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Bike Africa: Uganda

Bike Africa: Uganda

When: 10 - 19 October 2014
Where: Jinja to Buliisa, Uganda
Distance: approx 450km (280 miles)
Registration fee: £249
Fundraising amount: minimum £2,950 (includes flights, bike hire, accommodation and meals)

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Experience Africa on two wheels!

Bike Africa: Uganda offers participants the opportunity to get up close and personal with the scenery in one of Africa's most stunning countries...

Cycle from the source of the River Nile to the stunning Murchison Falls National Park...

Our unique 450km route gives you an experience of everything which makes "The Pearl of Africa" so special in just a few days - spectacular wildlife, rolling rural scenery and the wonderfully warm local population.

Itinerary highlights...

Day 2

The ride starts with a cycle along the banks of the River Nile at its source in Jinja. There's no better way to acclimatise to the local weather and get used to your bike than against a backdrop of the world's most famous river!

Day 4

The path then sweeps right through the untapped heart of Uganda, passing through rolling sugar cane plantations and crops of banana, mango, maize, coffee and the sweetest pineapples in the world.

Day 5

Our longest cycling day as we tackle the unique challenge clocking up 100km in one day! The route takes us past plenty of rural villages and local traders selling coal and fruit to the passing traffic.  After the challenge comes an incredible reward – an overnight stay in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, with a memorable dinner around a campfire under the stars and an optional tour to see the only rhinos in Uganda on foot!

Day 8

We finish with a cycle through the incredible Murchison Falls National Park, with the chance to catch sight of its 700 wild chimpanzees. After crossing the Nile by river ferry alongside the wallowing hippos, the end point is the astonishing Paraa Safari Lodge, where we will enjoy a celebratory meal watching the sun set over the banks of the Nile.
 
We've put together a Uganda Bike Ride photo album on Facebook, using the snaps that one of this year's participants took. Make sure you check it out to really bring the event to life!
 

Link's work in action...

There will also be two project visits towards the end of the ride, giving you the opportunity to see our work close at hand and meet Link staff and other people involved in our projects. This is always a rewarding and fitting end to your fundraising and cycling challenge.
 
Overall, the event lasts ten days including flights and transfers. There are six full days of cycling, with average distances of around 70km per day. Click here to view the full itinerary.
 

The practicalities...

At all times during the ride, you will be accompanied by Link staff, an experienced tour manager, an English-speaking medic and support vehicles at the front and back of the cycling group. The support vehicles will carry all of your luggage and provisions, and can even pick you up if you need a break from the cycling at any point.

Fundraising...

The £2,950 sponsorship target includes flights, airport transfers, bike hire, accommodation and food. For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.

This target may seem like a challenge – but it is an achievable one! You will have support with your fundraising every step of the way - our experienced team is always happy to provide you with fresh ideas and motivation whenever it's needed. We help event fundraisers raise more than £500,000 each year and have recently supported a team of five London Marathon runners to raise an average of £3,000 each. Here are some initial fundraising ideas to get the ball rolling.

“The bike ride was an amazing, exciting, exhilarating experience which was extremely well run and great fun – I will never forget it!”, Jane, 2012 Uganda Bike Rider.

 

 

 

 

For more information, please contact us by email (bikeafrica@lcd.org.uk) or call 0207 226 9331.

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