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Total distance 31 km
Total gravel road21 km Gravel
Total tar road10 km Tar
Total climbing650 meter

Barn Owl loop

A short, relatively easy, ride trough the heart of the Karkloof area and over the 3km long kyberpass. The Barn Owl Café and Terbodore are great places to start this ride, and provide the opportunity for a treat afterwards.

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Curry’s Post and Karkloof area

Curry's post's tar road forms 10 km of this loop, an easy and fast section as it is mainly downhill. The traffic on the road is not too bad so it is enjoyable and relaxing.

Entering the Gravel

Just after Tumblesdowns café, the route takes a left turn onto the gravel road towards Karkloof. Coming from the Curry’s post road, this stretch of Gravel is predominantly downhill, which allows you to enjoy the Farmlands and the view of the Karkloof nature reserve.

Turn left

After turning left at the 4-way crossing, you will continue trough pristine midlands farmland. It’s never completely flat, but the hills are relatively short, and you will be rewarded with breath-taking views of the Karkoof Nature Reserve along the way.

Kyberpass and Elliot's neck

The Kyberpass is an almost 3km long climb, which has some steep sections. Remember to pace yourself and enjoy the magnificent views. There is a little dam at the summit where you can take a breather.

Once you reach the top of Kyberpass, the hard work is over except for Elliot's neck. This short but very steep climb will hurt your legs as a final test, but afterwards you can relax and ride downhill, with the option to get a nice cup of coffee at Terbodore.

After Eliot’s neck, you will arrive at the Curry’s post road, and take a left turn onto it. Shortly after the turn you will find Terbodore on your right hand side and a couple of km’s further, you will pass The Barn Owl Café.

Alternatives

If you want to do some more you can turn right towards Karkloof country club, turn left onto the Karkloof road and after a couple of kilometers left again to pick up the rout again. This will add another 4-5 km to the loop.

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Barn Owl

The Barn Owl

Set on the Beautiful Groundcover farm on the iconic Midlands Meander our cafe is a comfortable, down-to-earth country cafe serving the best the locality has to offer. Its good honest food, delicious coffee in a relaxed country setting.

thebarnowl.co.za
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Terbodore

Terbodore

From a humble passion for exquisite coffee, came a family’s dream to produce the nation’s finest coffee. The love and care we put into every roast emanates from each perfectly brewed cup of Terbodore coffee enjoyed.

terbodorecoffee.co.za
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11 on Karkloof

11 on Karkloof

11 Karkloof is a rustic old Mushroom Farm in the beautiful KZN Midlands, only 6.5km from Howick, set in prime farmland of the Karkloof valley. Surrounded by the best single track in Southern Africa, the farm is the ideal starting point for mountain biking.

11karkloof.co.za
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Bushwillow

Bushwillow

The Shaw family have been on this farm since 1852. The Karkloof range is one of the largest privately owned indigenous forests. It has been the pride and joy of all the five generations who’ve lived here. Hikers, birders and lovers of flora and fauna, have over the years enjoyed disappearing among the “giants” for a day, far from the bustle of everyday life.

bushwillowcaravanpark.co.za
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