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Mountain Biking

Some of our spectacular mountain bike routes, to name but a few. Riding at own risk.
Please contact us should you be interested in undertaking any of the below routes: 045 971 9003 / contact@rhodesinfo.co.za

1) Rhodes -Maartenshoek/Table Hill -Rhodes.
A very scenic and fairly easy ride of approximately 41 km’s long which takes you out along the Barkly East road, into Maartenshoek and up to the top of the valley to the poplar forest where the old Table Hill farmhouse once stood.
The ride is mostly on a fairly rough public gravel road and a single track private road and has no serious inclines.
No major technical skills are required.
There are, however numerous “wet”crossings of the Maartenshoek spruit and weather conditions must be carefully observed due to the danger of flash floods.
There are various picnic and swimming spots along the way. (These will be designated and marked at at a later stage)
This route is suitable for family groups including capable children.

Rhodes - Maartenshoek - Table Hill - Rhodes

2) Rhodes -Donkerhoek/Glass Nevin -Maartenshoek -Rhodes.
A tough ride of approximately 32 km’s takes you out of Rhodes on the road to Barkly East as far as the old livestock sale pens at Donkerhoek. There are long uphills on this section which is on a public gravel road.
An ‘offroad’ section then takes you down through the farm ‘Glass Nevin’ on a footpath and through veld. This section is very rough in places with sharp inclines and declines. A fairly good technical riding ability is required as well as navigation skills.
The end of this section brings one on to the Maartenshoek public gravel road and a gentle 10km’s back to Rhodes.
A slight deviation of a few hundred meters will take you to the Maartenshoek bridge and a swim in the Bell River.

Rhodes - Donkerhoek - Glass Nevin - Maartenshoek - Rhodes

3) Rhodes -Donkerhoek/Clontarf -Bokspruit -Rhodes.
A route of approximately 42km’s that will require strong hill climbing legs and good brakes, takes you out on the Barkly East road to just before the Donkerhoek sale pens, down through the farm ‘Clontarf’ on a very steep and rough 4×4 track before you cross the Bokspruit and join the public gravel road back to Rhodes.
There is a very long and steep ascent as you climb your way back up to Donkerhoek where you get back on to the Barkly/Rhodes road.

Rhodes - Donkerhoek - Clontarf - Bokspruit - Rhodes

4)Wartrail Loop. Rhodes -Carlisleshoek/Tiffindell-Volunteershoek/Wartrail-Mosheshesford-Rhodes.
The longest route on our present list, of approximately 94 km’s, takes one out of Rhodes on the Naudesnek road and then into the Carlisleshoek on the road to Tiffindell. At the top of the valley one encounters the infamous concrete strip road which has to be negotiated to get you up the mountain. A distance of about 1.5km’s elevates you some 700 meters!
From the top of the concrete strip it is a fairly easy ride on a good gravel road towards Tiffindell Ski Resort and on to the top of the Volunteershoek pass. At this stage one has climbed almost 1000m above the altitude of Rhodes village.
Volunteershoek pass then drops very steeply down into the beautiful Wartrail valley. It is then a long ride back to Rhodes through the scenic Joggemspruit pass and Mosheshesford.
This is a long ride and it is recommended that riders are accompanied by a support vehicle.
Another option would be to turn this into a two day excursion with riders booking in to one of the numerous accommodation facilities in the Wartrail valley.

Wartrail Loop

5) The Grandfather. Rhodes- Naudesnek/Cairntoul/Tenahead/Tiffendell/Carlisleshoek-Rhodes
This is also a very long and tough route of approximately 81 km’s.
The Grandfather is the route along which the now non-happening Rhodes Mountainbike Challenge used to be ridden.
On leaving Rhodes you take the public road up to the top of Naudesnek (Alt + -2600m,and almost 1000m above the village.).
A few sharp descents and inclines then take you to the edge of the great escarpment with spectacular views out over the Elandsheights and the old Transkei.
You then turn off the public road and follow the border patrol road, past Tenahead Lodge and along the Lesotho border before reaching the Rhodes/Tiffindell road.
The concrete strip road with its very steep descent then takes you down into the Carlisleshoek valley and on towards Rhodes.

The Grandfather