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Cycle Kenya 2021

Challenge level: 4 out of 5

When can I go?

4 June - 13 June 2021 On Sale
Duration 10 days

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info $449
Remaining amount
Total commitment Info

Cycle Kenya 2021

Join us in the Land of the Lion King on a roarsome ride through Kenya’s Rift Valley for the charity of your choice. 

Kicking off from the foothills of Mount Kenya, we’ll spot an amazing variety of wildlife as we cycle nearly 400km to the world-famous Lake Victoria.

Our beautiful route treats us to fantastic vistas the whole way, from spectacular mountain backdrops, to local market towns and friendly villages, to lush forests and hilltops that give breath-taking views across the valley.

Along the way, we can look out for elephants, giraffes, gazelles, impalas, buffalos and more. 

We end our adventure with an exclusive visit to the wonderful David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi. This invaluable elephant orphanage rescues, raises and rehabilitates baby elephants until they're ready to return to the wild.

Giving back to the planet

As a company dedicated to practicing responsible tourism, we're delighted to assure you that we've designed this amazing itinerary especially to give back to the places we visit.

Not only have we picked fantastic suppliers local to the area; but the elephant orphanage we visit use their profits to help the animals in their care and save them from extinction.

Worried about fundraising? Don't be...

Cycle Kenya 2021 is an Open Challenge, which means you choose how you fund your adventure.

You can self fund and pay the challenge costs yourself without the pressure of a minimum sponsorship target; or you can choose sponsorship and commit to raising a minimum amount for a charity of your choice.

It's your chance to do something amazing for the cause closest to your heart; whether you choose to support your local hospice, a small animal sanctuary or a national charity. It's completely up to you.

Why not choose to raise funds for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust? You’ll get to meet the baby nellies you’re helping and see first-hand how they benefit from your support.

 

Your itinerary

Days 1 & 2
UK – Nairobi – Naro Moru, Nyeri | approx. 5km

The excitement begins at the airport in London, where we meet for the first time and catch our overnight flight to Kenya. Touching down in Nairobi on Day 2, our fantastic local ground handler welcomes us to the country. We transfer together off the tourist track to the small market town of Naro Moru.

Straight away, we’re treated to beautiful scenery – a sign of much more to come on our ride through Kenya. The town lies in the foothills of Mount Kenya, with a spectacular mountain backdrop. Here, we find our accommodation for the night and have our bike fitting.

Once we’re comfortable in our saddles, we take advantage of the fab opportunity to take a 10-15km off-road test ride around the charming local area. Then we finish the day with our first group dinner and an exciting challenge briefing from our challenge leader on our adventure.

Day 3
Naro Moru – Nyahururu | approx. 100km

Our short warm-up ride yesterday has geared us up for our first big day of cycling. We kick off from Naro Moru and follow a mixed dirt and tarmac route through a wonderful game conservation. This gives us the chance to spot some of the amazing Kenyan wildlife as we cycle, including zebras, giraffes, impalas and more.

Eventually, our track meets tarmac, signalling the end of today’s cycle. Upon reaching the road, we transfer by bus to the town of Nyahururu, whose name comes from the Maasai word e-naiwurruwurr, meaning waterfall and/or windy or place of storms. Fingers crossed for no storms tonight, as we settle down at our hotel for our group dinner and a good night’s rest.

Day 4
Nyahururu – Marigat – Karbanet | approx. 60km

After breakfast at the hotel, we transfer to our starting point away from the traffic and embark on another stunning day’s cycle. Riding on a mix of dirt and tar through the countryside, we keep our eyes still peeled for wildlife, until our route ends at the gorgeous market town of Marigat.

The lush and fertile ground here brings together a mix of different farming communities, including the Tugen (Samor) mainly from the upper regions, the Njemps (Ilchamus) mainly from the low regions and the Pokot communities, who grow and sell a range of crops, from pepper and pawpaws, to melons, bananas and oranges. This is where we meet our coach and transfer to our hotel in Kabanet.

