Nedbank Tour de Tuli, Day 2 – cycling pioneer paths
Day Two followed some historical paths through the Tuli block and across borders.
- Jeremy at one of the refreshment stops, rocking a really good case of helmet hair – one of the hazards of 4 days riding in the bush. The cycle teams followed the path take by the Zeeberberg coach which used to stop here on the way to Fort Tuli from Pretoria (1891 to 1920). The coach would have been pulled by teams of mules or horses at an average speed of 10km/h in terrain that carried all the dangers of possibly inhospitable local tribes and dangerous wildlife, as well as the hazards of swollen rivers and sticky mud during the rainy season. Fort Tuli was just one of the stops on a route which ended in what was then Salisbury
- The informal border crossing post... line up at a random table in the bush to get your passport stamped and cross into Zimbabwe. The ride now moves into the Tuli circle. The Tuli Circle was established by early pioneers and was defined by the 2lb gun at Fort Tuli. Anywhere within hearing distance (earshot) of the gun, was considered a “no-go” area for grazing cattle and saved the livestock in the area from the spread of the rinderpest in the 1890s.
- The dry river bed of the Shashe River, a last slog on the way to the camp for the night.
- Fort Tuli Bush Camp on the banks of the Shashe river. Fort Tuli is the sight of the oldest jail in Zimbabwe, bu luckily everyone behaved and the facilities were not needed. The bar, at the Wildlife and Environment Zimbabwe building, sporting some bottles we recognize with content we love!
- A spectacular aerial shot of the camp by Jacques Marais.
Thanks to Jacques Marais for permission to use his photographs to illustrate the journey. His photos of the tour are spectacular and can be viewed on the Children in the Wilderness facebook page. Visit Jacques website here.