Warrick and I have decided to take on an expedition this year that probably may seem impossible but we are up for the challenge to make it possible. As our late President Nelson Mandela once said “It always seems impossible until it’s done!” which is a motto that we will be living up to in taking on this Big Adventure we have called #Joburg2Kili.
The objective of the #Joburg2Kili expedition is for Warrick and me to cycle approximately 4400km from Johannesburg to Moshi in Tanzania over a 10 week period. We will then join a group to climb and summit Mount Kilimanjaro. We aim to literally be on top of Africa on our 5th Wedding Anniversary – 15th October 2016. Our departure date will be the 30th July 2016 and we will return at the end of November.
Warrick is currently plotting out our route using Tracks4Africa software and we will visit the following countries along the way – Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania.
We are very excited to have a Jeep Wrangler as a support vehicle to follow us along the route up to Tanzania with two support crew members. We will then drive back to Johannesburg after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
As part of the expedition we have also decided to give back by supporting a charity. Our chosen charity is Qhubeka, which is World Bicycle Relief’s program in South Africa. According to the Qhubeka website, “World Bicycle Relief is a global non-profit organisation that helps people move forward and progress by giving bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results. Having a bicycle changes lives by increasing the distance people can travel, what they can carry, where they can go and how fast they can get there.”
As we have committed to partner with Qhubeka on this expedition, we have also decided to take on the challenge to ride Qhubeka Buffalo bicycles from #Joburg2Kili. Although these bicycles are very robust and low maintenance they are single speeds, weigh about 25kg and have a back-pedal braking system which will make the journey a lot slower and possibly will mean we may need to push up a hill or two. However, we believe that it will be possible for us to ride these bikes especially as there are others that have covered long distances on them such as Colin and Bianca Cooper who recently covered around 3000km in 47 days on Qhubeka bikes – read more about their adventure on their blog called Heavy Metal Bikes.
As we will be raising funds and awareness for Qhubeka as part of our journey, we welcome any donations and will share details of a fundraising event we will host prior to our departure. Every ZAR2850 raised = 1 more bike for a child in Africa to get to school.
All donations are made via GivenGain, the Swiss-based international secure payments portal and payed directly to Qhubeka the Motive Power Movement NPC.
If you feel this is a worthwhile cause and you would like to show your support for our efforts please make a donation by visiting the charity donation page: https://www.givengain.com/ap/joburg2kili/.
As I am sure you can imagine there is a lot to organise for this expedition so I will be posting on my blog to give updates on our progress as #TeamKernes prepare to take on the #Joburg2Kili Challenge.
I would also just like to say a very big thanks to our sponsors that have come on-board already in support of our expedition namely; Jeep, ActionGear, Suunto, All Terrain Gear, Powertraveller and Racefood.