singletrack riding in the country. The reserve unfolds across open grasslands, plunging valleys and ridges, bisected by crystal-clear streams, and it is no wonder that this ride has become so popular with mountain bikers.

On your bike

The guided rides ascend steep inclines as you climb into the subalpine heights, before bomging down forested paths with dramatic quartzite-escarpmens and rocky crescents as a dramatic backdrop. Trips are tailored to suit your group's requireents, as the available tracks vary from flowing and relatively easy to steep and very technical.

Mountain Biking Heaven

  • The highest single track riding in South Africa
  • A high altitude wildlife mountain biking safari
  • Riding amongst old goldmines and archaeological site.

Three signature rides on Mt Anderson are:

  • The Goldrush
  • The Serengeti
  • The Pedi Ruins
Cycling is more touring than riding, and rides are never longer than 25km but may take up to 5 hours.

Off the bike

Choose between hiking, horse riding or somewhat more sedate pursuits, such as fly-fishing, clay pigeon shooting, game drives or exploring the old gold mining village.

CONTACT:

Telephone:  +27 (0)11 442 2267

Website: www.mountanderson.com

GPS: 25º00'17.4″ South / 30º33'48.8″East

 

FAST FACTS

GRADING:

Intermediate to extreme

DURATION:

Up to 5 Hours

CONFIGURATION :

Climbs, descents and winding escarpment trails

START POINT:

Golden Cottage

TERRAIN:

Rocky single and double tracks

MAP:

Availible at reception, but only guided riding.

CELL RECEPTION:

No cell reception.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

For group reservations, please contact Mount Anderson Reservations.  Minimum group sizes of 6.

FACILITIES:

Tea Garden which is open first Sunday of every month. Secluded 5 star luxury accommodation. Fully guided rides.

BEWARE OF:

High altitude and summer storms

From Johannesburg:

  • Take the N4 and travel through eMalahleni (previously Witbank) and past Middelburg.
  • Follow the signs through Belfast, Dullstroom to Mashishing (previously Lydenburg).
  • In Lydenburg, follow the signboards for the town of Ohrigstad.
  • 10 km from Mashishing (previously Lydenburg), on both left and right sides of the road, you will see painted, concrete, life size animals set in a park.
  • Travel across the Spekboom River (in the dip) and 200 meters thereafter turn right up an unmarked gravel road.
  • Drive for 20 minutes to the gates of Mount Anderson.

HOW TO GET THERE

Mount Anderson, located in the northern foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains in the Mpumalanga Province, is a 4-hour drive from Johannesburg, and a 3-hour drive from the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve and the Kruger National Park.

BEST TIME OF YEAR

All year round

 

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