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Event Date: 27 July 2019
Registration: 26 July 2019
Entries for 2017 riders open: March 2019 (TBC Date)
Entries for new riders open: March 2019 (TBC Date)

Accommodation Bookings Open: March 2019 (TBC Date)  via email only to
Camping Bookings Open: March 2019 (TBC Date) via email only and will be controlled by the iMfolozi Honorary Officers. To book, please email or call 0607173392 if necessary. Please note that camping trailer specific sites will be available to ONLY THE FIRST 6 BOOKINGS, after which trailers/caravans will not be allowed.
Distance: 55km
Format: Mountain bike
Venue: Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve
Province:  KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The WILDSERIES iMfolozi Challenge is an exciting and gruelling mountain bike challenge that runs its course through the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, home of the Big Five and the African Wild Dog. With a limited entry field, this event must rank as one of the most sought-after entry events in SA. The iMfolozi Challenge forms part of WILDLANDS’ pledge to save the Wild Dogs of iMfolozi.  Sadly, there are fewer than 5 000 African Wild Dogs left in the African wild today. Threatened by habitat loss, snaring, poisoning and disease spread by domestic dogs, the “painted wolf” is now endangered. By participating in this amazing challenge, you directly contribute to the conservation of this beautiful protected species.

Once again, entrants from the 2018 iMfolozi event 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 for the event includes 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: R990

R990 (includes a 50% donation*)

This entry fee includes your gate entry to the park.

* A Section 18 A certificate for your 50% donation can be issued on request.

Meals: Please remember to book your meals and extra meals for your supporters online while processing your entry.

Gate Entry Fee

Gates open at 04:30am and close at midnight, Saturday 28 July
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.


Weekend’s Itinerary:

Fri 26 July
14:30: Registration starts
18:30: Race briefing, video presentation
16:00-19:00: All bikes using the transport service to the start to be loaded
19:00: Registration closes

Sat 27 July
05:00: Free tea and coffee at the race village
06:00: Bike and rider transport leaves from race village for the start, stops at Mpila at approximately 06:30
08:00: iMfolozi MTB 55km Challenge starts
19:00: Prize giving, lucky draws and video presentation
20:30: Bokdrolspoeg kompetisie


Important Dates:

15 March (10:00am)
Entries open for 2018 riders online

15 March
Accommodation bookings open – first come, first served! (via email)
For accommodation at Mpila and the Bush Camps, please email with your request.

22 March (10:00am)
Entries open for new riders

27 July
2019 iMfolozi MTB Challenge
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 and check if there is a waiting list in place – if there is, their entry will be offered to the next athlete 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 athlete’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 50% of your entry fee will be treated as a donation.  For this you are entitled to a Section 18 A certificate, however this will only be issued on request.  50% of your entry fee is vatable

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


Public Catering Menus will also be available

Refreshments will be catered for by the honorary rangers. Chips, sweets and chocolates will also be available.


Race Results

Click to download 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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