Mountain biking

Venture into the mountains on various mountain biking trails to suit all levels of abilities from comfortable to extreme. Ride on single tracks, gravel roads, climbs and descents witd spectacular views.

Gates of Paradise Trail

Mountain biking, Malealea, Lesotho

Closest town Malealea Lodge, Pony Trek & Mountain Bike Centre
Trail destination This track is along the gravel road that leads to Malealea Lodge and passes over the Gates of Paradise Pass.
Overview “Wayfarer pause, and look upon the gateway of paradise” are the words of the founder of Malalea trading station. Go and see why!
On your bike   Starting at Malealea Lodge follow the gravel road all the way back to the Gates of Paradise Pass. 5 km of climbing will get you there before a 2 km descent takes you to the tar road. Now turn around and do it in reverse.
Off your bike Pause a moment at the pass, take in the magnificence of the valley before you and dream of all the MTB trails to come!
Contact Malealea Lodge, Pony Trek & Mountain Bike
Distance 14.9 km
Grading Easy – Moderate
Duration 1 hour
Start point Malealea Lodge, Pony Trek & Mountain Bike
Cellphone reception Patchy
Best time of year Each season has its beauty

Ha Patela – Ribaneng Trail

Mountain biking, Malealea, Lesotho

Closest town Malealea Lodge, Pony Trek & Mountain Bike Centre
Trail destination This trail takes you down to the Makhaleng River and along the Ribaneng valley. You then return down an amazing single track before a porterage section gets you back to Malealea. An extended option can skip the porterage section with a longer ride.
Overview A great day out to experience the sights and sounds of rural Basotho life.
On your bike   Starting at Malealea Lodge follow the road towards the Gates of Paradise Pass. 5 km up the road take the jeep track at Matebele Café towards Ha Qaba across the valley. Join the road again and enjoy the downhill to the Makhaleng River. After the bridge turn left and stay on this road for 20 km before another descent takes you to the Ribaneng River. From here you climb for 2km before taking a single track/jeep track to another amazing technical descent. After wading across the Makhaleng a 20 min porterage section will get you back to Malealea.
Off your bike Majestic scenery, domestic animals, friendly villagers, refreshing river swim, Bald Ibis sightings, amazing technical descent.
Contact Malealea Lodge, Pony Trek & Mountain Bike
Distance 49 km
Grading Technical , Moderate
Duration 4-6 hours
Start point Malealea Lodge, Pony Trek & Mountain Bike
Cellphone reception Patchy
Best time of year Each season has its beauty

Malealea Monster Trail

Mountain biking, Malealea, Lesotho

Closest town Malealea Lodge, Pony Trek & Mountain Bike Centre
Trail destination This trail follows the route of the Malealea Monster 2013 MTB race which was voted the best yet so far in terms of technicality, beauty and difficulty.
Overview If you enjoy long climbs and technical descents then this is the ride for you.
On your bike   Starting at Malealea Lodge follow the directions for the Malealea Monster ½. At the main road turn left and cross the Makhaleng River before turning right and climbing for 3km. This is long and tough. Once up then follow the road for 8km before turning off the main road and following amazing single track through remote villages. This loops until you join a jeep track at Ha Mathabang school. Follow the jeep track back to the main road before descending to the Makhaleng River. From here it’s a climb out of the valley before a jeep track at Ha Qaba brings you back at on the Gates of Paradise road to Malealea.
Off your bike
Contact Malealea Lodge, Pony Trek & Mountain Bike
Distance 65 km
Grading Moderate – Difficult (good fitness required)
Duration 4-7 hours
Start point Malealea Lodge, Pony Trek & Mountain Bike
Cellphone reception Patchy
Best time of year Each season has its beauty

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