December 2017 – Registrations are officially open for the Nedbank Tour de Tuli – Africa’s ultimate mountain biking adventure through vast tracts of pristine and remote wilderness areas in Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. From 2 to 7 August 2018, the Tour will offer bikers access to unrivalled routes combined with superlative hospitality and stylish camping – all to raise funds for non-profit, Children in the Wilderness.
Now in its 14th year, the Nedbank Tour de Tuli remains one of the most unique mountain bike events in the world, providing participants with the opportunity of riding ancient elephant migration paths and unmanicured single track in some of the most stunning and exclusive wilderness areas in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area (GMTCA). It is an amazing place to start new friendships or rekindle old ones, see incredible wildlife, meet authentic local communities and enjoy high levels of service from food to camping in style. Limited to just 350 participants, over four days riders traverse terrain in three countries, heading across informal border crossings, through prime wildlife territory and deep into community lands.
“In addition to carefully planning the most exciting route for each year’s Tour, our focus is to deliver a truly high-end experience, complete with individual tents, hot showers and mouth-watering fresh meals served throughout the day, in extremely remote areas; all while leaving no trace on the environment. Most importantly, our main objective is to raise funds for Children in the Wilderness (CITW), with 100% of the profits going towards its sustainable environmental education programmes aimed at bridging the divide between communities and the wildlife areas they live next to”, said Tour Director, Nicola Harris.
The 2017 Tour raised a total of R2.4 million. “We are now looking forward on growing this number and welcoming both new and regular participants to the 2018 event and to put together another seamless, fun-filled and unforgettable adventure for all avid mountain bikers. Whether it’s for individual riders, family groups or corporate organisations with their clients, the Tour is a truly rewarding experience – one that should be on every avid mountain biker’s bucket list”, Nicola added.
Given the complex nature of the wilderness environment that riders traverse during the Tour, this event is renowned as a Tour and not a race. Riders are split into groups of no more than 20, with each group led by a devoted Tour Leader on a mountain bike. This enables bikers to have enough time to take in and enjoy the experience of riding in untouched wilderness areas. They ride 250 km spread across Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa over five days.
Sustainability is of paramount importance to Tour de Wilderness and the Nedbank Tour de Tuli is therefore run and completed with an extremely light eco-footprint, ensuring that no trace is left behind after the event. This year, Tour de Wilderness recycled 29 tons of glass, tin and plastic after the event. “We were also able to use the vegetables grown by the Shashe village as part of our food offering in Zimbabwe, which was so successful that we have no doubt we will be able to source all our fresh food requirements for two camps in 2018 from the community”, Nicola added.
All bikers interested in participating in this premium experience whilst creating unforgettable memories and changing lives at the same time, can now register on the Tour de Wilderness website.