Rhino Ride 201725 August 2017
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th August
Entries are limited to 200 riders – to be added to our data base email us on email@example.com
The largest amount raised yet…..R663 352…yes that’s right over SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND RAND raised at the 2016 Rhino Ride…
Join us for a festive weekend of Mountain Biking, held on our Reserve, home to the BIG 5!! Cyclists will be covering 70kms over the two days, cycling through pristine Zululand bushveld, enjoying breath taking views, magnificent scenery & wildlife up close and personal.
A secure camping village it set up in the Reserve, where cyclists and their families can relax and enjoy the peaceful sounds of the wild. All meals are included in your package and we offer an authentic bush menu (with a vegetarian option) enjoyed under the starry sky.
The Rhino Ride is a perfect opportunity for you & the family to leave the hustle and bustle of city behind you and enjoy nature at its finest
ONE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED & FIFTEEN Rhinos were found poached in 2014, which is well over a 300% increase since 2010. By entering the Rhino Ride you are assisting us in the fight against Rhino poaching and in stopping the extinction of these prehistoric creatures.
With a total of ONE MILLION EIGHT HUNDRED AND THIRTY SIX THOUSAND RAND being raised by the Rhino Ride in 4 years, we look forward to hosting a bigger and better event in 2017 with a total that will approach the R3 million rand mark – join us at the event and play your part in the fight against Rhino Poaching #stoprhinopoachingNOW
All proceeds from our ride go directly into the Zululand RHINO Reserve Foundation
– EVERY contribution made towards this foundation WILL make a difference to the lives of individuals & animals alike –
“Committed to the conservation of endangered species whilst establishing, maintaining and supporting partnerships with neighbouring communities”
The annual Rhino Ride is held on the magnificent Manyoni Private Game Reserve (MPGR), a 23 000 hectare proclaimed private nature reserve, home to over 70 mammal species including Africa’s BIG 5. All proceeds from the Rhino Ride go directly into the Zululand RHINO Reserve Foundation who use the funds raised to assist the MPGR in critical Rhino conservation projects.
The 21st century brings with it a scourge of poaching, especially threatening our magnificent Rhino. The situation to date is so severe that an increasing number of privately owned game reserves are disposing of their Rhino, as they are considered too much of a risk in relation to the rising security costs of protecting these animals. Protected, favourable habitat for these splendid creatures is at a premium, and as we, the MPGR, are fortunate enough to have this at their disposal we are dedicated to expanding this, their range & their population.
During the weekend not only will you be treated to breath-taking views, magnificent Zululand scenery & the Big 5, but you will also gain an awareness of the challenges the MPGR & we all face in the fight against rhino poaching.
2016 Rhino Ride
Karen Holmes, Managing Director of the MPGR has this to say about keeping the cyclists safe among the BIG 5!
It was a truly wild ride this year and the behind the scenes coordination was challenging to say the least. By 7:30 am all marshals were on station and we were ready to roll, but of course the calm didn’t last long and soon after the last batch of riders left the start we had obstructions en route. Marshall station three reported a herd of Elephant on route, and as Murphy would have it, a few minutes later one of the big male lions decided to show up too, so a few riders had to wait while the hairy and scary creatures moved off.
To make life just a little more exciting for those of us responsible for the safety of the riders, the helicopter with the camera crew spooked the elephants and of course the herd then headed toward the route again, a few nail biting minutes passed and the elephants were moving away so we could continue uninterrupted. To avoid any more surprises from our inquisitive elephants I decided to call in the ZAPwing fixed wing aircraft to keep a close eye on them and their movements.
Riders absolutely loved the single track which required some skill to ride at pace, and absolutely hated the big climb before the last water table, but their hard work was rewarded with a craft beer tasting close to the finish.
A lioness and her cubs were seen in the riverbed near the track, and again I had to stop the riders at the water table under the big fig tree to allow the marshals to relocate the lions and ensure the route was safe.
The route along the fever tree forest that hugs the riverbed was surreal.
I was marshaling in the river where riders crossed through the river bed and was thoroughly entertained by the riders gearing down and peddling strong to get through the thick sand. Some made it and others faded in a heap. All is well that ends well with a few minor injuries and big smiles.
