Port Edward - Bike Fest SA™️ 2020

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Bike Fest SA is revving up for 2020 with a legendary five-stop South African biking tour. Bikers with a love of sandy beaches and great rides should diarise the 25 to 27 April when Bike Fest SA makes its second stop on the road trip – the tourist-friendly town of Port Edward on the Sub Tropical coastline of the Natal South Coast.

Port Edward is the ultimate outdoor lifestyle and entertainment destination, with warm beaches and an even warmer community it is the perfect location for the second festival on the Bike Fest SA 2020 route, keeping that well-loved South Coast vibe with a refreshing new flavour.

Partnering with Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, the  South Coast’s Port Edward Bike Fest will attract thousands of visitors, both nationally and from further afield. This massive boost in visitor numbers is set to highlight this incredible tourism gem while giving the local economy a boost.

The Port Edward Bike Fest will celebrate the adventurous spirit of the modern biking and music enthusiast while retaining the strong sense of ‘old school’ biker traditions that make biking such an iconic pastime. Visitors to the 2020 biking festival will get to enjoy three days of top-notch biking displays, a range of on-brand stalls, and an unmissable line-up of South African music suited to all tastes.

This picturesque coastal location boasts endless tourism activities, from relaxing on the banks of the Pont River and beaches, to visiting local nature reserves and retailers.

This all-inclusive biking event has been geared towards bikers and event patrons with numerous accommodation options available. For a party, play and camp experience there is a beachside campsite at The Port Edward Holiday Resort  with limited glamping sites available. Other top venue options include, TO Strand, The Estuary Guest House & The Caribbean Estates

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Wild Waves Park

Home to some of the world’s best water rides, Wild Waves Water Park at Wild Coast Sun offers thrill-seekers a wide selection of adrenalin-pumping slides including the Aqualoop, Superbowl, Boomerango and two steep body slides. With an exciting assortment of water slides to choose from, there’s something for everyone at Wild Coast Sun Water Park. Designed to international aquatic park standards, there’s also a designated children’s area while those looking for a little relaxation can linger along the Lazy River.

www.suninternational.com/wild-coast-sun/activities/wild-waves-water-park/

Beaver Creek Coffee Farm

Visitors to the estate can sample coffee and purchase the range of freshly roasted Beaver Creek coffee and other coffees of the world. The estate also offers visitors a daily crop to cup tour that outlines the distinctive flavours of the worlds coffee regions and the processes involved in creating the perfect cup. The Estate Cafe serves delicious meals and a range of freshly roasted coffee all day.The Estate Cafe is open daily from 8am till 4pm everyday and is closed only on Christmas Day. The daily tour starts at 12 noon, booking is essential in holiday season so please contact us.

beavercreek.co.za/

Red Desert Nature Reserve

Port Edward’s unusual claim to fame is the Red Desert. The world’s smallest desert. This lies some 10 kilometres west of the town and is only 200 m in diameter and 11 hectares in its entirety. Best described as a miniature version of the Arizona Desert, the man high hills and valleys of naked red soil bare stark contrast to to the surrounding lush and tropical vegetation. Archeological artefacts going back millions of years can be found and the locals are pleased this is now an internationally protected heritage site.

This peculiar phenomenon is surrounded by myth and legend including stories that this is the site of an alien landing. Truth be told the origins of this desert are found in the location of a Zulu tribe in the 1800’s, with vast cattle herds stolen from the Pondo’s. The terrain became severely over grazed and subsequently eroded by wind leading to the desertification and an opportunity to study the unique desert ecology..

Hit the trail on foot or mountain bike and check out the magnificent view over the Umtamvuna Estuary from the cliff top. Clearwater Trails offer walking or mountain biking trips along the Umtamvuna Gorge starting at the viewing deck upriver, ending at the Umtamvuna Bridge.

reddesertnaturereserve.co.za/

Mpenjati Nature Reserve

The Mpenjati Nature Reserve reserve occupies 60 hectares (or 149 acres) of the KwaZulu Natal countryside. Thanks to its ideal locale, on the Mpenjati River and stretching to the coast, the reserve is able to boast a number of different ecological habitats and biomes. It includes wetlands, dune forests and grasslands that all meet up within its borders. This variety means far greater biodiversity, and visitors can look forward to the opportunity to spot so many different kinds of birds, land animals, marine species, and plants.

