2019 Dates : 23rd – 25th August

The annual Rhino Ride is held on the magnificent Manyoni Private Game Reserve (MPGR), a 23 000 hectare proclaimed private nature reserve, home to over 70 mammal species including Africa’s BIG 5. All proceeds from the Rhino Ride go directly into the Zululand Conservation Trust who use the funds raised to assist the MPGR in critical Rhino conservation projects.

The 21st century brings with it a scourge of poaching, especially threatening our magnificent Rhino. The situation to date is so severe that an increasing number of privately owned game reserves are disposing of their Rhino, as they are considered too much of a risk in relation to the rising security costs of protecting these animals. Protected, favourable habitat for these splendid creatures is at a premium, and as we, the MPGR, are fortunate enough to have this at their disposal we are dedicated to expanding this, their range & their population.

During the weekend not only will you be treated to breath-taking views, magnificent Zululand scenery & the Big 5, but you will also gain an awareness of the challenges the MPGR & we all face in the fight against rhino poaching.

All proceeds from our ride go directly into the Zululand Conservation Trust.


#RhinoRide2018 smashes records & raises ONE MILLION RAND. WE did it.....together with all of you, we made our million!


A MASSIVE thank-you to each and every person involved, together we have raised an incredible R945 872, yes you read that correctly just short of one million rand!


The largest amount raised yet…..R663 352…yes that’s right over SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND RAND raised at the 2016 Rhino Ride…


Just over HALF A MILLION RAND raised! a huge thank-you to each and every rider, sponsor and individual who made this possible!


A huge thank you to the 200 participants who took part – we managed to raise just over R330,000 for Rhino conservation on the Reserve


With amazing temperatures and gorgeous sunshine, not to mention the incredible sunsets, the ride raised a whopping R195 000, a HUGE thank you to all those who took part.


Despite the challenging weather conditions, participants were in high spirits and an impressive 118 riders managed to complete the two days.


ROUTE - Day 1 40km

ROUTE - Day 2 30km


Proposed 2019 Itinerary

Friday 23rd August

  • 15h00 Registration Opens
  • 18h15 Welcome
  • 18h30 Compulsory Race & Safety Briefing
  • 19h00 Dinner is served
  • 20h00 Registration Closes
  • 23h00 Bar Closes

Saturday 24th August

  • 6h00 Breakfast Opens
  • 7h30 Race Briefing &Animal Safety Update
  • 8h00 Start of the Rhino Ride
  • 11h00 Elephant Interaction
  • 12h30 Lunch Opens
  • 14h00 Game Drive (± 2 ½ hours)
  • 15h00 Elephant Interaction
  • 18h00 Thank Yous’
  • 19h00 Dinner is served
  • 23h00 Bar Closes

Sunday 25th August

  • 6h30 Breakfast Opens
  • 8h00 Race Briefing &
    Animal Safety Update
  • 8h15 Lucky draw &
    raffle announcement
  • 8h30 Start of Day 2
  • 11h00 Sale of boerewors rolls


rhino ride pool gathering

We highly recommend CAMPING, the experience of being out in the open with the BIG 5, as well as the magnificent scenery & great atmosphere is something that is very special at this event – for both cyclists and the whole family!

TENTS FOR HIRE – (includes mattress), please be sure to bring your own bedding
One Man Tent - Price: R250
Two Man Tent - Price: R400

Back to basics is our motto in Zululand, so you can expect to enjoy the natural and rustic element of camping, with the following amenities provided:

  • A secure camping village set up in in the middle of the bush, you just bring your tent, mattress & bedding
  • Ablution stands
  • Rustic outdoor showers (Please Note: Individual fires or braais are not permitted, as this is a protected area. All fires and food will be provided for the riders by our trained staff.)

There will be fantastic bush cuisine available which will be eaten under a blanket of African stars

For those city slickers that cannot handle a night away from their soft duvets, we now offer an incredible glamping experience, which includes the below -

  • Dome Canvas Tent with 9m² of floor space
  • Two Single or one double bed, with linen & towels
  • Side table and light
  • 2 outdoor chairs

Each Glamping Tent will cost R4500 for the weekend

Please note that glamping space is limited and will be sold on a first come first serve basis

We encourage you to come and enjoy a great bush camping experience or luxurious lodging with us, either way the weekend will consist of loads of adventure, fun and most of all mountain biking!!

For those of you not too keen on camping or glamping and fancy spoiling yourselves, accommodation can be found at a number of gorgeous lodges situated on the Manyoni Private Game Reserve...


