Fri 04 Oct - Sun 13 Oct 2019

In aid of Red Rubber Ball Foundation

Red Rubber Ball Foundation

OVERVIEW

What to expect

ITINERARY

What you will do

COSTS

Ways to pay

ESSENTIAL INFO

All you need to know

Everything you need to know

This page provides you with a variety of information about the challenge that you might find useful.

Kibera Cycling Club

Level of difficulty

Typical day

Safety

Responsible Tourism

Flights

Visa

Insurance

Vaccinations, Malaria & Medicines

Climate & Terrain

Training

Training weekends

Luggage allowance & valuables

Leadership

Group size

Clothing & equipment

Do we need to take our own sleeping bags and mats?

What are the bikes like?

What if I can't keep up?

Accommodation & toilets

Food & drink

Money

Phone & Wi-Fi

Emergencies

Kibera Cycling Club

With limited access to secondary schools and few out of school activities, young boys and girls in the Kibera slums of Nairobi are prone to bad influences – drugs, crime, glue sniffing, gangs, prostitution etc.

Our secondary school scholarship programme has shown that these children are capable of achieving much with the right influences and opportunities.  So we set up The Kibera Cycling Club in the heart of Kibera run with our partners the professional and volunteer cyclists of Safari Simbaz within the grounds of the Raila Education Center in Kibera slums, Nairobi.

The club aims to provide an opportunity for children in Kibera to have fun, learn skills and build confidence.  Cycling is the focus for personal development through physical activity, much like our Football Academy which has been doing the same for over 600 children each year through their interest in football.

This cycling project is supported by world class cyclist and coach David Kinjah and provides children with reliable mentors who will teach cycling skills and bike maintenance, take the children on bike rides and offer personal guidance.

Level of difficulty

Challenging: A “challenging” trip will test someone who is relatively fit and has a spirit of adventure. You may have had some previous experience, but this is not necessary as long as the correct training is undertaken. This is the perfect challenge for participants who are of an adventurous spirit and an open mind, but perhaps haven’t taken on a strenuous challenge event before and are hoping to push themselves out of their comfort zone.
You can tell your supporters that on your challenge, you will be:

  • Cycling over 350kms across the African savannah
  • Tackling tricky terrain, dirt roads, undulating roads and heat
  • Looking out for lions, giraffes, elephants and rhinos
  • Covering distances of up to 100km per day

Typical day

During the cycling days, you will cycle for 5-8 hours. Depending on the weather and the day, rest/water stops will be set up every 10-20km where you can regroup and refill water as well as eating snacks and fruit to keep you going. Lunch will be taken either at a local restaurant, or as a packed lunch depending on the routing for the day. You will have time to have a rest in your tent/room before being briefed on the next day's cycle and having dinner with the rest of the group.

Safety

Charity Challenge considers the safety of all of our participants and staff to be a top priority, and as such we have set up Challenge Safe one of the most advanced and thorough safety management systems in the industry. Challenge Safe formalises our ethos when it comes to safety, and brings together the procedures and risk management strategies that we use to audit all aspects of our challenges, from vehicles to accommodation to the activity itself. Your welfare is absolutely paramount. 

In terms of your bike challenge, there are a couple of important points that you should be aware of:

  • The trails that you are on are all accessible by vehicle, and as such emergency evacuation to a hospital is possible but may take upwards of a few hours, depending on the location
  • Riding in the heat of Kenya is a major challenge in itself so make sure you are well hydrated throughout
  • This trip involves cycling on roads and dirt tracks with lots of loose stones and rocks so concentration while riding through these areas is essential

Responsible Tourism

At Charity Challenge we are committed to sustainable and responsible tourism, and work closely with bodies such as the International Porter Protection Group and Climate Care to ensure that our challenges benefit the local environments and communities in which they take place. We ensure that all rubbish is disposed of responsibly, and following local guidelines on cultural and environmental protection and respect, we aim to limit our impact on the natural environment. In addition to taking these practical steps to ensure that our challenges are sustainable, we also make a contribution each year to a number of local community projects, so as to give something back directly to the communities that we visit. Since 2000 we have donated almost £200,000 to such projects, supporting a range of initiatives, including schooling for children in Africa, shelter for street children in Brazil, and Orang-utan conservation in Indonesia. We recommend that any gifts brought over for children are given to the UK challenge leader and distributed where needed by them and our local Ground Agent. If you wish to do more, you should consider buying drinks, postcards and souvenirs from the local vendors. For many, it is their sole source of income. For more information, please visit our Responsible Tourism pages, where you will be able to view a list of the projects that we currently support.

Flights

You will be flying during the day from London to Nairobi airport and on a night flight from Nairobi to London. Your flight tickets will be e-mailed to you before departure. If you choose to book your own flights you must confirm with the Charity Challenge office before paying otherwise you may be liable for your included group flights (please contact flights@charitychallenge.com for further assistance). Please note that flight timings are subject to change by the airlines.

