African Spokes

FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

COST

All trips are bespoke and are built around you. We can cater to budget trips all the way through high end luxury trips involving 5* camps and helicopter shuttles.

A 50% deposit is required to confirm your spot on the trip. (Deposits are non-refundable; please see our cancellation policy below.) The remaining 50% is due 30 days prior to your start day.

The cost includes all food, (most) camping equipment and fees, park entrance fees, logistics support, and support staff and vehicle.

Savage Wilderness Safaris endeavors to work hard for its clients and every effort will be made to accommodate client’s needs where possible. 

What's not included in the cost:

  • Flights

  • Visas

  • Personal travel/medical insurance, including bike insurance

  • Bikes and spare parts | See Bikes & Accessories

  • Personal clothing and riding clothing | See Kit List

  • GPS and maps | We will mark the route and give route notes

  • Vaccinations and personal medication

  • Additional/extra trips/excursions and souvenirs

  • Optional hotel/room accommodation upgrade

  • Tips/gratuities

Cancellations

  • Cancellations more than 60 days in advance of the start date of your leg will incur the deposit only a refund of the balance less bank charges will be issued.

  • Cancellation that are cancelled 60-30 days in advance of the start date will incur a cost of 25% of trip fee.

  • Cancellation that are cancelled 30 days in advance of the start date will incur a cost of 75% of trip fee.

  • The client understands that cancellation booking made less than 14 days before the start date will be treated as cancellation. 100% of the trip fee will be due.

Savage Wilderness Safaris reserves the right to cancel the trip at any time. A reason for this may be unforeseen circumstances such as road or boarder closure, extreme weather conditions, serious illness etc. Should this ever happen, Savage Wilderness Safaris will offer you an alternative date or full refund.

Should this happen and Savage Wilderness Safaris has to cancel the trip for either of the above reasons or more, we will not be liable for any additional losses incurred. 


TRAVELING

Full details of arrival and departure will be sent out to every rider once you book their adventure.

Arrival:

You should plan on arriving a few days days before the specified start date so that you enough time to recover from your flight. Assemble your bike. Have a warm up ride. Look around and become familiar with the country. It also gives you time to do optional activities/safaris before the adventure begins.

If you want to be collected from the airport, please arrive on the specified dates and we will collect you. Those arriving before the specified dates are responsible for organizing their own airport transfers (this is easy enough and we will advise you on how to do it and where to go). You must arrive on time to attend the riders briefing before each leg.

Full details on what hotels to book for your personal nights before the start will be sent to you once we receive your booking.

Departure:

Please book your departure on the specified dates if you are wanting an airport transfer. At the end of your adventure you might want to do some optional activities/safari. Please see some the options in the itinerary. If this is the case you will be responsible for the airport transfer. On booking additional information will be sent to you specific to your leg so you can decide.

At the end of your adventure we will help you find a cardboard bike box (or similar) to pack your bike.


PAPERWORK & PREP

You must have a valid Passport (for at least 6 months from the end of your adventure.) It must have at least 10 blank pages from the start of your adventure (if doing the full adventure). You need 1 page per country you enter, plus 2 to be on the safe side.

Visa requirements for each country will depend on your nationality. It is your responsibility to enquire about your visa requirements. We strongly advise you get your visa before time and not at the border crossings. If you have dual nationality DO NOT use different passports in different countries (use 1 for the whole adventure). When applying for a visa make sure the dates cover the duration of the adventure (while in country).


All participants must have comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers cycling and the other activities you might partake in on the adventure for example white water rafting or microlight scenic flights. The insurance must cover all costs associated with an accident/illness and include repatriation back home. Make sure your policy covers you worldwide and is for the duration of the trip. (IT MUST NOT EXCLUDE CYCLING). It should also include cancellation of trip (in case you have to leave the trip at any point) It must also include lost or damage to personal belongings/baggage and should also include the bike.

INSURANCE


ATMs are widely available through the trip. We advise you keep some money on you daily (local and US dollars for emergency’s and personal items) Daily briefing on where ATMs are.

