All of us at Simba Farm Lodge were thrilled to offer rest and relaxation to the stars of this year’s Kilimanjaro 2 Natron (K2N) race. K2N is a four-day mountain bike race in the scenic and seldom travelled hinterland of northern Tanzania. Cyclists race four stages across stunning landscapes, from the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro to the shores of Lake Natron, offering spectacular wildlife viewing and the opportunity the racers to experience our fantastic culture.
We were delighted to give the racers a taste of our exceptional Tanzanian hospitality here on the farm during their stay, in particular our home-grown food (particularly the baking) went down a treat. In the time the racers had with us, off the saddle, they delighted in the whole farm experience and getting to feel right at home. In return we got to know and see some of the best-known racers and photographers in mountain biking today! With 19 riders from 7 countries it was something exciting for us too. For those of you in the know Cannondale rider Tinker won stages 1, 2, and 4. Trevor of KTM won stage 3.
We also hosted the support team including Tim Ellerbeck who writes for Mountain Bike (magazine) SA and race director Brett Harrison who founded Kilimanjaro 2 Natron MTB Stage Race to fund agriculture development. Brett explained to us that K2N’s commitment to serving local farmers is a key reason the race exists, and their partnership with Tanzanian organization One World Sustainable Livelihood (OWSL) assists resource-poor smallholder farmers across the country. A few of the projects Brett and OWSL are responsible for include:
- Conservation agriculture
- Nitrogen-fixing legumes for improved fallows
- Tilapia farming
- Rainwater harvesting
- Kitchen gardens
Bearing in mind here at Simba Farm Lodge we are all about sustainability this event was a perfect match for us to be a part of, and we look forward to doing it all again next year!