Shamwari launches Biking in the Bush MTB getaway

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You can now ride in one of the world’s greatest game reserves (Photo: Shamwari)
You can now ride in one of the world’s greatest game reserves (Photo: Shamwari)
  • One of the world’s most celebrated wildlife reserves is embracing the mountain bike trend.
  • Guests will now have the option of a tailored mountain bike experience at Shamwari.
  • If you prefer to be off the vehicle and on two-wheels, the new Biking in the Bush getaway, is ideal.

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 mountain biking 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 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."

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The trusty game viewing vehicle is there to act as a sweeper, if you get tired or stranded with a mechanical (Photo: Shamwari)

Guides have you covered

Andrew 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 unable to continue the ride.

The routes vary depending on game sightings, animal movements, weather and rider fitness. All take place in the wilder wilderness area of Shamwari’s northern edge, where there are no other people or vehicles.

Guides ride with guests to ensure a safe and spectacular animal encounter experience (Photo: Shamwari)

You can use an e-bike

Group sizes vary between six and eight. E-bikes are permitted, but e-bikers and faster riders must stick with the group.

The minimum age for riders is 16, although riders older than 65 are asked to confirm their fitness - best to keep up your Strava game, if you are a senior rider. 

The daily rate for the Biking in the Bush getaway is R4 950 per person sharing or R5 795 per single. Those prices include accommodation, guided rides and 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.

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