MONEY


You should train for this adventure. You should start increasing your physical and mental training routines. Some riders already have significant experience. For those riders who do not, the basic goal is to increase the amount you cycle each week, and the intensity of your rides, ideally on the bike and in the saddle you will be using on this adventure. Interval training via any cardiovascular training (such cycling, running, rowing, etc.) is recommended this increases sustainable power and results in greater comfort and higher average speeds on longer rides

The most common thing that stops riding is soreness: sore knees, backs, and butt. Prevention is better than cure. The best way to prevent this is to ride regularly we suggest starting 3 months prior to the adventure and ride 3 to 4 times a week for a minimum of 1 hr a day and alter your type of training rides.

TRAINING


GEARING UP

All guests are responsible for their own gear. See our detailed Kit List and Bike & Accessory List.

It is possible with advance notice to organise rent bikes for you.



Options from camping to Glamping

LODGING


A well balance diet, good nutrition and staying hydrated is extremely important. We will provide you with 3 meals a day and various snacks. Meals will be prepared using as much local vegetables, fruit and ingredients as possible.

You must provide us with your dietary considerations. We must know before hand so we can cater accordingly.

FOOD


  • It is not a race it is an adventure

  • Follow the traffic laws of the country you are in (down load it and learn it)

  • You must wear a helmet at all times (no helmet no ride)

  • No riding at night (no leaving camp early or getting in late)

  • No deviation from the set route (unless by accident, which we highly discourage)

  • No holding onto any vehicle

  • No riding of local motorbikes

  • No riding under the influence or alcohol or recreational drugs

  • Do not litter

  • Be polite and kind to all (other riders, staff, and local citizens); physical/violent or verbal abuse will not be tolerated

RIDING RULES


This is a major concern on all expeditions and adventures. Here are some tips to make the most of your adventure:

  • Proper preparation | Training pre-departure

  • Don’t take risks, be cautious

  • Take your GPs advice | Have a checkup, have your vaccinations

  • Carry spare glasses/contacts

  • Carry spare prescription medication

  • Prevention is the best cure

  • Stay hydrated | Carry 3-4 liters of water on you at all times when riding

  • Bring your own powdered energy drinks

  • Carry small amounts of money so you can buy drinks on the way

  • Wash hands regularly | Especially around food

  • Use hand sanitizer | It's not uncommon to get stomach problems

  • Wear visible gear when riding

  • Apply sun cream SPF 30+

  • Drink and eat lots

  • Use sun glasses

  • Take breaks | Know your base

  • Pack your day bag and be prepared | Might rain and get cold

  • Saddle sores are not uncommon | Can develop after several days of hard riding

  • Wash and clean properly

  • Keep cloths clean

  • Don’t wear riding shorts twice in a row without washing/rinsing between use

  • Bring saddle cream

  • Falling off and getting grazes | Such injuries can typically be dealt with by our staff.

  • More serious injuries might require seeing a doctor | Hospitalization and possibly leaving the adventure to ensure proper recovery

  • Bring your own personal first aid kit

HEALTH, HYDRATION, & HYGIENE


You are responsible for your own safety while riding and we encourage defensive cycling. This can not be stressed enough. The route has been chosen to avoid fast and heavy traffic, but there are still stretches, especially around towns and cities, where this is unavoidable and a real danger. We may put transport legs in to avoid such dangers.

Remember the following:

  • Slow down before steep descents

  • Be aware of pedestrians, dogs and cattle as they may wonder across the road without warning or looking.

  • Take it easy as riding hard and fast will take its toll. Listen to your body. Take a day off when needed ride the support vehicle.

Make the most of every day and take in the local attractions, which will only add colour, smells, sites, and flavor to the trip.

Our 20+ years in the adventure travel industry have laid a strong foundation for us to manage any situation. We have established comprehensive medical and emergency procedures. We've done our homework and know where the local hospital/heath center are located. Our staff and vehicles will respond to emergencies and transport any injured person to medical help. In the majority of the areas we will be traveling, we can call in for medical air support (but we can’t guarantee it).

It is important to have all supporting documentation at hand (easy to get to) should you be admitted or need administered quickly in the case of an emergency. You must fill in the emergency form prior to the trip. This ensures we have your next to kin who we can contact in case of an emergency. Check with your embassy and register yourself as being in the country ahead of time.

STAYING SAFE