African Spokes

ITINERARY


May
18
to May 25

SOUTH AFRICA

THE LAST LEG! We start our final leg spinning along on the main road from the border of Namibia. After a few days, the ride heads into South Africa’s rugged wilderness before turning west and heading towards the Coast. Get excited for one of the most breathtaking rides along the coast towards Cape Town.

Details: Arrive no later than May 18th in Cape Town. We will collect you from a central place in CT on the 19th and transfer you to Springbok (accommodation in CT is not provided on the 18th). May 26th is a rest day where we encourage everyone who was on the adventure and their families to join us. On the 27th we will cycle the Argus, followed by a huge party and good bye. On the 29th we will transfer you back to Cape Town, where we will drop you off at your hotel. (Last night's accommodation is the 28th of May.)

Optional excursions/activities before the cycle:

  • Visit Johannesburg
  • Do an African safari
  • Visit Fish River canyon

Optional excursions/activities after the cycle:

  • Enjoy Cape Town
  • Experience an African Safari
  • Drive the South Africa’s stunning Garden route

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May
5
to May 20

NAMIBIA TO SOUTH AFRICA

Meet up with the group in the bustling, modern city of Windhoek (TBC). We'll leave the city soon enough, heading southwest on dirt/sand roads, crossing the central Namibia plateau, and then down into the Namib desert. The highlight of this section is visiting to the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei.

Departing Sossusvlei, we turn south a go through stunning but harsh and thinly populated lands, towards Fish River Canyon, another of Namibia’s natural wonders. A long days ride has you cross the Orange River and the final border crossing into South Africa.

Mid May in Namibia riders can expect sunny days in the low to mid 20ºs C, and cool cloudless nights ranging from 5 to 10ºC.

Details: Arrive no later than May 5th. Those leaving the trip will be transferred from Springbok to Cape Town on May 19th for a departure on the 20th. Rest days are on the 9th, 16th, and 19th of May. (Last night's accommodation is on the 18th of May in Springbok.)

Optional excursions/activities before the cycle:

  • Take a Namibian Safari to Etosha national park and or Sossusvlei
  • Visit the Skeleton Coast
  • Hike Fish River Canyon (4-5 days)
  • Safari on the Okavango Delta

Optional excursions/activities after the cycle:

  • Fly to Cape Town and enjoy Africa’s most beautiful city
  • Visit the wine estates in the Western Cape

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Apr
21
to May 5

ZAMBIA TO NAMIBIA

Start this leg of the journey by meeting up with the group at the relaxing waterfront campsite in Livingstone. Victoria Falls marks the beginning of “The Elephant Highway,” so get ready to see these amazing creatures. After a quick spin to Kazungula, you cross the Zambezi River on a very funky ferry and enter the country of Botswana, whose mineral resources and democratic government have made it one of Africa’s biggest success stories. At our first campsite in Kasane you can treat yourself to the Chobe River boat cruise, where you slowly coast up and down stream past herds of elephant, crocodiles, hippos and lots of other wildlife. It is a must-do. 

The next section features the longest and flattest cycling days on the adventure including six centuries (100 miles) in seven days of riding. This is a pure pavement riding section, and a true test of endurance. Fortunately, you will also be riding through one of the most impressive wildlife habitats on the planet. Botswana is home to some 110,000 elephants that roam through the Kalahari and Chobe National Parks. Don’t be surprised if you have to stop on a highway to allow a family of elephants or a solitary male Bull Elephant to cross at a safe distance!

After camping near the Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve you arrive at northern Botswana’s largest town, Maun, for a rest day when you can opt for a dugout canoe ride or a small plane ride into the Okavango, the world’s largest inland river delta. The cycling then continues along the Trans-Kalahari Highway, including “The Longest Day” at 208 km, towards the border of Namibia, a country whose stunning arid landscapes are one of the world’s best kept secrets.

This section ends in the Namibian capital, Windhoek, a modern, cosmopolitan city that lies in the middle of the country. Here riders can enjoy fabulous beer, great restaurants, a blend of southern African and German cultures, and some amazing shopping.

Details: Arrive no later than April 21st and depart on May 5th. Rest days are on April 27th, 28th, and May 5th. (Last night's accommodation on the night of May 4th.)

Optional excursions/activities before the cycle:

  • Enjoy an amazing African safari in Zambia or Botswana
  • Raft the Zambizi
  • Take a scenic flight over the Zambezi and Victoria Falls

Optional excursions/activities after the cycle:

  • Take a Namibian Safari to Etosha national park and or Sossusvlei
  • Visit the Skeleton Coast
  • Visit Fish River Canyon

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Apr
3
to Apr 21

MALAWI TO ZAMBIA

This section starts in the Malawian capital of Lilongwe, where it’s a pleasant day’s ride west into Zambia, a country named after the fabled Zambezi River. Presently, Zambia has huge wilderness parks off the beaten track and relatively little tourism. If your ideal adventure is one with few humans, fantastic scenery, friendly locals, and lots of cycling, then the “Zone” can’t be beat.

Once in Zambia you will ride across thinly populated countrysides, along the Great East Road, passing villages of huts that bespeak the humble subsistence farming existence of the local people. After crossing the Luangwa River bridge, the adventure heads for Lusaka, Zambia’s bustling capital city, where one can explore a nearby mall and the National University, or just kick back poolside.

