Organisers have unveiled the route for the 2022 Nedbank Tour de Tuli, the mountain bike tour and wilderness adventure that traverses South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Kicking off on 19 July, the tour serves as the primary fundraiser for Children in the Wilderness, Wilderness Safaris’ non-profit partner, which facilitates sustainable conservation through leadership development and the education of rural children in Africa.
This year’s route will once again traverse the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area. Upholding its 16-year tradition, the riders predominantly follow ancient elephant trails and rural tracks, allowing participants the opportunity to experience cultural interactions with villagers, while also spotting wildlife.
The riding route takes riders through two protected wilderness areas – the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, in Botswana, and the multi-country Mapungubwe National Park. Riders cover between 60 and 85 kilometres a day, over a course of four consecutive days, by which time they will have covered approximately 300 kilometres of mountain biking trails.
“As the sole beneficiary of the tour, the Children in the Wilderness programme is an environmental and life skills educational initiative for children, focused on producing the next generation of decision-makers. The programme is intended to inspire them to care for their natural heritage and to become the custodians of these areas in the future,” said Tour Director, Bronwen Blunden.
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“Nedbank is proud to have been associated with this unique and exciting African adventure for the past decade. Supporting the tour and the work done by CITW aligns directly with the ethos of our brand, and we are actively involved in supporting surrounding communities,” added Kelly Thompson, Sponsorship Manager at Nedbank.
All funds raised by the Tour de Tuli are channeled into the CITW programme, helping to ensure the sustainability of the programme across all the regions within which it operates.
“Over the last 15 years, the tour has hosted approximately 3,900 participants and raised over R20 million for CITW. This, in turn, has enabled over 5,600 children to be hosted on our CITW camp programme and over 11,000 children on the Eco-Club programme,” said Grant Woodrow, COO of Wilderness Business Development and Children in the Wilderness South Africa board member.
This mountain bike tour is renowned for the unique experience it offers, riding through some of Africa’s most pristine wildlife and geologically-rich areas. The event follows strict environmental practices, working with communities and traversing unforgettable routes, allowing participants to fully immerse themselves in their wilderness surroundings.