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Magical Malawi

The final day’s cycle in Tanzania was a 158km ride, but one of the most beautiful scenic roues on tour so far. It’s always a little sad leaving a magnificent place like Tanzania, but at the same time the feeling of excitement of a new country, new challenges and one more country closer to home […]

Tanzania, in the heart of the rainy season

After a wonderful mini holiday with my dad it was time to say the very sad and emotional good bye. Impressively, I held it together very well while saying farewell to my dad, but I won’t deny that the feeling of nervousness and anxiety did set in fast as I saw the car drive away. However, […]

From Nairobi to Arusha

Nairobi was a fantastic city in which to have a rest day. With well established infrastructure, modern shopping malls, cute cafes, sights to see, activities to do and numerous good restaurants to try, everyone had a busy schedule. The Carnivore restaurant the previous night had been a great success and a comfy sleep in a […]

Through the amazing country of Kenya…

Upon arrival in Kenya, everyone was excited to see what this magnificent country had to offer. We camped at the border town and began the “Meltdown Madness” section of the TdA tour the following day, which has been known to be the most challenging of the entire trip. The northern parts of Kenya is very […]

Rest day in Yabello, then on to the Kenyan border..

The ride into Yabello and the rest day became known as the toughest of the trip. I know I keep saying that, but this day of off-road cycling and other factors such as a strong head wind and climbing made it that little bit more challenging. It was a seriously long day on the bike […]

Ethiopia continues…

As we rode in convoy out of the city, I was actually sad to leave Addis Ababa. One rest day was just not enough. With so much to do and see, I feel like I needed a week to really enjoy what the capital of Ethiopia has to offer. In the end, I spent most […]

Ethiopia, here we go!

Crossing borders from Sudan to Ethiopia was a quick process as far as the paperwork was concerned. Before I knew it, I was walking my bicycle across an old bridge and into what seemed to be a whole new world. The difference between Ethiopia and Sudan was instantly clear. The border town was also very […]

Tackling the toughest section of the Tour d'Afrique

TdA organizers suggested we make the most of our Khartoum rest day, as the section that was to come is known to be the toughest of the entire trip. I decided it was only fair to spoil myself to a hotel room with fast internet and clean sheets. But before I knew it, we were […]

Withstanding the desert sandstorms of Sudan

From my naïve understanding, Sudan is a scary place of great danger. But after arriving in this country, all the TdA riders immediately felt the friendly presence of the locals. It has truly been a heart-warming experience – as I had expected unrest and some kind of chaos. Welcomed so warmly, we all found it […]

Journeying on to Idfu..

Date: 25 January 2013 Once back in the comfort of my dirty hotel room, I organized myself for yet another early start as we would be making our way to the next small town of Idfu. The cycle to Idfu was probably the most beautiful it had been thus far. It was greener everywhere, the […]

Rest day in the Valley of the Kings

This is part 4 of the Cairo to Cape Town series. If  you missed Tessa’s last post, Bad start in Cairo means it can only get better – you can read it here. Date: 21 January 2013 Once we left the seaside village of Safaga, we made our way to yet another desert camp in amongst the mountains. This would be […]

Bad start in Cairo, means it can only get better…

This is part 3 of the Cairo to Cape Town series. If  you missed Tessa’s last post, Goodbye Cape Town, Hello Cairo – you can read it here. Date: 15 January 2013 We started the first day super early. I was unable to sleep as excitement just took over. We set off in convoy through Cairo toward the pyramids for the […]

Goodbye Cape Town, Hello Cairo

Date: 10 January 2013 It is difficult to say how I was feeling when I finally departed. At first, I was excited to begin this epic journey, to meet my Tour d’Afrique team and to see my parents who’d arrived the same day from the UK. However, the day of my departure was a busy […]

Cairo to Cape Town: The journey begins

Meet Tessa Melck, our newest blogger to join Safari! In January this year, Tessa began her most epic adventure yet – competing in the Tour D’Afrique, one of the longest bicycle races and expeditions in the world. The race began in Cairo on the 8th January 2013 and will cover a distance of almost 12,000km, finishing  in […]