14h00 – 19h00 on 4 June 2020 at Sondela Nature Reserve

Official Starting Time:

Start Stage 1 on 5 June at 08h00 at Sondela Nature Reserve



Team Package

Format – Teams of Two

Cost – Early Bird – R9100 (Ends 14 July 2019) – Full Price – R12 100

Solo Package

Format – Solo 

Cost – Early Bird – R4550 (Ends 14 July 2019) – Full Price – R6050

Includes Luxury Tented Accommodation at Elements Private Golf Reserve as well as all meals, including dinners at Elements


To be Confirmed!

Entries close at 23h59 on 31 March 2020

Riders may enter as a two-rider team or solo. Riders register in one of three different categories that include Men, Ladies and Mixed. The minimum age of participation is 18 on race day. The riders in a team must remain together at all times during the race.

For route maps: Click Here

“A Bad Day On The Mountain Bike Always Beats A Good Day In The Office” – Mike Brcic

“There Is Nothing, Absolutely Nothing, Quite So Worthwhile As Simply Messing About On Bicycles” – Tom Kunich


Venue Dates

  • Registration 4 June at Sondela Nature Reserve from 14h00 – 19h00
  • Start Stage 1 on 5 June at 08h00 at Sondela Nature Reserve and Finish at Elements Private Golf Reserve
  • Start and Finish Stage 2 on 6 June at Elements Private Golf Reserve
  • Start Stage 3 on 7 June at Elements Private Golf Reserve and finish at Sondela Nature Reserve


“When I first started out in mountain biking, it was all about having fun, playing with my mates, with a bit of racing thrown in. Nothing has changed!” – Steve Peat

Race Villages

A unique feature of The Waterberg Encounter is its 5 star rated Race Villages, which will add a unique upmarket status to this event. These “Villages” not only offer high quality accommodation, but are some of the best and most stylish “Bosveld” venues;

    • Appropriate ‘vibey’ music and a large venue where all riders  can enjoy their lunches;
    • Massage therapists are on hand to massage tired legs;
    • Easy access to parking, entertainment and restroom facilities;
    • Spectator-friendly area;
    • Bike-tech area;
    • ‘Upbeat’ entertainment and an MC to keep everyone excited;
    • Large dining area with eats and drinks where a big screen projects pictures and footage of the day’s action;

The Route

The route encompasses some of the best features and local hospitality in the area, and includes some surprisingly scenic riding over contoured terrain offered by the Waterberg.
Riders can expect wide open plains, strong contoured climbing challenges, deep ravines and fabulous cliff edges, indigenous forests and spectacular views.
The route is characterised by riveting jeep tracks, challenging rocky outcrops, fast flowing downhills, meandering river crossings and stunning single-track.

Special Services

  • Riders’ bikes will be washed after every stage and will be available for collection on the morning before the start of the next day in the secure bike park.
  • ASG Store Pretoria is travelling with the event and will set up a mobile workshop at every stage finish to assist with mechanical and necessary sales items.
  • Scouts on mountain bikes will participate with riders in the event and they will have the necessary tools and spares with them to assist riders with breakdowns.

Book your Massage

Young or old, a Professional Athlete or a Weekend Warrior, our full range of services and products will help you relax, recover & perform at a sports event or at home.

Event: The Waterberg Encounter 2020
Dates: 5 – 7 June 2020

To Book a Massage follow the links provided.
30 minute Sports Recovery Massage

60 minute Sports Recovery Massage

Francois Retief: (082) 456 0221
Russell Looms: (082) 829 6074
Email: info@eptrecovery.com

Go faster, for longer, bounce back quicker & enjoy the ride!

“It Really Is All About Believing In Yourself. 80% Mental, 20% Physical” – Victoria Pendleton

Car transfer service

For riders staying over at Elements on the Friday and Saturday evening a car transfer service is offered on the following days.  The cost will be R400 per transfer.

Day 1: Sondela – Elements

Day 3: Elements – Sondela

Riders can also leave their cars at Sondela for the duration of the event where there will be security present for the entire weekend, but riders who would like to book a car transfer can contact Sondela Nature Reserve.

Tel:  (014) 736 8814

Email:  conferences@sondela.com


If you would like to book accommodation, either for yourself and/or family and friends, Sondela and Elements both have options available.
(Full Package gets a luxury tent for Friday and Saturday night)

Sondela Nature Reserve & Spa:

Call reservations: Tel : 014 7368900
Email reservations: info@sondela.com
Reference : Waterberg Encounter
Website: https://sondela.com/accommodation/

Elements Private Golf Reserve:

For more information and enquiries
Contact Number:  010 591 2951
Email reservations: info@www.dolphincoastinfluencer.co.za
Website: https://www.elementsgolfreserve.co.za/

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle

Shuttle Services

A shuttle service will be offered to all riders staying at Sondela Nature Reserve throughout the duration of the race.  This service will transfer guests between the reserves on the following times:

Friday 5 June 2020

  • Elements Private Golf Reserve to Sondela Nature Reserve
  • 13:30 and 14:30

Saturday 6 June 2020

  • Sondela Nature Reserve to Elements Private Golf Reserve
  • 06:00 and 06:30
  • Elements Private Golf Reserve and Sondela Nature Reserve
  • 13:00 and 14:30

Sunday 7 June 2020

  • Sondela Nature Reserve to Elements Private Golf Reserve
  • 06:00 and 06:30

The full shuttle service package including all four transfers costs R660.00 per person.

The half shuttle service package including shuttle to Sondela on Friday afternoon; shuttle to Elements Sunday morning costs R330 per person.

For any further enquiries and to book the shuttles please contact the Sondela events team before Thursday 4 June 2020:

Tel:  (014) 736 8814

Email:  conferences@sondela.com