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Change Makers Cycling Trip
Have you always wanted to go to Africa but were unsure about doing it alone? Our CEO Jen Gurecki has spent nearly 20 years traveling through Africa and put together this trip so you could experience the people and the land deeply and thoughtfully, all on two wheels.
This 12-day cycling trip through Kenya will have you pedaling through the savannah and making your way to the white sand beaches of Diani. Along the way, you'll get to meet the women of Zawadisha, gaze at the stars from your tent, make lasting memories with new friends, and be wowed by the wildlife.
Cost: $3,500 - $4,000
Dates: July 19th - 30th, 2024
Skill level: This trip is appropriate for intermediate to expert cyclists.
Impact: All funds benefit Zawadisha, a micro-lending nonprofit serving women in rural Kenya founded by our CEO Jen Gurecki.
Our Secret Sauce
When you book a Far Out Adventure you know that you can count on us to create a welcoming, inclusive, and safe space. We achieve this through things like monthly Zoom calls to get to know one another and sharing our pronouns.
We also work with locals who are excited to share the gems in their communities that will make your trip less touristy and more transformational.
Finally, we create intentional opportunities for growth and learning through thoughtful conversation on everything from our how to decolonize adventure travel to social issues that we care about the most.
✔️ All meals, including a special welcome and farewell dinner
✔️ Accommodation, including a mix of camping and guest houses/hotels; private tent and shared rooms
✔️ Highly qualified local guides
✔️ Support vehicles
✔️ Wildlife game drives
✔️ Dancing, basket weaving, and community visits with Zawadisha
Please note that airfare, travel insurance, alcohol, and gratuity are not included.
A once-in-a-lifetime experience! What a way to experience Kenya AND do some good. Do it and you won’t regret it.”
What an amazing trip with fabulous humans! The trip organization and guides were top notch and I always felt safe and was very well fed. I'm looking forward to future trips with this group and am ready to go back!”
In a world where it feels like no stone has been left unturned, the Zawadisha benefit ride brings back the sense of adventure and discovery that we've all been missing.”
DAY 1, July 19th: Karibu Kenya! Meet your fellow riders IRL, visit the Village Market Mall to stock up on any last minute needs, and join us for an afternoon orientation in Nairobi before you are treated to an incredible Ethiopian dinner and hotel stay.
DAY 2, July 20th: Give yourself some time to get those jitters out and avoid the hectic Nairobi traffic with a two-hour drive to our starting point. Chances of seeing wildlife are high and once you get in the saddle, it all settles in for a lovely first day on a mix of tarmac and gravel that ends with camping on a football field at a primary school.
DAY 3, July 21st: We'll make our way through rural Maasai Land, stopping for sodas, waving hello to the locals cheering us on, and ending the day with a creek crossing before we land in camp. If we're lucky, the clouds will clear and we'll see Mount Kilimanjaro from our tents.
DAY 4, July 22nd: We'll cycle together out of camp as the chances for encountering wildlife are high! Keep an eye out for Mount Kilimanjaro as we ride through rolling hills and some FUN downhill. This is a long, but beautiful day on dirt roads that ends near Lake Chula. We'll camp at a guest house and there are a few rooms available for upgrades. Also did can anyone say real showers?!?
DAY 5, July 23rd: On day four get ready for a cycling safari through Tsavo National Park. We're back on tarmac until we arrive at a large sisal estate. Camping is extra special this night as we are treated to the amenities of the estate's private open-air recreation lounge that might just include a fire pit, bar, running water, and cozy couches.
DAY 6, July 24th: Ride through the sisal estate to Maungu the back way on an old trading route. You will be greeted by the women of Zawadisha and spend the evening at the remote Kivuli Camp in the Tsavo Conservancy. Keep your eyes peeled for more elephants, giraffes, and zebra on the drive to the camp and your ears open for late night lion roars.
DAY 7, July 25th: Rest and rejuvenate at Kivuli Camp. Get some laundry done. Sleep in. Make a visit to town. Go for a game drive and end the day with a sundowner at one of our favorite spots in the Tsavo Conservancy.
DAY 8, July 26th: Spend the day learning about life in rural Kenya from the women of Zawadisha. You'll travel into the community, visit a homesteads, and meet the Neema Women's Group. Bring your box of tissues and some extra cash for those handmade baskets ;)
DAY 9, July 27th: Now that you've had two rest days, you're ready for a day of riding through the community as we make our way to the coast. The temperature is getting warmer and the land is getting greener. We end the day camping in a school yard, with evening entertainment of kids play soccer, goats butting heads, and if we're lucky, some dancing.
