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Pharaoh's Delight

Pharaoh's Delight

Pharaoh's Delight

From the Pyramids of Giza to Table Mountain, explore Africa from top to bottom on TDA’s flagship cycling expedition

RIDERS AND STAFF

Mike Grisenthwaite

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Mike Grisenthwaite

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Cairo to Cape Town

United Kingdom

Mike is leading exponent and promoter of the benefits of exercise and activity for everyone living with and beyond cancer. First diagnosed with blood cancer (nhl) in 2000. The following year he completed the Lanzarote Ironman, after a relapse in 2005 Mike was fortunate to receive a lifesaving bone marrow transplant from his brother. Since then Mike has gone on to complete numerous endurance events, including the whole of the Tour de France route on the same schedule as the professionals in 2007 and the Race Across America in 2018. Founder and CEO of the charity Cyclists Fighting Cancer (CFC) since 2005. CFC gives bikes, specially adapted trikes and provides personalised exercise advice to children and young adults living with and beyond cancer across the UK. So far CFC have helped over 5,000 children. Mike has been a Cancer Exercise Specialist since 2008. At the 2015 World Transplant Games in Argentina and 2016 European Transplant Games in Helsinki, Mike representing Great Britain he became Silver and Bronze Medallist in both the Road Race and Time Trial races.

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Peter Smith

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Peter Smith

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Cairo to Cape Town

United Kingdom

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Naomi Robertson

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Naomi Robertson

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Cairo to Cape Town

United Kingdom

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Cairo to Cape Town

United States

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Benjamin Raff

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Benjamin Raff

Rider
Cairo to Cape Town

United States

A young kid with an old soul. Passionate about meeting new people and exploring new places. Lived in Israel , went to school in Vermont, and currently living in New York City. Signing up for this trip comes from a strong fascination with Africa and a desire to explore it on two wheels. After biking across America with a supported tour two summers ago, I felt exploring Africa in a similar fashion would fulfill a lifelong (I know short) dream.

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Judith Gold

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Judith Gold

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Greg Giles

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Greg Giles

Rider
Cairo to Cape Town

United States

Greetings from Greg Giles. I am an artist/art teacher where I have been practicing my trade in international schools, two of which have been in Ethiopia and Tanzania. Of course I love being on the bike and ride any chance I get. Due to work constraints, I am new to the epic cycling variety and I am looking forward to the adventure of meeting new people and seeing new places.

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Fernando A L Silva

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Fernando A L Silva

Rider
Cairo to Cape Town

Brazil

Tenho 57 anos, casado com Michelle e pai de Nicole e Iasmin. Formado em Educação Física(nunca atuei na área) e empresário do ramo da construção civil e na área de tecnologia. Moro de frente para o mar. Faço atividades físicas regularmente desde os 32 anos. Treinei natação e corrida dos 32 anos aos 49 anos, quando participei de provas de travessias de natação com distâncias de 2 km e corridas de 10 km e fiz uma meia maratona e uma maratona com tempo de 4 hs. Com 49 anos parei de correr e nadar em função de condrio malácia no joelho e fui para o bike. Pedalo de montainbike geralmente finais de semana. Durante a semana faço na academia spinning segunda, quarta e sexta, e na terça e quinta remo de canoa havaiana e aula de pilates. Nos últimos anos fiz algumas viagens de cicloturismo de no máximo 4 dias com distâncias de 80 km diários. Tenho certeza que farei o tour completo e para isso pretendo a partir de janeiro 2019 fazer um treinamento específico para tal.

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ian priestner

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Cairo to Cape Town

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ian priestner

Rider
Cairo to Cape Town

United Kingdom

I'm a 61 year-old male living near Chester, England. I have cycled since I can remember and was brought up in Tanzania and Malawi though schooled in England. When I was twelve staying with my father in southern Malawi I vowed I would come back someday and cycle in Africa. I was the proud possessor of a Claude Butler 5-speed racer and was told it was the only racing bike in Malawi at that time (1971). Over the intervening years I have cycled throughout the UK but more recently have taken to the continent and have clocked up rides in most European countries. Last year I went from Bangkok to Singapore and in previous years have cycled in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos which, though very hot, was really enjoyable. I try and do three or if I'm lucky four trips every year since I retired a few years ago. Recently I cycled from Fez to Essaouria and also Lisbon to Tarifa. I'm off to Cuba in March and will do a longer trip in the summer across Poland and the Ukraine. Sometimes I go alone, which I enjoy for the pure freedom, but often with a couple of friends, but always unsupported and taking my kit. Camping in Europe is out for me as I can afford hotels and I enjoy trying out the fabulous food wherever I go. I'm married to a working wife and have a wonderful 15-year old daughter and they, though a bit perplexed at my enthusiasms, are very supportive. I have a Villiers Velo touring bike but I fear it may not have the capacity to carry extra-sized tyres and because the frame builder for some reason mismeasured me I have had to fit a seat post sitting backwards which always worries me for metal fatigue reasons. I am interested in advice as to what to get bikewise: I prefer steel and 36-spoked wheels. My work as a lobbyist for energy companies took me across the world and I always fantasised about one day cycling in or to them, rather than being stuck in an air-conditioned limousine or fast-forwarding in a helicopter.

