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Tour d’Afrique Riders Speak Out
“Cairo to Cape Town unfolded into amazing adventure where we had the opportunity to cycle through some of the beauty that Africa has to offer. TdA organization is solid, yet it still leaves enough responsibility to the riders to get from camp to camp each day.” – David Snell (Norway)
“I’ve no real cycling experience but I was fairly fit and I loved the one section I rode (7). Realised afterwards that I could have done more…and would like to try again in future. Found the organisation of the trip excellent and the staff on the ride unfailingly helpful, very competent and with endless good humour whatever the circumstances. An excellent trip. Thank you for the experience.” – Maureen Collins (South Africa)
“Fantastic cycle tour! An absolutely incredible opportunity to cycle through unspoilt Africa. Breathtaking scenery. A good taste of a simpler life.” – Catriona Lyle (South Africa)
“Do it! Keep your mind and eyes open for a fantastic experience” – Laura Harris (UK)
“Just do it! TDA is the most fantastic thing I have ever done in my life!” – Mikal Nilsen (Norway)
“This was physically and mentally the hardest thing I’ve ever done and I’ve done some tough things in my life, but it is one of the greatest trips and adventures you could ever do.” – Mark Peterson (USA)
“Do it. Needless to say it’s an incredible adventure worth trying. A very good challenge to get to know Africa and yourself better.” _ Alessandro Mauri (Italy)
“A great way to see parts of the world you probably would not otherwise see, and get really fit.” – Christopher Clyde (USA)
“Picture yourself cycling through the pages of the National Geographic, through stunningly beautiful, yet most challenging terrain few cyclists have ever ventured on. The days , weeks and months blend into deliciously irresistible journey of mind, body and soul. Make tracks for Africa. You will be challenged like never before and richly rewarded beyond compare.” – Chris Wille (Canada)
“”You really have to do it”. My summary… an UNFORGETTABLE life experience.” Catherine Daly (Canada)
“Way more fun than I ever imagined. I expected long, hard days and to be challenged physically and mentally. I did not expect to almost fall off my bike laughing on numerous occasions!” _ Sally-Anne Dunn(UK)
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still thinking about the ride
Hi Steve, Good to hear. 2017 would be the year to join us as we have added some incredible extras to the ride to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the ride – https://tdaglobalcycling.com/2016/04/special-15th-anniversary-edition-of-the-tour-dafrique/
MY TDA AFRICAN OBXERVATIONS:
Travelling at my sedate cycle pace allows time to observe daily living as we pedal through Africa…
DOGS we have encountered since Egypt are not aggressive toward people in general, neither are they collared or tied up in any way (unlike donkeys, goats and cattle which are tethered or hobbled if not being herded) dogs roam the villages, roads and bush looking well-fed and happy and are often with their owners (herdsmen) trotting along with the cattle/goats/sheep.
ROAD TRANSPORT is alive and well in Africa and most definately connecting places, people and products! From single gear bicycles (which often overtake us) to minibus taxis, luxury busses, oil tankers, huge double trailer flatbed trucks and overland vehicles. But north of Zambia it is almost exclusively Toyota country! All old Toyota bakkies retire to Egypt or Sudan! Malawi taxis are square little cartoon-like Toyotas (never did find out what they are called). New Toyota bakkies, the Prado and Cruiser make up the rest. What defies logic are the kilometres of trucks standing at border posts waiting to be processed. In some instances the drivers live in their trucks at the border for 10 days!
And then there are CHILDREN – lots and lots of them! In Egypt and Sudan the girls were reserved and the boys either friendly or aggressive. A few cyclists had stones thrown at them, while others had children jump out in front of them making it necessary to swerve or stop to avoid them. Outside of the big cities in Kenya we attracted a lot of attention with screams of Mzungu!! /Mazungu/Muzungu (white person, foreigner) together with aggressive waving and running – sometimes alongside a cyclist for several kilometres!
COKE STOPS are life-savers when you have been cycling the entire morning and your electrolite in your bottle is just not giving you the sugar-fix your body is craving in the afternoon! It never ceased to surprise us when we found a small mud brick shop with a freezer and cold soft drinks – absolute life savers – which we missed when we travelled through Botswana, Namibia and South Africa!
STRUCTURES were what first caught your attention. In EGYPT the pyramids, but Valley of the Kings had the most non-obvious structures – underground. Much was learnt over hundreds of years on stabilisation and underground tunnelling, there were deaths too when tunnels collapsed and rock did not hold. Perfect artwork and hyroglyphics as a result of specialist artists working in teams 1. Carve outlines 2. Paint base colour 3. Colour paint 4. Detail
SUDAN had huge metal water towers in each village with a pump-minder. Donkey carts with 10 gallon drums or heaps of 25 litre plastic bottles used to collect water and CLEAN Irrigation canals for farmers.
In EGYPT it was collected at wells with hand pumps. Irrigation canals and rivers were often used as garbage dump sites, particularly in Cairo.
SCENERY & INHABITANT changes were expected and yet in each country there was something that took our/my breath away…
Abu Sembel – Ramses II & Queen Nefertari Temples
Ladies’ colourful wraps, Nubian Desert, Khartoum – our first shopping Mall & ICE CREAM since leaving home!
Nairobi bead factory, baby elephant sanctuary & re-introduction into a new elephant family
Jinga – source of the Nile; Boda boda (Motorbike Taxi) ride
Kigali Genocide museum; litter-free living; true tolerance & reconciliation
Arusha’s Cultural Heritage Centre & Art Gallery; Serengeti & Ngorogoro Crater; ladies on their own bicycles.
Chitemba Beach, Lake Malawi
Victoria Falls; local patriotism “one Zambia – one Nation!”
Nata Lodge, friendly Maun
Mtb country; Desert vistas; Dunes; Joe’s Beerhouse, ANZAC day
[ ]South Africa:
Road through Cedarberg to Riebeekstad’s mountain vistas; Atlantic & Indian Oceans; Boulders Beach curio shop.
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