Get on your mountain bike and explore pristine nature between Addo and Plettenberg Bay. It’s time for the Wild Corridor MTB Tour!
The Wild Corridor MTB Tour is a five-day ride that is all about natural beauty and conserving wilderness. For nature lovers it’s a chance to ride through some of the most biodiverse terrain on the planet. The 400km MTB tour starts just outside Addo Elephant National Park, makes its way through the pristine wilderness of Baviaanskloof and Garden Route National Park, and finishes on the beach in Plettenberg Bay. With only 30 riders on the route, this is an intimate experience of a lifetime.
The event has an important role to play in raising awareness of biodiversity corridors. These strips of land link protected areas and enable animals, birds, insects and even plants to move from one region to the next. “The most important conservation solution for loss of biodiversity is the creation of wilderness areas where fauna and flora are able to roam free. It is our wish that before, during and after this ride you will be filled with the spirit of conservation of Wild Corridors in our region and across the country,” say ride organisers Tony Lubner and Ian Hunter.
This year there are two opportunities to take part:
24–29 October 2016
31 October – 5 November 2016
What can you expect?
Mountain-bikers can look forward to riding through beautiful scenery. The trail will take in craggy mountains, waving grasslands, cool forests and fields of fynbos. In fact, the route traverses five different biomes (Forest, Fynbos, Thicket, Nama Karoo and Grassland).
The MTB tour is about the experience, rather than racing for time, so you can stop for a swim or to simply soak up the surroundings. Water points and lunch stops are situated along each day’s route.
Every night camp is set up in another idyllic spot where you can unwind and enjoy good food around the fire. The entire event is catered and organised so you can focus on the thrill of free-wheeling through the wilderness.
The Wild Corridor route
Day 1: Driekuilen to Komdomo, 103km
The tour kicks off with a steady climb to Cockscomb Peak; from there it’s downhill via 4×4 tracks and technical sections to camp alongside the Kouga River.
Day 2: Komdomo to Doringkloof, 84km
It’s the toughest day with a rollercoaster of uphills and downhills – a swim at lunch will offer welcome relief. The overnight spot is on the grassy banks of a dam.
Day 3: Doringkloof to Kouga View Game Farm, 78km
This day brings more climbing, but also the chance to marvel at rock formations and wildlife en route. The campsite has its own pool and boma.
Day 4: Kouga View to Outeniqua Trout Farm, 72km
A day for some recovery as the route winds down into Uniondale along pristine single-track and then on to De Vlugt for a river swim and picturesque campsite.
Day 5: Outeniqua Trout to Plettenberg Bay, 65km
It’s out of the valley and onto Plett’s Uplands for the final stretch through indigenous forest and down to the beach.