How much does it cost?

Ride Africa: Kenya 2018 costs £1500 per person + flights.

What does the £1,500 fee cover?

The fee is separate to any fundraising and covers all costs of the trip. This includes:

  • Great places to stay
  • All food and drink
  • Bottled water throughout
  • Snacks and sustenance on the road
  • Two cycling jerseys
  • Ride Africa: Kenya T-shirt
  • Two Child.org water bottles
  • Security en route
  • Transfers between stages
  • A medical team
  • Professional cycling support
  • A bike for the ride
What’s the early bird option?

If you pay in full by 31st January the ride will only cost £1400 and you get access to a group flight discount.

Getting everyone signed up early helps us arrange logistics and gives you more time to fundraise, which is why we’ve decided to trial this option.

Can I pay a deposit?

You can pay a £500 deposit now and settle the remaining balance of £1000 when you’re ready. You won’t get the early bird discount but you have until 31st March 2018 to pay in full.

Our refund policy is explained below.

When is the final balance due?

Early bird is due 31st January and we are asking everyone else to pay in full by 31st March 2018.

What’s a single room supplement?

In order to fit into the amazing hotels we’ll be staying at on the ride you should expect to share a room with one or two other people. You will be able to say who you would prefer to share with.

If you would rather have your own space you can pay an extra single room supplement of £500 to cover the 7 nights you’ll be with us in Kenya.

Does the fee include flights?

No. The £1500 fee covers the costs of accommodation, food, security, bikes, and everything else related to the Ride. It does not include the cost of flights.

What happens if I change my mind? Can I get a refund?

We want everyone who signs up to Ride Africa to be fully committed to coming with us, but we understand that sometimes things just don’t work out. Our refund policy is explained below.

When you pay your deposit or full fees online you will have a 7 day cooling off period in which a full refund can be made if you get in touch.

From 8 days after your payment until 31st March 2018 we will be able to refund people who can no longer come on the ride, however we will keep £100 to cover administration costs. The same rules apply for those who have paid a deposit, early bird or standard fees.

If you’re sure you can’t come then let us know as soon as possible, that way we can offer your place to someone else.

After 31st March we will start incurring costs for the ride as we begin to do things like book your hotels and buy your bikes. Because of this, we may not be able to refund any of your fees if you drop out after 1st April.

We will try to get your money back, but as a charity we can’t afford to lose money once we start confirming logistics. Refunds will therefore be assessed on an individual basis and will take any incurred costs into consideration.

We highly recommend taking out travel insurance that covers you in the event of an being unable to travel.

If you’re worried about any aspect of the ride then get in touch with Robyn who will be able to talk things through.

Are spaces for Ride Africa limited? When are they likely to fill up?

Spaces are limited to 75 and we’ve had a lot of interest so we expect them to fill by January.

When do I need to arrive in Kenya?

You need to be in Nairobi by Saturday 10th November, we recommend you travel on Friday 9th November to get there on time. We will leave Nairobi by bike on Sunday so you need Saturday to acclimatise, meet your fellow riders and get used to your bike.

We will arrive back in Nairobi in the afternoon on Saturday 17th November allowing you to catch a flight which will get you home by Sunday 18th November.

We will provide transfers to and from the airport in Nairobi.

Will Child.org organise the flights?

Flights aren’t included as part of the Ride package. We want to allow you to select your preferred class and route (direct/non-direct, different price options etc), and to accommodate those of you who might like a few days holiday either side so everyone is responsible for organising their own flight.

However early bird sign ups will have the option of taking advantage of a group flight discount and all take the same flight from London. We will provide all early bird riders details of these flights in January 2018.

How much will flights cost?

Usually between £400 and £600, depending whether you fly direct or not. If you pay in full by 31st January we will give you access to a discounted group flight rate. We will share these details in the new year.

Do I need visas and vaccinations? How much do they cost?

Yes. A single entry visa to Kenya costs around £50. You must also have a yellow fever vaccination, plus a couple of others which are recommended. You will have to pay for these yourself.

Where are we going?

We will start the ride in Nairobi and end in Meru. We’re currently planning the route and we should pass through Naivasha, Nakuru, Nyahururu, Nanyuki, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and end in Meru. We’re really excited.

Where will we stay en-route?

The route is currently being planned. Rest assured that we will be staying in the best accommodation available in each area to make sure you have somewhere comfortable to come back to after your long day’s ride. Imagine national parks, beautiful lakes and incredible sunsets.

Will I have to share a room?

In order to fit you all into these beautiful hotels you should expect to share a room with one or two other people. You will be able to say who you would prefer to share with.

If you would rather have your own space you can pay a single room supplement of £500.

What sorts of bikes will we ride?

Mountain bikes. The exact type has not been agreed yet but they will be mountain bikes in order to tackle the varied terrain that Kenya has on offer!

How far will we cycle each day?

In total you will cover 500km. The daily amount varies but will be around 100km a day.

I’m not an experienced cyclist, will I be able to cope with the ride?

We'll help you with a training plan to make sure you're completely ready for the ride by the time you go. On the last trip, there were really mixed abilities from the very nervous to the cycling professional, and every person completed it.

We’re planning to organise some group training rides in the UK before we go so you will have a chance to meet your fellow riders and do some longer rides together.

What does my fundraising go toward?

100% of your fundraising goes to Child.org and you will have the chance to see the impact of your fundraising first-hand on the last day of your adventure. The fundraising from Ride Africa: Ghana 2016 allowed Child.org to take our HealthStart programme to the next level.

I’ve never fundraised before. What if I don’t raise very much?

Don't worry, we'll be with you every step of the way! As the fee doesn't include any donation to the projects, the fundraising is the really important reason for running the ride. Ride Africa riders raise at least £1,500 in fundraising, 100% of which then goes to Child.org. Check out the Ride Africa fundraising guide for hints and tips, or give us a call for a chat.

When can I start my fundraising?

Now! You can set up your dedicated Ride Africa fundraising page here. The earlier you start fundraising the easier it will be to hit your £1500 target.

I can’t make this ride, will there be another trip?

Yes. We love taking you on Ride Africa and we are already thinking about Ride Africa: 2019. If you can’t make this one, but want to hear about future rides then please register your interest.

Can I sponsor a ride?

Yes. We have some amazing sponsors who send a team on each ride. As we start doing more rides, we will have opportunities to work with new partners. If you’re interested in joining a ride as a sponsor, register here and we will be more than happy to talk about our corporate package.

Hi, I’m Robyn.

I'm working hard on making this the best Ride Africa I can, so please ask me anything. What bikes will we ride? Where will we stay? Who are Child.org? Anything.

Give me a call on 07751768207 or email [email protected] and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Our many thanks and photo credits go to: Ninara, Ken Wewerka and our past riders.