Mountain Biking Culture Trail
This half-day cycle tour starts at Mantenga in suburban Swaziland and soon enters a rural area where everyday Swazi lifestyle can be observed. A footbridge across the Lusushwana River offers access to Lobamba, the Royal Village and home to the National Stadium, Houses of Parliament, National Museum, National Archives, King Sobhuza II Memorial Park, National Church and Ludzidzini, home to the Swazi Queen Mother and site of the annual Swaziland Reed Dance. Follow your friendly local Swazi guide on a trail of interaction, meeting people, visiting homes, tasting Swazi beer at a shebeen, roasting bits of meat on fire, buying fruit at the market and generally mixing with Swazi people in a way that one can only do on a bicycle.
The trail then moves on to Mantenga Nature Reserve with lovely natural scenery, waterfalls and a 19th century Swazi Cultural Village in pristine settings. Learn about the traditions and beliefs of the Swazi nation, as preserved in a living museum, and then catch an energetic foot-stomping display of the traditional Swazi sibhaca dancing.
21-speed mountain bikes (MTB's) are used for this activity. Helmets are provided.
The tour itinerary varies from day to day guided by the participants level of fitness, the weather and any special activities that may be underway in the Lobamba area.
Swazi Trails cycle tours make use of TREK MTB's, with a selection of aluminum frame TREK 4000 and steel frame TREK 800 bikes. All bikes have front suspension and 21 speed Shimano gear systems. Frame sizes vary from 16 to 22.5 inches. On the trail low traffic routes are purposely chosen and steep hills avoided where possible. Cycle helmets are supplied and water bottles. Repair materials and a first-aid kit taken on all rides. Guides are English-speaking. Full medical assistance is found within 30min of most points on these routes.
This trail includes the full entry fee for Mantenga Nature Reserve and the Swazi Cultural Village, with access to all the attractions within this area.
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.
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For Swazi Trails operated services, 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.
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This trail does not include a hotel or lodge pick-up. It departs from the Swazi Trails offices at Mantenga Craft & Lifestyle Centre in Ezulwini. See our location tab for directions to Swazi Trails.
Hotel pick-up's can however be arranged (at an additional charge), so make this known as a Special Request on your booking page.