Day 1 (Friday 1 November) Arrival
Your flight arrives early this morning. You will be met by our local team and driven approximately 2 hours to Lesiolo Resort, where we will spend the night. After lunch and a bike fitting we’ll go for a gentle, short ride to Olooseos Girls School. There we’ll begin to learn about the Kenyan education system. Sundowners this evening will be at the home of David Debenham, who runs one of our partner charities. Late afternoon Visit David’s farm for sundowner return back to Lesiolo Resort for an early dinner and early night (lunch and dinner included).
Day 2 (Saturday 2 November) Lesiolo to Magadi: Cycling 100km
Today’s ride begins at 2,400 metres and is mostly downhill until the end of the day, on the shores of Lake Magadi, a soda lake that sits at 900 metres above sea level and is famous for its flamingos. On the way we will visit the Olorgesaille prehistoric early man site and have a bush lunch. Overnight is spent at Magadi Tented Camp.
Day 3 (Sunday 3 November) Magadi to Lesiolo: Train & afternoon walk
This morning we travel by narrow gauge railway from Magadito Kajiado (4.5 hours). The carriages were previously used to transport rail workers but they will make for a comfortable and unique experience for us today. Upon arrival in Kajiado we will jump in vehicles to be driven back to Lesiolo. If time allows we will hike in the beautful Ngong Hills before sunset.
Day 4 (Monday 4 November) Lesiolo to Suswa: Cycling 65km
After a transfer to the edge of the Great Rift Valley, we cycle 65 kms through the bush, mostly downhill (from 2,400m to 1,700m) to our overnight fly camp at Suswa, a remarkable volcano, virtually untouched by the outside world. Dinner is around a camp fire with the magical sounds of Africa reverberating around us.
Day 5 (Tuesday 5 November) Suswa to the Maasai Mara: Cycling 28km
It’s a very early start today, and a beautiful 8 km cycle to the main road, where we jump in trucks for a 2-hour transfer out of the Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara. Around mid-morning we will be back on the bikes, pedalling across the Mara’s plains and keeping eyes peeled for zebra, impala, wildebeest and much more! Our evening is again spent around a campfire.
Day 6 (Wednesday 6 November) Deep into the Maasai Mara: Cycling 45km
Today is a spectacular ride, along narrow trails some of the way and heading deeper into the Mara with every pedal stroke – so again, keep your wits about you! It’s another night camping under the stars in the Maasai Mara.
Day 7 (Thursday 7 November) Maasai Mara: Cycling 65km
Today is our last day on two wheels as we pedal across the Mara on dirt roads and tracks to our lodge. We will have time to settle into our rooms before lunch and an afternoon game drive.
Days 8 & 9 (Friday 8 & Saturday 9 November) Maasai Mara
On Friday it’s a morning game drive followed by transfer back to Nairobi, and dinner out in the city (dinner not included). The following day the group will begin to head home, but for those still around we will visit a giraffe centre and Sheldrick’s elephant orphanage (lunch and dinner not included).
The cost of the trip includes: airport transfers, all support (including vehicles), accommodation and meals, English speaking host and guides, daily activities, bike and helmet hire, and 100% financial security.
There is a single person supplement of £250 only if you want a private room and do not want to share.
The cost does not include: flights, snacks, travel insurance and entry visas, and other personal expenses.
Charity Links is a UK-registered charity (no. 1171302) that acts as an umbrella organisation helping small charities focused on educational projects in East Africa to raise vital funds. It was founded by John Douglas who over many years, has completed charity climbs and bicycle challenges in East Africa. Ride the Rift is raising money for three Kenyan charities and others operating in Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. All funds raised go directly to the beneficiary charities. www.charitylinks.org.uk
The Slow Cyclist takes small groups of curious travellers on extraordinary bicycle journeys that range from a day to a few weeks in length. The company was founded by Oli Broom who, in October 2009, dissatisfied with a career in London, quit his job, jumped on a bike and set out on a 412 cycle to Australia to watch the Ashes cricket series in 2010. www.theslowcyclist.co.uk