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Africa (local)

This page lists all reports that for Africa only that do not involve other countries.
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All descriptions are in English, unless otherwise noted.

Tours

Journey to Lalibela
by Erik Nomden, tour started January 2015, submitted 29 January 2016
Africa: Ethiopia
language: en, nl

A journey to the heart of Dark Africa. Bike tour with Marco Duiker, Willem Hoffmans and Marc Dirckx in Ethiopia. From the big rumbling capital Addis Abbeba we go back in time, following small unpaved backroads through mediaevil style villages, leading to the glorious old testament evoking atmosphere of the rock-hewn churches from Lalibela.

See all 17 reports by Erik Nomden

On the road in the mountainous heartland of Ethiopia
Touring Namibias round wildlife beauties
by Iris Mueck, tour started January 2014, submitted 22 January 2015
Africa: Namibia

Winter time in Austria, where I live is hard. In order to avoid losing all my little power, I have decided to spent some time on the other half of the globe. A long way to go down there. But worth to see.

Crossing the equator by your plane can be shaky. When I met a pilot on the occasion we shared the same train at Heathrow's terminal 5 train, he said: "this are just bumps as on a lousy road".

Today, Namibia is a rather save country in terms of criminal acts. I would say drug free. You have to expect there will be no public transport. Long distance travel mostly made by shuttle services. I used the Welwitchia shuttle service, which I can recommend. Alternatively you may take the desert train, which operates from May through October.

Bicyclist are very rare. On many roads outside the city limits, one may not find a shoulder, what makes bicycling very dangerous. Namibian car drivers are very similar to the Spain car drivers: once they are in motion, it is very hard to stop them.

One thing to know: The high season starts on May. You have to have booked an accommodation in advance. If not you may sleep in your tent (not recommended - can be dangerous because of wildlife animals). You still may find Island whereas German is spoken. Even they have at least two German TV programs: ZDF & Sat1 (without the nagging sex adds at night time).

See all 95 reports by Iris Mueck

Flag of Namibia
Südafrika & Lesotho per Fahrrad und Zelt
by Travel Nerd, tour started March 2011, submitted 3 September 2013
language: de

Es war wieder soweit und es ging alleine mit dem Rad und Zelt ins südliche Afrika. Es fing auch gut an. Aber dann kamen die Hitze und der Gegenwind...

See all 9 reports by Travel Nerd

Südlich von Kapstadt, Südafrika
A bicycle ride across Africa with Tour D'Afrique
by Mike Vermeulen, tour started January 2013, submitted 12 December 2012

Tour D'Afrique is a four month, 12,000km supported bicycle ride from Cairo, Egypt to Capetown, South Africa. This is an account from the 11th time the ride was held, in 2013.

See all 4 reports by Mike Vermeulen

(Video) Plage Blanche | cycling Morocco
by Blanche, tour started 2011, submitted 4 March 2012
Africa: Morocco
language: en, nl

In the winter of 2010 we cycled Morocco fo the 12th time. This time we pedalled to plage Blanche, the white beach. This video is about dreams and how dreams turn out in reality.

See all 14 reports by Blanche

(Video) Plage Blanche | cycling Morocco
an african antic: cycle touring africa
by Trevor Reeves, tour started April 2012, submitted 16 December 2011

We are shortly going to start an expedition from South Africa to the UK via the African West Coast. We have a challenge: my partner (soon to be wife) has never ridden a bicycle before. But she is confident she'll make it.

See all 2 reports by Trevor Reeves

Cicloturismo Tunisia
by cicloturismo - alessandro, tour started December 2010, submitted 22 July 2011
Africa: Tunisia
language: it

Tunisia bike tour in winter. 300 km from Tozeur to Gabes

See all 16 reports by cicloturismo - alessandro

Tamazight; a bicycle journey in Morocco
by Blanche, tour started 2010, submitted 30 January 2011
Africa: Morocco

About 11 years ago we fell in love with the country and the Imazighen, the people of the Tamazight. We fell in love with Morocco. Since then there is a spell resting on us and we have to return when ever we can.Tamazight is in fact the name for the Berber language spoken in the Middle Atlas but it is also widespread used for all the other berber languages. Imazighen 'free men' is the name for the berber people. This film is about one of our bicycle journeys as free men in Morocco through the Anti Atlas, the desert and the coast around Sidi Ifni.