One of the most significant animals that can claim Mpenjati as its natural habitat is the duiker.

Mpenjati Nature Reserve is esteemed amongst avid bird watchers for its abundance and variety. Some of the avian residents here include the giant kingfisher, osprey, water thick-knee, black-bellied starling, green twinspot, forest canary, orange-breasted bush shrike, and the black-backed puffback.

Mpenjati Nature Reserve is a fabulous place to explore on foot, thanks to there being no major predators to pose a massive risk to human visitors. There are a number of lookout platforms along both of these trails to provide optimal views of the stunning surrounds.

There are ablution blocks in the reserve, as well as a playground, picnic area and barbecuing facilities. This means that families, friends and tour groups can make a day of enjoying the tranquillity and beauty of this part of the KwaZulu-Natal coastline without compromising on good food and plenty of fun.

sa-venues.com/game-reserves/mpenjati.php

Clear Water Trails

The Clearwater Trails are set on Clearwater Farm and surrounding private farmland.

In 2003, Clearwater Trails came into being when Tony Abbott’’s son Jan Abbott, brought his skills as a landscaper and passionate mountain biker together. To further enhance the experience of the views, the Gorge View Deck was constructed by Tony and Clearwater Trails as a partnership with eKZN Wildlife.

Between 2012 and 2019 a small restaurant was operated at the Trail Head as a place of refreshment and reflection. (currently under refurbishment)

It is without a doubt that the Umtamvuna River Gorge offers heavenly views to all of those who make their way to Clearwater Trails and a space in which to find a sense of peace and tranquillity during their time on the farm.

clearwatertrails.co.za/

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South Coast Bike Fest™ cancelled in accordance with Disaster Management Act

On Sunday, 15 March 2020, president Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation regarding COVID-19, announcing that a National State of Disaster has been implemented. As a way to minimise the spread of the disease, all gatherings of more than 100 people have been cancelled with immediate effect. In accordance with the Disaster Management Act, the organisers of the South Coast Bike Fest™ have announced that the event, scheduled to take place in Port Edward from Saturday, 25 to Monday, 27 April, has been cancelled. This was the second of five Bike Fest SA tours taking place in 2020.

Vicky Wentzel, owner of Wozani Africa Events and co-founder of Africa Bike Week™ & South Coast Bike Fest™, stated: “It is unfortunate that this highly-anticipated event has to be cancelled, but, in light of the global pandemic, it is undoubtedly the right decision. The priority for all our events is the health and safety of the attendees and participants.”

Full refunds will be made to any ticket holders of South Coast Bike Fest™. Refunds will also be made for any accommodation booked through Howler. To receive your refund, contact hello@bikefestsa.co.za.

The remaining three Bike Fest SA events currently remain on schedule. Please visit www.bikefestsa.co.za or ‘Bike Fest SA’ Facebook and Instagram pages for all the latest updates.

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If you would like to be a vendor, apply as an artist, find out about accessibility or have a general enquiry about this event please fill out the form below and one of our staff will get back to you.

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Wild Waves Park

Home to some of the world’s best water rides, Wild Waves Water Park at Wild Coast Sun offers thrill-seekers a wide selection of adrenalin-pumping slides including the Aqualoop, Superbowl, Boomerango and two steep body slides. With an exciting assortment of water slides to choose from, there’s something for everyone at Wild Coast Sun Water Park. Designed to international aquatic park standards, there’s also a designated children’s area while those looking for a little relaxation can linger along the Lazy River.

www.suninternational.com/wild-coast-sun/activities/wild-waves-water-park/

Beaver Creek Coffee Farm

Visitors to the estate can sample coffee and purchase the range of freshly roasted Beaver Creek coffee and other coffees of the world. The estate also offers visitors a daily crop to cup tour that outlines the distinctive flavours of the worlds coffee regions and the processes involved in creating the perfect cup. The Estate Cafe serves delicious meals and a range of freshly roasted coffee all day.The Estate Cafe is open daily from 8am till 4pm everyday and is closed only on Christmas Day. The daily tour starts at 12 noon, booking is essential in holiday season so please contact us.

beavercreek.co.za/

Red Desert Nature Reserve

Port Edward’s unusual claim to fame is the Red Desert. The world’s smallest desert. This lies some 10 kilometres west of the town and is only 200 m in diameter and 11 hectares in its entirety. Best described as a miniature version of the Arizona Desert, the man high hills and valleys of naked red soil bare stark contrast to to the surrounding lush and tropical vegetation. Archeological artefacts going back millions of years can be found and the locals are pleased this is now an internationally protected heritage site.

