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Tour De Addo

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

The ride which is not a race will see a limited field of 25 riders tackle a 6-day adventure using two Glamping sites, Nyathi in the East and Darlington in the West. 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 terrain dependant. Adding to the social ride are wonderful tented villages offering luxury tents with comfy bedding, exquisite cuisine, game walks, star spotting, yoga classes and wonderful talks in the evening by some fascinating characters.

Its more than just a ride …for many past riders it has been referred to as a life changing experience.

wildlife adventure

lifetime experience

Great Zuurberg Trail Run 2019, presented by Merrel (SA), in #Addo National Park, near Addo, Cacadu District, Eastern Cape, South Africa, RSA

Daily routes

biking challenge

Rider

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

3 Wonderful Feasts Per Day

6 Days Of “wild” Mountain Biking

All Beverages Incl Alcoholic And Non-alcoholic

Game Drive

“I Survived” At The End Of Trip

Great Goodie Bag

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We have 2 rides scheduled for May 2021 with the 1st ride ( May 23rd to May 29th) starting in Nyathi on the East and finishing in Darlington Dam and the 2nd Ride (May 30th to June 5th) starting at Darlington and ending at Nyathi.

5 of the 6 days you will be riding at a leisurely pace with an Armed Lead and Sweep vehicle whilst on one of the Nyathi days we will set you free for most of the ride on the Zuurberg climb and single track. Sweep vehicles will be there to collect the weary if needed.

Ride 1

Sunday May 23rd

Participants will check in at Addo Main Tented Camp from 2pm where they will have the choice to leave their vehicle at Addo or ride in convey some 20 min away to our Nyathi Village. The road to Nyathi is more suited for vehicles with a high ground clearance. On arrival at Nyathi you will be allocated your own tent of if you wish to share, you will have this option on entry. Sundowners, supper and just chilling will set the scene for the next 6 days

Monday May 24th

The riders will be escorted from Nyathi to the Zuurberg Road where they will be set free and will regroup at Zuurberg Inn. From there the organisers will have marked a route through the single track and once again will be regrouped at Addo Main Tented Camp and guided into Nyathi Village. A stretch Yoga Class with Michelle could be a good option

Tuesday May 25th

This will be a great morning as we explore the central section of Nyathi which has some challenges as far as climbing but the scenery on summitting will make the effort all worthwhile. High tea at Riverbend Lodge is a highlight as Debbie and her wonderful team treat us like kings. Carl and his catering team will have lunch all prepared on arrival and the afternoon can be spent just chilling, drinking G&T’s or partaking in some bush challenges. It’s your ride. you decide!!

Wednesday May 26th

For those that drove their vehicles in to camp, you now need to load up your belongings and head back to Addo Main Tented Camp. For those that cycled in, we will load you up in Game Drive vehicles and will regroup at the Lodge. We then tackle the southern section where elephants a plenty should grace our ride. No guarantees however. A light lunch will be served in the Main Camp Lapa. A hot shower, load up the bikes and it’s off to Darlington for the last 3 nights. Every night is a guest speaker or some form of demonstration. you could see our very own dog called Loco showcasing his tracking skills late afternoon.

Thursday May 27th

The Darlington dam also forms part of the Freedom Challenge route and we will explore the eastern section which has a few modest challenges but is mostly flat. The biggest challenge sometimes is the homeward leg where the South Wester sometimes makes itself known. Not being a race means that there is no rush and that makes the ride a whole lot easier. The Village will once again see Carl’s team lay on a spread second to none and our resident barman Cyprian will entice you with cocktails , fine whisky , craft beers, great wine and loads of non-alcoholic options.

Friday May 28th

After breakfast we head west with great vistas of the Dam and the remoteness of the Karoo type vegetation. It’s a great game viewing day with open expanses and a far easier ride. Our Honorary rangers who accompany us will spend time en route chatting about the flora and fauna at the regular stops which are mostly well stocked waterholes. Packing a towel and having a swim en route is an option. It’s our last night and expect something different with an Awards evening of sorts.

Saturday May 29th

This is purely optional and some people want to head for home after breakfast but this 18km ride to Modderfontein Dam is a great send off and expect to be back by 11am where a light brunch will be served . Load up your bike and kit, have a shower and depart for home with many memories

Ride 2

Sunday May 30th

Participants will check in at Darlington from 2pm and allocated their Luxury Tent. Sundowners, supper a Riders Briefing and overall just chilling will set the scene for the next 6 days.

Monday May 31st

The Darlington dam also forms part of the Freedom Challenge route and we will explore the eastern section which has a few modest challenges but is mostly flat . The biggest challenge sometimes is the homeward leg where the South Wester sometimes makes itself known. Not being a race means that there is no rush and that makes the ride a whole lot easier. The Village will once again see Carl’s team lay on a spread second to none and our resident barman Cyprian will entice you with cocktails, fine whisky, craft beers, great wine and loads of non-alcoholic options.

Tuesday June 1st

After breakfast we head west with great vistas of the Dam and the remoteness of the Karoo type vegetation. It’s a great game viewing day with open expanses and a far easier ride. Our Honorary rangers who accompany us will spend time en route chatting about the flora and fauna at the regular stops which are mostly well stocked waterholes. Packing a towel and having a swim en route is an option. Its our last night and expect something different with an Awards evening of sorts.

Wednesday June 2nd

It’s a short day as we do a 18km ride up to Modderfontein Dam and head back to camp for a brunch, shower and load your vehicles with Bike and Bags. It’s off to Nyathi Village which is an easy 2 hr drive and our home for the next 3 nights. Every night is a guest speaker or some form of demonstration. you could see our very own dog called Loco showcasing his tracking skills late afternoon.

Thursday June 3rd

The riders will be escorted from Nyathi to the Zuurberg Road where they will be set free and will regroup at Zuurberg Inn. From there the organisers will have marked a route through the single track and once again will be regrouped at Addo Main Tented Camp and guided into Nyathi Village. A stretch Yoga Class with Michelle could be a good option

Friday June 4th

This will be a great morning as we explore the central section of Nyathi which has some challenges as far as climbing but the scenery on summitting will make the effort all worthwhile. High tea at Riverbend Lodge is a highlight as Debbie and her wonderful team treat us like kings. Carl and his catering team will have lunch all prepared on arrival and the afternoon can be spent just chilling, drinking G&T’s or partaking in some bush challenges. It’s your ride. you decide!!

Saturday June 5th

This is purely optional and some people want to head for home after breakfast but this 18km ride in the northern Nyathi is a great send off and expect to reach Addo Main Tented Camp where a light brunch will be served Load up your bike and kit , have a shower and depart for home with many memories

SANParks Honorary

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 visit

www.sanparksvolunteers.org or https://www.facebook.com/SANParksHonoraryRangers/

Ride

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

  • 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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