There is much said about Avianto as a hotel and wedding facility but they have a gem of a Mountain Bike Park that deserves praise.
When you arrive, the guard will direct you to the parking on the left. Go left, and as you do, keep looking out your rear view mirror and you will soon see a long vertical yellow road sign with an arrow pointing to the floor. Remember this sign behind your, as this is where you want to go to start your ride once on your bike and it will lead you steeply downhill through the lower parking lot. There is another such sign at the end of the upper parking lot but this takes you to a tail end of the trails outside the Avianto property. It is interesting but leave it for the end if you have some juice left.
Once you follow the directions of the first sign, the rest are clear and obvious. You will ride through a bridge over a river and up the hill to a building that overlooks the river. This is where you pay for your ride (R30). The trails start and end here.
The trail is mostly single trail on hardpack. Although this area is known for loose gravel over hardpack (front wheel slideouts), there is surprisingly little here. This makes the trail quite fast and it is varied in topography. I believe there are shower facilities but I didn't stay long enough to find out, but certainly saw a few people walking to the main reception area with gear bags after completing their rides. I finished at 13h30 on Sunday and the bike cleaner had vanished as had everyone else.
I rate this trail and surrounding facilities as a 4 but had there been even simple food and drink on offer at the top clubhouse, then I would have rated it a 5.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inspired by the unpretentious simplicity and warmth of rural European villages, Avianto has been lovingly built and is managed with a warm professionalism and a gentle, personal touch. The communal nature of the village is designed to connect people for the duration of their stay, living in a personal space with it's own character and yet intrinsically part of a community. Avianto strives to exceed their clients' expectations every step of the way. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Avianto Hotel Muldersdrift