• Kenya to South Africa by Bicycle

    Commencing March 2019...

  • 8000km across Africa.

    In aid of the Real World Conservation Trust and Kitale School Uganda.

    My Story

    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

    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 9000km journey from central Kenya to the Cape of Good Hope in Cape Town, South Africa.

  • The Blog

    Thoughts, updates and tales from the savannah..

    As my time in Kenya draws to a close I look back to the incredible moments I have experienced whilst cycling through this country for the last week. I am writing from a little chilled out campsite on the shores of Lake Victoria, as I recover from a knee injury. This first blog post is not so much...
    2019年2月10日 · Countdown Series · 2
    3 weeks to go... It has certainly been a long time since I last wrote a blog piece, and a lot has happened in the last 2 months. Firstly I am very happy to announce my main sponsors, Temple Cycles, Fill and Mountain Safety Research. Thanks to these three companies I am now completely kitted out...
    2018年12月3日 · Countdown Series
    Website and initial route planning With just 3 months to go until I begin my adventure across sub-Sarahan Africa I realised it is time to get organised! First things first, website! Trying to create a professional looking website is no easy task, and I have been very lucky to be able to work...
  • Sponsors

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    Official Sponsors

    Sponsors and supporters

  • The Charities

    "I have chosen two to support two charities that I feel very strongly about tackling education, conservation and community care across Africa"

    Real World Conservation Trust

    Founded 2015

    Our mission is to help save endangered species from extinction through their physical protection, the conservation of their habitats and in helping local communities benefit from their presence.


    Find out more here: http://www.realworldconservation.org.uk/about

    Kitale School Uganda

    Founded 2005

    Our aim is to enrich the lives of the children and the community of Kitale through education and independence.

  • Young Explorer Bursary

    I’m delighted to have been selected as the first recipient of the Explorers against Extinction Young Explorer bursary/mentoring programme.

    The programme aims to assist young people with a passion for exploration and conservation. It supports them with a financial grant of between £100 - £1,000, as well as offering practical planning assistance and advice. As well as the Explorer team who have a wealth of travel and adventure knowledge, recipient’s benefit from advice from a wide network of professional Explorer supporters.

    For more information visit www.explorersagainstextinction.co.uk/yep

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  • Live GPS Location

    Live updates of my progress across Africa.

  • The Kit

    Just incase you were wondering, here is my kit list. And there is a lot!

    (Sponsored equipment)

    A bike to take you anywhere. Traversing rough terrain, keeping pace on tarmac, or touring through hills and gravel, this bike can do it all.

    I will be riding a custom built Adventure Disc from Temple Cycles.Temple Cycles is a small, independent bicycle company, run by a team of dedicated and passionate cyclists. Their mission is to produce fantastic bikes, create jobs in the bicycle industry and work with local enterprises. A big thank you to Tom, James and the rest of the team at Temple for their expertise and advice, and for sorting out this custom bike for my ride.

    Visit their website here: www.templecycles.co.uk

    Our most livable tent for solo backpackers and campers, the MSR Elixir 1 tent combines a fast and easy setup with generous accommodations. The versatile tent features a large vestibule for storing gear and one easy-entry door. The tent body balances breathable mesh with solid canopy fabric to deliver ventilation, warmth and privacy. Inside, a built-in gear loft keeps smaller items organized and within reach, while the glow-in-the-dark zipper pull is easy to find at night. Whether you’re frontcountry camping or trekking deeper into the wilderness, the Elixir 1 tent was built for livability at the highest level.

    Visit their website here:


    MSR® Dragonfly

    he Dragonfly stove takes precision-simmering performance and puts it in a chassis that’s built to handle a variety of fuels and the frequent use dished-out by global vagabonds. Tough and stable, it also excels in institutional and guide service settings, easily handling pots up to 10” in diameter. Its dual-valve design delivers the flame control you need for simmering sauces, and goes from zero to searing at the twist of a knob for melting snow and brewing-up fast.

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    MSR® Trailshot Pocket-Sized Water Filter

    Clean water all day—without the weight. That’s the advantage the TrailShot Microfilter provides. Designed to hide in stash pockets and deploy quickly, this tiny water filter lets you drink directly from sources along the trail for instant hydration, and fill your vessels with clean water. Easy one-handed operation filters one litre in a mere 60 seconds, so you can get back on the trail quickly and moving again. At just 142 g (5 oz.), the TrailShot water filter is the ultimate filter for fast-paced, high-mileage adventurers, like trail runners, hikers, fast-packers and mountain bikers.

