Explore the little-known area of Pongola as we wind along farm tracks and water channels towards Pongola Game Reserve and the Lebombo Mountains.
The sugar cane fields are the ideal place to warm up the legs before we head into wild Zululand bushveld. We need to find out where the elephant and buffalo are to avoid them on the bikes. We’ll have time to look for them later on a game drive or river cruise. From Pongola Reserve, the Lebombo Mountains loom, but with the single track trails of Hluhluwe our destination, the climbing is well worth it.
THEMBE TRAIL TOUR ITINERARY
An exploration of the finest riding Zululand has to offer.
OUR JOURNEY BEGINS (TRAVEL DAY)
Make your way to the town of Pongola for our first night and ride briefing at Elegant Lodge. You’ll get all the info you need for the next couple of days while enjoying a traditional braai.
PONGOLA TOWN TO PONGOLA GAME RESERVE
We roll right out of the front door of our lodge and straight into the lush fields that surround Pongola. We get close to the Swaziland border before turning south and heading along the Pongola river to the boundary of the private Pongola Game Reserve. We are met by a backup 4x4 to ensure our safety in this big game country before our arrival at Nkwazi Lodge. Enjoy a game drive through the reserve or just settle into the incredible view down the Pongola river from the lodge deck.
PONGOLA GAME RESERVE TO UMKHUMBI LODGE (HLUHLUWE)
Today's route takes us through the southern parts of Pongola Game Reserve and back into farmlands before we start the climb up the Lebombo mountains. We travel along the top of mountains, through small settlements and dodging the occasional cow or goat. A long descent back off the mountains gives us some free miles before we head along a district road bordered by some of Zululand's best Big5 reserves. The final few kilometres as we get into Hluhluwe reward us with some superb single track before we arrive at Umkhumbi Lodge. A well-deserved refreshment awaits as the sun goes down to the sounds of Zululand.
HLUHLUWE LOOP AND RETURN HOME
We sneak in a shorter ride on our final morning to get in some more of the superb trails around Hluhluwe and parts of Lake St Lucia. A shower and a quick bite to eat at the lodge awaits on our return before the transfer back to our starting point in Pongola town. From here it is goodbye until next time as we make our ways back home.
What we provide and what's included in the package:
- All Internal transfers
- All accommodation in Lodges (please inquire about upgrade options)
- All meals and selected snacks
- Activity drinks
- Water stops along the way on selected days
- Full-Time guiding and mechanical support
- One activity per full day
- Any trail fees
- 4x4 Back-up support vehicle
Please inquire about the following options
Bike transfer ex. JHB
Return Flights ex. JHB for participants
Accommodation Upgrades or exclusive lodge use