African Spokes

FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

COST

$7,500 for the entire 70-day trip, OR: 

  • $799 USD Kenya to Tanzania
  • $2,499 USD Tanzania to Malawi
  • $2,699 USD Malawi to Zambia
  • $1,999 USD Zambia to Namibia
  • $1,699 USD Namibia to South Africa
  • $1,699 USD South Africa

Download the trip details and a comparison chart here.

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 leg.

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.

DOWNLOAD A FLIGHT LIST HERE.


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.

Make  several copies of your ID page, visas, insurance details, etc. Keep them separate from the passport and 1 on you at all times. You should have soft and hard copies of all personal paper work (passports, visas, IDs, insurance policies, credit cards, and tickets). Email yourself a copy of everything or store it in the cloud. Hard copies should be on you concealed at all times. And originals can be kept in the vehicle safe when not needed (LIMITED ACCESS AND AT ONES OWN RISK).

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).

PAPERWORK & PREP


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.


We want this trip to not only to leave a lasting imprint on your life, but also on the African ecosystem that we call home. Rather than just extract memories, we'll help build communities. We're making it easy for you to support our non-profit partners through a simple, personal fundraising page that you can share with your friends, family, and colleagues. After you sign up, we will create the page for you. You can then share the link with your friends, family, and colleagues. All funds will be equally divided between our three charities, and all gifts are tax deductible in the United States. The person who raises the most funds will join us for free. This isn't about charity, it's about change, and we're excited to have you join us. Start fundraising here.

GIVING BACK


We'll wake up early (think sun rise) to make the most of the cooler, dryer mornings. Pack personal belongings, sleeping bags, take tent down and fold it away while breakfast is been prepared. After breakfast, wash personal crockery and cutlery and load personal bags onto the support vehicle.

Let the fun begin. Depart for day's ride.

Lunch will be served approximately halfway through the day. Stop for water  on longer days (you are expected to carry enough water up to lunch at which time you can fill up with enough water to get you to that night's camp).

On arrival into camp, locate your personal belongings and set up your tent. Read the white board with the local camp information. Remainder of the day is relaxing. Do laundry, explore local sites/restaurants/cafes, have a nap. Help with evening meal preparation would be appreciated (you can always sneak away but then you'll be "that guy."). A riders briefing will be held over dinner. The briefing will cover the following day's route (navigation, hazards, points of interest, etc.).

Route map and directions will be available on the white board and handed out (when required). After dinner you can continue to explore the local area, site around the campfire, or retire for the night and another early start.

TYPICAL DAY


The whole adventure is camping in either local campsites or wild campsites. We have done our best to choose comfortable campsites. Some will have basic facilities (showers and toilets) others especially the wild ones wont have anything.  Those joining and leaving the trip, please note that camping accommodation is only included for the dates stated on the itinerary.

Tents are twins and you will be sharing.  If you want a single please bring your own small light weight tent. There will be occasions where you have the option to upgrade to a room at your own cost. Hotel accommodation only when stated on the itinerary and is based on twin rooms only.

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. On the riding days all meals are provide. On rest days Breakfast and Dinner are provided for those who want (your must register for food the day before) Lunch is NOT provided. We encourage group participation with food preparation and washing up. (we will design a rota to have equal assistance in the kitchen). You will be required to wash the cutlery and crockery you ate with.

FOOD


There will be an expedition leader responsible for the route, planning and logistics he/she will give the majority of the briefings and will ride with you for the majority of the adventure. There will be a driver/mechanic for each vehicle. Although they are not professional bike mechanics, they are capable of doing basic bike repairs. You are encouraged to know a bit of bike repairs, such as fixing a puncture. There will be a cook (this is probably the hardest job of all) responsible to feeding the hungry riders and staff.

All staff are Advance Wilderness First Aid and CPR trained.

We will have a sweeper riding behind everyone on a daily basis.

4x4 vehicles with trailers will carry kitchen, food, water, personal kits, and with camp staff. There will be room for some participants who are not riding, however it is  expected you ride every day the whole section. We may subcontract vehicles and drivers for certain sections.

STAFF & SUPPORT


We plan rest days in areas of interest, where you can explore the local area/communities and or take an excursion. Quite often on rest days riders take themselves off to explore the area taking in the culture, history and natural beauty; use the internet; shop; do laundry; have a meal out; or upgrade to a nice hotel/lodge. Breakfast and dinner is provided for those who want and you therefore must register for food the day before (details will be provided in the riders briefing). Because we all like to sleep in, breakfast will be later than normal. Please note that lunch is NOT provided on rest days.

REST DAYS


There is a lot to understand about expeditions for riders and staff. Cycling long distances can be uncomfortable and difficult. Working together will make it easier. Here are some points to remember:

  • Be considerate to others
  • Treat everyone with respect
  • Support the leadership
  • Respect cultural differences
  • Be organized
  • Help others

Simply stated, don't be a dick.

GROUP DYNAMICS


  • 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