Thank you for joining Phil Liggett's African Safari Peloton. This fundraiser is still open to donations.
Freedom To Roam Adventures, in partnership with FulGaz and Kariega Game Reserve, created Phil Liggett’s African Safari Peloton. The events offered an exclusive opportunity to join Phil, the voice of cycling, as he hosted four exhilarating virtual safari cycle routes through dramatic African landscape teeming with wild animals.
The four rides were filmed at Kariega Game Reserve, a breathtakingly beautiful Big 5 safari destination in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Cycling is not usually permitted on the reserve.
This was a unique opportunity to share in Phil and Trish Liggett’s two great loves (cycling and conservation) and join the Freedom To Roam Adventures legacy.
INCREDIBLE SAFARI COMPETITION
The rides in Phil’s African Safari Peloton were dedicated to raising funds for specific Kariega Foundation conservation projects with a set fundraising target of US$35,000. We are still working to achieve this target. If we reach our goal, all participants who donated more than US$120 will be entered into a lucky draw to win a complimentary all-inclusive four night safari for two people sharing in one luxury suite at Kariega Game Reserve’s Settlers Drift.
The safari prize is valued at US$7,000 and is fully inclusive of accommodation, all meals, selected beverages, morning and evening game drives and other game activities. Airfares, road transfers and the Kariega Foundation conservation & community levy are not included.
All participants will receive a 15% discount code to book a Kariega safari trip for up to four people before 18 December 2022. The code is valid for direct booking made via the Kariega website only.
The below virtual safari rides were included in the fundraiser. The rides are accessible to those who subscribe to the FulGaz virtual riding platform.
VIRTUAL SAFARI PELOTON ZOOM EVENT OVERVIEW
SAFARI CYCLE 1: HARVESTVALE: Saturday, 5 June 2021
Distance and Description: 20.38km. 345m elevation gain. A ride through the open plains leads to the only major climb on the route called Red Road with a gradient of 8.3%. Keep an eye out for the giraffe while you climb before you turn left down a steep descent known as Serpentine Road.
Focus: PROTECTION – Anti-Poaching and Canine Unit
Additional Donations: US$60 – funds a four hour foot patrol.
The Kariega Game Reserve Anti-Poaching and Canine Unit are a professional, well trained and resourced unit that work 24/7 to ensure the wild animals within the protected area are safe from poachers and other threats. Their daily duties include daily walking patrols and fence line checks, night patrols and 24-hour camera surveillance.
SAFARI CYCLE 2: SUNSET LOOP. Sunday, 6 June 2021
Distance and Description: 21.54km. 419m elevation gain. Start with a loop before descending onto the large open African plains. On your journey, keep an eye out for plenty of wildlife including various antelope, giraffes and a single white rhino.
Focus: PROTECTION – Community Food Support to eliminate hunger as a motivation to poach.
Additional Donations: US$40 – funds one week of supplies for one facility feeding 60 people.
Hunger and poverty are two primary motivators for poaching. The Kariega Foundation Community Food Support programme provides basic food supplies to five community kitchens and three Age in Action centres with 600 direct beneficiaries. Each beneficiary shares food with their families making the total reach of the initiative over 1,500 children and elderly. It is the intention of all stakeholders to find sustainable solutions through community gardening initiatives.
SAFARI CYCLE 3: PLAINS LOOP. Saturday, 12 June 2021
Distance and Description: 31.66km. 529m elevation gain. Starting on the Blesbok Plains keep an eye out for three sleeping rhinos on your right not long after you start. This ride has the most amount of climbing in our safari series. The steepest climb is known as Lancedale, which you will tackle towards the end of the ride before looping back around to Blesbok Plains to finish.
Focus: PRESERVATION – Rhino translocations, habitat expansion and genetic preservation
Additional Donations: US$60 – funds the average cost of a rhino tracking collar.
Habitat expansion and restoration is essential to the survival of many wild and endangered species and the current focus for many conservationists. Kariega Game Reserve has recently received the donation of a critical piece of habitat carrying significant conservation benefits for elephant and rhino in particular. Funds are required to facilitate the translocation of a crash of rhino to the new habitat.
SAFARI CYCLE 4: RIVER ROUTE. Sunday, 13 June 2021
Distance and Description: 14.6km. 251m elevation gain. A relatively flat ride which begins in the open plains before moving into a forest. You will follow some animal tracks back to the Bushman’s river before circling back around to River Lodge.
Focus: EDUCATION – Community Wildlife and Ecology Camps (10 pax / 4 nights)
Additional Donations: US$35 – Funds one learner for one day of the camp.
Environmental education is a critical element of sustainable conservation efforts. While protection is essential in the short to medium term, environmental education and reconnecting people to nature is essential to the long term survival of many species and our planet. The Kariega Foundation is committed to changing the hearts and minds of the youth in our neighbouring communities and encouraging them to join our conservation efforts, through immersive and inspiring wildlife and ecology camps.
FUNDS RAISED SUPPORT HOLISTIC CONSERVATION
The beneficiary of Phil’s African Safari Peloton is the Kariega Foundation, a non-profit trust working in partnership with Kariega Game Reserve to deliver on a broad and holistic conservation mandate. All funds raised support projects with the core motive to protect, preserve and educate so that we may reform that which threatens our natural world and build a greater conservation community that works collectively to rejuvenate our planet, people and wildlife.
KARIEGA FOUNDATION DIRECT TRANSFER BANK DETAILS
For those who would prefer to make a direct transfer.
First National Bank (or FirstRand Bank Limited)
Account No: 62275606526
Branch: Newton Park
Branch code: 261050
Swift/IBAN: FIRNZAJJ or FIRNZAJJXXX
Bank Head Office Address: FNB Bank City, Simmonds Street, Johannesburg, 2000. Reference: Yourname_Peloton