The BIG Africa Ride page, for cycling ACROSS Africa
We've had some kind people doing sponsored bike rides across Africa to raise money for Re~Cycle. This page should help give you some pointers if you're mad enough to do the same.
BIKE REPAIR SKILLS
- As well as fixing punctures, would be a good idea to have more skills, eg. brake adjust,
- Emergency keep you going tips..
Choice of bike
Many are very specific on dates, though you're not able to be - so you may want to be flexible with the dates. Check this Visa Information website for details of individual countries.
Things to bear in mind:
Visas will cost a lot, more than $100 a time, doing it 'on the fly'.
Some countries need a letter of invitation, and some of these have to be signed by local police.
As a British passport holder you may not need a visa for Senegal.
Can get visa for both Mali and Mauritania in Rabat, Morocco. Their embassies are literally 200m apart -each costs 340 moroccan dirhams. With a turnaround of about 24 hours.
Don't do it at the border, and expect delays
Don't forget your yellow fever vaccine certificate - checks are more
common at overland board crossings.
We've got a fairly comprehensive sponsorship page HERE.
If you can swing by one of our projects, or our partners, it might be good for a bike check up, a chance to get feedback, a place to meet some nice folk and maybe even a bed...
For people to call you from the UK on your travels, find super cheap prefix here, from Money Saving Expert. They have lots of other good stuff on the site including travel insurance, and they're a big supporter of Re~Cycle.
Ride IN Africa page