A select field of riders will be invited to participate in a cross-border mountain bike pilot-event to showcase the Makuleke Area in northern Kruger National Park, South Africa, and the Sengwe Communal Area and Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe. The main aim of the event will be to raise funds for social investment in the Sengwe-Tshipise Corridor in Zimbabwe. It will not be a race but an adventure trail. The event that is planned to take place in July 2017 will showcase the common attributes of the transfrontier region – its rich history (distant and recent), its astonishing biodiversity, pristine wilderness, remote communities, communal lands, spectacular scenery and Big Five territory.
Riders will be accompanied by trained conservationists and field guides. The daily stages will explore the Makuleke Area, venture across the Limpopo into Sengwe-Tshipise Corridor and, if feasible, reach into southern Gonarezhou and neighbouring Mozambique. Each day will have a lunch stop where the riders can relax and take in their surroundings without rushing to get to their destination. The event will be scheduled in winter when riding and viewing conditions are optimal, and the Limpopo River can be easily crossed.
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