15th YEAR ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL!
Pay R20 000 before the end of February. Pay R23,000 thereafter.
Group special: Arrange a group of 12 riders and only pay for 11.
While this event is defined as a mountain bike tour and not a race, it is important for participants to understand that the route is strenuous. Although there are back up and support teams, anyone that enters should take note of the following recommendations to ensure a safe and enjoyable Tour:
As a participant on the Tour, please note the following:
If you are wanting to ride an e-bike on the Tour, please take note of the following:
The tent village is set up according to your allocated riding group. When you arrive in camp, all you need to do is to select a free tent in the row of your group, which will be clearly marked. Each person will be allocated a two-man tent with a high-density mattress. If you are travelling as a couple or family group and are allocated to different riding groups due to differences in riding ability, please ensure that you advise us via email a month prior to the event, so that we can make the necessary arrangements to the tent allocations to accommodate all members of your family.
All drinks in camp will be served from the bar and paid for with bar tokens. Bar tokens can be purchased in advance on your registration profile. We highly recommend pre-purchasing tokens to avoid carrying too much cash with you on Tour.
If you pre-purchase bar tokens, you will find these in your registration bag on arrival.
The bar will stock a variety of beers, wines sponsored by Painted Wolf Wines, soft drinks, limited spirits and mixes. General costs are as per the below:
Please do not bring your own alcohol on event. In all likelihood, it will either be confiscated at the border or you will be liable for heavy import duties.
Bar tokens are valued at R100 and are non-refundable.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT HAVE CREDIT CARD FACILITIES ON SITE.
We will once again have Cycles United bike technicians based in all overnight camps to assist with bike repairs. All spares will be charged for and will need to be settled directly with the bike technicians. We will stock the main brand of bike spares, if you require any specialised spares please ensure that you bring these with you.
Please note that the bike technicians are busy and will do all possible to assist with getting your bike ready to ride the following day. However in order to facilitate this we ask you to take note of the following:
Each day, your schedule can look something like the following:
In each camp, you will also find the Hospitality Desk, located near the bar. The Hospitality Desk will be available to assist with:
Please note that luggage is restricted to ONE x 20kg Soft Tog bag that includes your personal belongings. Penalties will apply for overweight bags.
There will be luggage trucks transporting the luggage from camp to camp. In your registration bags you will be given luggage tags which are colour coded according to your riding group. Please ensure that these tags are securely attached to your luggage so that when your luggage is off loaded in camp, we know which tent row it belongs to. We will do all possible to keep your personal belongings safe however, please do not leave valuables unattended in your bag. If you have something valuable, please hand it to the Hospitality or Support Desk for safe keeping. We recommend that you bring a COMBINATION LOCK and ensure that your bag is kept locked. Theft unfortunately can and does happen. Please ensure that your passports are stored in a safe place (we do suggest that you ride with your passports each day).
We will once again have massages included for the 2020 Tour, sponsored by EPT Recovery. Massage appointments at each camp on a first come first serve basis. Each person is allocated 1x 20 minute massage per riding day. Your massage appointments can be booked at the massage station, we suggest you do this as soon as you arrive in camp each day.
Please note that later time slots will be reserved for the later groups to ensure every can enjoy this service.
Throughout the Tour, all meals will be catered for, from a light lunch on your arrival day to a breakfast on the day of departure.
A medical tent will be erected in each camp to manage day to day ailments. The medical tent will be manned by a qualified medical person. Please note that we have limited stock of basic medical supplies.
If you require any chronic medication, please ensure that you bring this along with you.
A Recovery Station will be set up in each camp next to the bar. Energy supplement will be available before and during your ride each day. As you arrive back in camp, there will also be a Recovery Station situated near the bar. Whether you are preparing for your ride or just arriving back in camp, you can enjoy these delicious supplements – your muscles will appreciate it!
Each camp will have showers for you to enjoy after a hectic day’s riding. Please bear in mind that we are operating in remote areas and thus water is a scarce resource and valuable commodity. We ask you to take this into consideration and keep your showers to 3 minutes.
Toilets will also be available in each camp. Botswana and South Africa have porter toilets which are serviced throughout the day. In Zimbabwe, we will have long drops toilets. These will also be serviced throughout the day.
There are no formal toilet stops along the riding route. Bush toilets are the only option. Please ensure that you burn or throw away any toilet paper to avoid it littering the wilderness areas.
In each camp, you will find the Hospitality Desk. The Hospitality Desk team will be able to asset with the following functions:
Please note that we have limited charging capacity and equipment will be charged on a first come first serve basis. Tour Leader equipment such as radios and GPS units take priority.
Tipping of the local staff is completely at your own discretion. If you want to tip staff, please do not tip them directly or tip using bar tokens as these are non-refundable for the staff and as a result of this it causes havoc. We will have a tipping jar available at the Support Desk and any tips that you would like to make for the local staff can be deposited into the tipping jar and will then be distributed equitably.