As you start your Great Zuurberg Trek north of the Zuurberg Mountain Inn, you’ll be retracing the ox-wagon tracks of the Voortrekkers. Enjoy the original road that would take you north up to waterpoint one at the 15km mark. A long steady 8km climb out of the valley followed by a fun switchback downhill known as Gowar’s Gauntlet takes you to the second waterpoint at 20km.
The route continues west along the Elephant Back road until you reach the next waterpoint at 35km. This is your final waterpoint and it would be a good idea to refuel and gather your strength for the final steady climb to the finish at the Zuurberg Inn.
Distance: 58kmElevation: 1200m
The initial 10km will be familiar from the previous day. After that, you’ll venture off the beaten path, descending Seven Dwarfs Drop with breathtaking views into Otters Valley. Follow the Witrivier for 7km, then tackle the first major climb to reach the waterpoint atop Monti’s Hill.
Enjoy the scenic vistas of Slagboom Dam during a fast descent and short climb. Pedal over undulating terrain along Slagboom Road, passing through Enon. At the 40km mark, find the second waterpoint.
Immerse yourself in the citrus orchards of the Sundays River Valley until waterpoint three at 55km. Pass through Intsomi Reserve, sample Hayterdale’s singletrack, and reach the fourth waterpoint at 70km. Conquer the uphill final 10km with determination.
Distance: 50kmElevation: 1200m