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We're full up!
Our amazing group of Women V Cancer heroes taking on our Cycle Kenya charity cycling challenge for our charity trio in 2022 is now full - but please don't worry!
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.
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Our adventure begins with a daytime flight from London to Nairobi. Touching down in Nairobi this evening, our local ground handler welcomes us at the airport, and we transfer to our hotel in the city.
Waking to breakfast at the hotel, we transfer by coach off the beaten tourist track to our accommodation in Naro Moru. This small market town lies in the foothills of Mount Kenya and enjoys a beautiful mountain backdrop.
After our bike fitting, we make sure we’re comfy in our saddles with a 10-15km off-road test ride in the local area. This gives us a fantastic introduction to Kenya and leaves us eager to start our real challenge tomorrow.
This evening, we dine together and our fabulous challenge leader gives us a briefing of the cycle ahead.
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 game conservation. From our saddles, we look out for all sorts of animals in their natural habitat, including impalas, zebras, giraffes, buffalos and more.
Once we hit tarmac, we 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 or place of storms.
After our mighty day in the saddle, it’s time 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 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.
Our route gives us incredible and wildlife-spotting opportunities, cycling on a mix of dirt and tar. We dismount 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 rest our legs on a transfer 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 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 beautiful scenes to take in.
Breakfast sets us up for two possible routes today, depending on the weather.
If there's no rain, we'll set off on undulating, tarmac roads through local plantations and farms. The climbs grow longer and steeper as the morning goes on, until we enjoy a well-deserved lunch stop. Then we're on to a dirt track, cycling through small farms and villages into a rainforest! This leads us all the way to our hotel in Kakamega.
If there has been rain (which is likely), we avoid the dirty tracks and cycle on the main road, until we reach the junction to Kakamega. From here, we cycle on smaller roads to the Kakamega Forest Reserve, home to black and white colobus monkeys, flying squirrels, the blue monkey and potto (the worlds slowest mammal). We end our day at our hotel in Kakamega.
We’ve reached our last day in the saddle! Energised by the thought of the finish line ahead, we fuel up with breakfast and then set off on a mostly downhill cycle, broken up with some steep climbs.
As we near the end of our cycle, we get our first glimpse of the magnificent Lake Victoria, covering a whopping 70,000 square kilometres. The traffic picks up, signifying that we’re nearing our finish line in Kisumu and we reach it at around lunchtime.
Now, you have the whole afternoon free to relax or explore Kisumu as you wish, As the third largest city in Kenya, you'll find loads to see and do. To give you maximum flexibility with your free afternoon, lunch is not included, so please make sure to arrange this yourself - a fantastic opportunity to check out one of the many local restaurants.
Tonight, we reunite as a group and celebrate our achievement with a delicious dinner, having conquered a royal feat for an invaluable cause.
This morning, after a later breakfast, we give our legs the rest they deserve on an approx. 4-hour transfer to Nakuru, the capital city of Nakuru County. Along the way, we stop to visit Kericho Town and make the most of the spectacular views of tea plantations.
Later this evening, we arrive at our hotel in Nakuru and tuck into dinner together.
This morning we transfer to Nairobi, arriving just before lunch.
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. There will also be vegetarian options to enjoy.
This morning is a highlight of our Kenyan adventure, as we have the special opportunity to visit 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.
Later today, we're free relax or explore the local town - a perfect chance to stock up on last-minute souvenirs! This evening, dinner isn’t included giving you freedom to enjoy the local cuisine at your leisure.
Today is free for you to explore Nairobi, making sure to arrange your own meals. Why not book a place on our amazing optional Nairobi Game Drive, with a visit to the Giraffe Centre? Just get in touch and we’ll be happy to arrange this for you.
Later this evening, we transfer to the airport for an overnight flight back to the UK, arriving on Day 12. 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!
Pay your registration fee (£349) and airport taxes/fuel surcharge (approx. £350), and fundraise £3,500 or more for Women V Cancer.
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.