For four days 105 cyclists enjoyed the open air as they journeyed through the Limpopo National Park during the Tour de Kruger. The cycle ride began at the Giriyondo Border Post, travelled through the Limpopo National Park and ended up re-entering South Africa through the Pafuri Border Post up near Crook’s Corner, a journey of about 400km.
The race obtained special dispensation for the cyclists and support teams to travel through the Giriyondo Border Post, as this has yet to be officially opened. Over 30 vehicles supported the riders, including 4x4s, trucks, trailers, refrigerated vehicles, water bowsers and a mobile kitchen. Over 100 tonnes of equipment, three tonnes of which was drinking water, was moved every night from camp to camp.
The cycle tour raised about R350,000 to be divided between the Peace Parks Foundation and the Children in the Wilderness Project. An addition R30,000 will be spent revitalising a clinic in Mozambique. The Children in the Wilderness project takes disadvantaged children for a five-day stay at Wilderness Safari camps and engages them in a programme that teaches environmental appreciation.
The Peace Parks Foundation is dedicated to creating crossborder conservation areas in Africa. The race took place from August 11-16, and is scheduled to become an annual event. The organisers had previously held a sponsored ride between Durban and Johannesburg, but felt it was not sustainable, and so looked for an alternative that cyclists would not be able to arrange themselves.