Kenneth Stainbank Reserve

Review Date: September 2011 Updated on:


5 stars Average
  • Value for money: 6.0
  • General Quality of the Trial: 6.0
  • Range of Trails: 3.0
  • Route Markings: 5.0

Riding Experience


5.5 stars average
  • Accessiblity: 4.0
  • Secure Parking: 8.0
  • Attractions in the area: 6.0
  • Child Friendly: 4.0

Facilities and Services

Stainbank is a spot that a lot of folks don’t really know about, and really, it’s right on our doorstep.

Being only 10km from the spaghetti junction, it is a great spot to shoot out to for a quick ride, which is about all you can do there, given that at about 5.5 kilometres, its not very long at all.

Getting there may seem a bit confusing, but its tar all the way and you arrive at this unexpected pocket of wilderness, still within the city limits, where Zebra, Impala and monkeys abound. If you are lucky you will also see some shy little Red Duiker and Bushbuck.

The bush is something that really impresses here and you find yourself in some beautiful KZN forest and grasslands, which I am told were once the haunt of King Shaka.

After signing in at the gate and coughing up the R15 for admission, make your way to the Lourie Picnic site car park where they have a nice shaded parking area, toilets and picnic sites. All very pleasant.

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Test Crew Wisdom

A place like Stainbank can be confusing to ride due to lack of trail signs or a confusing layout. It’s a good idea to go with a local, so if you are keen on going, chat through our Facebook site and see who has info or is keen to join you. In our experience, all mountain bikers are cool folks and will gladly help out.



  • Fun trail to ride if you don’t mind a bit of adventure
  • Beautiful KZN bush
  • Animals are a nice touch
  • Viaduct over the river
  • Cheap


  • Poor trail layout
  • Poor trail marking
  • Single track has suffered erosion and has soft sand sections
  • Not a lot of variety

What's on offer

  • 2 trails
  • Tea Garden which is open first Sunday of every month
  • Picnic sites
  • Toilets
  • Nice wilderness walking trails for families