Attractions & Things to Do - Adventure
Mankele Mountain Bike Park
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. Mankele was established in 2007 with its main aim being a safe outdoor environment with a variety of activities and accommodation options for the whole family to enjoy. Mankele is fast becoming South Africa’s favourite place to mountain bike. Situated in the heart of Mpumalanga at the foot of the escarpment. With beautiful surroundings of tropical forests, open grass lands, rivers, dams, ravines, mountains and breath taking views. There is something for everyone here. ROUTES 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. Adventure zone: 2,4km flat track with small humps, berms and bumps for the kiddies and beginners to work on their technical skills. Or for the more advanced just to have a bit of fun. This also forms part of the school series xc track. Safe short and flattish, a perfect warm up before venturing onto the other trails. Blue Route: 4.5km Easy - Beginner. Fast flowing single track, bridges and jeep track. This route was designed for beginners to practice there technical skills. Duration 30 minutes. Pink Route: 4.5km, 120m Ascent, Moderate. This is a shorter version of the X-Country route. Test yourself on the single track, boardwalks, river crossings and technical climb. Duration 30 - 45 minutes. Red Route: 30km, 728 Ascent, Intermediate. This route is an extension of the Green Route. A bit more climbing with awesome views. This is a good long ride with a bit of everything in it. You have a choice of a technical (bush tunnel) or a fun twisty single track back. Escape point is at the green route turn off. Duration 5 hours. Purple Route: 55km, 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. Down Hill: 1.8km, Madness. It’s a double black. Caution - adrenaline is addictive. This is not for your average hard tail or got the gear but no idea type rider. Switch backs, drop offs and rock gardens will try rip you off your bike. Orange Route (X-Country): 8.8km, 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. Green Route: 20km, 480m Ascent, Moderate. Don’t let the distance fool you; this is 20km of single track, bush tunnels, bridges, boardwalks and lung bursting climbs. It’s a good work out while having the best time ever on two wheels. Duration 2 - 3 hours. FACILITIES There is a coffee shop & tuck shop to help you fill the gap after an awesome ride. We can cater for parties or any other functions The entertainment area contains a big screen TV with DSTV, pool table, darts, soccer table, braai areas, swimming pool & toilets. We have 2 x swimming pools to relax in. One at the camp site and the other at the cabins River tubing (seasonal) depending on the water levels. Great fun for team building (adult supervision compulsory) Mountain Bike Hire, for all shapes and sizes, We hire cycling helmets too - no helmet no ride! Click here for hire rates. Shaded areas for picnics, braais, parking, camping and also for just getting out of the sun and cooling off. ACCOMMODATION Log Cabins - Each air-conditioned self catering log cabin is fully equipped with linen, towels, cutlery, cooking utensils, fridge, stove, microwave, kettle, toaster etc. The cabins consist of 3 bedrooms which can sleep up to 8 people (1 x double bed, 2 x single beds & 2 x bunk beds) and also have 1 ½ bathrooms. Guests can enjoy spending time at their own private braai area next to the wooden deck. Permanent Canvas Tents - The canvas tents are well secluded in the bush for privacy. Each tent is equipped with beds, linen, fridge, kettle, basis cutlery, wooden deck and private braai area. The tented camps make use of the communal kitchen and ablutions which are within walking distance. The tents consist of 2 rooms which can sleep up to 4 people (2 x single beds + 2 x single beds) Camping - Campers have the choice of parking on the perfectly manicured lush green lawn section or they can rough it in our designated secluded bushveld camp sites. All camp sites have braai areas and water nearby with limited (3 prong plug) electrical points. Hot water ablutions and swimming pool has been placed in the middle to make it easily accessible. We also have 2 man dome tents and foam mattresses for hire for those with limited packing space. This is only for camping tents, the Permanent safari tents have beds and linen included.