8000km across Africa.
In aid of the Real World Conservation Trust and Kitale School Uganda.
I wanted to do something a little bit different for my gap year. I have always had a love for adventurous sports and travelling and after reading Mark Beaumont's books I had a desire to get on my bike and cycle a large distance across a continent, and I realised that I could combine my love of adventure sports and travelling by trying out cycle touring or 'bikepacking'. As soon as the idea popped into my head there was no stopping me. I started reading other peoples blogs about long distance cycling and overlanding, I started to research some of the countries I plan on cycling through. I can't wait to meet new people from a wide variety of cultures and learn about different ways of life. I decided that I would raise some money for two African based charities whilst riding to try and make a difference to the continent that will be hosting me on this adventure!
The route will pass through 8 different countries as follows:
Kenya - Uganda -Tanzania - Malawi - Zambia - Botswana - Namibia - South Africa
The route is roughly 8000km through grasslands, desert, arid plains, mountains, jungle, rainforest, valleys, over gorges, next to waterfalls and alongside ginormous lakes.
Notable locations along the route include Lake Victoria, Lake Malawi, Victoria Falls, The Okavango Delta and numerous national parks and reserves.
I will start in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where the Real World Conservation Trust have funded some projects. Along the way I will also visit Kitale School in Uganda for the first time and meet some of the students and teachers there.
The route will finish at the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa hopefully at the end of July 2019.
The Rider - Jack O'Shea
Hello, my name is Jack and I am 19 years old. I am currently on a gap year after sixth form before going to study Paramedic Science in London next year. I am currently working as a rowing coach at my old school as well as doing some marketing work on the side. But now it is time to get out of Norfolk and go on a real adventure...
From a young age I have had a love for cycling, and aged 13 I completed the London to Paris ride. Now I have the rare opportunity of being able to have months rather than days to complete a cycle expedition, and it has always been a dream of mine to cycle across Africa. So, this March 2019 I will commence the 8000km journey from central Kenya to the Cape of Good Hope in Cape Town, South Africa.