Tranqilitas MTB Trails (Closest City/ Town: Emgwenya)

Mpumalanga - High & Lowlands, Panorama


Tranquilitas MTB Trails

CLOSEST TOWN > Emgwenya

TRAIL DESTINATION > Waterval Boven

DISTANCE > Various distance, 3 Trail Options

GRADING > Moderate to Experience

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OVERVIEW

Waterval Boven (now Embwenya) is an old railway town situated on the edge of the Escarpment on the banks of the Elands River in Mpumalanga, roughly 260km form Johannesburg.

On your bike

The mountain biking from the camp site is absolutely awesome, no other way to describe it! Immediately opposite the camp is a section of single track that takes you up into a large forested area, through the forest and back down the slope after exiting the forest. This entire single track flows beautifully, especially through the forest. Coming down the meandering “snaking” single track after exiting the forest is a blast. Fast, sometimes very steep and spectacular views when you get a chance to take your eyes off the trail.

After this track, you cross the district road and make your way onto an equally enjoyable, but slightly more difficult single track. Running along the edge of a cliff for almost all or the way, this section of track will also take your breath away. You will encounter some fairly tricky rocky drop offs and some tricky technical sections but nothing to serious.

Off the bike

Situated in the hills behind the town of Waterval Boven is a campsite known as Tranquilitas. This campsite also includes self-catering chalets, a swimming pool, rock climbing wall, picnic areas and some of the most amazing views of the area. There are also ablution facilities and cleaning up areas/communal sinks, all you really need if you go as a day visitor. There is no shop/kiosk.

  • Pool with climbing rock next to and above it for ‘Bouldering’. (Pretty unique feature)
  • Basic kids play area.
  • World class climbing faces a walk away.
  • Hiking.

CONTACT:

Tel: 013 257 0363

Cell: 082 753 3695 (Gustav)

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Website: www.tranquilitas.com

GPS: 25°40′37.6″S 030°21′48.2″E

Weather:{weather Machadodorp, South Africa}

FAST FACTS

GRADING:

Moderate to Experienced

DURATION:

Depends on route chosen.

CONFIGURATION :

3 trails to challenge even experienced riders

START POINT:

Tranquilitas Adventure Farm

TERRAIN:

Forest trails, 4x4 track and technical single track, bridges

MAP:

Ask Gustav for an old school map of the trails

CELL RECEPTION:

Intermittent

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Riders: R20

FACILITIES:

Safe parking

Basic accommodation options: Chalets, permanent tented camps and camping with clean and neat ablutions.

BEWARE OF:

Be aware of the rocks on the Rim Trail.  It can get very hot so stay hydrated.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

Drive on the N4 towards Nelspruit. A few km’s after Machado toll plaza take the right split of the N4. Continue a few more kilometers and turn right into Waterval Boven. Continue into town passing under a bridge through the town down the main road which is 3rd Ave. At the third stop you will find Roc ‘n Rope on your left. You need to pay and collect keys there. From there turn right and follow the road up the mountain.  This road becomes a dirt road after about 2km.  Continue on the dirt road for 7km until you get to the entrance of Tranquilitas Farm

BEST TIME OF YEAR

All year round.