Single-track delight is the name of the Howick mountain biking game. The trail starts at the Howick Medical Centre.
Add a few solid climbs, awesome (and endless) views over Midmar Dam, the Drakensberg foothills, plus technical challenges such as rock gardens, drop-offs and wooden bridges. Oh, can we mention all that flowing single-track just one more time? The grading is difficult – rough, tough mountain biking – not for novices. Allow 4 hours. The grading is moderate and duration 2 - 3 hours.
There are many access points onto the Karkloof Valley (15km from Howick) mountain biking trails system, but the way to do this is the legal way, and that means you need to head to the Karkloof Country Club. This is where you need to sign your indemnity form and pay for your permit before you crank off on what I promise will be one of the best rides of your life.
There are three permanent routes to choose from, and they are all extremely well sign-posted. Before you leave check out the map board at the club and take a pic on your cell phone for reference purposes while along the trail. Emergency numbers can be found on the back of your indemnity/permit, so it is all pretty well organised. The grading is moderate and duration 2 - 3 hours.By Jacques Marais