2014 Rhino Ride
We were thrilled to have a full complement of 215 riders at the 2014 event – who arrived not only to brave the Zululand heat & hills but also our ever growing pride of lions! (What started with the introduction of 7 Lion in 2012, has rapidly grown to 15, and counting). It is through your support for our events that our conservation initiatives such as this succeed.
The 2014 Rhino Ride proved a great success with just over R330 000 being raised. These funds will go a long way to assist us in the on-going battle against Rhino poaching and to support us in ensuring the safety and security of our precious Rhino on the MPGR – a HUGE thank you to each & every one of you who contributed to make this possible.
A very big thank you & mention must go out to all sponsors that came on board at the 2014Rhino Ride, without whom the event would not be possible.
A special thank-you to Grindrod Bank our anchor sponsor for the 3rd year running, and it was great to hear on the Friday night that Grindrod Bank have recommitted their support of the event again in 2015. Further thanks go to Spar Mkuze Supatrade, Bayete Zulu, Polaris, Emma Gatland Photography, Republic South Africa (RSA), Fairfield Dairy, Mavela & Static Control, Racefood, Leopard Mountain Game Lodge, LT Printers, Sheena Arnott, African Spirit Game Lodge & Republic Umbrella.
2013 Rhino Ride
160 cyclists and supporters descended on the MPGR to enjoy the weekend of cycling, good food, cold beer, entertainment of course our magnificent Reserve
Our Second Annual Rhino Ride raised R195 000 – these funds were used for the following activities
- The continued monitoring and research of our Rhino, which is important for their ongoing protection.
- To pay the operating costs and salary of Mfundise, one of our very important Rhino monitors on the reserve
- Sponsoring of ongoing Rhino darts where ear notching & electronic identification is carried out.
- The funding of a number of security exercises which have been instrumental in maintaining our clean sheet of Rhino Poaching on the MPGR.
- A portion of the money raised is also being used to fund the final year of a young African student, S’bonelo studying for his Nature Conservation Diploma.
Our 2013 Sponsors included Grindrod Bank, Spar Mkuze Supatrade, Bayete Zulu, Exodus & Travel Vision, Subway Umhlanga, Polaris, Em Gatland Photography, Republic umbrella, Meditax, Rhino River Lodge, African Spirit, The Ghost Mountain Inn , Republic South Africa (RSA) & Powasol
Day 1 Route:
Point of interest 1:
7.5 kms in and you have just arrived at one of the main attractions of the rhino ride , the scenic winding trails along the Msunduze river under the canopies of shade providing fig trees. Offering a few kilometers of easy cycling before the ascent towards water table number 1, beware, the soft sand invites many near falls.
Point of interest 2:
Now 18.5kms in you will have begun to feel the signs of fatigue after riding through sloping hills and single track paths with the sun now bright and hot in the sky, luckily you have just arrived at breakfast! Be prepared for hot bacon and egg rolls and a short rest before beginning the toughest part of the ride. The tall hills to the west are your destination so eat hearty!
Point of interest 3:
29 kms in after conquering the toughest section of the ride, you are rewarded with a vista of hills from your high vantage point. Take a drink at the watertable and enjoy the view while you wait for the remainder of your group who are huffing and puffing their way up to you. What goes up must come down and the long steep coast down the hill is a great way to enter the final quarter of the ride.
Day 2 route:
Point of interest 1:
10 kms into day 2, the more relaxed, game viewing orientated route, you might find a reason to work up a sweat. Our lions are very fond of the cool sand in the river so beware and keep your eyes peeled for twitching ears and flicking tails. Don’t worry too much though since our armed rangers are always close by and on guard. Beware of the tricky river crossing and cycle slowly around the waterhole - the smell of bacon should motivate you as the breakfast table is not far!
