On Sunday, the Tour d’Afrique cross-continent biking rally started from the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx Plateau all the way to Cape Town in South Africa.
The 7,000-mile, four-month Tour d’Afrique, TDA Global Cycling’s original transcontinental expedition, returns for the 16th year in 2018 and, for the first time, will visit one of the most remote parts of Africa, Ethiopia’s Omo Valley. Also for the first time, the Cairo-to-Cape Town trip will not include a race component, allowing riders to more fully experience the adventure and the route. The full tour began January 7 and ends May 5. Shorter sections of the tour are available.
Traveling through 10 countries, cyclists will depart from Egypt’s legendary Pyramids of Giza and ride along the Nile River past ancient temples, through the Sudanese desert, and up and down Ethiopia’s rugged Simien Mountains, crossing the Equator in Kenya. They’ll pedal past Tanzania’s legendary Mount Kilimanjaro, to Lake Malawi and Victoria Falls, down the wildlife-rich “Elephant Highway,” and along the edges of the magnificent Kalahari and Namib deserts, en route to the finish in the shadow of South Africa’s iconic Table Mountain.
Held by the Global Biking Initiative (GBI), organisers Osama ElHaw and Mokhles Hassan indicated that the 15th spherical of the rally incorporates 50 members representing the US, Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, England, Slovenia and South Africa.
The rally aims at selling tourism in Egypt and is remaining guarded by the Tourism Police Department under the supervision of Osama Al-Nawawi, vice director of the Tourism and Antiquities Police Department.
The first and final nights of the Tour d’Afrique will be in hotels, while the remainder will be almost entirely camping. Due to the varied terrain and the length of TDA’s trips, cyclists must bring their own bike and camping gear.