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Bob Watts

Rider

Khartoum to Nairobi

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Bob Watts

Rider
Khartoum to Nairobi

United Kingdom

If my cycling life were a day I would have set out on a steel clunker at dawn on lanes around the English Midlands before being more adventurous and getting further afield through breakfast time, leading to a circling of the globe before elevenses. A long lunchtime preoccupied by fathering two kids finally brings the luxury of more me time for longer rides and bigger cycling challenges in the warm glow of the afternoon now work is over. In the 1980s I worked for two years in West Africa and am excited to be returning to the continent.

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Robert Keyes

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Robert Keyes

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Cairo to Cape Town

Canada

Just a good old boy from Alberta.

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Catherine Macdonald

Rider

Nairobi to Victoria Falls

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Catherine Macdonald

Rider
Nairobi to Victoria Falls

United Kingdom

Hello! I'm excited and (very) nervous to embark on my first long distance cycle between Nairobi to Victoria Falls. I'm a complete newbie distance cyclist and will be cycling alone. I'm ready to throw myself into the challenge of the TDA and can't wait to meet my fellow cyclists. The cycle will form the beginning of a year off work so there's lots to prep and plan. I welcome any advice or guidance the more experienced cyclists can offer!

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Isla McColl

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Isla McColl

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Christopher (Kit) Campbell

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Christopher (Kit) Campbell

Rider
Cairo to Cape Town

Canada

Well, I’m a 70-year old man, bionic knee since 2015, certainly like cycling and have been doing some unsupported trips in recent years but only up to 3 weeks at a time. I’ve worked and lived in Africa (Lesotho and Botswana, Ethiopia et al); possibly related, it’s been a dream of mine to transect Africa from Cairo to Cape Town for at least 30 years, one way or the other.. I never thought it would be on the cards to do it by pedaling but since I first heard of TDA some years ago, the pull has been growing. So ... I may have left it too late in the game, but we’ll see it I can survive. Reading the current 2019 riders’ comments are both inspiring and daunting! PS. Sure hope I can edit this verbiage once it’s posted.

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Peter Michaelson

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Peter Michaelson

Rider
Cairo to Cape Town

United States

I'm 63 years old. I live in Portland Oregon with my wife. 3 kids in their 20's. I have stopped buying and restoring old buildings and just sort of in maintenance mode. I have not been cycling as much as I did a few years ago when I used to do CycleOregon but I do go on a couple of supported 2 week bike tours each year, sometimes with my son. I am somewhat intimadated at the prospect of this tour, but it is so attractive and compelling to me that I will do what it takes. I saw the 1980 new year arrive in Juba, then part of Sudan. It was a 4 month Encounter Overland tour, camping all the way. But instead of cycling, sitting in a bouncing truck most of the day. Still, the experience was amazing and one I would love to repeat. I used to go for a run, ahead of the truck, most mornings - that was interesting! There were nights with lions roaring, or maybe one lion, circling the campsite. That's probably enough.

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Cairo to Cape Town

United States

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Mayumi Stroy

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Mayumi Stroy

Rider
Cairo to Cape Town

United States

52 year old retired tech worker who enjoys bicycle touring, traveling, hiking, and downhill and xc skiing. Lives in Alameda, CA. Down time activities includes cooking, eating, listening to music, and reading. Looking forward to making new friends on the tour and learning about and experiencing new cultures.

