Sunday, 3 August 2008

Featured Listing - Giba Gorge MTB Park

Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park, situated in Westmeath-Durban, is one of those fantastic success stories. The idea to create a safe, family friendly and easily accessible Mountain Bike Park, which could cater to both the Novice and the Expert Rider, was born just over a year ago.

Jason Nichol relates how the quarry on the current site had been in the family for many years, and a group of avid Mountain Bikers approached him to see if they could use the site for a Mountain Bike event. As they say in the movies, "the rest is history". Jason soon saw that there was a large demand for such a facility and started laying out the first single tracks. Maintaining these tracks is clearly a huge task, so Jason implemented a community development project with the nearby community and is now able to provide gainfull employment to many previously unemployed community members.

Although there was never a master development plan, Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park is constantly evolving and new facilities are being added every month. The site currently has over 45km of single tracks, a BMX track, a Free Style Park and a Kiddies Bike Park, which has been specially designed to develop MTB skills at a young age. Giba Gorge is an excellent venue for kids parties and has some specially tailored packages - see listing on

There is a Coffee Shop and Bar at Giba Gorge, and last month saw the opening of an on-site cycle shop for sales, repairs and servicing. With plans to build additional overnight accommodation on site and expand the amount of single track courses available, Giba Gorge is a must do for any MTB enthusiast in KZN.

And best of all - it is situated within riding distance of Hillcrest, Westville and Kloof, so you don't even have to drive there!! Happy cycling.

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