The first edition of the Southern Africa adventure competition Defender Trophy has kicked off. The competition is expected to see participants from all over the world compete in various competitions which include quiz sessions on different flora and fauna found in the Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conversation Area, organizers have revealed.
Countries in the Transfrontier include South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe, and Beitbridge town is going to play host to the games in Zimbabwe.
Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority says the competition will play a huge role in marketing the southern part of the country which is usually shunned by tourism players.
“As the tourism sector, we are delighted to be part of this huge competition.
Active participation in sporting activities such as the Defender Trophy is one of many ways in which people choose to experience places and people as part of tourism practices.
We are one of the few African countries working to open up more opportunities for international travel and we are very excited by the endorsement we have received so far by being conferred with international awards.
We do hope that the international participants of the Defender Trophy will also contribute positively through telling a Zimbabwean story when they return to their countries.
We would like to put emphasis on some the attractions that Beit Bridge has to offer. We have the Dulibadzimu gorge which is believed to be having a mythical significance where spirit mediums do converge.
The Limpopo River which also carries the Alfred Beit Bridge, and close by we do have the Vhembe game park which has lions in it.
We also need people to be aware of the Mande Cultural Village which showcases the Venda culture, Rock art, and painting in Nottingham estates.
We also have the amazing Sentinel Limpopo Safaris that people need to experience. Beit Bridge has fantastic views of the dinosaur fossils and birds watching at Sentinel Safaris.
There’s bass fishing at Nottingham estates, view of the elephants whilst they are feeding on oranges at the fly camp and boat cruises at the Nottingham estate. The world needs to experience the Zhove leisure park. One can also visit the Nottingham orange farm which is Agro Tourism and Visit the pioneer graves at the Tuli circle,” said ZTA head corporate affairs Godfrey Koti.
According to organizers on the first day participants will depart Ratho for Poacher’s House, the on the second day cross Limpopo to Zimbabwe, through Maramani, Tuli Circle Safari.
On the third and final day, competitors will visit the broken bridge, drive to Mabolwe en-route to Botswana and drive out to Solomon’s Wall.
The Bundutec Defender Trophy is a family-friendly over landing event for Defender enthusiasts. Only natural obstacles and routes are selected with care to ensure maximum fun even with a stock standard Defender whilst points are earned by answering questions regarding the local fauna and flora, culture and history of the area.