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Since 1983 Bicycle Africa has been organizing unique bicycle programs / cultural immersion educational tours / heritage holidays. Among the things that distinguish us from most other programs is our dedication to small groups, cross-cultural contact, educational enrichment, celebrating and exploring diversity, and environmentally friendly and economically responsible policies and practices from publicity to product. 

Bicycle Africa provides an super opportunity for average people who can handle a moderate level of adventure and want to learn more about complexity and diversity of Africa.  Bicycle touring in Africa is not so different from bicycle touring anyplace else.

Tours are scheduled to coincide with favorable bicycling weather in the area so they tend to reoccur in the same month every time.  We rotate some trips so they aren't all run every year.  If you have a group that is committed to a program that is not on the schedule let us know and we can likely add it.

Each region and country offers its own gem of an experience, and no one is a substitute for another.  Here are the choices of destinations we offer.

North Africa: Tunisia,

West Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo,

East Africa: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda,

Southern Africa: Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Having doubts? Here is: Why you should take an Bicycle Africa Tour!

Download and print a Bicycle Africa brochure (PDF).

Uganda (click to enlarge)

January and August
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UGANDA: PEARL OF AFRICA
Features: traditional villages, social programs, development projects, schools, national parks, wildlife, the extraordinary beautiful scenery of western Uganda and a lot of people contact.
Cycling Conditions: 600 km, 370 miles, 60% dirt, several long hills

summit of Mt Kilimanjaro Tanzania (click to enlarge)

January-February and July-August
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TANZANIA: SURF TO SUMMIT
Starting on Zanzibar and ending with a climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro; extraordinary diverse scenery, friendly people, visits to national parks, development projects, traditional villages and much more.
Conditions: 420 km, 250 miles, long hills biking; high elevation hike

southern Tunisia (click to enlarge)

April (early)
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TUNISIA ODYSSEY: EDEN TO OASIS
Traverse the diverse cultures & fascinating lifestyles & beautiful landscapes of the coastal & Sahara zones of southern Tunisia. It is a wondrous array of people, architecture, culture and landscape.
Cycling Conditions: 780 km, 485 miles, 90% paved roads, hills.

Mahdia, Tunisia (click to enlarge)

April (late)
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TUNISIA ODYSSEY: HISTORIC NORTH
Features: an extraordinary concentration of archeological, cultural & religious sites, life-styles ranging from fascinatingly traditional to ultra modern and magnificently scenic countryside.
Cycling Conditions: 450 km, 280 miles, paved roads, long hills.

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May
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BOTSWANA / NAMIBIA CULTURAL SOJOURN
Circumnavigate the Okavango Delta and visit Victoria falls, meetings with people at schools, development projects, social & environmental programs, view San rock art & national parks and beautiful bicycling.
Cycling Conditions: 800 km, 500 miles, some dirt roads and hills.

 

May
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SOUTH AFRICA: KWAZULU NATAL SOJOURN
Features: wonderful meetings with people at schools, development projects, social and environmental programs, visits to national parks, homestays and breathtaking biking.
Cycling conditions: 800km, 500 miles, hills

West Africa (click to enlarge)

June
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GHANA: West Africa People-to-People
Features: Rich rural life-styles & culture of the multi-cultural West African coast (Ewe, Fanti, Ashanti, Wa), sprawling Kumasi market, National Culture Center and historic museum, fine textiles weaving of the Twi peoples, historic slave forts along the coasts, art, village stays and people.
Cycling Conditions: 580 km, 350 miles, 20% dirt roads.

Development project, Zimbabwe (click to enlarge)

July (early)
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ZIMBABWE: MASHONALAND SOJOURN
Wonderful meetings with people at schools, development projects, social & environmental programs, visits to Great Zimbabwe, San rock art & national parks, homestays and breathtakingly beautiful biking.
Cycling Conditions: 800 km, 500 miles, hills & moderate elevation

Zimbabwe (click to enlarge) July (late)
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ZIMBABWE: MATABELELAND SOJOURN
Features: Victoria Falls, Matopos and Hwange National Parks, appropriate technology, historic sites, San rock art, Batonga culture, schools, home-stay, wildlife, canoe safari & white-water rafting.
Cycling Conditions: 620 km, 382 miles, 10% dirt, rolling terrain

Malawi  (click to enlarge)

July-September
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MALAWI: Land and Lake
Features: lush tea country, Mulange mountains, Zomba plateau, wildlife, snorkeling in Lake Malawi, extraordinary scenery, traditional villages and a lot of contact with local people.
Cycling Conditions: 600 km, 360 miles, 20% dirt, some hills

musicians Malawi (click to enlarge)

