Tour de Tuli roars to life after a two-year break

THE annual Tour de Tuli tourism expedition which is held in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area (GMFTCA) roars to life this week following a sabbatical of two years that was induced by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The event will run from this Tuesday to Sunday evening. 

It had to be suspended in 2020 and 2021 as the three hosting nations, Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe introduced a host of measures to minimise the spread of Covid-19.

The mega-park is located on the western part of Beitbridge and comprises the Northern Tuli Game Reserve (Botswana), Tuli National Park and Maramani Communal lands (Zimbabwe), and the Mapungubwe National Park (South Africa).

An average of 350 bikers take part in the mountain bike tours yearly and the expedition seeks to market the GMTFCA as one of the best tourist resorts in the Sadc region.

The cyclists start off by entering Zimbabwe from South Africa through a makeshift border along the Limpopo River, they stay in the Maramani area for two days before leaving through another makeshift border for Botswana and stay there for a day and ride again into South Africa.

They are expected to ride for over 250km passing through parks, historical, cultural, and wildlife areas within three countries during the course of the event.

The participants are drawn from countries like the United States of America, Britain, Canada, Germany, Australia, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe.

Children in the Wilderness (CITW), a South African company is coordinating the expedition on behalf of the three governments.

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) spokesperson Godfrey Koti said the event will boost the country’s MICE tourism concept which is anchored on Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Events, and Expeditions.

When we continue to have these events our MICE tourism goes up and we hope that events such as the Beitbridge Expo will continue to run for us to be able to find a way to make it a destination of choice,” he said.