A group of adventure tourism’s international cyclists belonging to Canada-based TDA Global Cyclists will next year take a 7 000-mile journey to Africa that will see them ride through 10 countries, including Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, the Adventure Travel News reported this week.
The adventure-obsessed cyclists will depart from Egypt’s legendary Pyramids of Giza and ride along the Nile River past ancient temples, through the Sudanese desert, and up and down Ethiopia’s rugged Simien Mountains, crossing the Equator in Kenya.
They will also pedal past Tanzania’s legendary Mount Kilimanjaro, to Lake Malawi and Victoria Falls, down the wildlife-rich “Elephant Highway,” and along the edges of the magnificent Kalahari and Namib deserts, en route to the finish in the shadow of South Africa’s iconic Table Mountain.
The 2018 four-month transcontinental expedition, dubbed ‘Tour d’Afrique’, will kick off on 7 January and ends on 5 May, the organisers said, adding that for the first time, the Cairo-to-Cape Town trip will not include a race component.
This, they said, is in the aim of allowing riders to more fully experience the adventure and the route.
In the historic area of Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, the riders will leave their bikes in the village of Konso to visit tribes such as the Mursi and Hamer, which have retained cultural practices such as body painting, hair staining and lip plates.
Other rest-day stops include three days at Victoria Falls, between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and two days each in Gondar, Ethiopia, site of the UNESCO-listed Fasil Ghebbi palace compound, and in the cosmopolitan Namibian capital, Windhoek.
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