The race starts from the sports grounds within the ATKV Klein Kariba holiday resort. An initial neutral zone will see riders travelling through the resort, and next to the R101. The neutral zone will end as riders turn onto undulating district gravel roads. The route will see some short, sharp climbs which should see the group splitting early on. Waterpoint 1 will be reached 26km into the stage. Leaving the waterpoint, riders can expect a short stint of very poor road conditions as they travel through a section affectionately called 'the sandpit'. Leaving the sandpit riders descend along the Bateleur nature reserve towards BelaBela dam, and a brief stint of asphalt. From this lowest point on the stage, riders gradually ascend and descend past Mabalinge nature reserve to the end of the stage at L'Abri Fountain Brewery.