30 June 2015
- Day 1: Limpopo Valley Airfield (Botswana) to Limpopo River Camp (Botswana) - 75km
About 85% of Day 1’s route is completely new and will take riders into areas known for high concentrations of game, particularly elephant, as well as some spectacular countryside, including sandstone ridges that run alongside the Limpopo River, and an impressive leadwood forest. Cyclists should be prepared for a challenge, as the route includes a number of sandy sections and climbs, but also some excellent single track along ancient elephant trails.
- Day 2: Limpopo River Camp (Botswana) to Shashi Wilderness Camp (Zimbabwe) – 69km
The route includes the first border crossing of the Tour, with participants crossing the Shashe River to enter Zimbabwe. Cyclists will head through riverine scrub, indigenous forest and open plains before reaching Shashe Village for a cold Coke or beer. Afterwards, they will stop at Jalukange School and then through community lands to the historic Shashi Wilderness Camp.
- Day 3: Shashi Wilderness Camp (Zimbabwe) to Fly Camp (Zimbabwe) – 67km
Day 3’s relaxing sand-free route begins on stony single and donkey cart tracks through community villages before heading back into indigenous bush. Several dry riverbed crossings will take cyclists into elephant territory, before ending the day’s ride with a technical climb up to camp.
- Day 4: Fly Camp (Zimbabwe) to Mapungubwe Confluence Camp (South Africa) – 75km The final day of cycling includes a bit of everything: sand, scenery, as well as riverbed and border crossings. Highlights include a historic Bushman rock art site, and for the first time ever, a ride through the Knotts Orange Farm and packhouse. Back in South Africa and into the baobab-filled Mapungubwe National Park, cyclists will ride past the ancient ruins where the golden rhino was discovered, before heading over the finish line.
“Each year we are amazed at the generosity of the sponsors, cyclists and volunteers who make the Tour possible. With just two-and-half months to go, we are confident that we will deliver yet another spectacular event, and in doing so, raise even more awareness and funds for CITW and the important goals we set out to achieve”, says Dr. Sue Snyman, CITW Programme Director.
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