Proposed 2017 Itinerary
Friday 25th August
- 15h00 Registration Opens
- 18h15 Welcome
- 18h30 Compulsory Race & Safety Briefing – Karen Holmes
- 19h00 Dinner is served
- 20h00 Registration Closes
- 22h00 Bar Closes
Saturday 26th August
- 6h00 Breakfast Opens
- 7h30 Race Briefing & Animal Safety Update
- 8h00 Start of 2015 Rhino Ride
- 11h00 Elephant Interaction
- 12h30 Lunch Opens
- 14h00 Game Drive (+- 2 ½ hours)
- 15h00 Elephant Interaction
- 18h00 Thank Yous’ & Lucky Draws
- 19h00 Dinner is served
- 23h00 Bar Closes
Sunday 27st August
- 6h30 Breakfast Opens
- 8h00 Race Briefing & Animal Safety Update
- 8h30 Start of Day
We highly recommend CAMPING, the experience of being out in the open with the BIG 5, as well as the magnificent scenery & great atmosphere is something that is very special at this event – for both cyclists and the whole family!
TENTS FOR HIRE – includes mattress, please be sure to bring your own bedding
One Man Tent - R200
Two Man Tent – R300
Back to basics is our motto in Zululand and so you can expect to enjoy the natural and rustic element of camping, with the following amenities provided
- A secure camping village will be set up in an awesome setting in the middle of the bush.
- Ablution stands will be provided – you just bring your tent, matress & bedding
- Rustic outdoor showers – each rider will experience a fire heated drum shower.(Please Note: Individual fires or braais are not permitted, as this is a protected area. All fires and food will be provided for the riders by our trained staff.)
- There will be fantastic bush cuisine available which will be eaten around crackling log fires under a blanket of African stars
The camping is limited to 200 riders and a max of 60 non-riders and MUST be pre-booked before the race.
We encourage you to come and enjoy a great bush camping experience or luxurious lodging with us, either way the weekend will consist of loads of adventure, fun and most of all mountain biking!!
For those of you not too keen on camping and fancy spoiling yourselves, accommodation can be found at a number of gorgeous lodges situated on the Manyoni Private Game Reserve...
For those of you not too keen on camping and fancy spoiling yourselves, accommodation can be found at a number of gorgeous lodges situated on The Manyoni Private Game Reserve:
- Leopard Mountain Game Lodge – Tel 086 111 4789 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rhino River Lodge – Tel: 083 781 4924- email@example.com
- African Spirit Game Lodge – Tel 035 595 8255 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mavela Safari Lodge – Tel 035 940 0996 or 072 347 6438 – email@example.com
- Zenzulu Luxury Lodge – Tel 082 459 4752 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ghost Mountain Inn – Tel 035 573 1025 – email@example.com
Directions to Bayete Zulu on The Manyoni Private Game Reserve
From Durban: +-300km from Durban Airport
Travel north on the N2 from Durban, approximately 27 kms past the Hluhluwe town turnoff, turn left onto the P450, opposite the Baobab Inn. Travel a further 7kms on the dirt road where you will see on the right the clearly marked gate; Bayete Zulu
Travel South on the N2 from Pongola / Johannesburg, approximately 22kms past the turnoff to Mkuze town, turn right onto the P450, opposite the Baobab Inn. Travel a further 7kms on the dirt road where you will see on the right the clearly marked gate
For directions on Google maps you can use the following as your destination Bayete Zulu Boutique Lodge, Hluhluwe
Should you have any problems on the journey please contact us on +27 82 600 9746
Many Thanks to GRINDROD BANK for agreeing to be the lead sponsor for the event for the 4th Year running
On the 27th & 28th August the 5th annual Rhino Ride will be held within the Manyoni Private Game Reserve, our aim is to raise funds & increase awareness regarding endangered species & local community empowerment. All funds received will be donated to the Zululand RHINO Reserve Foundation– the ZRRF set up with the aims to grow conservation, counteract poaching & establish & maintain a strong mutually beneficial partnership of empowerment for the neighbouring Zulu communities
We are currently looking for further sponsorship in order to host this event to its full potential. If this is something that you or your company may be interested in assisting us with I would be more than happy to discuss what sponsorship may best suit you. All sponsors are encouraged to display flag banners, hand out brochures and display a “mini stand” at event in order to maximize advertising.
Please note that the Trust is a registered NPO and all donations made are tax-deductible.
Every little bit counts
Please contact Kelly on firstname.lastname@example.org for further information