July-September
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MALAWI: Ngoni and Tumbuka Land
Features: extraordinary scenery of the east African rift System, historical sites, national parks, traditional living areas, wildlife and great contact with local people.
Cycling Conditions:550 km, 330 miles, 30% dirt, some hills

Eritrea (click to enlarge)

October (early)
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ERITRIA / ETHIOPIA: STELAE, STYLE & SEASHORES
This spectacular area was the culturally and historically rich Kingdom associated with the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon. Explore 3 seasons, 3 millenniums & 3000 vertical meters in 2 weeks.
Cycling Conditions: 630 km, 390 miles, some mountainous terrain

Ethiopia (click to enlarge)

October (late)
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ETHIOPIA: ABYSSINIAN ADVENTURE
Bicycle tour from Addis Ababa across the high plateau of the Horn of Africa. This program passes through some spectacular countryside and explores the culturally and historically rich Abyssinian highlands.
Cycling Conditions: 920 km, 570 miles, dirt, mountainous terrain

mosque Djenne Mali (click to enlarge)

November (early)
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MALI: SAHEL JOURNEY
Explore the lifestyle of the "Sahel", including a once-in-a-lifetime boat trip on the Niger River, and the fascinating, culturally rich Mopti/Djenne/Dogon region of Mali.
Cycling Conditions: 500 km, 300 miles, flat, 40% rough dirt.

Burkina Faso, village (click to enlarge) November
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BURKINA FASO: SAHEL JOURNEY
Village base tour that explore the territory of the multiple ethnic groups, the unique architecture of the Lobi people, the Ruins of Loropéni (a World Heritage Site), and wandering through fascinating traditional markets.
Cycling Conditions: 500 km, 300 miles, some hills, 60% rough dirt.
Tata Somba (click to enlarge)

November
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TOGO / BENIN: West Africa People-to-People
Explore the culturally and historically rich Tembera, Otamari and Dahomey areas of Togo and Benin. The program provides an excellent opportunity to acquaint yourself with their rural lifestyle, unique architectural forms, history, markets and art.
Cycling Conditions: 500 km, 300mi, 20% dirt.

Senegal, Gambia (click to enlarge)

November
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SENEGAL / GAMBIA: West Africa People-to-People
Exploration of Senegal/Gambia coast and estuaries. Highlights include multiple culturals (Wollof, Serra & Dioula), unique architectural forms, historic sites (Goree Island), markets, art, village stays, people, incredible bird watching and beaches.
Cycling Conditions: 580 km, 360 miles, 20% dirt roads.

West Africa (click to enlarge)

November
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GUINEA: West Africa People-to-People
Tour though coastal Guinea and the Futa Jalo highlands. Highlights include the culture of the Soussou and Peul people, historic sites, unique architecture, markets, village stays & extraordinary scenery.
Cycling Conditions: 575 km, 350 miles, 20% dirt roads.

Cameroon (click to enlarge) November
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SIERRA LEONE: West Africa People-to-People
Features: Highlights include the rural life-styles & culture of the multi-cultural Sierra Leone (Mende, Temba, Limba and Koranko ), visiting local market, .  English is the national language and widely spoken, and Sierra Leonean are outgoing and welcoming.
Cycling Conditions: 580 km, 350 miles, 30% dirt roads.

Kumbo: talking to wood carver

December
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CAMEROON: Country of Contrast (West)
This lush region features multiple fascinating ethnic groups with long cultural & political traditions that continue to this day, gorgeous scenery, West Africa’s highest mountain and we finish at the beach.
Cycling Conditions: 570 km, 340 miles, 40% dirt, long hills

northern Cameroon (click to enlarge)

December
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CAMEROON: Country of Contrast (North)
A fascinating tour that takes you to the heart of village life in northern Cameroon with stays in traditional villages, cycle through the visually surrealistic Kapsiki
area, visit Waza National Park.
Cycling Conditions: 480 km, 220 miles, 70% dirt, generally flat.

visiting school Cuba (click to enlarge)

November to May
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CUBA: Africa Diaspora
Features: Small group, visits to the people of the diverse cultures and lifestyles of Cuba; beautiful landscapes of the tropical inland and coastal zones.
Cycling Conditions: 600-700 km, 370-430 miles, 75-95% paved, occasional hills

Itineraries, fares & dates subject to change.  There is a 10% discount if successive Africa programs are combined. 20% of the land portion is U.S. tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law, when participant registers directly with Bicycle Africa.

Registration: Register by sending your name, address, phone number, program name(s) and a deposit of $300 (of which $100 is a non-refundable fee). Payment may be made by check, money order, wire transfer or credit card. Upon receipt of your deposit a Voluntary Waiver and Liability Agreement will be sent to you and to be signed and returned before your registration is complete. Registrations sent less than 60 days prior to departure should include full payment.

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