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Tour De Addo

Tour de Addo, a unique Mountain Bike event staged in the mighty Addo Elephant National Park, some 1640 km2 in size.
Addo is host to magnificent game life including the Big 7.

The ride which is not a race will see a limited field of 25 riders tackle a 5-day using two Glamping sites, in the heart of the Addo Elephant National Park. Due to the nature of the terrain and the wild life the group is accompanied by armed rangers with a lead and sweep vehicle to ensure safe passage for all.

The Ride is a true social affair with daily distances ranging from 20km to 50km per day. Adding to the social ride are the wonderful tented villages offering luxury tents with comfy bedding, exquisite cuisine, game walks, star spotting, and wonderful talks in the evening by some fascinating characters.

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We have released our first ride for 2022.

Join the first Tour de Addo in 2022 from 30 March – 3 April, 2022. 

Starting in Kuzuko and finishing in Darlington Dam.

Click here for directions to the start venue

The Ride

Wednesday, 30 March - Sunday, 3 April 2022 .

Day 1

Wednesday, March 30th

Participants will check-in at Kuzuko lodge from 2 pm and will be escorted to our new campsite just outside the Big 5 Reserve. On arrival at Kuzuko, you will be allocated your own tent or if you wish to share, you will have this option on entry. A short 5km cycle to test you and the equipment combined with Sundowners, supper and just chilling will set the scene for the next 6 days

Distance 5 Kms | 65m of climbing

Day 2

Thursday, March 31st

The riders will be escorted from the campsite into the Big 5 Reserve where there is a good possibility that we may meet up with Sylvester the lion and his pride. It’s a great day of mountain biking and towards the end of the ride we finish up for lunch at the 5 star Kuzuko Lodge.

Distance 38kms | 750m of climbing

Day 3

Friday, April 1st

This is a day where we set you free with no lead vehicle as we are outside the Big 5 reserve. We will regroup from time to time and take on some drinks and snacks from sweep vehicleshments.
As we head back into the Big 5 of Addo the
normal safety protocol will apply with our armed rangers taking the lead.
It’s a roller coaster ride through indigenous forests always being on the
lookout for Lion, elephants, Buffalo etc. It’s back to the village where we
have a shower, some grub and load up for the 40 min drive to
the beautiful treed campsite of Darlington Dam.

Distance 30kms | 550m of climbing

The tour way exceeded our expectations in all ways! The organization in the campsites, on the rides, the guest speakers and the food and beverages were all amazing. The game viewing was the cherry on the top! And all the information from the wonderful rangers. The group of very varied characters all out to have fun made for many laughs and friendships were made. Thank you Red Cherry, we will wear our jackets and branded goodies with pride! Until next time.....

Day 4

Saturday, April 2nd

The riding in the Darlington area is very different as we are no longer in
the Big 5 area but there is still plenty of game to spot whilst on your
bike. It’s a combination of Jeep and single track and our game vehicle is
now the supplier of drinks and snacks. The camp with tents scattered
along the edge of the dam is a great way to chill out for the rest of the
day and sundowners on the cliff are all part of Day 4. It’s our traditional
fines meeting and a fun auction to raise some monies for the Honorary
rangers.

Distance 35km| 520m of climbing

Day 5

Sunday, April 3rd

It’s an early breakfast and we then head off in a northerly direction
around the Darlington dam and into the savannah grasslands. It’s a
really chilled affair as we wind our way back across the plains towards
our village. Tour de Addo is done and dusted as we load up and head for
home.

Distance 42kms | 650m of climbing

Ride 2 Wed, 24 to 29 August 2022

Day 1

Wednesday, 22 August

Riders will be escorted from Nyathi to the Zuurberg Road where they are left to ride and regroup at Zuurberg Inn. From here a route will have been marked through the great Zuurberg Trek single track, which will end at the Addo main Lodge and guided to Nyathi Village. Guests are now free to enjoy the glampsite and partake in any activities of their choice.

Distance 36kms | 450m of climbing

Day 2

Thursday, 23 August

A glorious day of adventure awaits as guests explore the central section of Nyathi, which includes climbing, setting the tone for an adrenaline driven morning, with an awe-inspiring sense of accomplishment.

High Tea at Riverbend Lodge is always a highlight as Debbie and her team treat guests like royalty. Enjoying breath-taking scenery, while refuelling the body with mouth-watering delights.

Distance 28kms | 450 m of climbing

Day 3

Thursday, 23 August

A small ride is on the cards with the duration being around the 1:30hr mark, back in time for some breakfast, coffee and then the packup begins.