See all 14 reports by Blanche

Who's afraid of the crocs?
by Igor Kovse, tour started August 2010, submitted 5 October 2010

It's been a long time since my last wheel revolutions in Africa. I've been avoiding the Black Continent, beating around the bush, choosing other cycling destinations, but now I can't delay it any more. Despite the headaches with obtaining the visas and nightmares about lions lurking in the tall grass beside the road, I must face the challenge. Besides, it's the last continent where my current touring bike hasn't been yet.

See all 16 reports by Igor Kovse

Kuiseb pass, Namibi-Naukluft NP
It begins with Africa, a digital project made of writings, photographs and sounds based on 2 cyclists' journey from Morocco to Mali ...
by Marlène & Jędrzej, tour started November 2009, submitted 20 September 2009
Cycle tour of High Atlas, Anti-Atlas and coastal region of Morroco
by Chris S, tour started February 2009, submitted 21 March 2009
Africa: Morocco

'I stepped out of the plane and out of my comfort zone into the sunshine at Marrakech airport. I was nervous and unsure of what to expect from the first African country I'd visited.

I wasn't ready for the dusty roads and the skinny donkeys pulling those heavy carts. The unrendered buildings, the traffic chaos and potholes, the flat lands leading to the High Atlas mountains. My only comfort was the reassuring feel of the bike that I was riding. I felt every bit like the naive western tourist that I was.'

This is day one of a 17 day cycle tour of the High Atlas and Anti-Atlas mountains in Morocco, taking in the coast between Tiznit and Essaouira along the way....

See all 2 reports by Chris S

Above the snowline in the High Atlas
Afrique de l'Ouest a velo
by Emmanuel Rey, tour started January 2006, submitted 16 February 2009
language: fr

4 month riding in west Africa. From the maghreb to black africa, cycling through the Sahara desert. Description of the land, birds abd people...

See all 2 reports by Emmanuel Rey

Two week bicycle tour of Uganda
by Eric Mathurin, tour started November 2007, submitted 17 January 2009
Africa: Uganda

In January of 1999 Eric spent two weeks on a self-supported bicycle tour with five other people in Uganda. This is his story.

See all 3 reports by Eric Mathurin

Two week bicycle tour of Cameroon
by Eric Mathurin, tour started November 2007, submitted 17 January 2009
Africa: Cameroon

In November 2007 we joined David Mozer (founder of Bicycle Africa) and Il Kim (professional student) on a two week bicycle tour through Southwest/Western Cameroon. We encountered steep climbs, exhilarating descents, some brutal roads, and many people calling out, ``du courage!'' throughout the course of the day. We hope you enjoy our journey - we sure did!

See all 3 reports by Eric Mathurin

Two week bicycle tour of Benin and Togo
by Eric Mathurin, tour started December 2008, submitted 17 January 2009
Africa: Togo, Benin

In December 2008 Eric rejoined David Mozer (of ibike.org fame), Il Kim (professional student) and other intrepid travellers for two weeks of cycling in the small West African countries of Benin and Togo.

See all 3 reports by Eric Mathurin

Cycling Madagascar
by Linda Spadolini, tour started June 2008, submitted 13 August 2008
Africa: Madagascar

I spent 30 days on this extraordinary island and came back literally reinvigorated by this unique experience and the inspiring encounters made during the trip.

As soon as you leave the biggest towns and you reach the ``brousse'' (French for bush), it feels as if you had traveled through time. Madagascar is a poor country, but the richness of its nature (where it is still preserved) and the hospitality and kindness of its people more than make up for the hardships of road-travel...

