The throttle is wide open as the countdown to the African Bike Week 2022 festival gathers pace with thousands of bikers set to head to the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal from April 28-30.

The event will showcase African biker culture through mass rides, parades, stunt shows, musical entertainment and more!

“After two years of planning, Bike Fest SA is delighted to finally launch the Africa Bike Week festival which will include representation from bikers from across the continent,” said event organizer Vicky Wentzel.

“This event will be a biker celebration of African Unity and a chance to finally enjoy an in-person festival with great music, food and entertainment. We are grateful to everyone who supported this event and look forward to showcasing the talent and energy of Africa’s biker, music and retail communities.

The African Bike Week festival is organized by the Municipality of Ray Nkonyeni and powered by Bike Fest SA.

In a show of commitment to biker unity in Africa, R20 from every ticket sold will go to charitable initiatives run by these biker councils.

“KZN’s south coast has long been a key destination for the biker community, and we are delighted to support the resurgence of this tourist attraction,” explained Sikhumbuzo Mqadi, Mayor of Ray Nkonyeni Municipality.

“Cycling fraternities from all over Africa have been invited to attend this event and we are very happy to have federations from Mozambique, Angola, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho and Zambia as well as welcoming artists on our Bikers Unite Stage from these countries.

“Motorcycling has grown in popularity across the continent, bringing together people from all walks of life who share a common passion for these two-wheeled machines. We want to continue this tradition through the African Bike Week festival which promotes tourism on the beautiful south coast of KZN and generates funds for charitable initiatives.

Some of the highlights of the African Bike Week festival calendar include:
* Two rocking stages hosting artists including Alton Miller from the USA, and top musicians from across the African continent including AKA, Bok van Blerk, Ghapi, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Thebe, Refentse, Kwesta, Gizela, Brendan Peyper , Mona Lee and many more;
* The Motorcycle Area: dealer and brand displays; custom paint, bike-related products and accessories, and custom bike show with prizes;
* The Food Village with a range of food trucks for all tastes;
* The craft village with a variety of stalls and vendors;
* The Lifestyle Zone: tattoo artists, piercings and jewellery;
* The children’s zone: face painting, bouncy castles, fun rides, beach activations;
* The Extreme Zone: King Donut Burnout shows, Le Riche Brothers stunt shows, bikini bike wash;
* Bar areas with several lounges
* VIP, VVIP and corporate hospitality suites.
* Outrides, sideline festival shuttle tours and shisanyama tours;
* Pre-selected after-parties and locations;
* Panoramic helicopter flights; and
* Mass rides and offshoot parades visiting Izongolweni and Gamalakhe.

The African Bike Week festival also gives 50,000 reasons why members of bike clubs should attend the African Bike Week festival!

The bike club that shows up at the African Bike Week festival with the most members will win the R50,000 cash prize – and all participants have the chance to win a motorbike!

The safety of all event attendees is a priority through a collaborative effort of SAPS, private security companies and local crime prevention units.

All artists, media and VVIP guests will be transported by BMW Shelly Beach and Supertech Group with Wolf Security providing security.

Call Towing Recovery also offers a free towing service for breakdown bikes between Umtentweni and Southbroom.

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