Four days in the wilderness, camping under the stars and meals next to an open fire. This year participants in the Wild Corridor MTB tour will not only experience 317km of natural beauty and bliss – each rider will also receive a free All Parks Individual Wild Card.
Taking place from 23 to 27 October 2018, the 2018 Wild Corridor is the perfect combination of adventure and fun. Traversing five biomes, including the Garden Route National Park, it’s a ride of a lifetime. Your support as a rider also aids in the conservation of these wild places. With space for only 30 riders, an exclusive spot at the Wild Corridor is hot property.
Great news is that your wilderness explorations don’t have to end post Wild Corridor – each entrant will receive an All Parks Individual Wild Card giving you one year’s unlimited access to more than 80 parks and reserves.
Daron Smit, event organiser, says 2018’s tour has a few exciting changes in store. “The new route is one day shorter and participants set off from Assegaaibosch Country Lodge and not Baviaanskloof. The second day takes riders off the main Baviaans road and en-route to the finish line, we ride through an indigenous forest – an element which was missing before.”
For the first time, the tour is also e-bike friendly. “This gives the ‘weekend warriors’ the opportunity to experience a stage tour that they would not normally dream of entering. It also opens up the opportunity for friends and spouses to enter and ride side-by-side with their partners. Remember, this is a ride and not a race,” says Daron.
Distance: 317km | Climbing: 3,930m | Descent: 3,820m
Duration: ± 6½ hours
Route: Kareedouw to Doornkloof
Highlight: The descent into Baviaanskloof
Duration: ± 4½ hours
Route: Doringkloof Campsite to Kouga View Game Farm
Highlight: The Seven Dwarfs rock formations
Duration: ± 4 hours and 15 minutes
Route: Kouga View Game Farm to Outeniqua Trout Farm
Highlight: The famous Karoo to Coast Route
Duration: ± 4½ hours
Route: Outeniqua Trout Farm to Plettenberg Bay
Highlight: The indigenous Diepwalle forests
Package per rider
The cost of R17,000 per rider includes:
- Shuttle from Plettenberg Bay to Patensie
- Private tent for each rider
- Standing bed with mattress
- Pillow, linen and duvet
- All meals and soft drinks
- Water points every ± 20km
- Pre-event registration pack
- Evening entertainment programme
- Daily bike wash and lube
It’s advisable to secure your position with a 50% non-refundable deposit of R8,500. Take note that the package excludes massages and treatments, bike transfers and concierge, bike servicing, and accommodation before and after the event.
Wild tip: The fitter you are, the more enjoyable the ride.