By Innocent Nxumalo
ZIMBABWE’s eco-tourism packages have left lasting memories on international cyclists who were part of the one week Tour De Tuli cycling event co-hosted by Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.
The 250 km cycling event criss-crossing nature reserves in Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa attracted more than 500 international cyclists.
However, the one week Tour De Tuli was much more than a cycling event with participants having a time of their life through eco-tourism.
“This is my first time to come to Zimbabwe and taking part in Tour De Tuli, it has been a memorable wonderful time.
“It was worth it. The terrain gave us an amazing opportunity to experience Tuli-Shashe wilderness. The waving and welcoming rural communities were fabulous,” said one Tour De Tour participant.
Tour De Tuli organisers agreed with Zimbabwean tourism authorities that the event will not only promote tourism but highlights the importance of conservation efforts.
“We are excited that Tour De Tuli continues to grow in scope. The route and wilderness camp sites we chose were on point,” said Bronwen Blunden, Tour De Tuli Director.
“This is a rare opportunity to show the world what we have as far as conservancy is concerned. We are excited to note that many of those who attended want to be back in Tuli again,” said Patridge Marimbe, Zimparks Regional Business Enterprise Manager.
“Attracting more than 500 international arrivals for one event is a huge 0success for Zimbabwe as a destination. It gives impetus to our mice tourism strategy,” said Godfrey Koti, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Head of Corporate Affairs.
This year’s Tour De Tuli took off in Mapungugwe National Park in South Africa to Zimbabwe’s Shashe and Tuli areas before proceeding to Fothergill Rock Camp in Botswana.