We focus on BESPOKE TOURS & NICHE EVENTS, as experience has taught us that most riders/tourists would like an experience that is specifically tailored to their wants, so we “Design your Dream Ride“, creating any Mountain Bike Adventure that you wish. Tours shown on this website are examples of what we do and where we go,
Our NICHE EVENTS are a league apart from 1000’s in the hustle and bustle of stage races, rather catering for the mountain bike adventurer in a smaller, more intimate environment. DESIGN YOUR DREAM RIDE – BESPOKE TOURS
Outside of our niche events, our “Design Your Dream Ride” approach gives the adventurer much more scope to tailor the experience. We find that a group of international travellers have a more diverse need than a group of locals or a Company wanting to entertain their clients, so we can add to or subtract from our TYPICAL OR STANDARD TOURS by customising them for specific needs, creating your Dream Ride.
If you don’t find find what you need here, or the area you want to ride in isn’t on this site, just ask, we’re only too happy to oblige, especially if it means exploring somewhere new.
In building a tour based on any of our typical tours or on request for other areas, we try to get to know our groups so we can help them build up a ride that suits them. There are many variables selected to create the ride, some of which are:
• The number of riding days
• Based on the type of riding preferred and skills we tailor routes accordingly
• Based on perceived fitness we tailor typical daily times
• There can sometimes be accommodation and food options
Outside of the tour itself, there are other arrangements that Detour Trails can offer such as:
• Travel to and from the tour can be a challenge, so we often can help with these arrangements
• Bicycle hire can be arranged
• Occasionally we arrange riding or casual gear specific to the tour, eg. riding tops, caps, jackets
• For international travellers we can suggest additional activities and places to see in SA and make the necessary arrangements
Typically the riders we encounter are:
• Groups of friends or families looking for an adventure mountain biking experience
• Companies using mountain biking for entertaining clients
Should you feel that your group is too small, do not despair as Detour Trails makes every effort to link smaller groups of like-minder riders to make the tours viable. All riders need to do is enquire stating their preferred tour and we’ll keep this on record.
COMPANIES have been using large stage races as platforms to entertain, but they are beginning to realise that it is more effective to have their own small group bespoke ride. They have the opportunity to tailor exactly what they wish and we at Detour Trails will oblige.
THE DETAILS OF EACH TOUR IS FOR A TYPICAL OR STANDARD TOUR
Bike and Battle:
This mountain bike touring event caters for a range of riders riding in supported groups. Riders explore the trails and wagon routes used by many of the soldiers and warriors when the British under Lord Chelmsford invaded Zululand in 1879. Riders will get a taste of these epic battles complete with all the stupidity and heroism while riding on some amazing raw, natural trails.
Lesotho Mega Enduro:
WHO SHOULD CONSIDER THIS TRAIL – If you enjoy fast, natural single track and technical challenges the Lesotho Mega Enduro should be on your bucket list. Experience the Basotho culture and enjoy a weekend of rad riding with friends and like-minded riders. Over four days of riding, riders will be presented with more epic trails than their bodies will allow them to do and to save energy, we will shuttle assist everywhere possible.
Think of Africa’s version of Trans Provence or Andes Pacifico and you’ll have a good idea of what’s in store
DETAILS OF THE TYPICAL OR STANDARD LESOTHO MEGA ENDURO
Trails of the Zulu Kingdom:
KwaZulu Natal is dominated by the Zulu nation where most still live rural lives tending the soil and their livestock. This is a huge opportunity for mountain biking on raw natural trails that are sculpted through the ages by these rural peopled as they go about their daily lives. Just a stone’s throw away from the city of Durban is the fabled Valley of 1000 Hills, the nearest rural area which is dominated by the uMsundusi and uMgeni Rivers and hill after hill extending from the river valleys, making it a microcosm of rural Zulu life with endless opportunities to ride while interacting with the folk who live here.
DETAILS OF THE TYPICAL OR STANDARD ZULU KINGDOM TRAILS TOUR
Valley Day Trips:
The Valley of 1000 Hills, a stone’s throw from Durban, is populated by rural Zulu still tending the soil and their livestock. This is a huge opportunity for mountain biking on raw natural trails that are sculpted through the ages by these rural peopled as they go about their daily lives. There are endless opportunities to ride while interacting with the folk who live here.
DETAILS OF THE TYPICAL OR STANDARD VALLEY DAY TRIP
Umlazi Shebeen Tour:
Take a ride through the heart and soul of a true South African township.
This half day tour by bicycle (approx. 8km) will give riders a true taste of how the locals in Umlazi live. There are 6-8 stops for a ‘jol’ at different shebeens, to drink uMqomboti under a tree, experience Zwelethu traditional shisa nyma and other popular local hangouts in the township. This is a once in a life time experience and a must do, not only for tourists but also for every passionate South African.
We start/finish off at Max’s Lifestyle Lounge where there is sure to be a great vibe and lots of welcoming locals exuding ‘Kasie’ culture to help us end the day off on an unforgettable note. There’s sure to be Super Diski on the big screen, so if we’re lucky it will be Pirates vs Chiefs.
DETAILS OF THE TYPICAL OR STANDARD UMLAZI SHEBEEN TRIP
Lesotho All Mountain Adventure:
If you enjoy fast, natural single track and technical challenges the Lesotho Gravity Experience should be on your bucket list. Experience the Basotho culture and enjoy a weekend of rad riding with friends. Over three days (possibly four) of riding, riders will be presented with more epic trails than their bodies will allow them to do and to save energy, we will shuttle assist everywhere possible.
DETAILS OF THE TYPICAL OR STANDARD LESOTHO ALL MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE
No Mans Land:
This part of the foothills of the Maluti Mountains was originally ‘no-man’s-land’ between the Cape and Natal Colonies before being occupied by Adam Kok and his Griqua tribe. The area has a network of the most amazing natural trails created by the local communities, their ponies, cattle and goats as they go about their daily lives. No matter what detours we take, all riders will be ‘blown you away’ by the riding and amazing scenery.
DETAILS OF THE TYPICAL OR STANDARD NO MAN’S LAND TOUR
AND SO MNAY MORE!!!!!!!!
Be sure to read up on all of our adventures to choose the best one for you!