Tour de Zambezi cycling adventure comes to Zim

SOUTH AFRICAN organisers of a tri-nation mountain bicycle adventure, Tour de Tuli, have introduced another product called Tour de Zambezi set to be launched in Zimbabwe next year.

BY OWN CORRESPONDENT

This will be their third product offering to the Zimbabwe tourism industry which has failed to come up with similar products.

Managed under Tour de Wilderness, Tour de Zambezi is the newest adventure and will run through the Zambezi region, showcasing pristine wilderness, breathtaking gorge trails, community involvement and land rich with history that the Victoria Falls National Park, Zambezi Park in Victoria Falls and Zambezi areas have to offer.

“The tour is taking on an opportunity; the unique experience of riding through some of Zimbabwe’s most breathtaking scenery and history orientated communities, with wildlife around each teak tree and baobab,” Tour de Wilderness said on their website this week.

“It is a fundraiser for Children in the Wilderness (CITW) Zimbabwe and the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust. All funds raised by the tour will be channelled directly into both of these beneficiaries.”

It said the tour, which will be inaugurated in April and May, aims to follow strict environmental practices and every camp site should left as it was originally found.

Mountain bikers will have the opportunity to ride in amazing bush surroundings and along the magnificent Zambezi gorge, whilst having fun with great people for three days and four nights.

Although marketing has been poor on the Zimbabwean side where it is handled by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, two of Tour de Wilderness products have been running in Zimbabwe for years, attracting bikers from all over the world.

On July 4, in what has become an annual event, more than 300 bikers from across the globe camped at Sentinel Ranch in Beitbridge West, as part of the tri-nation Tour de Tuli which covers Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

The bikers mingle with children from communities in their gruelling trail of the wild-life rich course inside the Great Mapungubwe Trans-frontier Park across the three countries.

The Parks and Wildlife official tasked with inviting guest, Kudakwashe Chipunza, had not responded to questions on why they failed to invite the media for the enormous event.

Beneficiaries Children in the Wilderness, have environmental education and life skills programmes for rural children living in and around conservation areas where they have been operating since 2001.

Parks groups of children from the three countries are taken on educational camps where they are drilled on survival skills and educated on environmental management technics.

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