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Nedbank Tour de Tuli 2014 : Day 2 – Crossing the Shashe River

TdT day 2

Amphitheatre Bush Camp is a pretty cool place, but you can’t lurk within the beautiful wilds of Botswana for ever. A world of wilderness awaits, and at dawn, a few hundred mountain bikers once again lay tracks onto virgin elephant trails as they pedalled towards Zimbabwe. Today it was necessary to carry your passport in [...]

Nedbank Tour de Tuli 2014 : Day 1 – Into Elephant Territory

Tdt day 1

If you’ve not been to Mashatu Game Reserve, you are missing out on one of Africa’s truly special places. The dramatic sandstone landscape unfolds on the Botswana side of the sluggish Limpopo, which was uncharacteristically in full flow this year, and a corker of a course had been marked out, mainly along elephant tracks ducking [...]

Nedbank Tour de Tuli 2014 : Day 0

TdT14 day 0

As a true-blue Oom, I’m a bit beyond all the hype surrounding mountain bike racing. Give me a wilderness trail any day of the year, though, and I’d be as keen as the next guy to saddle up and explore beyond the horizons. NEDBANK Tour de Tuli allows you to do exactly this, with endless [...]

Moerandgone in Fundudzi: The Place of the Python Dance

Fundudzi

Shades of Burundi, with verdant tea plantations and Secret Forests. Or overtones of Madagascar, with red earth roads and placid lakes mirroring the cloudless sky. Maybe Middle Earth, even, with it’s spider-webbed trees and roiling, potholed rivers and giant bonzai flat-crowns … I cannot really make my mind up about my Fundudzi de javu, but [...]

#moerandgone in Baleni

Baleni

To get to the African Ivory Route’s Baleni Camp, you have to bundu-bash your way beyond the town of Giyani into the beatiful bush veldt unfolding along the banks of the Klein Letaba River. This is not far from the border fence of the Kruger National Park and – although there are no dangerous game [...]

#moerandgone in Modjadji

Modjadji

The realm of the Rain Queen – southern Africa’s only matriarchal monarchy – is a place of awe and wonder. Here, within the innermost reaches of the Limpopo Province, you will find a mountain range bristling with cycads up to 13m tall. These encephalartos villosus giants date back 50-60 million years, to a time when [...]

#moerandgone Mission – Umngazi River Bungalows

Umngazi

There are a thousand reasons to go to Umngazi River Bungalows, but in this case the best one of all was to celebrate the wedding of two fabulous friends. Wayne and Phillipa Le Roux, it was such a pleasure spending time with you guys, but next time warn me in advance that I’m the designated [...]

Molweni Trail Run 2014 – Race Day

Molweni race day

After the amazing build-up and intensive hype surrounding the testing Prologue at the inauguaral Molweni Trail Run, presented by Salomon SA, it was a nervous bunch of athletes who lined up for the start at the Forest Hills Sports Club just after dawn yesterday morning. One thing is for sure; they had ample reason to [...]

Molweni Trail Run 2014- Prologue Day

Molweni prologue

A lot of guys and girls came out today, thinking they were going to smash the 6km-plus Prologue Course, but that’s not the ways things work in Krantzkloof Nature Reserve. The route and terrain were testing to say the least, with times well over an hour being clocked by ‘mere mortals’. But then there are [...]

Molweni Trail Run 2014 – Recce Day

Molweni recce

If you have been wanting to find your running freedom, I’ve discovered just the event for you. The Molweni 2-day Trail Run, presented by SALOMON and organised by 369 Communications, comes packaged as a Prologue + Monster Day, very much following the successful recipe set by the Otter African Trail Run. Eye-bleedingly beautiful natural scenery, [...]

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