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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 Inyathi and finishing in Darlington Dam.

Click here for directions to the start venue.

The Ride

Day 1

Wednesday, March 30th

Participants will check-in at Addo Main Camp from 2 pm 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 Inyathi 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

Distance 42Kms | 800m of climbing

Day 2

Thursday, March 31st

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 and guided into Nyathi Village. A stretch Yoga Class with Michelle could be a good option.

Distance 38kms | 750m of climbing

Day 3

Friday, April 1st

This is a day where we set you free up to Zuurberg Inn for refreshments.
Being outside of the Park for the morning allows our guide vehicle to
support the sweepers. 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, Elephant, Buffalo etc. Its back to the village where we
have a shower, some grub an load up for the 90min drive to
the beautiful treed campsite 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 tent 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 is all part of Day 4. It’s our traditional
fines meeting and a fun auction to raise some monies for the Honorary
rangers.

Distance 10kms | 120m 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

Day 6

Sunday, April 3rd

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.

Distance 36kms | 450m of climbing

Day 7

Saturday, August 14th

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

Distance 28kms | 450 m 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

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.

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 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 Camp where a light brunch will be served Load up your bike and kit , have a shower and depart for home with many memories

 

3 Day Ride |

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

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

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