The ERP team in South Africa from groupelehant.com has been invited to evaluate and assess the Mountain Bike trails in Witsieshoek in the majestic Drakensberg on the weekend of weekend 12-14 May 2017.
Witsieshoek is situated in the middle of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park in South Africa and declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
UNESCO is lavish in its description of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, which encompasses South Africa's highest mountain range. We quote the organisation's words because we couldn't have said it any better. This KwaZulu-Natal World Heritage Site, it states, 'has exceptional natural beauty in its soaring basaltic buttresses, incisive dramatic cutbacks, and golden sandstone ramparts.'
A spine stretching some 150km long, the most scenic sights in the park carry equally evocative names – Cathedral Peak, Giant's Castle and Monk's Cowl are just some.
This is a place to exercise the body, fuelled with crisp, clean air. Hiking, rock climbing and fly-fishing are popular activities. Mountain Biking is a new in this region with huge tourism opportunities.
The ERP team will be evaluating the mountain bike routes and assist with grading the trail, updating the trail maps and writing reviews on relevant platforms and creating marketing videos for the area.
Transfrontier Parks Destinations [TFPD] is the management company, managing the lodge on behalf The Batlokoa Community that will be benefiting from this initiative. The area is community owned and the ERP team will be contributing to the economic activities of the Community and in the process, alleviate poverty and assist in creating work opportunities via tourism.
Watch this space for more photos, videos and news of this initiative.
The cyclists/members from ERP that will be taking part :
Johan Du Plooy, Jean Vermeulen, Nicolai .vd Merwe, Gert Vermeulen, Dereck Milburn.