Misty Valley

Review Date: September 2011 Updated on:


6.8 stars Good
  • Value for money: 7.0
  • General Quality of the Trial: 8.0
  • Range of Trails: 5.0
  • Route Markings: 7.0

Riding Experience


5.5 stars average
  • Accessiblity: 3.0
  • Secure Parking: 7.0
  • Attractions in the area: 7.0
  • Child Friendly: 5.0

Facilities and Services

Situated outside Machadodorp and above Waterval Boven, Misty Valley sits on top of the escarpment, and the property promises some great views down over the adjacent valleys.

On a recent trip through the area we decided to stop by this new biking destination and get a taste of what they had to offer after seeing some marketing info that they had been putting out.

First off, they have probably one of the most impressive entrances to a trail/ bikepark we have ever seen, with a gatehouse, fancy walls, manicured garden and gateman. Driving into the reception through this nature reserve you get the same neat and tidy vibe, and they clearly value presenting themselves well.

This is definitely a very new riding destination, and when we visited, they were still in the process of setting up their dedicated MTB reception, which looks like it will be very nice as well, but in the mean time we headed to the normal resort reception to sign in and pay the nominal entrance fee, collect our number board and get some trail info. Sadly the last item was sorely lacking.

We have been assured that this will be rectified shortly with the new set-up, but apart from the main trails guy, who was out at the time, there was no-one who could help us with trail info.

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Test Crew Wisdom

Be an ambassador. This type of location really lends itself to getting non-riders into mountain biking. With lots of trails, including easy and short routes, very nice resort with all the amenities and stuff for the kids to do, a weekend here is a great way to spread the love of MTB.



  • Awesome creativity on the trails
  • Ride with animals, including one of the owners dogs
  • Nice place for kids and families
  • Cheap to ride the trails
  • Very nice signage
  • Link to Waterval Boven trails
  • Nice rental bikes


  • Not the biggest place ever
  • No trail distance information on the website or at reception
  • Be careful on the rocky sections, as a crash here will make you leak red stuff
  • A bit bland this time of year as its very dry

What's on offer

  • Plenty of different trail options
  • Very comfortable accommodation, restaurant, tennis courts, etc
  • Game viewing
  • Nice wilderness walking trails for families