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Swazi Reserves MTB returns to North East Eswatini

Later this month, the Swazi Reserves MTB race will see riders from across the country and beyond cycle through the most pristine game reserves on farm roads, game viewing roads and beautiful single tracks this September.

Taking place on 23 September 2023, the race route traverses Mlawula Nature Reserve and Mbuluzi Game Reserve.

In previous years, the event was known as the Three Reserves cycle race which included a stint in Hlane Royal National Park.

The Three Reserves race historically was extremely lucky and grateful to use three of the most scenic reserves in Eswatini during the event. However, due to to the introduced of dehorned black rhinos in the area of Hlane Royal National Park that was used for the race, the decision was made for last year’s race that Hlane will be excluded from the annual event for the safety of both the riders and rhinos. Like 2022, this year’s race will focus on Mlawula Nature Reserve and Mbuluzi Game Reserve, marking the 23rd instalment of this iconic event.

Entries for the race are currently open until 17 September. Late entries will be accepted at the venue on the evening of the 22nd of September and the morning before the race on the 23th with an additional admin fee of E60.00 per late entry. For further information on how you can register your participation, click here.

Join in for a day of fun in the African Bush riding along a lot of jeep tracks and game trails, through 2 of Eswatini’s reserves. There are three distances available to participate in with a different fee for each. 10km (E100), 27km (E120), 45km (E220) and 70km (E300) with staggering start times from 07h15.

This year’s event is aimed at cycling enthusiasts and will be self-timed, and as such no trophy will be awarded.

For further information on how you can get involved in this event, please click here.