3 Day

Cycling Safari

Amongst the Tuli Elephants

Limpopo Valley, Zimbabwe

Experience wild Africa on a 3-day MTB cycling safari

For only R7500 per cyclist and R6500-00  for a non-cycling partner
(For 4 nights’ accommodation)

The Cycling Safari at Nottingham Estate in 2017 was such a huge success that we made a decision to do more cycling safaris in 2020!

The 3-day cycling safari will be a unique experience – not only of challenging cycling – but also to encounter the African bush in its purest form.

We will cycle in the dry savannah, rocky wonderlands, sand, elephant tracks and game trials in the Limpopo Valley. Cyclists will start the day by watching the sun rise in the bush and can expect to see the Livingstone eland, kudu, impala and warthogs during their ride in the bushveld – with the distinctive baobab trees in the background whilst hearing the calls of lilac-breasted rollers and mighty fish eagles.

Participants should be intermediate to advanced cyclists in order to enjoy three consecutive days of riding. On day one we will cycle a rough and tough 50km, followed by 45km on day two and three respectively. The cycle route consists of mainly off-road track, gravel road and single track as well as sandy patches. Starting time is 06h00 every morning and riders should be back in camp between 12h00 – 13h00. A sweeping vehicle will follow the riders to assist with mechanical breakdowns and or flat tyres, etc.

Accommodation

Riders will be hosted for four nights at Nottingham Estate’s Kuduland River Lodge. The camp is 35km from Beit Bridge and is situated on the banks of the Limpopo river; adjacent to the Tuli block. The camp can host 20 – 25 people, with rooms offering bar fridges and on suite bathrooms.

The four-night accommodation at Kuduland Lodge will be full board and include early breakfast, brunch and a two-course dinner as well as tea and coffee.

Elephant Feeding

Dinner at the bush amphitheatre, a thatched lapa built on the rocks overlooking the valley is a highlight. There you will see, hear and feel the nearby Tuli elephant feeding on orange pulp from the orange factory whilst enjoying sun downers and the magnificent views and the African sunset over the valley. Dinner will be served here.

A perfect way to end a Cycling Safari and to take back memories of this unique experience that will hopefully last a lifetime.

Elephant Feeding

Dinner at the bush amphitheatre, a thatched lapa built on the rocks overlooking the valley is a highlight. There you will see, hear and feel the nearby Tuli elephant feeding on orange pulp from the orange factory whilst enjoying sun downers and the magnificent views and the African sunset over the valley. Dinner will be served here.

A perfect way to end a Cycling Safari and to take back memories of this unique experience that will hopefully last a lifetime.

Itinerary

Day 1:

Depart Pretoria at 6h00 drive to Musina through Beit Bridge Border post to be at Kudu land Camp in the afternoon. We will organise with ZTA to get us through the border post on the Zimbabwe side. Arrive at camp at latest 16h30 to unpack, get the bicycles ready and have dinner and relax the evening.

Day 2 : 

Cycle the 50km and be back at camp by lunch time and later take a Sunset cruise on the pontoon or boat on the 7km long dam at the fishing camp.

Day 3:

Cycle 45km route and be back at camp at 13h00 and during this afternoon one can either relax at camp by the swimming pool.

Day 4:

After the last mornings’ 45 km ride we will be back in camp for lunch and we can start packing to be ready to go again to fly camp at 16h30 to spend the last afternoon and evening there watching the elephant feeding and the unbelievable beautiful sunset.

Day 5:

We leave early at 8h30 to go through Beit Bridge border post and we should be back in Pretoria at 14h00. Remember I add at least an hour for clearance on of the border posts, things go slow up there in Africa.

African Adventure Tours is committed to Eco Tourism

Nottingham Estate Resorts follow the Eco Tourism Trend because this ranch is kept with conservation in mind, to observe wildlife and have a low-impact on the natural habitat and in small scale.

Vehicle requirements:

  • White and Red Reflective Tape: Two small white rectangular size strips on the right and left hand side of the front bumper as well as two small red square strips on the right and left hand side of the rear bumper. If towing a trailer, two small red square strips on the right and left hand side of the rear bumper are required
  • Warning Triangles: Two warning triangles.
  • White and Red T-sign: Required if towing a trailer ; white must be displayed on front right hand side of trailer / caravan and red on the rear right hand side of the trailer / caravan, when looking forward.

BORDER POST REQUIREMENTS

Documentation needed

  • Valid passport of the driver.
  • Valid driver’s licence of driver
  • Vehicle registration book in the name of the driver. (certified if not original copy)
  • Letter of authority from the registered owner if vehicle is not owned by the driver.
  • If vehicle is still being financed by the bank a letter of authority from the bank is required, authorizing the driver to cross with the vehicle into Zimbabwe.
  • Letter from Insurance company stating vehicle is insured in Zimbabwe

FEES AND CHARGES PAYABLE

Each vehicle has to pay for Cross Border Fees,  – Gate pass, road access fee, 3rd party insurance, carbon tax

Toll Bridge Zim side R150-00   –   $20
3rd Party Insurance Light vehicle – $30
3rd Party Insurance trailer –            $15

Carbon Tax (varies with engine capacity) –

  • less than 1500cc –  $6
  • exceeding 1500cc but not exceed 2000cc – $11
  • 2000cc but not exceeds 3000cc – $15
  • Exceeds 3000cc – $30

“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions”

~ Isak Dinesen