Visa

Your full ten-year passport must have at least six months left to run from the end of the challenge. You will need a Single Entry Tourist Visa to enter Kenya. Three months prior to departure we will provide you with the necessary application form and details to apply. Please note that British Citizens are now eligible to get an online visa before arrival in Kenya.

Insurance

It is a condition of travelling with Charity Challenge that you have a suitable travel insurance policy which covers you for your entire challenge. We have a special policy which covers among other things, medical (emergency, evacuation and repatriation) arrangements, cancellation and curtailment of the challenge, and more specifically for the adventurous activities undertaken on this challenge. 
If you have your own travel insurance policy, you must ensure that it provides at least the same level of cover as our recommended policy, including protecting the charity in the event of your cancellation 56 days or less prior to departure. If you choose not to purchase our recommended policy when you book we will send you a disclaimer which you must complete and return to Charity Challenge prior to travel.

For more travel insurance questions, please refer to our main FAQs page or for any specific queries, please contact us at bookings@charitychallenge.com.

Vaccinations, Malaria & Medicines

Vaccinations
For up to date vaccination information please check the Travel Health Pro page:  https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/117/kenya#Vaccine_recommendations

Malaria
Malaria risk is high throughout the year in the whole country, but low in Nairobi, the immediate surrounding areas, and the highlands (above 2500m) of Central, Eastern, Nyanza, Rift Valley and Western Provinces. https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/117/kenya#Malaria

Medication

  • Carry medicines (including those bought over the counter) in their correctly labelled container, as issued by the pharmacist, in hand luggage.
  • Consider packing a spare supply of medication in the hold luggage in case of loss of hand luggage.
  • A letter from the prescriber detailing the medicines with the generic names for the medications can be helpful for border control checks, and in case medicines have to be replaced or medical help is required
  • Carry a note from the prescribing physician on letterhead stationery for controlled substances and injection medications
  • Take out an appropriate level of travel health insurance including repatriation and specific cover for any pre-existing illnesses

N.B.  Some medications are banned abroad so please check you can find further information at https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/factsheet/43/medicines-abroad

Charity Challenge team are not medical experts and we would encourage you to visit your GP or travel nurse to discuss vaccination requirements. Your GP may ask questions about the specific locations that you are visiting, and as such it may be useful to take a copy of your itinerary with you.

Climate & Terrain

Climate
You are cycling in the dry season. However, the weather has been very unpredictable in East Africa in recent years, and it is always possible that it will rain. The average maximum temperature ranges from 22c to 27c, so sun protection is absolutely key. We will start cycling as early as possible and may take our long lunch break in the middle of the day to avoid the hottest time. Temperatures can get into the 30's.

Terrain
You will be cycling on a mixture of tarmac roads and dirt tracks. The ‘off-road’ sections are not technical, but we would certainly recommend doing some training on tracks just to get accustomed to what this feels like. Some areas of the cycle will be very exposed and with heat and humidity which will be a challenge in itself. Please ensure you drink plenty of fluids and protect yourself from the sun. On the days where the roads are busier, we will keep the group closer together by using a front vehicle with banners to signal a cycling group, as well as the back vehicle. This is for your own safety, which is our highest priority. On the quiet trails, the group can open out a little more!

Training

Training is definitely required. It is important that you work specifically on your stamina, leg and joint strength, and balance in order to get as much out of the challenge as possible. Don’t forget that the temperature and climate is different to the UK and that you will be exercising constantly for a number of days – the heat and distance will be your biggest challenge.

Training weekends

We offer superb training weekends across various locations in the UK, from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. These training weekends not only help you become physically prepared for the challenge, but our experienced instructors and leaders will talk you through your clothing and equipment, camp craft, health and wellbeing, cycling skills, teamwork and many more themes designed to make you get the most out of your challenge. The weekends are great ways for you to get out into nature, while also meeting other Charity Challengers and sharing your experiences. To read more about our training weekends, including dates and prices, check out our dedicated page here.

Luggage allowance & valuables

As no formal clothes are needed, luggage should be kept to the absolute minimum – details of what to pack are provided in your kit list. Each day when you begin to ride, your personal kit will be transported to the next camp. You will only need to have a handle bar bag or bum bag with you during the day and you will be able to access your day pack at water and rest stops.

Leadership

We employ a number of first aid trained challenge leaders, all of whom speak English. They will ultimately be responsible for the running of the itinerary and the safety of your group. You will also have a great support team of drivers, mechanics, guides and assistant guides who will be there to keep you going throughout the long days of cycling.

Group size

Each group is intended to be a minimum of 15 people in order to run and a maximum of approximately 30 people due to the wilderness environment in which the challenge takes place.

