After a long drive to the lowest point in Zimbabwe, participants camp the first night at the Mwachumeni Safari Camp, a stone's throw from the Save/Runde confluence. The Blue Cross will meet the cost of one night at Mwachumeni Camp for participants and their back up crews but, for those who would like to indulge themselves, luxury rooms and comfortable, self-catering accommodation is available at Chilo Gorge Lodge, some 12k to the north.
Although the total route has been divided up into daily splits, the Enduro riders are free to travel whatever distance they choose in a day.
D1 From Mwachumeni Safari Camp (164m ASL), Enduro Participants (EPs) ride 186k to Fiddlers-on-the-Green (FOTG)(970m ASL) near Chipinge. Back Up vehicles accompanying the riders negotiate 2 detours of 5.4 and 4.7k at 51.3k and 81.9k respectively. All Participants and Back Up crews sign in at Makandi gate and strictly observe Covid-19 Protocols. Carefully follow red snail trail through the orchards to avoid being blocked by farm gates. Camping and meals available at Fiddlers - participants to book direct with FOTG.
D2 From FOTG (970m ASL), EPs ride 101k to Chimanimani (1517m ASL). From FOTG, Back Up vehicles follow 10.6k cyan track via Chipinge Village to RV with EPs on the Junction Gate Rd. - own arrangements in Chimanimani for accommodation and meals.
D3 From Chimanimani (1517m ASL), EPs ride 170k to Hillside Golf Club Mutare (HGC) (1157m ASL). Trail includes the iconic Tank Nek section. HGC Offers camping and meal; booking by own arrangements - see Overnight Stops page.
D4 From Mutare (1157m ASL), EPs ride 151k to the Nyangani Car Park (2142m ASL) where they will be enthusiastically welcomed by the Blue Cross Team with a cup tea or coffee and a bacon and egg or boerwors roll. Bring your camp chairs and cooler boxes and soak up the festivities. Overnight Stop in nearby Rhodes/Juliasdale by own arrangements.
D5 Summit Day and the Spirit of the Blue Cross Celebratory Lunch is dependent on the prevailing Covid-19 situation, and a circular brief will be sent out closer the time.
ENDURO ROUTE - Elevation Profile
The very best of the Junction Gate Road!
The Chimanimani Range from the Cashel Road
The Whitewaters Road
Osborne's granite whalebacks
Circular Drive: North Loop