DAY 10, July 28th: On the final day of riding, we descend downhill. As the air gets more humid, we pass through Swahili villages and arrive at the Indian Ocean. A cocktail on the beach brings our journey to a close with the team dancing the night away under coconut trees. We'll stay at a private home on the beach with a pool and a chef. You're welcome.
DAY 11, July 29th: Say goodbye to your Savage Wilderness team as they head back to Nairobi, leaving you to enjoy some well-deserved rest in a tropical, coastal paradise. Soak up the sun on the white sand beaches of Diani -- you earned it!
Day 12, July 30th: Travel back to Nairobi via train or plane and prepare to fly home. Or continue with five-day magical experience on the carless Swahili island of Lamu. You've come all this way -- why leave so soon?
Do I need to be an expert cyclist or have ridden long distances before?
Nope! You will need to feel comfortable riding between five and six hours per day at a moderate pace, around 20km per hour. We'll be facilitating Strava challenges for us to train together before the trip.
How many people are going?
Maximum 15 people will be on this trip. We will all have a chance to get to know each other before the trip through optional monthly Zoom calls. Anyone regardless of identity is welcome to join us; we will be centering the experiences of women, non-binary, and trans participants.
Can I pay in installments?
Yes, we offer multiple payment plans. Pay the $250 deposit today and we will bill you the remainder in three equal payments. ShopPay, which you can select in checkout and pay in four installments over four months, is also available for both the deposit and full trip payment. Half of the balance is due by January 1, 2024 and the remainder is due by March 1, 2024.
Who's organizing this trip?
Jen Gurecki, our CEO and the founder of Zawadisha, is organizing this trip in collaboration with Savage Wilderness Safaris. The Savage family (yes, that is their surname) and their team have been facilitating school groups, corporate trips, and private tours for more than 20 years in Kenya. In fact, Jen cycled across Africa with James Savage in 2018.
How does donation/fundraising part work?
You can opt for a reduced rate of $3000 if you commit to fundraising a minimum of $500 for Zawadisha. You will have access to a personalized fundraising page like this one that makes it easy for you to raise tax-deductible donations. We do encourage everyone to fundraise so that we can make the most positive impact in the lives of the women Zawadisha serves. If you opt not to fundraise, the cost of the trip is $4,000.
Do I need to bring my own bike?
No, there will be front suspension mountain bikes available for you to rent at $25 per day of cycling (7 days total). However, bringing your own bike is not as difficult as you might think! We recommend front suspension mountain bikes unless you are an experienced gravel cyclist.
I'm afraid of holding the group back -- should I still come?
YES! We will be able to split into three different guided groups so people can go at their own pace. We also will have a support vehicle in case you'd like to ride shorter distances each day.
What will camping be like?
You will have your own tent and sleeping pad that you will set up and break down daily. We will camp in school yards and on conservancy land. There will be hot water every afternoon/evening so you can take a bucket shower in a private shower tent. Most toilets will be drop toilets.
What about accommodation at guest houses?
Expect double occupancy, running water (should be hot), a cozy bed and mosquito net, internet (not always reliable in rural areas) and catered meals.
What's the food like?
It's delicious, nutritious, and filling :) All meals will be prepared for you, and we can accommodate dietary needs.
Will I have to carry my own stuff on my bike?
No. We will have a support vehicle that will transport all of your personal items.
How can I get to know the people on this trip?
We will hold optional monthly Zoom calls. Please be prepared to share your pronouns, the native land you reside on, and a little bit about yourself. You are welcome to join the calls before you commit to learn about the trip prior to booking. Please contact us for the registration link for the calls.
What's your refund policy?
You can receive a full refund less the deposit up to six months before the departure of the trip. If you need to cancel within three to five months of the departure, we will provide credit for a future trip. There is no refund provided for cancellations within one month of the departure date. If we are not able to run the trip due to COVID-19 or other circumstances out of our control, we will reschedule the trip for 2025.
I Still Have Questions... HELP!
Best way to reach us is via email at email@example.com, Monday through Friday. As a small team, we do our best to respond in less than 24 hours.
What else do I need to know?
Travel insurance and helmets are required.
As is a commitment to creating a safe space for all participants. We have have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment, intimidation, and/or verbal/physical abuse.
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We believe that the recipe for making a kick-ass pair of skis or snowboards has nothing to do with what's between your legs but what's between your ears and in your heart. We start with a concept that meets our unique needs and work with a team of engineers to bring our designs to life. We manufacture in reputable factories that prioritize the health and safety of their team and the environment. We test, bring in our Ambassadors and Athletes (did you know that our skis have been in the Olympics?), refine, and then deliver a finished product to you.
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