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Total distance 61 km
Total gravel road52 km Gravel
Total tar road9 km Tar
Total climbing1196 meter

Lebanon loop

On this beautiful 60 km loop, you ride around the picturesque Karkloof Nature Reserve. The route takes you trough midlands farmland with beautiful, rolling hills and up to the summit of Lebanon.

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Midlands Farmland

Off the Karkloof Tar road, you get some .. km of nice gravel road 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.


After the nice short hills you start a … climb to the top of Lebanon. You will definitely find some steep sections, especially near the end, but I enjoy this climb as the hairpins remind me of climbs in the Tour de France. At the top you will be greeted with amazing views of the valley, and will ride trough indigenous forest.


When you exit the gate, you will find yourself on a plateau with a great view of the Gilboa Mountain. There is a bit of climbing to do here, in order to reach the top, where you enter a forestry area will a long flat gravel road


From the plateau you will descend for …km, past Mbona Nature reserve and the .. falls, to the Karkloof Road. This downhill is fast and can be relatively busy, so be careful in the blind turns.

This route sounds hectic, with the Lebanon climb, but overall it has 1196 meter of climbing: not to bad in a 60km loop

Park & Ride

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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