A recent innovation in the Kruger is the introduction of guided mountain bike trails. All currently depart from Olifants restcamp, and there is a choice of either half- or full- day trips.
Places are limited to 6 participants per trail and, as with all Kruger activities, reservations should be made well in advance.
Two qualified and armed field guides lead the trails. Three routes are available, graded according to difficulty and technicality from green (moderate length and terrain) to black (very technical and strenuous).
The recommended trail for beginners and less experienced riders is the Hardekool-Draai trail (green rating). More experienced riders will savour the spectacular scenery combined with the test of more technical skills of the Confluence trail.
A fair level of skill and fitness is required for all trails, but particularly the Border Trail which becomes a full day trail when extended to the Olifants gorge.
Should participants want to use their own mountain bikes, proof of a recent service by an accredited bike shop will have to be supplied. The participants will then be required to take their own equipment i.e. puncture repair kits, tools, spares, tubes etc.
Otherwise Olifants Camp will supply the mountain bikes, along with backpacks, water bottles, bicycle helmets and snacks.
There is a good article on the Kruger biking trail experience in Wild Card Magazine.