Day 5
Karbanet – Iten | approx. 68km

An undulating route awaits us today, beginning with a steep descent onto gentler terrain. This leads us up to a mighty climb through the Elgeyo Escarpment.

Our thighs may feel it but our eyes are in heaven, as we wind our way up through an enchanting forest, with loads of butterflies to encourage us on our way.

The best view is from the top! With the ascent out of the way, we take a break for a well-earned lunch, looking out across the awesome Rift Valley.

Then we’re on to smoother cycling in the afternoon, until we reach our hotel in Iten, home to an awesome running community and the largest women’s-only race in Kenya, hosted every Christmas Eve. In fact, many long-distance athletes have grown up in Iten and still more have moved here.

Day 6
Iten – Kapsabet | approx. 80km

A coach transfer after breakfast takes us to our starting point for some more gentle pedalling today. Following a smoother route, we become immersed in the local lifestyle, as we pass through several small towns, usually unvisited by tourists.

Our ride takes us to Kapsabet, the capital of Nandi Country, where we find tonight’s hotel.

Day 7
Kakamega – Kisumu | approx. 53km

We’re so ready for today, having reached our last day of cycling and a victorious finish line is in mind’s sight. Hopping on our bikes in Kapsabet, we ride through more local communities and the gorgeous South Nandi Forest, getting an exciting glimpse of the world-famous Lake Victoria as we draw closer to the end.

When the traffic picks up, we’ll know we’ve made it to the last stretch to our finale in Kisumu.

Tonight, we celebrate our achievement, having conquered the ride of a lifetime.

Day 8
Kisumu – Nakuru

After an epic challenge, it’s time for a good old rest from the saddle. After breakfast at the hotel, we transfer to Nakuru, the capital city of Nakuru County.

The afternoon is then free for you to spend as you wish, relaxing at the hotel or exploring the town for sights and souvenirs.

In the evening, you also have the chance to take part in an optional game drive (at an additional cost*). Don’t forget your camera! This fab drive will allow you to spot more wildlife than we have throughout our cycle, going about their day and happily protected from poachers.


*Please note that the optional game drive is not included in the challenge costs so you will need to budget for it (approx. $100).

Day 9
Nakuru - Nairobi

Our Kenyan adventure ends with an absolutely magical day, transferring to Nairobi in the morning and visiting the incredible Nairobi National Park in the afternoon.

The most special part of this trip is that we get to visit an elephant orphanage, where orphaned babies are looked after and raised until they’re ready to return to the wild. This 120-square mile national park is home to giraffes, monkeys, rhinos, antelopes and more.

In the evening there is no meal provided at the hotel, but rather an optional visit to the Carnivore “Africa’s greatest eating experience”, which is a massive barbecue pit offering a wide variety of meat from beef to zebra. There will be veggie options, too!

After dinner, we also have the chance to go to Nairobi’s most popular night club, the Simba Saloon, which is part of the Carnivore complex.

Day 10
Nairobi – UK

Today sees us transferring to the Nairobi airport and catching our flight back to the UK. Touching down in London, we part ways at the airport and make our way back home.

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Funding options

Self Funded

Pay your registration fee and your challenge costs yourself.

$2,843

Pay the balance

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Pay the challenge cost yourself 12 weeks before the challenge starts.
  • The challenge costs cover your flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £350), food, accommodation, bike hire, transfers, entry fees where applicable, guides, technical and medical support.
  • Choose to fundraise as much as you can for the charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice with no minimum target, or make a personal donation.
  • Please also remember to budget for airport taxes and fuel surcharge. These won't be covered in the challenge costs (approx. £350).
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Sponsorship

Pay your registration fee and raise the minimum target for your chosen charity.

$5,685

Minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Fundraise the minimum sponsorship target for the charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice at least 12 weeks before departure.
  • Providing you raise the minimum sponsorship, the charity will pay the challenge costs on your behalf.
  • The challenge costs cover your flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £350), food, accommodation, bike hire, transfers, entry fees where applicable, guides, technical and medical support.
  • The remaining funds and anything you raise over the minimum sponsorship target will go directly towards the work of the charity.
  • Please also remember to budget for airport taxes and fuel surcharge. These won't be covered in the challenge costs (approx. £350).
  • Please note that not all charities are happy to commit to the minimum sponsorship option. If you choose this option, we contact the charity you want to support on your behalf. If they are not happy with the minimum sponsorship option, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.
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FAQs
Cycle Kenya 2021

This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the people who will take part on this challenge will have a low level of fitness when they sign up. 

