We stayed over at Mankele for the weekend.
286km out of Pretoria heading out East on the N4. The route was quite easy to follow, N4 East and left on the R539.
With a warm welcome from the gate keeper right through to the complementary wine, it felt like home. The wooden cottage was super clean, spacious and well equipped. You name it, the cottage had it. Even an air conditioner! All for the price of R280 (If I remember correctly) per person.
They also have a HUGE camping sight and a couple of ready made tents that you can rent.
The swimming pool was well maintained and the little one played at hearts desire on the trampoline and jungle gyms.
An entertainment area with TV, pool table, foose table etc could make for a great night of fun should you decide to go as part of a big group.
There is a small shop with some bare necessities like beer, chips, sugar etc. and a little coffee shop.
As for the routes. 9/10. There were one or two spots where the signage was not perfect. That said, even I got home safe.
The routes are well maintained and the single track simple exquisite! Pine forest, waterfalls, hills, jeep track, down hills, bridges, ramps. It has it all.
All in all a very nice visit to the lowveld.
Races to look out for will be the Lowveld Quest and the Mankele 3 Towers. I think both of these will be awesome to do and stay over at Mankele.