It’s transport day and riders pack their vehicles and head off to Darlington Dam for our second village.

Distance 12kms | 175 m of climbing

Day 4

Friday, 24 August

The riding in the Darlington area is very different as we are no longer in
the Big 5 area but there is still plenty of game to spot whilst on your
bike. It’s a combination of Jeep and single track and our game vehicle is
now the supplier of drinks and snacks. The camp with tents scattered
along the edge of the dam is a great way to chill out for the rest of the
day and sundowners on the cliff are all part of Day 4. It’s our traditional
fines meeting and a fun auction to raise some monies for the Honorary
rangers.

Distance 35km| 520m of climbing

Day 5

Saturday, 25 August

It’s an early breakfast and we then head off in a northerly direction
around the Darlington dam and into the savannah grasslands. It’s a
really chilled affair as we wind our way back across the plains towards
our village. Tour de Addo is done and dusted as we load up and head for
home.

Distance 21kms | 350m of climbing

We had a most amazing tour, way beyond our expectation. The cycling was wonderful, we had exceptional luck with game. Food was great, company fun and it was all well organised by Red Cherry Events. Something for everyones bucket list, highly recommended.

Rider packages include

4 Nights Of Glamping Each In Your Own Large Dome Tent With Bed And Linen Included.

3 Wonderful Feasts Per Day

5 Days Of “wild” Mountain Biking

All Beverages Incl Alcoholic And Non-alcoholic

Game Drive

“I Survived” At The End Of Trip

Great Goodie Bag

The cost for the trip is R14 950 pp for the 4 night and 5 day experience.

3 Day Ride | All New!

Take on the first 3 days of the latest trip. *Subject to availability.

Based on the fact that our lives are all very hectic and the precious commodity of “time” does not always allow us to find space for 6 days in the Addo Elephant park we have introduced a 3 Day option

The package includes

  1. 3 nights in a beautiful “glamping” village in the heart of Addo Elephant Park
  2. 3 days of guided Mountain biking with armed rangers
  3. Incredible cuisine prepared by our Wild Chefs
  4. All Alcoholic beverages
  5. A Cool goodie bag of Jacket, Beanie and Scarf
  6. Superb Luxury tents with fresh linen – you can choose to share with a partner or have your very own dome tent

SANParks Honorary Rangers:

Funds raised from this event will be donated to the SANParks Honorary Rangers for conservation projects in the Addo Elephant National Park. The SANParks Honorary Rangers is a group of passionate and unpaid volunteers who give freely of their time and skills to foster conservation in South Africa’s national parks. As the official SANParks volunteer organisation, they are a registered public benefit and non-profit organisation with close to 2000 members – all volunteers. To find out more about the SANParks Honorary Rangers please click here to read more.

Ride Information

This whole event takes place in areas inhabited by dangerous game. This is why the event is a ride and not a race. For safety sake all the riders must keep together during each ride. Nobody should try to overtake the lead vehicle or the leading armed ranger. By the same token, nobody must fall behind the sweep vehicle.

There will be a route briefing before the start of every stage. Hopefully there will be information regarding the location of any dangerous game along the route. Daily ad-hoc plans will be made to cope with any threats.

These vehicles will have a supply of refreshments including water, fruit juice, and light snacks if needed.

There will not be any pre-determined refreshment stops but the group will stop whenever requested to for a refreshment or repair break. The lead and sweep vehicles will be well stocked and can also transport any personal items if needed

A level 7 paramedic and a bike mechanic will accompany the riders each and every day.

Packing Checlist Information

  • Towels
  • Personal toiletries incl Peaceful Sleep , Anthisan , Factor 50 suntan
  • Torch or headlamp with spare batteries
  • Binoculars ( not essential)
  • Dress for the Bush ! ..walking shoes, sandals, swimming gear and casual wear for around the camp.. It is suggested that a fleece top and/or windbreaker is packed
  • bicycle, cycling shoes and helmet (mandatory)
  • Camel-pack and water bottles – it is recommended that each cyclist has the capacity to carry about 1 litre of water
  • A clothes washing station will be set up in all camps for cyclists to wash their kit if they do not want to carry used kit for all 5 days
  • Supplements (energy or protein drinks) that you use during the cycling legs and other nutrition that you might prefer to use.

There will be a bike mechanic on the tour with the basic spares. The following is a list of recommended parts to bring with you:

PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE TUBELESS TYRES WITH FRESH SEALANT – NB!

  • Derailleur hanger
  • Spare sealant, tubes and plugs, gas bombs
  • Chain lube, chain links, multi tool

 

 

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