Who would not like to ride where South Africa’s most famous lion, known as Sylvester, was born and roamed?

SANparks’ Honorary Rangers is hosting a MTB event named after Sylvester, who went on a walkabout in the Karoo for just over three weeks.

The Sylvester MTB challenge will take place on 24 June 2017 in the Grantham camp in the Karoo National Park in Beaufort West. There will be 3 distances: 20 km fun ride, 42 km challenge and the 87 km Sylvester MTB Adventure.

The vision is to eventually expand the event to a 3-day event covering 300 kilometres. South Africa’s most famous lion, known as Sylvester, was born in Karoo National Park in 2012. He shot to fame in June 2015 when he escaped from the Park for the first time. During Sylvester’s three-week walkabout in the Karoo he covered over 370 kilometres, crossing a number of private properties – killing 28 sheep, a Nguni cow and a kudu along the way.

After the escape, Sylvester was fitted with a satellite collar which also has a VHF component to find his location should he manage to get out again.

This collar alerted authorities on 28th March 2016 that the lion had once again left the park’s boundary, and played a big role in tracking him and returning him back to the park much quicker – three days later on 31st March.

Sylvester was translocated to Addo Elephant National Park in May last year, and into the Kuzuko Contractual Area of the Park, where he has settled and established himself as the dominant male – in what conservationist’s hope will become a pride of four lions in the area.

Sylvester was cared for and bonded into a coalition with another male by Gerhard de Lange, the Kuzuko Reserve General Manager. Sylverster was successfully released the 21st of January 2017. This experience will be shared by Gerhard at the prize giving ceremony after the race.

The Honorary rangers played a major part in tracking Sylverster and all the proceeds of this event will be used to fund SANParksHonarary Rangers projects.

According to Corne Botha of Jakhals Events, race organiser of the Sylvester MTB challenge, the event will be unique and exciting as mountain bikers will be riding through the areas where Sylvester, the Lion once walked.

For more information on the Event contact 073 194 2948 or visit www.jakhalsevents.wixsite.com/jakhalsevents

Kuzuko Lodge

Also known as the “Place of Glory”, Kuzuko Lodge is built high upon a hill in a private section of the Northern part of the Greater Addo Elephant National Park.

It is here where breath-taking views from the Chalet’s private veranda are complimented by luxurious interiors and warm, attentive service.


Spectacular cosmic safaris, day and night game drives and bird watching are but a few of the ways in which guests can truly experience a unique and glorious place.

Kuzuko Lodge is set off the beaten track, tranquilly seclusion providing romantic silence, and comfort for the physique.

To the business man conference facilities boast a spectacular view of the Winterberg Mountains.

Kuzuko Reserve, now the home of Sylvester, will donate a prize at the Sylvester MTB event which will be a weekend for two at the Lodge worth R 12 500. T&C Apply.

For more information contact Kuzuko Lodge on 27 42 203 1700 or e-mail kuzuko@legacyhotels.co.za Visit www.kuzuko.com or www.kuzukolodge.co.za

Article originally posted at Intocycling