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 11-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: $3,000 - $3,750
Dates: July 7th 17th, 2023
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 acheive this through little things, like monthly Zoom calls to get to know one another, sharing our pronouns, and all agreeing to a set of formal, co-created set of norms.
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 evening fireside chats that bring us together in thoughtful conversation on everything from our skiing/riding goals to social issues that we care about the most.
✔️ All meals, including a sepcial 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
✔️ Activities with Zawadisha
Please note that airfare, insurance, and tip is not included.
July 7 - 17, 2023
DAY 1 | July 7th: Aafternoon orientation in Nairobi + hotel stay
DAY 2 | July 8th: First day of cycling outside of Nairobi + camping
DAY 3 | July 9th: Second day of cycling through Maasai Land + camping
DAY 4 | July 10th: Third day of cycling in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro + camping
DAY 5 | July 11th: Fourth day of cycling through Tsavo National Park + camping at a sisal farm
DAY 6 | July 12th: Fifth day of cycling into the Zawadisha community + lodging at Kivuli Camp in the Tsavo Conservancy
DAY 7 | July 13th: Rest and rejuvenate with the women of Zawadisha + sundowner + lodging at Kivuli Camp in the Tsavo Conservancy
DAY 8 | July 14th: Rest and rejuvenate with the women of Zawadisha + game drive + lodging at Kivuli Camp in the Tsavo Conservancy
DAY 9 | July 15th: Sixth day of cycling + camping
DAY 10 | July 16th: Seventh and final day of cycling through the Shimba Hills + guest house in Diani
DAY 11 | July 17th: Say goodbye or continue with a five-day yoga retreat in Lamu (details coming 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. Bread has longer, interest-free terms available. Just click on the Pay Over Time button below Add to Cart. Please note that Bread cannot be applied to future payments.
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 $3,750.
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 2024.
I Still Have Questions... HELP!
Best way to reach us is via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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?
COVID-19 vaccines and travel insurance are required. We are committed to creating a safe space for all participants and as such have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment, intimidation, and/or verbal/physical abuse.
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Change Makers Kenya Cycling Trip
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