Jacques Marais

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So far Jacques Marais has created 12 blog entries.
12 01, 2023

Wild Coasting: MTB Routes in the Wild Heart of the Eastern Cape

By |2023-01-12T21:43:47+02:00January 12th, 2023|Trails|Comments Off on Wild Coasting: MTB Routes in the Wild Heart of the Eastern Cape

The breathtaking Wild Coast boasts truly epic riding, all the way from the scenic ‘tamer’ section that languishes down south near the muddy roil of the Great Kei River, all the way north to where it nudges up again KZN. Let’s just say it is a vast and exhilarating MTB playground. Words and Images by [...]

14 12, 2022

The Yzers Darling Duo: !Khwa ttu and the Living Colour Trail

By |2022-12-14T21:01:53+02:00December 14th, 2022|Trails|Comments Off on The Yzers Darling Duo: !Khwa ttu and the Living Colour Trail

Ah man, what a jol you can have on the West Coast! In this month's MTB ROUTES Trail Blog, we give you the low-down on both the !Khwa ttu San Experience Trails, near Yzerfontein, and the new Living Colour Trail Adventure Centre, just up the road en route to Darling. Go give it gas!  Photographs [...]

24 11, 2022

Piketberg Mountain Gravel Road Circuit

By |2022-11-24T11:54:04+02:00November 24th, 2022|Trails|Comments Off on Piketberg Mountain Gravel Road Circuit

Get your Vitamin G(ravel) fix the next time you visit the Berg River Tourism Area, approximately 90min from Cape Town. The challenging Piketberg Circuit meanders via the scenic Sandveld plains and boasts a total riding distance of up to 300km, depending on your choice of route.   Photographs & Copy: Jacques Marais Local Buzz: A [...]

8 11, 2022

Stanford Valley Guest Farm: The ‘Ultimate Southern Pass Trail’

By |2022-11-08T12:55:34+02:00November 8th, 2022|Trails|Comments Off on Stanford Valley Guest Farm: The ‘Ultimate Southern Pass Trail’

Stanford Valley Guest Farm and its great trail network (and incredible outdoor playground) awaits just beyond the tranquil and tiny village of Stanford. Set alongside the winding water course of the Klein River and at the foot of the rugged Akkedisberg range, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more scenic riding destination. Words and Photos [...]

10 10, 2022

Trails: Fairy-Tale Forests and Garden Route Singletracks at Oakhurst MTB Trails

By |2022-10-10T14:01:00+02:00October 10th, 2022|Trails|Comments Off on Trails: Fairy-Tale Forests and Garden Route Singletracks at Oakhurst MTB Trails

Oakhurst Farm, hidden in the fairy-tale forests between George and Sedgefield, makes a perfect base if you’re keen to explore some of the Garden Route’s lesser-known trail networks. This is where the outdoor crowd head to when they want to escape the crowds who have yet to discover Hoekwil and its tranquil surrounds, far away [...]

30 09, 2022

Dirt Surfing Daze on the Eastern Cape’s 3 Rivers Trails

By |2022-09-30T11:25:38+02:00September 30th, 2022|Trails|Comments Off on Dirt Surfing Daze on the Eastern Cape’s 3 Rivers Trails

There’s rollicking riding to be had where the Eastern Cape’s ‘Frontier Country’ hinterland borders onto the Sunshine Coast. Jacques Marais went native and checked out some brand-new sections along 3 RIVERS TRAILS near Jeffreys Bay. Photographs & Copy: Jacques Marais Local Buzz: Khangela mfethu, die Oos-Kaap is ‘n lekker plek, no matter what language you [...]

12 09, 2022

Trails: DIY Around the Pot Tours from Swellendam

By |2022-09-12T18:07:32+02:00September 12th, 2022|Trails|Comments Off on Trails: DIY Around the Pot Tours from Swellendam

Crank up the magic of the Overberg back roads amidst the breathtaking canola and wheat fields lining the picturesque ‘Around The Pot’ Route. This race rates right up there as one of SA’s ‘greatest gravel grinds’, and you’ll be chuffed to know you can now ride it solo any time you like! Photographs & Copy: [...]

22 08, 2022

Garden Route Gems: Ride the Saasveld Trails

By |2022-08-22T18:07:42+02:00August 22nd, 2022|Trails|Comments Off on Garden Route Gems: Ride the Saasveld Trails

You’ve seen the George number plate, right? Locals will have you believe that the ‘CAW’ stand for ‘cold and wet’, but this is just a malicious rumour spread by the outdoor crowd there keen to keep you off their trails …  Photographs & Copy: Jacques Marais   Local Buzz: No my china, George is anything [...]

10 08, 2022

Trekking to Teebus, Steynsburg, Eastern Cape

By |2022-08-10T15:25:42+02:00August 10th, 2022|Trails|Comments Off on Trekking to Teebus, Steynsburg, Eastern Cape

I’m an  Oos Kaap boykie, so the odds were always spot-on that I would enjoy the Trek 2 Teebus MTB Stage Race  and the surrounding Steynsburg  region. But man, I had no idea how much of a jol this event would turn out to be … Photographs & Words by Jacques Marais The Area The far-away and fabulous [...]

21 07, 2022

Swellendam MTB Trails

By |2022-07-21T09:46:08+02:00July 21st, 2022|Trails|Comments Off on Swellendam MTB Trails

Local Buzz: Here’s the deal: the Swellendam Trails (all hand-crafted on space belonging to the local Municipality) is open and FREE. Yup, you heard correctly, and I guarantee you there is nowhere else in the Western Cape where you will have open public access to trails of this quality. The setting adjacent to Marloth Nature [...]

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