Mountain Biking Culture Safari Combo
Swaziland-based tour and adventure operators Swazi Trails offer two standard half-day bicycle trails - the Mountain-bike Safari and the Mountain-bike Culture Trail . This particular Mountain Biking Culture Safari Combo simply combines these two popular outings into a one-day adventure that is worth every minute... particularly as it comes at a discounted rate.
Your local Swazi guide will take you on a relaxed, meandering trail through the Ezulwini Valley, Lobamba, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Mantenga Nature Reserve areas. Spares, pumps and a first aid kit are carried and cycling helmets are provided. Our bikes are 21-speed MTB's, with the available gears being useful to cover the undulating route.
Although this trail can cover from 20 to 30km in distance it is generally not strenuous and with the cycling spread out across the day and punctuated by regular stops at points of interest, this adventure is manageable by almost anyone who can ride a bicycle. There is no fixed route and your guide will be able to customise the ride to allow for weather, differences in fitness and special interest requests.
Read our itineray description below, browse our photo gallery tab above or have a quick look at our short YouTube video under the Adventure Activities Category . This is low-impact, environmentally-friendly tourism at its best - if you've already spent enough time in a car - try this for a healthy alternative.
The Mountain Biking Culture Safari Combo - full day
09h00 - we meet at Mantenga Craft & Lifestyle Centre in Ezulwini. Test bikes, adjust seats, fit helmets and generally get ready to roll.
09h15 - 10h15 - a relaxed ride through Lobamba Village and past the the Queen Mother's Residence to the Sangweni Entrance Gate of nearby Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.
10h15 - 12h30 - game-viewing dirt tracks, special cycle trails through the trees, single-track excitement and plenty game-viewing. Zebras, wildebeest, blesbok, warthogs, nyala, kudu, waterbuck, the rare roan antelope, hippo and crocodiles are all regularly spotted at close proximity. Optional swim in the camp pool or warm spring.
12h30 - lunch. Lunch is a self-catering affair and entirely flexible. Grab a bite to eat at the Hippo Haunt Restaurant at Mlilwane, or eat with the locals at Lobamba Village, or even stop at a choice of restaurants in Ezulwini. Lunch costs are for own account and not inclusive in the tour.
14h00 - after a few stops in Lobamba to soak up typical local culture, its time to hit Mantenga Nature Reserve, home to the Swazi Cultural Village - a living museum. Here a tour of the village and a traditional dancing display keep us busy most of the afternoon with an optional dip in the river below the waterfall being a last adventure for the daty.
16h30 Its just a short ride back to Mantenga now...to wrap up a fun-filled day.
Note: this itinerary may be re-adjusted by your guide to better suit daily conditions.
This bicycle trail sticks to low traffic routes however participants need to ride responsibly and vigilantly at all times. Full medical assistance is found within 30min of most points on these routes.
Appropriate clothing is advised, suncream, a swimming costume (optional) and if you have a daypack bring an extra water container along.
Participation by children on this cycle tour is possible, but entirely dependent on the child's ability to ride an adult size bicycle.
Children under U18 years 50% discount on trail prices, provided that there are at least two full-paying adults on the trip, or one adult with two children.
It should be noted that due to the full-day nature of this trail only younger children who are regular cyclists should be considered suitable to participate. Taking a half day option may be a safer bet for children U13 years.
For Swazi Trails operated services the general policy is:
Cancellations made 21 days or more before arrival will incur an administration fee of no more than 10% of the value of the amount paid.
If cancelled within 14 to 20 days, then 25% of the total price is forfeited;
within 7 to 13 days, 50% of the total price is forfeited;
within 6 days, 100% of the total price is forfeited.
Book for more than 20 people, contact us directly
Pick-up's from nearby lodges and hotels can be arranged - mention this as a Special Request on your Booking Page. Additional charges apply.