Rock the Cradle to skill-up on your mountain bike

March 2018 marked the completion of a project that was commissioned in late 2017 by the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site Management Authority to build an extension to the existing mountain bike trail within the road reserve of the greater Cradle of Humankind.

The addition of a 13km extension to this track means that mountain bikers can enjoy a full off-road lap through the Cradle over a distance of 31km.

Clear signage and road markings to ensure that the route is safely ridden clockwise, with careful well-signed road crossings, means that fat and skinny tyres alike are able to enjoy the Cradle.

These tracks have always been well maintained and are not overly technical, which allows riders a good introduction to mountain biking if they are thinking of riding the 25km route.

No ride is complete without a good coffee, and this trail offers ample opportunities to tick this box. There are five key parking areas for visiting riders, where one can park and link into the trail. They include: Bidon Bistro, Valverde Eco Hotel, Riverstone Lodge, Ground Café and the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve. If you park at one, you can choose one of the others to stop at for coffee before you finish your loop.

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