- Costs and inclusions: TBA
- 4 days
- 5 nights
- 60 – 80 kms per day
- Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa
- Dates: 1 – 6 August 2019 (tentative dates)
- Schedule – TBC
Inclusions and Exclusions:
There is a minimum sponsorship donation is R – per participant, in order to participate in the event.
- 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 (01 August) to breakfast on the departure day (06 August);
- Emergency Evacuation Assistance;
- 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.
Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance:
Once again, we have included mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance for ALL PARTICIPANTS. In previous years, problems arouse with various medical aid schemes not being able to evacuate due to unrealistic criteria constraints. In order to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants, we have included this in the Tour package, which we feel will alleviate a lot of the potential risk of hefty medical bills for participants should they have to be evacuated.
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. The Tour will begin at the Limpopo Valley Airfield which is 2.8 km from the Pont Drift border post in Botswana.
After two nights in Botswana, an informal border post will be set up to check the validity of your passport before crossing the Shashe River into Zimbabwe. With two nights in Zimbabwe and a ton of wilderness areas to explore, you will cross the Limpopo River in South Africa for your last night with us.
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.