This adventure is the perfect opportunity to get fit while exploring an amazing part of the world and supporting the cause closest to your heart in a huge way. 

Once you have registered for the challenge, we'll send you a realistic and achievable training plan, which builds up gradually as the event gets closer. We strongly encourage you to train for the cycle and to incorporate hills where possible as we'll be riding an undulating route and the more you train, the more you'll enjoy the cycle.

If you're feeling nervous, check out these fab messages from two of the amazing Cycle Kenya 2012/2013 participants.

 

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own. Once you've signed up to the challenge, we'll send you a link to the private Facebook group for everyone taking part in Cycle Kenya 2021.

We encourage you to use this space to share tips, advice, kind thoughts and updates with your fellow challengers and take advantage of the opportunity to organise meet-ups before the challenge, as often there will be someone in your local area you can train or fundraise with.

Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. Everyone aged 18 or over is more than welcome to join the ride.

A cycle helmet is essential and must be worn at all times. Cycling shorts are also recommended and everyone will need their own water bottles or a camel back-type hydration system.

Apart from that, no specialist equipment is required. We will supply you with a list of everything you will need to take before you go. Cyclists will have the use of 18 or 21-gear bikes and we suggest you bring the saddle or gel cover you are used to riding on.

 

We will in stay in comfortable hotels throughout this challenge.

No, your main luggage will be transported each day by our support team. You will need a bag to go on your bike or a waist bag for things like your camera, sun cream, tissues etc.

Any extra items you may need during the day can be carried on the support vehicle, which you will have access to during lunch and the snack stops.

Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay in Sri Lanka, please let us know at least fourteen weeks before the challenge start date and we can arrange this for you.

The best way to get in touch is by emailing events@dream-challenges.com or you can call us on 01590 646410 during office hours (9am - 5pm Monday - Friday).

 

In addition to paying your registration fee and either self-funding the challenge costs or raising the minimum sponsorship target, you will need to budget for:

  • Your airport taxes and the fuel surcharge (currently £350 but subject to change – up or down)
  • Your personal travel insurance
  • Your visa for Kenya (You will need to arrange this yourself. We'll send you details of this in the lead up to the challenge.)
  • Gratuities
  • Optional Game Drive in Nakuru, if you choose to take part (approx. $100)
  • Personal expenses.

You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance, covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a recommended policy, which we can send you. Otherwise, you can take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity cycle ride in Kenya.

You will also need to arrange your own visa. We'll send you information on how to do this closer to the challenge departure date.

The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself.

Once you have registered, we'll send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the challenge. The programme builds up gradually as the challenge gets closer, so you'll be ready and raring to go by the time we depart for Kenya.

In Kenya, we will have a team of awesome, professional, first-aid trained challenge guides and medical support. We will have two doctors accompanying us throughout the challenge.

Your registration fee of £299 per person is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.

Your challenge costs of £1,895 (ie. 50% of the fundraising target if you choose the sponsorship option) cover:

  • Your flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £350)
  • All meals throughout your challenge
  • Accommodation
  • Bike hire
  • All transfers in Kenya
  • Entry fees where applicable, except for the game drive in Nakuru, which is purely optional to join at your own expense (approx. $100)
  • A team of awesome, first-aid trained local guides and Dream Challenges staff
  • Full support from the Dream Challenges office in the lead up to and during your challenge
  • Medical support, including two doctors, who will accompany us throughout the challenge
  • Mechanical support

As we're not medically trained, we're afraid we can't offer you advice on this. We recommend you contact your GP or your local travel clinic, who will have the latest travel health advice.

We also recommend you visit the NHS Fit for Travel website here, to keep up to date with current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad.

NHS Fit for Travel website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

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