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Event Date: 27 July 2019

Registration: 26 July 2019

Entries for 2018 riders open: 16th April 2019

Entries for new riders open: 23rd April 2019

Accommodation Bookings Open: 16th April 2019 via email only to

Camping Bookings Open: 16th April 2019 via email only and will be controlled by the iMfolozi Honorary Officers. To book, please email Please note that camping trailer specific sites will be available to ONLY THE FIRST 10 BOOKINGS, after which trailers/caravans will not be allowed.

Distance: 50km
Format: Mountain bike
Venue: Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve
Province:  KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The WILDSERIES iMfolozi Challenge is an exciting and grueling mountain bike challenge that runs its course through the iMfolozi and Hluhluwe sections of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, home of the Big Five. This event ranks as one of the most sought-after entry events in SA. Organised through a conservation partnership between Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, the iMfolozi Honorary Officers and the WILDTRUST, the WILDSERIES iMfolozi Challenge offers you a first-class mountain bike experience, providing access to one of South Africa’s iconic conservation areas and generating funding to underwrite the conservation of iMfolozi and the sustainable development of the local communities.

Once again, entrants from last year’s iMfolozi event (2018) will be given a 1-week entry preference over new riders wanting to take part in the event. The accommodation bookings for the event will also open at the same time as the entries, and will operate on a “first mail, first allocation” system, based on the date and time received. Check out the online entry page for more information and applicable dates.

Not only does the race weekend promise a breath-taking experience in the arid Zululand bush, but participants, family and friends will get a chance to socialise on the Saturday evening. Accommodation offers for the event include campsites within iMfolozi at the field near the Centenary Centre, as well as self-catering chalets, bush lodges, rest huts and safari tents.

Entry Fees: 

R900 including:

R500 entry fee 

R400 minimum donation* (But the sky’s the limit should you wish to further show your support for the conservation efforts of the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park)

Gate Entry Fee:

Gates open at 05:00 am and close at 10:00 pm.

Please remember that your entry fee includes your gate entry to the park.

A list of all riders will be at the gates, and you will be required to show some form of IDENTIFICATION to ensure that your name is ticked off the list. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU BRING SOME FORM OF ID, AND PLEASE BE PATIENT AND POLITE WITH THE STAFF AT THE GATES.


Dinner Friday evening:  R120 per meal (Half price for kids)

Dinner Saturday evening: R120 per meal (Half price for kids)

Please indicate on your entry form how many meal tickets you’ll require for each evening and if the meal is for an adult or child and if it is vegetarian. 

Breakfast and Lunch will be available for sale by the Honorary Officers.

A full bar and refreshments will be catered for by the Honorary Officers.

A coffee station will be available with hot and cold drinks and cakes, chips, sweets, chocolates, t-shirts and soft toys on offer for purchase.


For the first time, thanks to support from JONSSON WORKWEAR, we’d like to offer you the opportunity to donate the value of your sponsored event garment (R250) towards a kitty that will enable uniforms for the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park Rangers.

Please indicate on your entry form if you’d rather support the HiP Rangers with uniforms then take a garment for yourself.

Weekend’s Itinerary:

Fri 26 July
14:30: Registration starts
18:30: Race briefing, video presentation
19:00: Registration closes

Sat 27 July
08:00: iMfolozi MTB 50 km Challenge starts from the Race Village
19:00: Prize giving, lucky draws and video presentation

Please note that our ‘no refunds’ policy applies to all entries – unless a substitution can be found at least two weeks before the event. It is the participant’s responsibility to find a substitution, not the organisers’. If a participant intends to withdraw, he/she must inform the organisers immediately. If there is a waiting list in place their entry will be offered to the next cyclist in line. If not, the participant must find someone to take their place. Please note that a refund will only be given once a substitution is found and they have paid for their entry. Under no circumstances may someone take part under another cyclist’s name. Please be aware that failure to appear at an event for which you are registered means that your entry fee will neither be refunded nor transferred to the following year’s event.

Please note that R400 of your entry fee, or any additional contribution specified will be treated as a donation.  For this you are entitled to a Section 18 A certificate, however this will only be issued on email request to  R500 of your entry fee is vatable.

Note: Make sure to book extra meals if your family and friends will be joining you.

Race Results

Click to download race results:

2019 iMfolozi MTB Challenge Race Results

2018 iMfolozi MTB Challenge Race Results

2017 iMfolozi MTB Challenge Race Results

2016 iMfolozi MTB Challenge Race Results

2015 iMfolozi MTB Challenge Race Results

2014 iMfolozi MTB Challenge Race Results

2013 iMfolozi MTB Challenge Race Results

2012 iMfolozi MTB Challenge Race Results

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