Summerplace Game Reserve is the host venue for the 2024 Waterberg Biosphere Bundu Bash, a multi-activity fund-raising event for mountain bikers, trail runners and hikers that will take place from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 April next year. The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve represents a considerable area of the savannah biome or wooded grasslands and has a rich biodiversity with more than 5 500 species of plants, 43% of which are endemic to Southern Africa.
The area is characterised by seven different vegetation types and at least 18 threatened or scarce plants species, 11 bird species, four reptile species, four species of fish, one butterfly species, and 18 mammals that occur in the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve. All are deemed of the utmost importance for biodiversity conservation.
In order to preserve the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, funding is necessary, hence the establishment of the Waterberg Biosphere Bundu Bash. Summerplace Game Reserve, located in the Waterberg Biosphere, is an ideal venue for the event as it is both a conservation-focused game reserve and an established popular trail destination.
“The Waterberg Biosphere is a wilderness region that’s not only home to many animals and flora, it’s a region that benefits from year-round local and international tourism. The preservation of it is vital on multiple levels, and we are pleased to contribute as an associate sponsor and host venue of the inaugural Waterberg Biosphere Bundu Bash,” said Simone Baber, Director at Summerplace Game Reserve. Summerplace Game Reserve has hosted high-profile mountain bike events over the past three years and has an established, stimulating trail network that attracts mountain bikers and trail runners all year round.
The main activities will take place on Saturday 6 April and include the Run, Bike, or Hike in the morning and the gala dinner in the evening. Raffle tickets will also be sold to win fantastic prizes as a way to expand the fundraising effort beyond the Bundu Bash only.
The full itinerary is:
Friday 5 April
- From 13h00: Registration and leisure activities of your choice (or just relax)
- 18h00: Welcome dinner, introductions and orientation
Saturday 6 April
- 07h00 Mountain bike 55km
- 07h45: Mountain bike 33km
- 08h00: Mountain bike 17km
- 08h10: Hike (10km and 5km)
- 08h20: Run (10km and 5km)
- 12h30: Lunch
- 13h30: Leisure activities of your choice (or just relax)
- 18h00: Gala dinner, gin tasting and raffle prize draw
Sunday 7 April
- 10h30: Brunch
- 12h00: Checkout
Summerplace Game Reserve offers a range of accommodation options, but space is limited so early booking and payment is essential. Click on the Accommodation tag on this site to see the options.
In addition to Summerplace Game Reserve, Alexander Babich & Associates is an associate sponsor of the 2023 Waterberg Biosphere Bundu Bash. Alexander Babich & Associates is an independent retirement, investment and employee benefit consulting firm. More details here. https://www.alexanderbabich.co.za
- Entry fee: R7000 per person sharing | R8000 per single person. This includes:
- Entry to the Run, Bike or Hike event
- Two nights’ accommodation at a Summerplace Game Reserve lodge
- Friday night dinner
- Saturday breakfast
- Saturday lunch
- Saturday gala dinner and gin tasting
- One raffle ticket
Bundu Bash Event
Entry fee: R550 per person (includes event access on a marked, monitored route, post-event lunch, R100 raffle ticket)
Cost: R650 per person (includes multi-course dinner, gin-tasting experience, R100 raffle ticket