Challenge level: 4 out of 5
|7 October - 16 October 2022||On Sale|
We’re going back to the bush where it all began, to celebrate the Women V Cancer 10-year anniversary! And we’re on a mission to raise £3 million for our three very important women’s cancer charities, Breast Cancer Now, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.
Join a team of amazing women as we cycle through the land of the lion for six days, all in aid of people affected by breast, ovarian and cervical cancers.
Together, we’ll cycle from the foothills of Mount Kenya to Kisumu and spot a large variety of Kenya’s awesome wildlife as we go, including elephants, giraffes, gazelles, impalas, buffalos and more. Our life changing (and lifesaving!) Women V Cancer tenth year anniversary overseas cycle has an epic finish at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage. This incredibly special sanctuary rescues and raises baby elephants, who’ve had a tough start to life and rehabilitates them back into the wild.
You’ll make a bunch of lifelong friendships, get fit and have the adventure of a lifetime!
Support Women V Cancer and give back to the planet at the same time!
As a company dedicated to practicing responsible tourism, we're very happy to assure you that we've designed this beautiful itinerary to give back to the places we visit.
Not only have we picked fantastic suppliers local to the area; but the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust use their profits to help the animals in their care and save them from extinction.
We also get the chance to visit the brilliant local cancer charity, Faraja Cancer Support, to see the incredible work they do for people with cancer. We're delighted to partner with Faraja Cancer Support for this challenge and £100 of the funds you raise (per rider) will go towards their vital cause.
COVID-19 - keeping you safe
As we hope you know, the health and safety of our participants is always - and has always been - our highest priority.
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Set up your Women V Cancer Cycle Kenya JustGiving page
Our ten-year anniversary adventure begins with an overnight flight from London and we touch down in Nairobi in the morning on Day 2.
From the airport we are transferred by coach off the beaten tourist track to Naro Moru. This small market town lies in the foothills of Mount Kenya and enjoys a beautiful mountain backdrop. Here, we find our accommodation for the night and have our bike fitting.
To make sure we’re all comfy in our saddles – and to make the most of our exquisite surroundings - we take a 10-15km off-road test ride in the local area.
This evening, we dine together and our fab challenge leader gives us a briefing of the cycle we have ahead of us.
Into the bush! We have a long cycle today but every bit of it is enchanting! Mounting our bikes in Naro Moru, we follow a mixed dirt and tarmac route through a gorgeous game conservation.
From our saddles, we can look out for all sorts of the awesome species Kenya is renowned for, in their natural habitat. Keep your eyes peeled for impalas, zebras, giraffes, buffalos and more.
Once we hit tarmac, we’ll know we’re nearing the end of today’s ride. From here, we transfer by bus to Nyahururu. The town’s name comes from the Maasai word e-naiwurruwurr, meaning waterfall and/or windy or place of storms.
After our mighty day in the saddle, it’s time now to settle down at our accommodation, have our group dinner and get a good night’s sleep.
After a morning transfer to our day’s starting point, we have a shorter ride to the fantastic market town of Marigat, home to the Tugen (Samor) mainly from the upper regions, the Njemps (Ilchamus) mainly from the low regions and the Pokot communities.
We’re in for more wonderful vistas and wildlife today, pedalling on a mix of dirt and tar. We dismount our bikes when we reach Marigat, where the locals grow and sell a range of crops, from pepper and pawpaws, to melons, bananas and oranges.
From here, we're transferred to the city of Karbanet.
After breakfast at the hotel, we start our day's challenge with a steep, downhill cycle. This leads us onto gentler terrain – then we’re in for an epic climb. Pushing up the Elgeyo Escarpment, we wind our way through a pretty forest, with loads of butterflies to encourage us on our way.
Once we reach the top, our staggering sense of achievement is twinned with the perfect sight for our sore thighs, looking out across the Rift Valley. We stop here for lunch, before ending our day with a smoother cycle, with even more gorgeous scenes to take in.
Once again, we begin with breakfast. Then we have a coach transfer to today's start point.
You’ll be pleased to know that our cycling isn’t as steep today and we follow a smooth route. Passing through local towns off the tourist trail, we get some fantastic insight into the way of life here, which you wouldn’t see as a holiday traveller.
Eventually, we reach our accommodation in Kapsabet, the capital of Nandi County.
We’ve reached our last day in the saddle. Energised by the thought of the finish line ahead, we mount our bikes and follow a gorgeous route through more municipalities and the beautiful South Nandi Forest.
