Imvelo Entries: Open Tomorrow

Final reminder that entries for our 2018 Imvelo MTB Classic at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary on 9th June 2018 open TOMORROW 10th April 2018 at 6am:

Enter Online: /

At Our Parks:
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary – at Our Resevations Office (Vickery Road)
Hlane Royal National Park – at the Main Gate

Enter In-store:
Adventure Sport Cycle Shops in Mbabane & Manzini

Time has come for recreating our Imvelo routes!  With future potential challenges traversing neighbouring land, we have brought Imvelo almost entirely onto Mlilwane.

Minor adjustments will be made to these routes, still meandering through the plains relatively close to Mlilwane Rest Camp.

The major route change includes Nyonyane Mountain and removes the Usutu Forest.

“The most spectacular route in Swaziland” – is how our guinea-pig cyclist describes our new Imvelo Classic route!  He followed this with “extremely tough, and now I know I need to work on my fitness!”  Be warned – He is one of Swaziland’s top 10 MTB cyclists, so please take his lead!
Imvelo MTB Classic 2018 will be a very similar warm up through the plains, up and over Mantenga View Point and then heads for Mlilwane North through rural community.  The trail through community is on dirt road (good red clay, so slippery when wet) offering challenging climbs.  Crossing into Mlilwane North, dirt roads give way to 18km of immature single track, with opportunities for over-taking on ancient jeep-tracks.  The King of the Mountain is now at 1357m asl, celebrating a tough single-track climb and rewarded by a momentary view of Mbabane before wizzing down towards Ezulwini.  A 6km downhill section requires good brakes, and provides technical riding, which will thrill our top riders.  Crossing over a river brings cyclists back onto Mlilwane South for a final climb and drop to the finish at Rest Camp.

  • Our new grass tracks are still rough at this stage, although we will be working to reduce the resistance over the coming 2 months to provide a smoother ride.
  • Our route is currently 69km, but may be reduced slightly due to the toughness of this course.The route will not be shorter than 65km.
  • Total elevation gain/loss is 2043m
  • Time to ride Imvelo Classic route is expected to be a lot longer than our old 64km


Imvelo 2018 JPG

Author: Big Game Parks

Sawubona! Welcome to Big Game Parks' Blog! From the flatlands in the East, through the mountainous and scenic West, to the heart of the lowveld in the South East, the Kingdom of Swaziland not only offers you nearly every example of African landscape but also unforgettable wildlife, culture, adventure and birding experiences. Big Game Parks (BGP) is a private non-profit Trust which manages three game reserves in Swaziland: Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Mkhaya Game Reserve. All follow a common mission: to conserve the rich biodiversity of Swaziland's natural heritage. In 1960 the Reilly's family established the Kingdom's first game reserve on the Reilly family farm, Mlilwane. Hlane Royal National Park and Mkhaya Game Reserve soon followed and today the company's contribution to the restoration and protection of the Kingdom’s biodiversity is of great significance (BGP actually saved 22 species from extinction in Swaziland!) and can truly be appreciated by the discerning traveller. Swaziland is well-situated between Kruger National Park and Kwa-Zulu Natal as well as Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Maputo. Big Game Parks’ well-positioned and diverse game reserves are an essential destination in any itinerary. Discover all the latest Big Game Parks tourism, conservation and community happenings right here. Sitawubonana! See you soon!

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