Ride Africa: Kenya 2018 will follow the most dazzling route we have ever planned. Get ready to feel like you’re riding through a nature documentary as you take in bustling cities, vast plains, national parks, lakes teeming with flamingoes and a gruelling climb to the base of Mount Kenya. 500Km of epic cycling will end with a day in rural Meru, where you’ll discover first-hand how Child.org are transforming the fortunes of children by empowering the most important people in their lives: their mothers and grandmothers.
Our pack of riders sets off from Nairobi with a spectacular view over the Rift Valley. You can see for hundreds of miles in every direction over the plains. The world feels vast. Arriving at Lake Naivasha soothes you as you wallow with your fellow riders in the shelter of olive trees, spotting a bloat of hippos as they watch you from the cool water. First day of riding done.
The bustling, vibrant city of Nakuru assaults your senses. The fourth largest city in Kenya is gentrified around the edges and undeniably cosmopolitan. Pause to sample the best of Kenyan food with your fellow riders and wave to the locals as you head on - the sound of the city fading to the crash of rhinoceros as you head deep into the National Park.
As you fly through Lake Nakuru National park, you crane your ears for the sound of birds. This is a bird watcher’s paradise - from your bike you can witness, undisturbed, a squadron of pelican, a siege of herons, a flamboyance of flamingo. Your body is tired but your heart soars.
You’ll earn those donations as you ride high along the equator. Your legs might be burning but at an altitude of 2000m, the air is cool here. Your blood thunders in your ears as you pause to take in the tranquility of Thompson Falls. As the mist and the trees clear you end up face to face with a troop of ostriches, you can’t help but envy their muscular legs. Just one more intense day of cycling to go.
As a rider, you’ll know the unspoilt beauty of the unbeaten track. As you skirt Mount Kenya, you’ll gaze out over jagged peaks and rolling views. Nearing the end of your journey, you discover the true meaning of achievement as you enter Lewa Wildlife Conservancy together on your bikes. Who will be the first to spot the big five?
A dazzle of zebras still have the power to amaze you, but the final day of the ride brings another perspective. Witness the way that Child.org use fundraising money to transform lives in rural Kenya, and your jelly-legs will feel worth it. After 500 Km of cycling, you’ll still find the energy to celebrate with your new pack of friends - nobody puts on a welcome like the women of rural Meru.