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Nedbank Tour de Tuli Launches New 2019 Route Nedbank Tour de Tuli Launches New 2019 Route
In June, organisers of the Nedbank Tour de Tuli officially launched the 2019 route of Africa’s most exciting mountain-bike event. The major announcement was... Nedbank Tour de Tuli Launches New 2019 Route

In June, organisers of the Nedbank Tour de Tuli officially launched the 2019 route of Africa’s most exciting mountain-bike event.

The major announcement was that this year’s route will run in reverse compared to previous editions of the Tour. The reverse route will see participants in the 2019 Tour spend more time in Botswana than in previous years, and the Tour will begin and end at the same place in South Africa.

A wildlife experience

As in earlier Tours, the focus will be on the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area (GMTFCA), which protects wilderness areas in three southern African countries: Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

In keeping with the Tour’s emphasis on minimal environmental impact, riders follow unmarked trails, primarily along ancient elephant paths. Elephant herds have traversed these areas for centuries, so it makes sense to follow in their footprints.

Riders will have the opportunity to explore remote wilderness areas, pass through rural communities, and have their passports stamped at unique, especially set up border posts where they will be the only people crossing that week.

Nature showcase

“Our route reconnaissance team members have outdone themselves this year, and we’re excited to reveal what we believe will be our most compelling route yet,” commented Tour Director, Nicola Harris.

“We’ve taken the opportunity to showcase some of the most ruggedly beautiful areas of southern Africa, with routes that focus on both cultural heritage and natural history”.

The GMTFCA has a rich and fascinating history, and this was brought to life at the May 29th Route Launch Event in Rivonia by professional storyteller Rob Caskie. Rob’s compelling retelling added an extra dimension to the appeal of the Tour and gave riders an authentic sense of place through the power of his words.

Itinerary highlights over the four-day tour will include:

Day 1: Mapungubwe Confluence Camp (South Africa) to Nyala Berry Bush Camp (Zimbabwe) – approximately 65 km, including crossing borders at the Limpopo River.

Day 2: Nyala Berry Camp (Zimbabwe) to Amphitheatre Bush Camp (Botswana) – approximately 80 km, including another border crossing from Zimbabwe to Botswana, a ride through Shashe Village and the historic Bryce’s Store ruins.

Day 3: Amphitheatre Bush Camp Loop (Botswana) – approximately 50 km – easier riding and beautiful scenery, plus a visit to one of the Children in the Wilderness schools.

Day 4: Amphitheatre Bush Camp (Botswana) to Mapungubwe Confluence Camp (South Africa) – approximately 60 km – Sacred Mountain and Shalimpo Island

Limited entries available

The Children in the Wilderness (CITW) fundraising team has confirmed that in the run-up to entries closing on 30 June 2019, a limited number of entries remain available for this year’s Nedbank Tour de Tuli. The 2019 Tour takes place from 23- 28 July 2019

The Nedbank Tour de Tuli differs from other multi-stage mountain bike events in that it is not a race. Rather, it focuses on the sense of camaraderie and the opportunity to ride along unmarked trails in pristine areas of outstanding natural beauty. Participants also enjoy seeing wildlife, meeting members of local communities, while knowing they are raising funds for environmental education initiatives through Children in the Wilderness (CITW).

CITW is Wilderness Safaris’ non-profit partner that runs sustainable education programmes to bridge the divide between communities and the wildlife areas they live in or alongside. Since its inception in 2005, the Tour de Tuli has raised over R20 million to directly support CITW’s work.

Glamping at its best

In addition to delivering unique experiences, the Tour also offers a famously elevated level of service to participants, including ‘glamping’ at pre-constructed campsites, with a full bar and barista service, sports massages and mountain bike maintenance.

Thanks to the generosity of the Tour sponsors, prizes are available, but these are for the riders who raise the most funds for CITW, rather than those who finish first.

To learn more about the 2019 Nedbank Tour de Tuli, sponsorship opportunities and to register before the end of June 2019, click here.

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