Clothing & equipment

Good quality, durable kit could mean the difference between a fantastic challenge experience and an uncomfortable one. For your cycle challenge, padded cycling shorts and comfortable footwear are essential, and helmets are compulsory throughout. Training with your cycling shorts is definitely advised! You can bring equipment like clip-in pedals or a gel seat, if desired, in order to adapt your bike in country, and we would also recommend technical/wicking t-shirts rather than cotton shirts. A full kit list for this challenge can be found on our website and once you book you will have access to kit discounts with our partners Outdoorhire, Cotswold Outdoor and Cycle Surgery.

It is policy that participants must wear a helmet – this is not provided on the challenge, so please do ensure that you take one to Kenya with you. Be aware that cycling can be dangerous and accidents do happen – you must take responsibility for your own safety whilst riding.

Do we need to take our own sleeping bags and mats?

No, these will be provided for you.

What are the bikes like?

The bikes are good quality hardtail mountain bikes and all of them have 18 or 21 speed gears. They are sturdy and weigh approximately 15kgs. You can see images of the bikes on our itinerary, and all bikes have a water bottle holder. If you would like to bring your own gel seats or SPD pedals you can. Please let us know your height at the time of booking so that we can pre-book the appropriate bike for your challenge in advance.

What if I can't keep up?

The event is not run as a race and there is always a large discrepancy in people’s cycling abilities. This is allowed for and as much as possible, we will try and ensure that the group does not spread out too much. There will be a staff member and support vehicle at the back of the group at all times to ensure that you are not left behind and can take things at your own pace. All crew will carry radios and communication between guides and drivers is key. If we find somebody is unable to cycle at all, then we can transport them from one location to the next.

Accommodation & toilets

Accommodation
You will be staying in a mix of lodges, camps and hotels throughout the challenge. All accommodation is on a twin-share basis. If you would like to share with someone on the challenge please make a note on your booking, or alternatively send an email to challenges@charitychallenge.com and we will organise this for you.

Toilets
You will have clean toilets and good washing facilities on all campsites, lodges and hotels.  In the campsites, you may have portable private bucket showers.

Food & drink

The food will be plentiful and very filling. Staples will mainly be potatoes and rice served alongside meat (they eat goat in Kenya) and lots of vegetables. There will not be the variety that you are used to in the UK, but the food is delicious and just right for a cycling challenge. If you have any dietary requirements please let Charity Challenge know prior to departure and we will do our utmost to accommodate them. If necessary we may ask you to bring some extra snacks as some dietary requirements are not yet widely understood in Kenya!

There will be regular drink and snack stops along the way when you're riding.

Money

Currency: The Kenyan shilling is a soft currency and you cannot obtain shillings before leaving the UK.

Exchange: Currency exchange is widely available at banks in Kenya. There are also foreign exchange bureaus in most towns and cities where you can change cash or travellers’ cheques at the prevailing free market exchange rate. The best currency for travellers' cheques is the dollar (US). For up to date currency exchange, go to: http://www.xe.com/

Credit cards:  Major credit cards are sometimes accepted at larger hotels. Other than that their use is limited and are not generally accepted in restaurants, shops etc. Bring enough money and do not carry all your cash on you. Cash point machines, which allow the use of Visa & MasterCard etc with a PIN, can be found in Nairobi, but are rare in smaller towns.

Spending money: You will not need a large amount of money during this trip. Somewhere in the region of £220 should be sufficient to cover presents, tips, drinks, and so on. Keep in mind that other than at the start and end of the challenge, you will be in remote camps away from any foreign exchanges or banks. We recommend that you carry cash, although credit cards will be accepted in the airports.

Tips: We recommend in the region of $10US (or equivalent) per day for the team, and this should be given to the challenge leader at the end of the challenge, who will distribute it among the support team. If you do want to give one member of staff an extra tip, please also leave this until the end and allocate over and above the recommended tipping amount. Make sure you have plenty of smaller bills for tipping at lodges and for drinks/meals.

Phone & Wi-Fi

There is Wi-Fi at the hotels, but not normally at the campsites.  Phone signal is sporadic, but you should be able to get some throughout the whole trip, although it will come in and out of range.

There is no opportunity to recharge any electrical equipment during the cycle at the campsite, but if you want to bring a solar charger these work quite well to charge phones.  There are charge points in your rooms at the hotel.

Emergencies

Throughout the challenge, back-up support will be close by. If for any reason any injury should occur, a relief vehicle will be made available. Your leader will be first-aid trained, and in cases of emergency one of the vehicles will evacuate you immediately to the nearest hospital.

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We hold an Air Travel Organiser's Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 6546. Many of the flight-inclusive challenges on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. This ATOL protection only covers challenges that include flights booked by Charity Challenge and that originate in the UK. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLcertificate

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