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Big Game Parks’ Imvelo MTB Classic returns for 2022

With its first instalment since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Big Game Parks brings you the annual Imvelo MTB Classic 2022 at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary! The date is set for Saturday 3rd September 2022 with online entries now open.

In person registration may become available at a later date. In previous years, you could manually register by visiting either Big Game Parks Central Reservations Office, Hlane Royal National Park or at Eswatini’s Adventure Sport shops in Mbabane or Manzini. As it currently stands, entry is online only and limited to 450 entries. Click here to enter online.

The annual mountain biking competition is historically held in June at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, though alternative arrangements have been made to hold the event in September this year to allow for plenty of planning and preparation time so the event is a huge success after the two year hiatus due to COVID. The event will once again be sponsored by Nedbank Swaziland and Big Game Parks. The race comprises of a series of races over different distances, the longest being over 65km! Of course, as with any great Eswatini event, a fantastic party for all cyclists follows the race.

Since 2000, when Imvelo first took place (then known as Ngulube MTB Classic until it adopted the name of Imvelo in 2004), it has been raising money for various community projects. Nedbank Swaziland has been a sponsor for a number of years and with their sponsorship and the race entry fees collected, funds have accumulated in the Big Game Parks Projects account. These funds have been used strictly for community projects and the value of money in this account became such that the Hlabazonkhe community project turned out be a huge success so far. To be a part of this and sponsor the event, please click here.

There are four routes allowing cyclists of all abilities to enjoy Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Information and start times are below:

+65km Classic (Classic Marathon) 8:00am
35km Challenge (Half Marathon) 9:15am
22km (Family Fun Race) 9:45am
12.5km (Hoglets Kiddies Ride) 9:50am

Registration is available at the following opportunities:

01 September – Mliwane Wildlife Sanctury – Esangweni Gate 13:00pm – 19:00pm
02 September –  Mlilwane Wlidlife Sanctuary – Esangweni Gate 10:00 am – till late
03 September – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary – Esangweni Gate 05:00 am

Entry fees are as follows:

Nedbank +/- 65km Classic E440.00
Oracle 35km Challenge  E370.00
Lactalis 22km Family Fun Ride E255.00
Lactalis 12.5km Hoglet E220.00

There will be limited accommodation available at Mlilwane Rest Camp, Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge and Sondzela Backpackers. Book now to avoid disappointment.

For more information on the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary where the event is taking place, please take a look at our dedicated page here.