African Spirit Game Lodge
Phone - +27 (0) 35 595 8255 / +27 (0) 72 791 9553
Mobile - +27 (0) 82 571 6555 / +27 (0) 82 642 1217
Website - www.africanspiritphotosafaris.co.za

Baobab Inn
Phone - +27 (0) 35 595 1169 / +27 (0) 82 965 6906
Email - baobabinn@gmail.com
Website - www.baobabinn.co.za

Bayete Private Camp
Phone - +27 (0) 35 595 8089
Mobile - +27 (0) 74 100 5221
Email - reservations@bayetezulu.co.za
Website - www.bayetezulu.co.za

Bayete Zulu Game Reserve
Phone - +27 (0) 35 595 8089
Mobile - +27 (0) 74 100 5221
Email - reservations@bayetezulu.co.za
Website - www.bayetezulu.co.za

Rhino Sands Safari Camp
Phone - +27 (0) 82 655 0927
Email - info@rhinosands.com
Phone - +27 (0) 31 940 7014
Email - bookings@rhinosands.com
Website - www.rhinosands.com

Rhino River Lodge
Phone - +27 (0) 31 940 7013
Email - bookings@rhinoriverlodge.co.za
Phone - +27 (0) 83 781 4924
Email - info@rhinoriverlodge.co.za
Website - www.rhinoriverlodge.co.za

Leopard Mountain Safari Lodge
Phone - +27 (0) 86 111 4789
International phone - +27 (0) 35 595 8536
Email - info@leopardmountain.co.za
Website - www.leopardmountain.co.za

Zebra Hills Safari Lodge
Email - info@zebrahills.com
Website - www.zebrahills.com


The rhino ride campsite and registration is situated at Bayete Zulu on The Manyoni Private Game Reserve

From Durban: ±300km from Durban Airport
Travel north on the N2 from Durban, approximately 27kms passed the Hluhluwe town turn-off, turn left onto the P450, opposite the Baobab Inn. Travel a further 7kms on the dirt road where you will see Bayete Zulu clearly marked on the gate.

From Johannesburg
Travel South on the N2 from Pongola / Johannesburg, approximately 22kms passed the turnoff to Mkuze town, turn right onto the P450, opposite the Baobab Inn. Travel a further 7kms on the dirt road where you will see on the right the clearly marked gate

For directions on Google maps you can use the following as your destination Bayete Zulu Boutique Lodge, Hluhluwe

Should you have any problems on the journey please contact us on +27 82 600 9746 or +27 63694 7033


Entries will open on 2 May 2019 at 10h00 & are limited to 220 Riders

To be added to our waiting list email us on cycle@zululandconservationtrust.org

Cycle, Camping & Meals - Price: R3500
This includes your two days of cycling, entry into the Reserve, your race T-shirt & goodie bag, your camp site with toilet & shower facilities (excluding tent) and all meals (Friday dinner through to Sunday breakfast)

Camping Only & Meals - Price: R2000
This includes your camp site with toilet & shower facilities and all meals (Friday dinner though to Sunday breakfast)

Included in the entry cost:
2 nights camping facilities
Meals from Friday evening through to Sunday Breakfast
Conservation Levy
Race entry for the two-day stage race
Goodie Bags
3 water tables on route

Excluded in the entry cost:
Tents and bedding for camping
Transportation to the event
Beverages, water
Personal energy supplements

For any further queries please contact: cycle@zululandconservationtrust.org

The following options below can be added to your entry

Tent Hire (including mattress) – For those city slickers who wish to rough it, hire our tents
1 Man tents - Price: R250
2 Man tents - Price: R400

Glamping (including beds & linen, side table with lamp, towels, outdoor seating):
Deluxe Dome Tent – Price: R4500

Game drives
Price: R450
These will last approximately 2 to 3 hours and will leave from camp at: 8am & 3.30pm on Saturday 8.30am Sunday

Game drives will need to be booked in advance due to availability, please specify the time on your entry

Elephant Interaction
Price: Adults – R300, Kids - R150
This will be held on Saturday at 11am & 3pm and on Sunday at 11am

Space is limited to 30 people per interaction so booking in advance is a must

Zululand Conservation Trust Caps

Caps: R140
Peaks: R100
Protection from the HOT Zululand Sun!!

Zululand Conservation Bush Straps

Price: R200


Many Thanks to GRINDROD BANK for agreeing to be the lead sponsor for the event for the 8th Year running

On the 23rd, 24th & 25th August 2019 the 8th annual Rhino Ride will be held within the Manyoni Private Game Reserve. Our aim is to raise funds & increase awareness regarding endangered species & local community empowerment. All funds received will be donated to the Zululand Conservation Trust. – the Zululand Conservation Trust was set up with the aims to grow conservation, counteract poaching & establish & maintain a strong mutually beneficial partnership of empowerment for the local neighbouring communities

We are currently looking for further sponsorship in order to host this event to its full potential. If this is something that you or your company may be interested in assisting us with we would be more than happy to discuss what sponsorship may best suit you. All sponsors are encouraged to display flag banners, hand out brochures and display a “mini stand” at the event in order to maximize advertising.

Please note that the Zululand Conservation Trust is a registered NPO and all donations made are tax-deductible

Every little bit counts

Please contact us on cycle@zululandconservationtrust.org for further information
Tel: 035 595 8550 / 063 694 7033