What an amazing cycle tour on the edge of the Kruger National Park!!

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And I would do it all again!

80 riders and their back-up teams experienced the ride of their lives through Big Five Country for the first time in their lives and others for a 4th or 5th go as each year they find the ride more amazing. This year the field comprised 30% women, which is a record.

The tired but excited riders wallowing in their remarkable achievement spoke of sightings of treacherous buffalo and beautiful plains game. Even a major herd of elephants was sighted and held up Peloton 5 in their tracks. The 100 km ride starts in the Kruger National Park and goes through beautiful riverine bush and the open grass lands of the Timbavati Private Nature.  Riders traverse through rugged Thornybush, lovely Blue Canyon and challenging sandy patches in Kapama making for a very diverse and exciting event. Main roads are easily crossed with the help of senior Rotarians with the invaluable assistance of both Farm and Town Watch members ably assisted by the Hoedspruit Traffic police.

This is a community effort from the now famous Haenertsburg breakfast to the delicious home-made boerewors, hand made by local farmers’ wives and the juicy orange slices and water along the way.

At last, the beautiful striped zebra cycle shirts designed for our 2019 tour came into their own and could be made and worn for the July 2022 Tour. The sight of 120 striped jerseys showing the yellow Rotary Wheel coming over the horizon created a shock of realization that we were back on the road again after 2 years of Covid inactivity.

At the end of the tour each rider receives a certificate confirming that they had completed 100 kms of grueling riding in this very exciting and prestigious limited rider event.  A small token of Rotary”s appreciation in the form of a “dinkie” wooden key ring will remind the riders in years to come of their momentous achievement and perhaps jog them to join us again in July 2023.

The end of the ride was generously supported by the Buco team and unexpected coolers of iced beers and cool drinks were most welcome. 

During the lazy afternoon at Swadini, waiting for the first peloton to arrive, children played and rode through the Buco blow up gateway pretending they too were taking part in the Rotary K2C Cycle Tour.

Our next tour will be advised shortly so why not start planning now for the 2023 tour making up your own peloton group- it is such fun riding with friends.

Imagine a ride assured of the utmost safety precautions with exciting encounters in the wild and the best tour fare – “This was the best boerewors roll I have ever eaten.  May I please have another one?” was heard again and again at the Hlokomela lunch point.

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