From Lusaka to Livingstone the roads are flatter and fast, passing through several larger towns with well stocked shops. Those staying on for the next section will enjoy three rest days in Livingstone. At our campsite at the waterfront, you can arrange your own Victoria Falls outings, from a basic adventure with drenching jaw-dropping viewpoints, to the world’s 3rd highest bungee jump off the Zambezi River bridge, helicopter rides, and white water rafting. The people, the adventures, and the natural wonder of Victoria Falls make for an amazing conclusion to and experience in the “Zone.”

Details: Arrive no later than April 3rd. On the 4th you will be transferred to meet the group, and on the 5th the ride will start. Rest days are on April 12th, 15th, 20th, and 21st. You will depart on April 21st or after. (Last night's accommodation is provided on the 20th April.)

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Optional excursions/activities before the cycle:

  • Spend longer on Lake Malawi and take a boat Safari

Optional excursions/activities after the cycle:

  • Enjoy an amazing African safari in Zambia or Botswana
  • Raft the Zambezi
  • Take a scenic flight over the Zambezi and Victoria Falls
  • Take a scenic flight over the Zambezi and Victoria Falls, Bungee jump, bridge swing, etc.

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Mar
21
to Apr 5

TANZANIA TO MALAWI

Those joining African Spokes for our second leg will meet up at the Sakina Campsite in Arusha on 21/3/18. This stretch of the trip will take us south of Arusha. The red-cloaked Maasai tribesmen will be your constant companions as you spin along roads with relatively little traffic, keeping an eye out for zebra and giraffe. 

At Babati we'll trade the tarmac for several challenging days of ascents and descents – the Maasai Steppe – mostly on rougher gravel and sandy roads. The friendliness of the villagers, the roadside banana stands, and the sheer beauty of this unique and verdant land ensures that come rain or shine, this stretch will be one of the most memorable on adventure. Two of highlights will be cycling past Rungwa Game Reserve and 1300 meters to the the ‘World’s End’ viewpoint before speeding down 800m into the border town.

Once you set out from Mbeya, you will cycle into Tanzania’s breadbasket near Tukuyu, where undulating verdant hills teem with tea plantations and banana and avocado trees. The scenery is breath taking as you start whizzing down the long descent into the Rift Valley, towards Lake Malawi in the distance.

After crossing into Malawi the adventure follows the shoreline past fishing villages to Chitimba Beach, which has been a haven for African overlanders. Malawi is especially well known for its skilled hardwood carvers, and here you’ll find a large crafts market with beautifully made walking sticks, chairs, “trees of life,” and other carvings. Whatever you do – whether it be swimming, wandering down the beach, socializing in the bar-restaurant, or just reading a book - Chitimba Beach offers a wonderful two-day respite from the journey.

]Malawi’s altitude moderates what would otherwise be a tropical climate. Riders can expect high humidity along the lake, and temperate days on the plateau, with a few heavy showers, some lighter rainfall, and periods of intense sunshine. By the time the adventure reaches Lilongwe in early April the end of the rainy season should be near.

Details: Arrive no later than 4pm on March 21st. The 28th of March and 3rd of April are rest days. For those leaving the trip, the 4th of April is a transfer day to Lilongwe to catch flights on the April 5th or after. (Last night's accommodation provided is 4th April in Lilongwe.)

Optional excursions/activities before the cycle:

  • Climb Kilimanjaro Africa’s highest mountain 5,895m (19,341ft)
  • Take a safari to the world heritage parks of the Serengeti or Ngorongoro Crater
  • Visit the Zanzibar for an ultimate Indian Ocean experience, with its fascinating historical Stone Town and magnificent beaches

Optional excursions/activities after the cycle:

  • Spend longer on Lake Malawi and take a boat Safari

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Mar
17
to Mar 21

KENYA TO TANZANIA

For those of you who want the experience but don't have the time for a longer excursion, this is the perfect leg for you. Begin your adventure by exploring all that Nairobi has to offer, including the Daphane Sheldricks Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center. We'll get you squared away for the ride, share a meal together, and then plan on an early night. We'll leave Nairobi at sunrise the next day, heading through the Wildebeest Eco-Camp, through Karen to Kisierian, and then onto Kajiado and towards Namanga.

On Day 2 of riding, we cross into Tanzania in Namanga. Get ready for views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. We'll finish off the ride by making our way around Mt. Meru, and finish up in Arusha.

After the ride, stay on a few days for a Kilimanjaro summit, Zanzibar beach break, or visit the world famous Ngorogoro Crater and Serengeti. 

Details:  Arrive in Nairobi no later than the evening of March 17th. Day one begins on March 18th at 6 am. Final day of riding is on March 20th. Rest day on March 21st and/or depart. (Last night's accommodation 21st.)

Optional excursions/activities before the cycle:

  • White Water Raft on the Tana River
  • Visit the Virgin Atlantic Village “WE” community in Maasai Mara the reason the source behind this challenge (where some of your raised money will go)
  • Visit the women of Zawadisha challenge (where some of your raised money will go)
  • Visit the Maasai Mara National Park
  • Climb Mt Kenya

Optional excursions/activities before the cycle:

  • Climb Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain 5,895m (19,341ft)
  • Take a safari to the world heritage parks of the Serengeti or Ngorongoro Crater
  • Visit the Zanzibar for an ultimate Indian Ocean experience, with its fascinating historical Stone Town and magnificent beaches

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