The Roof de Karoo Mountain Biking Tour
23rd March 2017 to 26th March 2017
The Roof de Karoo is a stunning two-day 175km mountain bike traverse. It is the proud product of the Mountain Zebra Camdeboo Protected Environment(MZCPE). This mountain biking adventure will journey over plateaus grazed by herds of antelope, cross desolate stretches of dramatic Karoo landscape with a unique diversity of fauna and flora and navigate mountain ridges revealing natural amphitheatres to where earth meets sky. The traverse will present awesome panoramic views stretching for miles on end.
The inaugural event of the Roof de Karoo will be from the 23rd - 26th of March 2017, exploring parts of the 268 000 hectares of stunning natural beauty of the Protected Enviroment. The MZCPE was created to protect the critical biodiversity of the area that lies between the Mountain Zebra National Park and the Camdeboo National Park in the Greater Karoo. The adventure trail is held in partnership with SANParks and is the first of its kind in the area.
Participating teams of two depart from the Mountain Zebra National Park campsite early Friday morning in the crisp Karoo air and end under the shadow of the imposing 2430m high Nardou mountainpeak. After 85 kilometres and an elevation gain of 1260m, the cyclists can relax under the shade of the poplar trees and cool off in the stream at the source of the Great Fish River. Day 2 starts with a climb and descent over Nardou on the old ox-wagon track. Cyclists are rewarded with a downhill gradient criss-crossing the Sundays River through private game farms, finishing at the Winterhoek campsite 90km later in view of the Valley of Desolation in the Camdeboo National Park.