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Erika Lindquist

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Erika Lindquist

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Tonianne Pease

Rider

Nairobi to Windhoek

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Tonianne Pease

Rider
Nairobi to Windhoek

Canada

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Paul Barnes

Rider

Victoria Falls to Windhoek

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Paul Barnes

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Victoria Falls to Windhoek

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Fiona Barnes

Rider

Victoria Falls to Windhoek

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Fiona Barnes

Rider
Victoria Falls to Windhoek

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Jim FOWLER

Rider

Cairo to Cape Town

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Jim FOWLER

Rider
Cairo to Cape Town

United States

I am 54 and live in the Pacific Northwest - USA. Formerly I was a US Navy Diving and Salvage Officer in Hawaii, Owner of a small ski area in Idaho, and a Tech Entrepreneur in the Silicon Valley. My current occupation is finding new adventures in interesting places.

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Maurice Walch

Rider

Victoria Falls to Cape Town

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Maurice Walch

Rider
Victoria Falls to Cape Town

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Vivekananthan Thushyanthan

Rider

Cairo to Cape Town

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Vivekananthan Thushyanthan

Rider
Cairo to Cape Town

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Milan Jansen

Rider

Cairo to Cape Town

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Milan Jansen

Rider
Cairo to Cape Town

Netherlands

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Ingrid Vlaar

Rider

Cairo to Cape Town

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Ingrid Vlaar

Rider
Cairo to Cape Town

Netherlands

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Charl Van wyngaarden

Rider

Addis Ababa to Lilongwe

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Charl Van wyngaarden

Rider
Addis Ababa to Lilongwe

South Africa

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Cheryl Yates

Rider

Cairo to Cape Town

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Cheryl Yates

Rider
Cairo to Cape Town

Canada

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Eero Oura

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Eero Oura

Rider
Cairo to Cape Town

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Bob Kieckhefer

Rider

Nairobi to Victoria Falls

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Bob Kieckhefer

Rider
Nairobi to Victoria Falls

United States

Geophysicist, cyclist, swimmer. I currently live in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where there are plenty of hills to climb.

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Micah Markson

Rider

Cairo to Cape Town

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Micah Markson

Rider
Cairo to Cape Town

Canada

“A mountain biker at heart, but bike touring pays the bills!”

Most of the time, I work at the TDA head office in Toronto as the IT Manager, but I also sometimes work on the tours as needed, either as a guide or a bike mechanic. I landed here because my uncle mentioned to me he had a friend—Henry—with this crazy bike company, the friend and I met, and the rest is history.

I studied Business and IT at university, and my previous job was at an exotic car dealership. In my own time, I do more mountain biking than touring, and usually find nice trails to ride wherever our tours take me. Outside of TDA, I’ve cycled across Europe and half of Canada.

The Pamir Highway was a peak experience for me! As a mountain biker, I always love the roughest, crappiest roads our tours travel on. My favourite day of the entire Silk Route was actually the day that most of the other riders thought was the worst—it ended with a long switchback descent on a rough gravel road.

Every day brings a new challenge to solve, whether here in the office or on the side of a road in the desert. I really value that element of my job and relish it immensely.

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Jacqueline Nel

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Jacqueline Nel

Rider
Cairo to Cape Town

South Africa

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle." Ernest Hemingway

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Mike Grisenthwaite

Rider

Cairo to Cape Town

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Mike Grisenthwaite

Rider
Cairo to Cape Town

United Kingdom

Mike is leading exponent and promoter of the benefits of exercise and activity for everyone living with and beyond cancer. First diagnosed with blood cancer (nhl) in 2000. The following year he completed the Lanzarote Ironman, after a relapse in 2005 Mike was fortunate to receive a lifesaving bone marrow transplant from his brother. Since then Mike has gone on to complete numerous endurance events, including the whole of the Tour de France route on the same schedule as the professionals in 2007 and the Race Across America in 2018. Founder and CEO of the charity Cyclists Fighting Cancer (CFC) since 2005. CFC gives bikes, specially adapted trikes and provides personalised exercise advice to children and young adults living with and beyond cancer across the UK. So far CFC have helped over 5,000 children. Mike has been a Cancer Exercise Specialist since 2008. At the 2015 World Transplant Games in Argentina and 2016 European Transplant Games in Helsinki, Mike representing Great Britain he became Silver and Bronze Medallist in both the Road Race and Time Trial races.

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Peter Smith

Rider

Cairo to Cape Town

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Peter Smith

Rider
Cairo to Cape Town

United Kingdom

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Naomi Robertson

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Naomi Robertson

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Cairo to Cape Town

United Kingdom

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Cairo to Cape Town

United States

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Benjamin Raff

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Cairo to Cape Town

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Benjamin Raff

Rider
Cairo to Cape Town

United States

A young kid with an old soul. Passionate about meeting new people and exploring new places. Lived in Israel , went to school in Vermont, and currently living in New York City. Signing up for this trip comes from a strong fascination with Africa and a desire to explore it on two wheels. After biking across America with a supported tour two summers ago, I felt exploring Africa in a similar fashion would fulfill a lifelong (I know short) dream.

