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cycle Nairobi - Kilimanjaro

pre-trip preparation

how fit do I need to be for this cycle?

The challenge involves over 400 km of riding across small hills and dusty African plains over terrain that has been classified as moderate - tough. For this reason, some prior fitness training is recommended to ensure that you make the most out of the challenge and enjoy the ride!

are there any pre-challenge briefings?

Yes! We have a number of pre-challenge briefings in London spread across the year so there should be a day to suit you. These briefings are a great chance to ask any questions you may have as well as meet other cyclists, the Action Challenge team and our fully qualified cycle guides.

do I need a visa / insurance / vaccinations?

Visa - All UK Nationals require a Visa to enter Kenya, the cost of which is £38. Passports should have at least one blank page and will need to be valid for at least six months from the date of departure.

 

Insurance - Insurance is imperative and should cover the costs of medical repatriation and trip curtailment costs. We recommend you obtain insurance as soon as possible.

 

Vaccinations - Tanzania is a high risk malaria zone. Therefore, you will need to take anti-malarial tablets, to ensure that you are covered. Other advised vaccinations include Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Diptheria and Yellow Fever - some of which you may have already had. Please ensure that you seek medical advice from a travel clinic before you depart, as they will have up to date information on what is required.

what bikes will we be using? / do I need to bring my own bike equipment?

We will be using all terrain mountain bikes for the challenge. You must bring a helmet with you and it is imperative that it is worn at all times. If you wish to bring your own saddle / peddles with you, you may do so. However, standard ones are provided. There will be a water bottle holder on your bike, but you will need to bring a water bottle with you – more details will be provided on your kit list once you have registered.

life on the cycle

how big is the group? / what support will there be?

All of our challenges are group adventures and the average size is approximately 20 participants. We welcome individuals, couples and groups of friends on to our challenges, and many who join us literally have a mountain to climb in terms of the scale of the challenge they are taking on. We advocate camaraderie and team bonding, and really believe that this enhances your experience.

 

Your challenge will be led by an experienced Action Challenge leader. Our leaders are selected for their experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, sensitivity and sense of humour, and will ensure that your trip runs smoothly.

 

You will also be accompanied by an Action Challenge doctor, who will be carrying a fully stocked medical kit in case of any emergency. They will carry out daily health checks, and the re-assurance of their presence should allow you to focus on, and enjoy your challenge!

 

We have a full support team in country with two way radio contact between the Action Challenge Head Quarters in London and local staff and satellite phone for emergencies. If for any reason you need to leave the group early local staff will assist you and will arrange transfers, accommodation and medical care if necessary.

what is the weather like while cycling?

October is one of the best months to visit Kenya and Tanzania. Temperatures vary from 15 to 26 ˚C. During October, there is 34mm of rain or five rainy days on average and approximately 12 hours of daylight per day.

what will the food / accommodation be like?

Breakfasts will be served in our camp each day whilst lunches will be en-route. Dinners will be made fresh in camp for our arrival, apart from our final meal which will be in a local restaurant. Food will varied but you might like to bring your own snacks (energy bars, cereal bars, nuts & dried fruit etc) for cycling days.

 

Dietary Requirements - Please note that we will do our best to accommodate all dietary requirements if informed in advance.

 

Accommodation - We will be camping for all nights except for our last night before our departure. You will be staying in a 3* - 4* lodge on half-board basis in Moshi.

 

Single Supplement - If you decide that you would like to have your own room on the challenge, we can accommodate this in the majority of places.

flights and extending your stay

can I book my own flights?

Yes, this becomes our land only package and reduces your final balance or minimum sponsorship balance - please contact us for more information if you are looking to book your own flights.

 

You will be required to arrange all flights and transfers in order to meet the group at the starting hotel on day 2 of your challenge and Action Challenge will require details of your travel arrangements before departure.

 

Please note you are unable to change your package once final balance invoicing has been completed and tickets have been issued by the airline.

can I extend my trip or amend my return flight home?

Yes – we would be more than happy to help you stay on and explore more of what Kenya has to offer! We can request to change your return date with the airline, please email flights@actionchallenge.com for more information.

funding, fundraising & inclusions

how can I fund this challenge?

You can choose to fully fund the challenge yourself, fundraise for a charity of your choice (from which approximately 50% of the sponsorship will cover your trip cost), or opt to do a mixture of both! For all three funding options, an online registration deposit is required to secure your place.

 

We have worked with over 200 UK charities and welcome partnerships with new ones all the time! As long as they are a registered UK or Irish charity and agree to you doing so, we are more than happy for you to fundraise for any charity close to your heart.

what's included?

• International flights
• Action Challenge cycle guide
• Full support team, including local guides
• UK medic
• High quality bike hire
• All accommodation
• All meals, except in free time
• Airline taxes
• All transfers in local vehicles
• Celebration dinner
• Invitation to a challenge briefing in London
• Fitness and training guide
• Discounts from UK retailers
• Reduced rates at Nomad Travel Clinics and Masta Health

what's not included?

• Insurance
• Vaccinations - up to date on boosters
• Tips for local staff
• Airline fuel surcharge (anything over £150)
• Alcoholic drinks
• Personal kit / equipment

how do I sign up?

To secure your place on this challenge, please click on the BOOK NOW button at the top of the page, or the dates & prices tab to the left. Please ensure you have a credit or debit card with you to pay your registration deposit. You will also need to have the below information to hand:

 

• Name as per Passport
• Home Address
• Email Address
• Telephone Number
• Date of Birth

 

Before you embark on your challenge, it is essential that we receive your passport, travel insurance, next of kin, medical details and dietary requirements (if applicable). If you have any medical conditions to declare or are over the age of 65, you will be required to complete a medical declaration form, signed and stamped by your GP. If you don’t have all this information to hand, you can still register your place today, and then re-log into the form before you depart by using your email address and the password you create upon registration.

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