David Veldman the Manager at Bayala Private Game Lodge and Russell Loyd to going to cycle the the iSimangaliso-mtb race to raise funds for The Cycle of Life Charity for Rhino Conservation on the Mun-ya-wana Conservancy in KwaZulu Natal.

BAYALA meaning “never give in or give up” … originally a cattle farming enterprise with hunting concession, is now under new ownership and in the process of balancing the ecological system of the environment. Bayala Game Lodge (1200ha) will be integrated into the Munyawana Conservancy (+-22 000ha) by dropping fences within 2017 thus offering game viewing including the Big 5 (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) on the neighbouring Mun-ya-wana Conservancy.

This unique 4-day-stage, 260 km event, starting in the uMkhuze game reserve section and ending in the seaside resort of St Lucia within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park – a UNESCO World Heritage site – allows Mountain Bikers access to areas far off the normal tourist routes, enabling them to experience the values this Park has to offer. iSimangaliso is among the most diverse parks in the world with eight major interlinking ecosystems, one of the highest bird counts in the country, incredible plant and game species biodiversity (all of the Big Five) and superlative natural beauty. On the second day the route transits the ‘Big Five’ Phinda Private Game Reserve, then continues through the False Bay section of iSimangaliso and finally into the neighbouring Bonamanzi Private Game Reserve.

Any donations are welcome: