May 2014 – Wilderness Safaris and Children in the Wilderness are thrilled to announce that the mountain bike event Nedbank Tour de Tuli, has won the inaugural We Are Africa Innovation Award for Most Original Itinerary. The Nedbank Tour de Tuli is an important fundraising vehicle for non-profit Children in the Wilderness, which has been hosting unique mountain bike tours since 2005. Over the years, these events have grown in stature to become one of the finest mountain biking experiences in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
We Are Africa, the new travel trade exhibition from Beyond Luxury Media Ltd., took place 5-8 May 2014 in Cape Town, during which it launched its Innovation Awards. The six categories highlight “individuals that offer an innovative and unique take on African travel.”
The Nedbank Tour de Tuli won the Award for Most Original Itinerary, defined by We Are Africa as “Surprising, amazing itineraries that leave you speechless and challenge the traditional expectations of travel in Africa….” The aim was to find the most unusual, unexpected, thoughtful tour, whether in the wilderness or the concrete jungle.
Nedbank Tour de Tuli certainly covers these aspects. Now in its tenth year, it is a renowned, premier mountain bike tour through some of Africa’s most pristine wilderness areas in Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa, taking 350 cyclists through the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Park. Over the last 10 years, the tour has hosted 2 369 cyclists and raised R11.6 million for Children in the Wilderness. It is renowned for its extremely high standards of service, tented accommodation in beautiful wilderness locations and provides cyclists with the unforgettable opportunity to follow ancient elephant and other wildlife trails in remote, wilderness-protected areas. Cyclists not only have the opportunity to see wildlife, but the route also includes magnificent scenery and rare cultural interactions with the local communities living on the boundaries of these protected areas.
“We are delighted at the recognition of our Nedbank Tour de Tuli event as the unique, incredible experience that it is. The opportunity to cycle through the diverse habitats of three beautiful countries, while at the same time raising awareness of the importance of Transfrontier Conservation Areas and providing benefits to the children of communities living around conservation areas, is definitely something very special,” says Dr Sue Snyman, Regional Director of Children in the Wilderness.