The Rolling M Challenge is a weekend not to be missed! It consists of a 2 day MTB race and a 10km and 21km trail run which now takes place on Saturday. The route takes you through bush and thorn veld, along the banks of the big Tugela river and also encompasses some of the famous Berg & Bush and Oxpecker trail routes.

Bikers and runners have the option of entering the 2 day MTB race or the trail run which takes place on the Saturday. In addition to the main events, there will be a 5km fun bike ride and a run for the children, horse riding, tubing, farm activities and entertainment on Saturday evening.

The route promise to be technically challenging in places and covers different terrain; from crossing the big Tugela, to rocky downhills, single track through thorn veld, some district road and flat grasslands alongside grazing horses and Brahmans.


Both the MTB and Trail run will start and finish at the Rolling M Ranch.


Friday, 24th August – Enjoy a sunset ride to Ukuthula Bush camp.

The ride will leave at 4pm sharp and it will take approximately 1 hr to get to the bush camp, where you will be met with our traditional complimentary cold beers and drinks.

Saturday, 25th August: 52 km 8am am start

Sunday, 26th August:32km  7.30am start

Trail run

Saturday, 25th August

10km and 21km will start at 8am




TRAIL RUN – individual


Your entry fee includes:

  • luxury tented accommodation (2 in a tent)
  • awesome trails
  • a race village on the Ranch
  • a goodie bag per person, including a North Face garment and lots of other goodies.
  • delicious farm style meals: Friday dinner to Sunday breakfast.
  • ablutions, with hot showers.
  • a chill zone by the river.
  • medical support on route.
  • water points.
  • evening entertainment and historic talk.

Please email Caryn for supporters and children’s packages.

You will be accommodated at Rolling M Ranch, in our luxury safari and family tents.

The safari tent sleeps 2 people. The beds can be single or double beds, with comfy pillows and duvets, a bed side table and light.

Please bring your own extra warmth and towels. Chairs will be placed outside the tents to relax after a tough days cycling or running.

The family tents have room for two mattress on the floor for children.

Please bring your own bedding for the mattresses.



Should you not with to stay on the ranch, here are some nearby places to stay that we recommend.


Tugela River Lodge
Claire Fuller 072 240 4963


Spionkop Lodge
Tel: +27 36 488 1404


Rose Cottage
Tel: +27 82 804 3774


The Bridge Hotel
Tel: 036 488 1554


The Swallows Nest
Tel: +27 36 488 1009


Kingfisher B&B
+27(0)36 488 1037

All meals will be served in the main tent.

Friday dinner 19h00-20h00
Saturday breakfast 06h00-07h00
Saturday lunch 12h00-13h00
Saturday dinner 19h00-20h00
Sunday breakfast 06h00-07h00






Tea and coffee will be served all day from the farmhouse verandah.
There will also be a tuck shop available.

Cash bar available.

Winterton, KZN – 2hrs from Durban and 3hrs from JHB




From Durban to Rolling M Ranch

  • Take the N3 toll road to Pietermaritzburg and on to Mooiriver and Estcourt.
  • About 5 km after the Estcourt Ultra City, look for a sign: R74 BERGVILLE / COLENSO.
  • Turn left off the highway & left again at the stop.
  • Travel 22 km to Winterton.
  • Drive through Winterton and take first right after bridge (R600-SPIOENKOP).
  • Travel 2 km then take the first right (SKIETDRIFT – Rolling M sign) after another bridge onto the farm road (dirt).
  • Drive 13km to end of road- look for the Rolling M Ranch sign painted on the rock at the gate
  • Continue down the road for another 1km and you will arrive at the homestead


From Johannesburg to Rolling M Ranch

  • Take the N3 to Harrismith
  • Continue on the N3 down Van Reenen’s Pass for 51km to the Tugela Plaza toll
  • After the Tugela Plaza toll, travel a further 14km
  • Take the R616 Bergville off ramp
  • At the T-junction turn left on the N11 to Ladysmith
  • Travel for 5km and then turn right onto the R600 to Winterton
  • After 30km, turn left onto the Skietdrift district road (dirt road).
  • Travel 13km to the end of the road – look for the Rolling M Ranch sign painted on the rock at the gate
  • Continue down the road for another 1km and you will arrive at the homestead


Coordinates:  28°43’10.02″S    29°37’38.13″E

The MTB and Trail run will start and finish at Rolling M Ranch.



Friday, 24th August 14h00-18h00
Saturday, 25th August 06h00-08h00
Sunday, 26th August 06h00-07h00


Start time:

MTB Saturday, 08h00 and Sunday, 07h30
Trail Run Saturday, 08h00


Prize giving:
Saturday, 20h00

Sunday, 11h00

Categories prizes for men and ladies

Kids Fun Bike Ride, 5KM


Saturday, 25th August
Start time: 11.00am

Kids Fun Run, 5KM


Saturday, 25th August
Start time: 11.10am



Saturday, 25th August
Start time: 11.15am

Trophies and medals will be handed out to the winners at prize giving.


HORSE RIDING: +- 2hr outride
The cost per person is R250.00


Saturday 09h00-11h00
Sunday 09h00-11h00


This outride will be an experience of a lifetime! Our trail horses are well schooled and you will have the opportunity to ride a beautiful appaloosa on a western saddle, through the big Tugela, across grassland planes and over rocky, thorn bush mountains.


We are limited to 20 horse per outride, so please book your horse early with Caryn!


TUBING: +- 3hrs
The cost per person is R75.00
Sunday, 26th August 10h00-13h00


This is such a great experience, and lots of fun for the whole family! You will be taken by bakkie to Mambasa camp, which is a 15min drive from Rolling M. Slops and sun block are essential! Enjoy a gentle float down the big Tugela river, whilst taking in the beautiful bird life and keeping an eye out for Kudu and legavaans on the river bank. You will end and get out of the river at the camp site.


We have limited tubes, so please book with Caryn as soon as possible!