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    MSR® Trail Lite Solo Cook Set

    Designed for solo backpackers who want to keep the menu options open, the Trail Lite Solo Cook Set delivers the packing convenience of an all-in-one set. Perfect for pasta, soup and other one-pot meals, this light and compact set will keep you well-fed at camp, and moving quickly on the trail.

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    SnugBug Crochet Cap

    Crocheted construction in New Zealand wool gives a tough no nonsense feel

    Lined with brushed polyester fleece only around the head band allowing extra ventilation

    Modern and minimalist close fit

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    What is c_change® technology from Schoeller®? Think pinecones; they open when the outside temperature rises, and close again when the temperature drops. So does the c_change® membrane of our Tec-Cool Hat, ensuring constant comfort.

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    Lifesystems Solo Traveller First Aid Kit

    The Solo Traveller first aid kit has been designed with the adventurous, independent traveller in mind and is ideal for extended trips to remote locations by one person. This kit combines all the basics for treating minor and some more serious injuries with a full set of sterile medical equipment, including needles and syringes.

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    Lifesystems Micronet Single

    The MicroNet is one of the most versatile mosquito nets available. Using the unique integrated ‘QuickHang System’ the MicroNet can be positioned and hung in a matter of seconds. The spreader bar ensures that the netting hangs away from the body, improving protection and ensuring good air flow. The nylon skirt protects the mesh when folding the net under a mattress.

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    Lifesystems Chlorine Dioxide Water Purification Tablets

    Chlorine dioxide kills bacteria, viruses and cysts in water including Giardia and Cryptosporidium. These water purifying tablets are the safest and most effective form of chemical water disinfection and unlike chlorine, have no noticeable aftertaste.

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    Lifesystems Expedition 50+ DEET Insect Repellent

    Our Insect Repellent - Expedition 50+ range contains a dual action formula which combines pyrethrin with DEET to provide a high level of protection against biting insects in all environments. The pyrethrin acts as a bite inhibitor, discouraging actual biting insects including mosquitoes. Each application of Expedition 50+ will last for up to 10 hours.

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    (all equipment)


    • 2x Cycling shorts
    • 2x Sports shorts
    • 5x sports t-shirts
    • 1x Pair of trousers
    • 1x jumper
    • 7x pairs of socks
    • 7x pairs of pants
    • 1x swimming shorts
    • 1x Hi Vis cycling jacket
    • 1x Africa the Ride cycling jersey
    • 2x cycling gloves
    • 1x down fleece jacket
    • 1x balaclava/buff
    • 4x hats


    • Medication (pain relief/anti-malarial)
    • Toiletries
    • Suncream
    • Insect repellent
    • Camera
    • Phone
    • SIS electrolyte tablets
    • 400x water purification pills
    • First aid kit (including sterile kit)
    • notebook, pens and pencils
    • Maps
    • Garmin 510
    • Spot Gen3 GPS tracker
    • Portable Speaker
    • earphones
    • playing cards


    • 1x tent
    • 1x sleeping bag
    • 1x sleeping bag liner
    • 1x inflatable sleeping mat
    • 1x mosquito net
    • 4x amazon packing cubes
    • 1x emergency bivvy bag
    • 1x multi-fuel stove
    • 1x pot
    • 1x mug
    • 1x bowl
    • 1x set of cutlery
    • 1x cooking spoon
    • 1x Opinel foldable knife
    • 1x water filter
    • 1x fuel canister
    • 2x travel towels
    • 3x water bottles
    • 1x 10 litre foldable water tank


    • 1x Temple Adventure Disc
    • 3x schwalbe marathon mondial tyres
    • 4x inner tubes
    • 16x self sealing inner tube patches
    • 1x bike pump
    • 1x multi tool
    • 1x multi spanner
    • 1x spare brake pad
    • 1x spare chain power break
    • 1x All weather chain lube
    • 1x brooks saddle cream
    • 2x rear ortlieb panniers
    • 2x front ortlieb panniers
    • 1x ortlieb handlebar bag
    • 1x lotus saddlebag
    • 1x bike and wheel lock
    • 1x bell helmet
    • 1x pot of chamois cream
    • 1x rear bike rack
    • 1x front bike rack
    • 1x Cat eye volt800 front light
    • 1x cat eye rear red light
    • 1x pair of BBB sunglasses
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