Mankele is home to top class trails

Our adrenaline pumping trails are world class and home to SA’s top riders. The trails are kept in race condition at all times. 

Mankele’s world class trails has become the training playground for SA’s top riders. With a number of top events held at Mankele, the trails are always kept in race condition.

The adrenaline pumping trails have an excellent balance: from lung bursting climbs, disc burning descents, nail biting north shore, big drops, river crossings and fast, smooth single track. We have something here for everyone, no matter what riding skill, fitness level or age.

All trails are marked out using an easy to follow colour coded system, with points of interest along the way and warning signs for any technical or heart in your throat obtacles, many of these have an atrenative and less intimidating “chicken out” detour around them.

Pink (4.5km) 

120 meter ascent
This is a shorter version of the X-Country route. Test yourself on the single track, boardwalks, river crossings and technical climb, Don’t be fooled pink is not just for girls.
Duration 30 – 45 minutes

Blue (4.5km) 

Easy / beginner level 
Fast and flowing single track, bridges and jeep track. This route was designed for beginners to practice their skills without too much exertion.
Duration 30 minutes

Orange (8km) 

160m Ascent / Technical
Used for Nationals Cross Country. Boardwalks, bush tunnels, bridges and some hairy descents are on the menu once you have climbed the unforgiving Sting. 
Duration 25 – 50 minutes


Yellow (4.4km) 

A short ride along the R539 tar road and a short stretch of gravel road before the mostly downhill bush-tunnel single track back and over the tar road and then enjoying the last bit of singletrack along the river.

Silver (28km) 

 This a lung Busting Proper Climbing Route most of Sappi Forest Finishing off with Sappi Bush Tunnel and then Juniors new Bush Tunnel


Purple (45km) 

1200m Ascent / Difficult
The first 15km is a non stop battle with granny gear. The view and single track is well worth the climb. Two escape routes have been marked out. Take lots of water, food and a cell phone.
Duration 5 – 8 hours