Wilderness Safaris continues to celebrate 35 years of travelling with Purpose through the launch of its third ‘Travel with Purpose’ itinerary: that ultimate mountain biking experience, the Nedbank Tour de Tuli, which will take place from 2 to 7 August 2018.
While all Wilderness Safaris guests in essence travel with purpose, in late 2017, Wilderness Safaris launched 12 ‘Travel with Purpose’ itineraries to epitomise the concept. Each specifically-designed, impactful journey includes exciting destinations, accompanied by locally-connected experts providing unique behind-the-scenes access to the conservation and community processes of Wilderness Safaris and its partners.
“What better way to celebrate our Travel with Purpose campaign than by highlighting our already much-loved Nedbank Tour de Tuli – Africa’s premier mountain biking event that takes place every year to raise funds for our non-profit partner, Children in the Wilderness (CITW)”, commented Chris Roche, Wilderness Safaris CMO.
The annual Nedbank Tour de Tuli brings together riders from all walks of life to experience a thrilling adventure with a purpose. Since 2005, the Tour has hosted over 3 700 riders and raised over R20 million; this continued success has enabled CITW to host over 6 900 children and 400 teachers on its camp programmes, to train over 600 Eco-Club Mentors and teachers, and to award more than 400 scholarships to dedicated students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Over four days in Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa, Tour de Tuli participants will have an opportunity to ride through some of Africa’s most pristine wildlife- and geologically-rich areas, averaging between 60 and 80 km on some of Africa’s most untouched ancient elephant trails, with authentic cultural interaction and wildlife sightings per riding day, including meeting community members supported by CITW.
“We are excited that the Tour is forming part of the company’s 35-year celebrations and look forward to delivering another exceptional event in 2018 that should not only be on every avid mountain biker’s bucket list, but will also help us to continue changing lives and conserving Africa’s wilderness. This year, we are adding some new and exciting routes to show off more unique and pristine areas of these three countries, as although the Tour is in its 14th year, we always try to bring in new elements that will ensure the adventure remains challenging enough to remember, and fun enough so the riders will want to come back”, said Tour Director, Nicola Harris.
The Purpose itinerary will be led by experienced riders from Wilderness Safaris Executive Team: Chief Operating Officer, Grant Woodrow, Chief Technology Officer, Francis Antrobus and Chief Sustainability Officer and Commercial Director, Derek de la Harpe.
CITW is the sole beneficiary of all proceeds generated from the Tour. It is a non-profit organisation, supported by Wilderness Safaris, which aims to facilitate sustainable conservation through leadership development and education of rural children in Africa through the creation of a network of learning sanctuaries.
All proceeds generated from all Travel with Purpose itineraries are channelled back to the relevant conservation and community projects and partners that are involved. No profit or mark-up is being made by Wilderness Safaris.