This peculiar phenomenon is surrounded by myth and legend including stories that this is the site of an alien landing. Truth be told the origins of this desert are found in the location of a Zulu tribe in the 1800’s, with vast cattle herds stolen from the Pondo’s. The terrain became severely over grazed and subsequently eroded by wind leading to the desertification and an opportunity to study the unique desert ecology..

Hit the trail on foot or mountain bike and check out the magnificent view over the Umtamvuna Estuary from the cliff top. Clearwater Trails offer walking or mountain biking trips along the Umtamvuna Gorge starting at the viewing deck upriver, ending at the Umtamvuna Bridge.

reddesertnaturereserve.co.za/

Mpenjati Nature Reserve

The Mpenjati Nature Reserve reserve occupies 60 hectares (or 149 acres) of the KwaZulu Natal countryside. Thanks to its ideal locale, on the Mpenjati River and stretching to the coast, the reserve is able to boast a number of different ecological habitats and biomes. It includes wetlands, dune forests and grasslands that all meet up within its borders. This variety means far greater biodiversity, and visitors can look forward to the opportunity to spot so many different kinds of birds, land animals, marine species, and plants.

One of the most significant animals that can claim Mpenjati as its natural habitat is the duiker.

Mpenjati Nature Reserve is esteemed amongst avid bird watchers for its abundance and variety. Some of the avian residents here include the giant kingfisher, osprey, water thick-knee, black-bellied starling, green twinspot, forest canary, orange-breasted bush shrike, and the black-backed puffback.

Mpenjati Nature Reserve is a fabulous place to explore on foot, thanks to there being no major predators to pose a massive risk to human visitors. There are a number of lookout platforms along both of these trails to provide optimal views of the stunning surrounds.

There are ablution blocks in the reserve, as well as a playground, picnic area and barbecuing facilities. This means that families, friends and tour groups can make a day of enjoying the tranquillity and beauty of this part of the KwaZulu-Natal coastline without compromising on good food and plenty of fun.

sa-venues.com/game-reserves/mpenjati.php

Clear Water Trails

The Clearwater Trails are set on Clearwater Farm and surrounding private farmland.

In 2003, Clearwater Trails came into being when Tony Abbott’’s son Jan Abbott, brought his skills as a landscaper and passionate mountain biker together. To further enhance the experience of the views, the Gorge View Deck was constructed by Tony and Clearwater Trails as a partnership with eKZN Wildlife.

Between 2012 and 2019 a small restaurant was operated at the Trail Head as a place of refreshment and reflection. (currently under refurbishment)

It is without a doubt that the Umtamvuna River Gorge offers heavenly views to all of those who make their way to Clearwater Trails and a space in which to find a sense of peace and tranquillity during their time on the farm.

clearwatertrails.co.za/

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South Coast Bike Fest™ cancelled in accordance with Disaster Management Act

On Sunday, 15 March 2020, president Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation regarding COVID-19, announcing that a National State of Disaster has been implemented. As a way to minimise the spread of the disease, all gatherings of more than 100 people have been cancelled with immediate effect. In accordance with the Disaster Management Act, the organisers of the South Coast Bike Fest™ have announced that the event, scheduled to take place in Port Edward from Saturday, 25 to Monday, 27 April, has been cancelled. This was the second of five Bike Fest SA tours taking place in 2020.

Vicky Wentzel, owner of Wozani Africa Events and co-founder of Africa Bike Week™ & South Coast Bike Fest™, stated: “It is unfortunate that this highly-anticipated event has to be cancelled, but, in light of the global pandemic, it is undoubtedly the right decision. The priority for all our events is the health and safety of the attendees and participants.”

Full refunds will be made to any ticket holders of South Coast Bike Fest™. Refunds will also be made for any accommodation booked through Howler. To receive your refund, contact hello@bikefestsa.co.za.

The remaining three Bike Fest SA events currently remain on schedule. Please visit www.bikefestsa.co.za or ‘Bike Fest SA’ Facebook and Instagram pages for all the latest updates.

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