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“TDA provided the opportunity for me to cycle safely from Cairo to Cape Town. Everything promised was delivered. One does not have to be a Tour de France cyclist to enjoy the Tour d'Afrique. I found everyone on staff to be knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and accommodating. If you want to cycle in Africa and are just an average person like myself, TDA is the way to go. You will have the trip of a lifetime.”

“To put it lightly, I had a really good time. 10/10. Would recommend and maybe do it again.”

“TDA Global Cycling’s epic bike expedition takes riders from the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo, Egypt, to Cape Town, South Africa, in the shadow of Table Mountain.”

OVERVIEW TOUR D'AFRIQUE 2020


  • FULL TOUR
  • SECTION 1
  • SECTION 2
  • SECTION 3
  • SECTION 4
  • SECTION 5
  • SECTION 6
  • SECTION 7
  • SECTION 8
  • TOUR D'AFRIQUE
  • PHARAOH'S DELIGHT
  • THE GORGE
  • TRIBAL LANDS
  • MASAI STEPPE
  • MALAWI GIN
  • ZAMBEZI ZONE
  • ELEPHANT HIGHWAY
  • DUNES & ATLANTIC
  • CAIRO TO CAPE TOWN
  • CAIRO TO KHARTOUM
  • KHARTOUM TO ADDIS ABABA
  • ADDIS ABABA TO NAIROBI
  • NAIROBI TO MBEYA
  • MBEYA TO LILONGWE
  • LILONGWE TO VICTORIA FALLS
  • VICTORIA FALLS TO WINDHOEK
  • WINDHOEK TO CAPE TOWN
  • JAN 16 TO MAY 9
  • JAN 16 TO FEB 5
  • FEB 7 TO FEB 20
  • FEB 23 TO MAR 7
  • MAR 9 TO MAR 20
  • MAR 22 TO MAR 28
  • MAR 30 TO APR 7
  • APR 11 TO APR 21
  • APR 24 TO MAY 9
  • USD 17400
  • USD 3975
  • USD 2650
  • USD 2650
  • USD 2275
  • USD 1325
  • USD 1700
  • USD 2075
  • USD 3025
  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • FULL TOUR
    • TOUR D'AFRIQUE
    • CAIRO TO CAPE TOWN
    • JAN 16 TO MAY 9
    • 17400 USD
    • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • SECTION 1
    • PHARAOH'S DELIGHT
    • CAIRO TO KHARTOUM
    • Jan 16 - Feb 5
    • 3975 USD
    • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • SECTION 2
    • THE GORGE
    • KHARTOUM TO ADDIS ABABA
    • Feb 7 - Feb 20
    • 2650 USD
    • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • SECTION 3
    • TRIBAL LANDS
    • ADDIS ABABA TO NAIROBI
    • Feb 23 - Mar 7
    • 2650 USD
    • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • SECTION 4
    • MASAI STEPPE
    • NAIROBI TO MBEYA
    • Mar 9 - Mar 20
    • 2275 USD
    • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • SECTION 5
    • MALAWI GIN
    • MBEYA TO LILONGWE
    • Mar 22 - Mar 28
    • 1325 USD
    • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • SECTION 6
    • ZAMBEZI ZONE
    • LILONGWE TO VICTORIA FALLS
    • Mar 30 - Apr 7
    • 1700 USD
    • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • SECTION 7
    • ELEPHANT HIGHWAY
    • VICTORIA FALLS TO WINDHOEK
    • Apr 11 - Apr 21
    • 2075 USD
    • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • SECTION 8
    • DUNES & ATLANTIC
    • WINDHOEK TO CAPE TOWN
    • Apr 24 - May 9
    • 3025 USD
    • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE

Prices based on double occupancy at hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same gender at no additional charge. A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour. This fee is in addition to the entry fee listed above and is non-refundable and non-transferable. Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of US$600 if full payment is received 6 months before the start of the tour. Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price).

TDA alumni get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details. Full tour and section dates listed are for first and last day of cycling. Accommodation the night before first cycling day and the night of last cycling day are included in entry fee. We advise booking at least 1 additional night at tour accommodation before the tour, to be able to attend rider briefing and have assistance from tour bike mechanic in setting up your bike.

 

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