Event Date: 15th-21st October 2016
Get pedalling to support children in one of the poorest countries in the world!
Do you love cycling or want to get fit?
Do you love being part of a challenge and sharing successes together?
Do you want to give back to some of the world’s poorest but most inspiring children?
This unique week long challenge in Burkina Faso will bring you in the midst of the warmth, character and integrity of the “land of upright people”. On the 4 August 1984 the old French colony of Upper Volta changed its name to Burkina Faso and in so doing, started the long road to creating its own identity. It is one of the least developed countries in the world and situated close to the harshest environment anywhere on the planet, yet through all this, the mix of the 5 cultures of the Mossi, Fulani, Gouîriko, Gulmanceba and Touareg kingdoms, struggle on. Join us on the Challenge that is guaranteed to change your life.
We depart the UK in the morning on our day flight to Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. On arrival we are met by the team that will be with us for the next week and we transfer to our hotel. Tonight we have a briefing on the challenge ahead and a meal to welcome us to this incredible country.
For our first morning in Burkina we wake early, have a good breakfast and head off to the airport for our domestic flight south-west to Bobo-Dioulasso (Bobo). On arrival we transfer 90km directly to our hotel in the town of Bamfora where we have an early lunch and a bike fitting before starting our cycling challenge. Our challenge is unique in that we will be using local bicycles that we donate to Giving Africa at the end of the challenge. Today, unlike the next four days, we cycle on trails that are mostly rural ‘dirt’ roads. This gentle introduction to cycling in Burkina heads west to the Karfiguela Waterfalls, through local villages and homesteads, seeing rural life that virtually no westerners have the chance to experience. Tonight back at our hotel we can finally relax with a cool beer after our long journey to this incredible part of the world. (CYCLE 40KM)
Our route today takes us to Bobo, Burkina‘s second largest city with a population of about 500,000 people. As we head north out of Bamfora, we quickly pass through the village of Nafona with its important sugar cane plantations. If there have been recent rains then this area should be quite green and verdant. Toussianna and Taga are the next villages before we stop for lunch in Peni. We end the day rolling through the outskirts of Bobo-Dioulasso and to our comfortable hotel. There will be an afternoon visit of the city Mosque that looks much like the incredible Malian earth mosques. (CYCLE 87KM)
We wake early today and make the most of the early morning cooler climes. Heading north through the relatively leafy suburbs of Bobo, we soon find ourselves in the great open countryside passing through the farmlands around Dafinao and then on to Sala where we have our morning break. At 60km we arrive at the substantial town of Bekui where we have lunch in the centre. This afternoon marks our departure from the Hauts-basins and into the Boucle du Mouhoun region of Burkina. Our route today runs parallel to the legendary Black Volta that makes its way to the west of us. At 90km we end our days’ ride and transfer to Dedougou where we make our way to the most basic of our hotels. These are regions seldom visited by tourists to Burkina and we will certainly attract considerable attention. (CYCLE 90KM,TRANSFER 90KM)
We start today with a short transfer from Dedougou to the village of Tieriba where our cycles will be waiting for us. It is quick going this morning and our legs will by now be feeling strong as we cycle through a route that cuts through the Tisse Forest and then crosses the Mouhoun river where we stop for lunch. Our last section of cycling today is through Tiogo, and then Tenado with the emerald green waters of its dam and finally brings us into the city of Koudougou. This afternoon for those that want toexplore there are the botanical gardens to discover as well as the brass artisan quarter and the arts and crafts centre. (CYCLE 80KM, TRANSFER 50KM)
With the knowledge that this is the last cycling day, the kilometers pass quickly as we head west all day cycling through Kasson, Ralo and onto the dam where our route meets the N1. We stop for a good lunch at the reservoir at Kokologo and then cycle the last 45km into Ouagadougou and our Hotel. Finally we can put our feet up, relaxing with a chilled beer by the hotel pool, after approximately 400km of tough riding through beautiful but tough terrain. Tonight we celebrate our achievements with a great meal to mark the end of an incredible challenge and the party should last well into the night. (CYCLE 100KM)
After a great breakfast we can take it easy with a whole free day in Ouagadougou. There will also be the possibility of meeting some of the Giving Africa team to understand better what happens to your fundraising and how it is helping the people of Burkina. Tonight we make our way to the airport for our return flight to the UK.
“of all the paths you choose in life, make sure some of them are dirt”.
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