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cycle Nairobi to Kilimanjaro
for Send a Cow

itinerary

DAY 1

Departure

We depart from the UK on an overnight flight to Nairobi.

DAY 2

Nairobi

Upon arrival this morning we transfer to Thika for our welcome meal and then to our camp for a bike fitting and briefing on the challenge ahead. This evening we have dinner at our campsite and sleep early for a good rest, ready for the cycling chal-lenge ahead.

DAY 3

Depart Nairobi - 59 km

After a good early breakfast we start cycling from Ol Doinyo Sabuk National Park heading south to the town of Tala to the east of Nairobi. Most of this morning will be on dirt roads with some quite flat roads too but it is never easy cycling. This afternoon we have a steep descent into our Siathani campsite which will be waiting for us along with a welcoming cup of tea. Tonight our camp team will prepare a great meal with just the right amount of carbohydrates and protein to charge us up for tomorrows ride. We then collapse exhausted, camping under the African skies.

DAY 4

Nziu - 76 km

Today we have more traditional African dirt roads which we get used to very quickly. The route takes us through country-side that is completely off the beaten track and something that very few visitors to Kenya would see. We pass through small villages and are able to see rural Kenyan life with farmers and their animals in the fields, and sometimes even come across some game. There will be relatively flatter roads this afternoon before ending at the village of Nzui for some wild camping.

DAY 5

Simba Camp - 72 km

Today we experience gentle terrain starting with dirt road cycling via local markets full of Kenyan fruits and vegetables. Once we reach halfway through today's challenge we cross the main highway that makes its way from Mombasa on the coast, all the way to Nairobi. Even though much of this afternoons section is on good tarred road it is still 72km and a good challenge. This road is a delight to be cycling on, having been recently built by the Chinese, and it takes us to the turnoff heading to Simba Campsite for our over-night.

DAY 6

Kamwanga Campsite - 95 km

For one of the hardest and longest challenge days after a good breakfast we leave early and start with 4km back to the main road and some fast relatively flat cycling. We then make our way through the Tanzanian border crossing at Oloitokitoki and then throughout the afternoon cycling to our camp at Kamwanga. One of the highlights of the day is the afternoon climb up onto the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro before arriving at Kamwanga campsite exhausted but elated.

DAY 7

Kilimanjaro - 88 km

Our last cycling day is almost entirely downhill but mostly on dirt road. Starting from our camp at Kamwanga in the north of Kilimanjaro, we head south, skirting the western base of this magnificent mountain. There should be great photo opportuni-ties with the sun rising behind Kilimanjaro and its summit towering above the treetops. Once we have reached the southern slopes we head away from Kilimanjaro and make our way to Olpopongi Maasai Village for the end of our challenge and an authentic Maasai welcome. From here we transfer to the great lodges at Weru Weru River where we can finally relax with a beer and contemplate the last 5 days of cycling. Tonight we have a celebratory meal to mark the end of an incredible chal-lenge.

DAY

Send a Cow Project Visit

After this fantastic end to our challenge we transfer to the airport for our return flight back to Nairobi where we catch an internal flight to Kisumu. From here we are transferred to a Send A Cow project.

DAY 9

Departure

We spend the morning discovering more about the project and after lunch we transfer to the airport for our return flight back to the UK.

DAY 10

Arrive Home

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