Event Date: 1 – 3 June 2018
Venue: Bezuidenhoutshoek Nature Reserve
Ticket Sales: Opens 17 January 2018

Event Overview

The Bezhoek Extreme MTB Festival is an awesome, 3-day event that is being hosted for the first time at Bezuidenhoutshoek Nature Reserve. These routes will not be open to the public and you’ll have the opportunity to be one of the first riders to tackle these exclusive routes.

Let’s face it, the events calendar is littered with stage races where races are reduced to, and riders are charged for, district road riding. We did not like that, so we set out to create an event that will remind you what mountain biking is all about… exhilarating single track, trails that have never been ridden before and water points that’ll take your breath away.

The Farm is situated in the Olifants River valley in Middelburg, Mpumalanga and is designated as irreplaceable and highly significant in terms of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Authority’s bio diversity assessment criteria which qualify it to be registered as a Protected area. The Olifants and Klein Olifants rivers converge in the North Western corner of the farm and meander on to Loskop and the Kruger National Park.

Get your tickets

What’s its all about?

  • You get three days of adventures, mountain biking, live entertainment and awesome hospitality for under R2000. Add accommodation and meals and you have yourself a MTB Festival that’s a 3rd of the cost of a 3-day stage race, and you get to take the family with you. Not bad value!
  • All 4 of the Bezhoek Extreme distances are CSA Sanctioned events.
  • Exclusive Access to purpose designed, world class trails on the Bezuidenhoutshoek Nature Reserve
  • Riverbeds, jeep track, rocky 4×4, single track, rock gardens and water crossings. No district roads
  • Accommodation at Olifants River Lodge is reserved at the race village. No transfers to and from the race village is required. (For your account)
  • Meals available from the Olifants River Lodge so you don’t even have to worry about catering (For your account)
  • Massage therapists will be available. Booking essential. (For your account.)
  • Bike wash and storage
  • Goodie bag
  • Official race shirt will be available at R799. More info coming soon.

Race Festival


Distance: 25km
Estimated Total Ascent: 500m

Format: XC course
Route: Olifants River Lodge
Time: 18h00
Entry Fee: R250
Meal included
Limited to 300 riders

Additional meals available
from vendors.


The Prologue is a nite race taking place on Friday 1 June 2018 and will set the scene for a weekend of awesome riding. A strong bike light will be required as you navigate this XC course. 


Route: Bezuidenhoutshoek Nature Reserve

Entry Fee: R550
Start Time: 09h00
Distance: 45km
Est. Total Ascent: 780m

Entry Fee: R850
Start Time: 08h00
Distance: 65km
Est. Total Ascent: 1100m

Entry Fee: R1050
Start Time: 07h00
Distance: 89km
Est. Total Ascent: 1500m

Limited to 100 Extreme and 200 Warrior riders

Spitbraai @ R180pp
(Booking Essential)


Distance: 45km
Estimated Total Ascent: 750m

Format: Half Marathon
Route: Bezuidenhoutshoek Nature Reserve
Time: 08h00
Entry Fee: R550
Limited to 300 riders



The MTB Challenge is the perfect way to end off the Bezhoek Extreme MTB Festival. This Sunday ride will take you on a leisurely [but tough] route to show you some more of the hidden gems on the Bezhuidenhoutshoek Nature Reserve.

Route Profile

Friday 25km

Saturday 45km

Saturday 65km

Saturday 89km

Sunday 45km

Prize Money

Bike Wash
and Storage

A bike wash and secure bike storage will be available to all participants at the Race Village free of charge.

Bike Mechanic

Basic services will be offered on a first come, first served basis. More information will be made available soon.

Massage Therapists

Long hours in the saddle can leave your muscles riddles with knots and scar tissue. A Sports Massage can help maintain the body in better condition, prevent injuries and loss of mobility, restore mobility to inured muscles and tissues, boost performance and extend the overall life of your sporting career. SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPISTS are team of qualified and experienced Sports Massage Therapists who will be available at the Bezhoek Extreme MTB Festival.

A 30 minute will cost R280 if you prebook, and R300 if you walk-in on the day. Please note there are limited spots available. To book your much needed and well deserved sports massage, please contact Gill for the booking form: bezhoekmassages@gmail.com.  They also offer free taping services, foam rollers and a stretching area for their massage clients.


Venue: Olifants River Lodge
Website: www.olifants-river-lodge.co.za

Accommodation can be booked directly with Olifants River Lodge – proof of Bezhoek Extreme MTB Festival 2018 entry will be required. Here’s a list of accommodation available.

  1. Rondawels: Sleeps 2 – R650 per unit per night
  2. Log Cabins: Sleeps 4 – R900 per unit per night
  3. Delux Chalet: Sleeps 4 – R1200 per unit per night
  4. Cabanas: Sleeps 4 – R1200 per unit per night
  5. River View Villas: Sleeps 4 – R1650 unit per per night
  6. River View Villas: Sleeps 6 – R2400 per unit per night
  7. Camp Sites: Max 6 per site – From R300 per stand per night (own tent)

Saturday Night Fever

What would a Festival be without live music, good food, a variety of craft drinks and family and friends? We would like to invite everybody to join us on Saturday evening for a Spitbraai (tickets available on the entry site). If spitbraai is not your thing you are still welcome and the variety of food and drink stalls will certainly have something that tickles the taste buds.

Entertaining us on the night will be Rob Edeling, a Blue, Country and Folk musician who has graced the stages of many well-known music festivals including Strab in Mozambique & Oppikoppi in Northam. Rob is also the lead singer and guitarist of the band Panjo the missing tiger. His solo shows include a mixture of old and new playing the music he loves, featuring artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley, Peter Starstet, Oasis and Johnny Cash. You don’t want to miss this.


All Race meals included with race entries will include the following options: Hamburger, Prego Roll, Boerewors Roll or Veggie Roll. Additional meals available from Vendors on the day. Spitbraai for the Saturday evening to be booked in advance on the Entry site.

Non-riders and Families

Families and supporters will have loads to do at the Bezhoek Extreme MTB Festival 2018. In fact, you may have just as much fun as the riders do on the trails (but don’t tell them). We have food stalls and drinks galore and there will be plenty to keep the kids busy. The race village is situated in the picturesque Olifants River Lodge which feature a heated swimming pool, playgrounds and beautiful lawns to relax and unwind.

Accommodation at Olifants River Lodge is reserved for both riders and non-riders so please bring family and friends. 

Special Deals for Riders