As we near the end of our cycle, we get our first glimpse of the magnificent, world-famous Lake Victoria, which covers a whopping 70,000 square kilometres. The traffic picks up, signifying that we’re nearing Kisumu. This inland port city is the third largest city in Kenya and it’s where our challenge ends!
Tonight, we celebrate our achievement, having conquered a royal feat for an invaluable cause.
This morning, after breakfast, we transfer to Nakuru (approx. 5 hours), arriving at our hotel in time for lunch.
In the afternoon, we jump on the incredible opportunity to explore the National Park on a Game Drive. Don’t forget your camera! We’ll have the chance to spot more wildlife than we have throughout our cycle, going about their day and happily protected from poachers.
Alternatively, you may want to make the most of the opportunity to shop for souvenirs. As Kenya’s fourth largest city, you’re bound to find a bunch of trinkets.
Our Kenyan adventure ends with an absolutely magical day, transferring to Nairobi in the morning and visiting the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage. This invaluable sanctuary rescues orphaned baby elephants and raises them, until they’re ready to return to the wild.
The excitement isn’t over yet! This afternoon, we have the very special opportunity to visit the local cancer charity, Faraja Cancer Support.
We’ll meet some of the people there and see the incredible work they do for people with cancer. We're delighted to partner with Faraja Cancer Support for this challenge and £100 of the funds you raise (per rider) will go towards their vital cause. This visit gives us the chance to see where these funds go.
In the evening, we have our final dinner together at an awesome local BBQ pit, The Carnivore.
Said to be “Africa’s greatest eating experience”, The Carnivore offers a wide variety of meat, from beef to fish to zebra.
Veggies, fear not: there will also be vegetarian options to enjoy.
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.
We’re homeward-bound today! We’re transferred to the airport in the morning for a day-time flight back to the UK.
This is where we part ways and make our own way home. Time to share your memories and start looking forward to our next Women V Cancer adventure!
Minimum sponsorship target
This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it's designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for.
A number of the people who take part on this challenge will have a low level of fitness when they sign up. This challenge is the perfect motivation to get fit, lose weight and have the experience of your lifetime.
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.
If you're feeling nervous, check out these fab messages from two of the amazing Women V Cancer heroes, who took on our first Cycle Kenya.
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 Women V Cancer Cycle Kenya 2022.
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. As long as you're 18 years or over by the time we depart for the challenge, you are more than welcome to join the ride!
A cycle helmet is essential and must be worn at all times. We also recommend cycling shorts and everyone will need their own water bottles or a camel back-type hydration system.
Apart from that, no specialist equipment is required. We'll supply you with a list of everything you'll 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're 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'll have access to during lunch and the snack stops.
Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay, you need to come out of our group flights. Please let us know if you decide to do this at least 14 weeks before we depart for Kenya, so we can arrange this and deduct the cost from your balance.
In addition to paying your registration fee of £349, you will need to budget for:
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation.
Dream Challenges has a policy that provides appropriate cover for this type of activity and also covers you for COVID-19. We will send you the details once you have registered.
You can, however, take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity cycle in Kenya.
You will be required to obtain a tourist visa for entry into Kenya, we will send you all the relevant information and forms to do this before the challenge.
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 will 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, including at least one UK doctor with expedition training.
How you fund your challenge is completely up to you. You may choose to pay the challenge costs (£1,750) yourself and then fundraise the remaining £1,750 to meet the £3,500 minimum target.
Many challengers choose this option, so that they can tell their sponsors 100% of their donation will go directly to support the work of Women V Cancer and Faraja Cancer Support and not to fund your challenge costs.
Alternatively, you may choose to fundraise the full £3,500. You could of course pay the full £3,500 yourself too if you prefer not to fundraise.
Of the £3,500 minimum sponsorship target you raise, 50% (£1,750) covers your challenge costs.
The remaining 50% (or more if you've exceeded the target) goes directly to the work of the four charities supported on this challenge:
Your registration fee of £349 per person is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
Your challenge costs of £1,750 (ie. 50% of the fundraising target) cover:
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
Setting up an online fundraising page is easy. Simply go to the Women V Cancer Cycle Kenya JustGiving page here and click "Fundraise for us". Then follow the on-screen instructions and you'll be good to go.
Please make sure you set up your fundraising page for Women V Cancer Cycle Kenya event on JustGiving. Otherwise, the money you raise won't go to the charities and we won't be able to confirm you on the challenge.