- Minimum Entry Donation:
- Pay in full by 28 February 2019: R21 500 pp
- Pay in full by 30 April 2019: R24 900 pp
- Late entries (from May 2019): R26 000 pp
- Group discount: book a group of 12 people and get space free.
- Dates: 23 – 28 July 2019
- 4 days of sublime mountain bike riding and 5 nights under the stars
- 60 – 80 kms per day
- Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa
- Start Point and Registration: Mapungubwe National Park, South Africa
- End Point: Mapungubwe National Park, South Africa
- Beneficiary: Children in the Wilderness
Inclusions and Exclusions:
- Tented accommodation on the mountain bike Tour – single occupancy in a two-person tent with a high density foam mattress;
- All meals from lunch on the arrival day (23 July) to breakfast on the departure day (28 July);
- Support and “sweeper” vehicles;
- Two refreshment stops during the course of the day;
- Bicycle technician services (spares are for the participant’s own accounts);
- Back up services of the medical team;
- National Park entry fees;
- 1 cycle shirt kindly sponsored by Nedbank (we will keep you updated should we find another sponsor for a second shirt);
- Registration (goodie) bag;
- One 20 minute massage for each participant per day;
- Water and energy supplement throughout the day;
- Unique high quality gift kindly sponsored by Nedbank.
- Visa fees (if applicable);
- Beverages supplied from the bar (cash bar basis);
- Bike rental (if applicable);
- Cycling gear, bicycle spares and equipment;
- Transfers to/from the start and end of the event;
- Images and video of the event;
- Tips/gratuities for the local staff;
- Bicycle Insurance (please note that Organisers will not be held liable for lost or damaged bicycles. Please ensure you have adequate insurance to cover this risk);
- Cancellation Insurance;
- Comprehensive Travel Insurance for the duration for the event.
All participants are required to carry travel insurance for the duration of the event. Should you have a medical aid policy, please ensure that you have informed them of your travel and that they cover you internationally. Travel insurance is mandatory, failing to have this in place for your participation on the event, the respective person will be liable for any medical and/or evacuation costs. We advise that you include these details in your registration profile in order for our incident management team to access this timely should we need to activate your travel insurers evacuation protocol.
This year’s route will once again traverse the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area (GMTFCA) which includes Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Riding will be predominantly long ancient elephant trails, allowing participants the opportunity of experiencing wonderful scenery, cultural interaction and the opportunity of seeing wildlife. Each year the route is altered to ensure that the Tour remains exciting and continues to incorporate new areas that we are allowed to traverse.
The route scouting teams will be heading out at the end of May to finalise the 2019 route. We will release the details of the route 1 month prior to the Tour, keep a look out for our newsletter and on social media for these updates!
What we can tell you about the 2019 Route:
We will traverse three different countries; Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and two Parks: Northern Tuli Game Reserve and Mapungubwe National Park.
Expect the unexpected; thick sand, rocky hills, the thicket of mopane bushveld, dotted baobabs and last but not least be on the lookout for wildlife.
Important facts to remember!
- The route is strenuous, therefore ample training and preparation is required.
- Participants will be riding in hot temperatures, encountering technical areas and riding a fair amount of kilometres each day.
- Portage over some technical areas may be required.
- Whilst we try to avoid too much sand, the reality is that sand is ultimately unavoidable given the nature of these areas and the season. These areas are hot, dry and possibly dusty.
- With the thorns that one can encounter, it is a mandatory prerequisite, upon entry, that all bikes have tubeless conversion. Without this, the thorns may get the better of you.
Route Map – To be loaded once finalised.