With our roots firmly planted in Southern Africa, we strive to provide premier mountain biking adventures and safaris in premier wildlife areas. Our guides are passionate cyclists and specialist field guides in their ‘own backyards’, going out of their way to ensure you have an extraordinary biking holiday experience.
Meet the team
Name: Justin Dowdle
Designation: Co-Owner and Managing Director
Background: Justin is avid mountain biker with a huge passion for the Africa bush, so buying into Cycle Mashatu in 2011 was a no brainer. Although mostly in Johannesburg, he spends as much time as possible on his bike and in the bush, with his favourite trails being in the Mashatu Game Reserve.
Name: Claire Dowdle
Designation: Co-Owner and Operations Director
Background: Although born in JHB, Claire prefers the bushveld to the city and has spent her working life in the game lodge and hospitality industry. She has worked in CCAfrica’s sales and reservations, front office at Ngala Game Lodge and as a guide at Phinda and Londolozi reserves. In 2011 she joined forces with her older brother and purchased Cycle Mashatu. She has a huge love of wildlife, birds and the African bush. Her favourite past time is exploring the wilderness on foot or on a mountain bike.
Name: Alistair Bassett
Designation: Operations Manager
Background: Despite being based in the city and armed with a business degree, Alistair still prefers to get his hands dirty and dusty in the African wild. Moving between Johannesburg and Mashatu, Alistair manages the general operations and takes care of the bikes as our on site bike mechanic. He also handles the reservations and enquiries, so now you can put a face to a name. An avid cyclist for many years, Alistair took to mountain biking with the same passion. He loves being in the African bush and won’t turn down an evening around an open fire and a braai.
Name: Mosa Masupe
Designation: General Manager
Designation: Lead Guide
Designation: Lead Guide
Designation: Camp support and backup driver
Name: Baker Manthebe
Designation: Camp Manager and Chef
Background: Baker joined the company in April 2012 and has been impressing our guests with his culinary excellence ever since. Although quiet and soft spoken, Baker is a vital and outstanding member of the Cycle Mashatu team.
Partners & Friends
Mashatu Game Reserve
Mashatu Game Reserve is located in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve of Botswana which is situated between the Tuli Safari Area, a national park in Zimbabwe and the Mapungubwe National Park, a World Heritage Site in South Africa. Visit website
Limpopo Horse Safaris
Choose from a traditional 7 night Tuli Safari or try our African Explorer Safari Ride with 4 nights in South Africa and 3 nights with us at Limpopo Horse Safaris in Mashatu. Visit website