About Clearwater MTB Trails

Where: Port Edward, KwaZulu Natal
Level: across the range; beginners welcome; fun for the whole family
Type of route: One loop (with bypasses to create shorter loops) with start and finish at the same point.
Best: any time of year but try early morning for an off-the-beaten-track experience

Right on the border of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, the Clearwater trails lies at the top of the Umtamvuna River Gorge, meandering through Clearwater Farm, Beaver Creek Coffee Estate, Crags View Wild Care Centre and other private farmlands.

Highlights of the trails include stunning views over the Indian Ocean and spectacular views over the Umtamvuna River Gorge from Crags View Farm.

The Trail Route starts & finishes from Beaver Creek Coffee Estate & Café.
Markers of natural stone painted white with blue or green arrows guide trail users in the right direction. The trails are suited to both mountain bikers, trail runners and nature walkers of all abilities for exercise, recreation, and education.

All trail users follow the same route and are asked to adhere to the general trail rules for the safety and convenience. Should you require any assistance on route, our contacts are available on the maps or permit provided at the start.

The Blue Route (full) ±14km: This route follows ALL Blue markers from start to finish. The Route comprises of a good mix of hand built single track, jeep track and farm roads. Varied technicality along a moderate gradient. Natural and built obstacles are encountered throughout the route.

The route makes its way through macadamia nut orchards, banana plantations, patches of forest, open grasslands, dams and stream crossings. Panoramic views of the Umtamvuna River Gorge and the Indian Ocean are observed while enjoying the trails.

Green Bypasses and Shorter Loop Options:

Beaver Creek / Benderloch ±2.5km: Start following the Blue Route markers. Choose the “Beaver Creek” markers at the junctions which are both left turns. A fairly easy walk on wide farm roads with a short section of single track through a flat, rocky area of natural grassland.

Clearwater Farm Loop (Inner Route) ±7km: Follow the Blue Route Markers until you reach Benderloch Dam. Choose the first Green Bypass (which excludes the Crags View Loop), then continue to follow the Blue Markers all the way around until you are close to the Clearwater Dam / 2nd Green Bypass (which excludes the East View Loop). Continue to finish at Beaver Creek. This route option covers a variety of terrain which is predominantly farm roads on a moderate terrain. A good training workout!

Crags View Loop ±3.5km: This route offers a short climb on gravel road and farm track to an unparalleled view of the Umtamvuna Nature Reserve. The steady descent is on built single track through grassland and forest, back to the junction close to Benderloch Dam.

The East View Loop ±2.5km: This is a spectacular extension of the Blue Route for seasoned trail users on predominantly winding single trail track over a rocky escarpment. The views of the Umtamvuna Bridge and Indian Ocean in the distance are a true reward for the trail user’s eyes. The grassland flowerings in springtime are an added attraction!

Need to Know

WhereBeaver Creek Coffee Farm, Izingloweni Road, Port Edward, 4295, South Coast, KwaZulu Natal

WhenDaily from 07h30 to 15h00 (Extended hours in summer)

How muchPrices on request.

Telephone+27 (0)83 549-6710

OvernightStay nearby in Port Edward, in KwaZulu Natal


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