Mountain Biking in Mapungubwe – Leon Kriel writes about his Tour de Tuli experience

Read Wild Card Magazine‘s story, written by Leon Kriel, on what it’s like to ride the Nedbank Tour de Tuli here:

Here’s just a snippet to get you started 🙂

“Is it a tree? Is it an elephant? The indistinct shape is barely 10 metres away and the tension is thick in the air. Welcome to cycling off the map in Mapungubwe, where cranking pedals are all about inspiring children to care for their natural heritage.

The Nedbank Tour de Tuli is a premier mountain-bike tour through some of Africa’s most pristine wilderness areas in Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The event follows strict environmental practices and every campsite is left as it was originally found.

It raises funds for Children in the Wilderness, a non-profit organisation supported by ecotourism company Wilderness Safaris. By educating and developing leadership qualities in rural children, the organisation hopes to ensure the future of conservation. Over the last 12 years, the tour has hosted approximately 3,220 cyclists and raised R18 million. This has allowed Children of the Wilderness to host over 5,600 children on their camp programme since 2001 and over 11,000 children on their Eco-Club programme since 2012.

Children in the Wilderness believes that learning sanctuaries are required to conserve pristine wilderness and wildlife areas. To ensure that these places continue to exist, rural children need to understand the importance of conservation and its relevance in their lives. The programme focuses on environmental and life skills education for the next generation of decision makers.”


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