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MTB in the bush

Shamwari launches Biking in the Bush MTB getaway.

Mountain biking enthusiasts looking for a ride on the wild side can now book three-days of riding through big-five territory at Shamwari Private Game Reserve.

The Biking in the Bush getaway includes three-to-four hours of guided cycling each morning, afternoon game drives, guided walks and luxury accommodation to rest weary legs.

Andrew Kearney, the ranger manager at Shamwari and a keen rider himself, says the rides are suitable for people who cycle regularly and are reasonably fit.

“It’s absolutely not a race but rather about the experience of cycling through the bush and chance encounters with a variety of wildlife. We count time in the saddle rather than the kilometres ridden.”

He stresses safety is a priority and cyclists receive a detailed briefing before each ride. Two experienced guides accompany each group and one guide will wait with anyone who needs to stop. A sweeper vehicle will pick up anyone who is unable to continue the ride.

The rides vary depending on game sightings, animal movements, the weather and fitness of the groups. All take place in the wilder wilderness area in the north of the reserve, where there are no other people or vehicles.

The minimum group size is six and the maximum eight and anyone who is 16 and older can ride, although over 65s are asked to provide confirmation of their fitness. E-bikes are permitted, but e-bikers and faster riders must stick with the group.

The daily rate for the Biking in the Bush getaway is R4 950 per person sharing or R5 795 per single. It includes accommodation, all guided rides, guided walks, game drives, meals, visits to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Born Free Big Cat Rescue Centre, pre-game drive refreshments and game drive drinks and snacks.

Bookings can be made by e-mailing reservations@shamwari.com or by calling +27 42 203 1111

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