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Its a Ride not a Race! Ride day details – 13th AUGUST 2016

RIDE4RHINOS – SATURDAY 13TH AUGUST 2016 - Karkloof to Weenen Game Reserve


The profit from this ride will be donated to the Weenen Honorary Officers.

The aim is to help them purchase night vision binoculars.

Welcome to this years  Ride4rhinos!

There will be  100km, 81km and 65km starts to this ride.  This is a social  ride and seconds can provide assistance/lifts whenever   needed! A sweep vehicle will  be available to help  riders   and motorbikes will  assist  in the inaccessible areas.


Exciting news is that we have planned  a  new, easier  scenic route  to alleviate the steep climb out of the Karkloof valley.

Registration for the 100 KM RIDE  will take place at the Karkloof Country Club  from  6AM. Coffee and breakfast  will be  on sale  at the Club.

The cyclists will then travel to the new start  at the  entrance of the MBONA  PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE Official start time 7.30am.

You will ride through this scenic  reserve  and will exit through a specially opened hole in the fence onto the dirt provincial road which will take you to one of the jewels of the Karkloof – the well known BENVIE GARDENS.

The entrance to Benvie is a short steep hill that will give your legs a good wake up!

Before entering the actual garden you will ride through a 70 acre block of the most  awesome Japanese Cedars which were planted by  grandfather Gheekie over 100 years ago!  This far thinking man undertook to plant trees and plants from all corners of the globe – including Giant Californian Redwoods.

After exiting the gardens we are stuck with a  provincial road for a  short steep ride up to the Mondi Gilboa Workshop.

The 81 KM RIDE was a much enjoyed new feature  last year and  will start from the small dam as the road turns onto the Balmoral Farm road. After a short ride through the plantation, the road enters the grasslands of Balmoral Farm – enjoy a glance back in time to what farming was like in the 1950’s!

The riders  cross the tarred Greytown/Mooi River road and travel towards the Craigieburn Dam wall.

The 65 KMS RIDE will start at the Craigieburn Dam Water affairs entrance.

Your SECONDS  will have to turn back at this point and turn  right onto  the tar road which goes to Mooi River, turning right opposite the trading store onto the  provincial road marked Middlerus.  Seconds will be able to follow the red rhino signs and must turn right onto the  D509 district road  which will take you to Zulu Falls.

RIDERS  will cycle from the Craigiburn Dam wall along a short stretch of district road that leads to the old Voortrekker road that linked Rietvlei  with Middlerus – this is a narrow rocky track surrounded by true thorn veld.  As the road improves the vegetation changes to open grassland giving a view of the Mooi River and the Zulu Falls Lodge.

The SECONDING STATION  at the 50 km mark  is situated at the Zulu Falls view site and hot dogs and milk products, sponsored by DAIRY DAY, will be  available to keep you going! Six kms later you will cross the Mooi River and the hard work now starts as you ride uphill for 17 kms  on your way to Weenen. At the top of the hill the very welcome sight of the DAIRY DAY SECONDING TABLE  will greet you and provide the necessary.

Cyclists will enter the Weenen Game Reserve at a special  gate which will be opened up for the event. Seconds will have to drive round to the official entrance to the Reserve where Brian van de Bank and the Weenen Honorary officers will be there to greet you.  Braai fires will be going at the finish. There will be no speeches or prizegiving as this is a ride and not a race. Frik Lemmer , from KZN Wildlife, is in charge of this wonderful reserve.


Please be advised that there are NO shops between Howick and Weenen.

We are actively recruiting drivers to help deliver cars to Weenen.

Transport arrangements must be concluded with Peter Goble before the date of the ride.

Please check our website www.ride4rhinos for further information

Kind regards

Peter Goble

Home phone 087 8020 415 (evenings)

Cell  082 894 1250

Email  triandra@netfocus.co.za


Sincere thanks to the sponsors who care about the Weenen rhinos and conservation in general.

We are most grateful to the following:

   #  The Wildlands Conservation Trust for their generous donation towards the purchase of the

        Night vision binoculars

   #   Honeydew Dairy and Wedgewood Race food for providing product for our seconding tables.

   #   Knight Force who has offered to pay for the ambulance and the medic.

   #   Andre Botha from Mace Safety Solutions who has supplied the safety plan for the past 3 years


Brian and the Honorary officers have organized a Ride/Run with rhinos on Sunday 14th August.

This involves a 35 km MTB ride, 14 km family MTB ride,7 km ride, a 14 km run and a 7 km family run, plus Kids club educational activities for the children.

For further details contact Brian van der Bank at Cell 082 779 8406 email bvdb@sai.co.za

Booking for camp sites can be made via email -  weenen@kznwildlife.com or phone( 036) 3547013 and ask for Phume or Phineas Ngobese  Cell 082 4033 154 (bring own camping gear)

There is also a tented camp available in the Reserve