See all 3 reports by Linda Spadolini

Morocco -- bicycle tours of two piciclisti who only have bikes in their mind.
by Pinar & Paolo Pinzuti, tour started April 2008, submitted 9 July 2008
Africa: Morocco
language: en, it, tr

Without renting an apartment in Milan, without packing our staff in the boxes in Nuremberg, just before we move from Germany to Italy we decided to take the opportunity to make a holiday between our ex-job and the new one. We made a bike tour for three weeks in Morocco. We chose Morocco for the holiday because of the good experiences Pinar made on her visit in 2002, the well known hospitality of Moroccan people, the suitable weather and the famous Atlas Mountains.

See all 5 reports by Pinar & Paolo Pinzuti

Cycling The Road Less Travelled
by Spiros Analytis and Maria Abagis, tour started January 2008, submitted 19 November 2007

Welcome! We are Maria and Spiros, two slightly adventurous souls, who on January 12th, 2008 will begin a year long journey of a lifetime. The first part of our adventure will begin at the foot of the Pyramids in Giza, where we will embark on the 6th edition of the Tour D'Afrique. Starting in Cairo, Egypt and ending in Cape Town, South Africa, the Tour D'Afrique is a 12,000 km, 120 day cycling race/expedition across the exotic and intriguing African continent. More challenges and adventure are sure to follow as we then continue riding our bikes through Europe and Asia.

Our goal is to raise funds and awareness for WaterCan, a charity providing clean water and sanitation to impoverished communities, and Against Malaria which works to donate bed nets to fight Malaria, a devastating disease that kills over a million people a year.

See all 2 reports by Spiros Analytis and Maria Abagis

Morocco-Bike travel 10 days - feb 2006
by Bart Van Herck, tour started February 2006, submitted 8 October 2007
Africa: Morocco

Trip to Marrakesh. From Marrakesh over the High Atlas to the desert and back. As it was my first real cycling experience on my own I decided to stay on the main roads. There were only 20 km offroad.

See all 2 reports by Bart Van Herck

This is the itinerary
East Africa by Bicycle
by Pedro, Pablo and Raul aka Peter, Paul and Rob, tour started June 2006, submitted 9 May 2007

3 men, 3 bikes and 3 months - a swing through the mountains, forests and great lakes of east and southern Africa.

Crossing the Equator in Uganda
Traveling the world on a bicycle
by Blanche, tour started 2006, submitted 28 January 2007
Africa: Morocco
language: en, nl

Wonderful Maroc!

I started my cycling holidays in Maroc. After traveling a great part of the world and to Maroc two times by bus and one time by hired car. I hoped there was something better to do it, and there was....the bicycle. Since then the cycling-bug got me and I visited more countries on a bicycle.

On my windows webspace the route and the pictures tell the story of a few bicycletrips in Maroc. Enjoy!

See all 14 reports by Blanche

Tunisia 2005
by Nicolas de Hemptinne, tour started January 2005, submitted 8 December 2006
Africa: Tunisia
language: fr

South of Tunisia: a interesting country to visit with a bicycle.

See all 5 reports by Nicolas de Hemptinne

The crossing of Chott El Djerid
Rock the Casbah
by Erik Nomden, tour started April 2003, submitted 6 May 2006
Africa: Morocco

The landscape is completely flat. There is nothing at all, nothing but stones. And sand. Although there is nothing to see, the emptiness has its own beauty. There is a quietness coming over me despite the harsh circumstances. All the problems and possibilities of life seem to dissolve in the infinity of the landscape.

From Marrakech, we have cycled across the Atlas into the Sahara. In two intense weeks we learned to know a bit about the many faces of Moroccan society and we were able to explore the extraordinary Atlas-Sahara region.

See all 17 reports by Erik Nomden

Off the beaten track between Zagora and Tazzarine
Southern Morocco by Bicycle - a solo journey
by Mike Hayes, tour started December 2005, submitted 12 April 2006
Africa: Morocco

This is my own personal diary from a solo trip I made by bicycle around Southern Morocco over Christmas and New Year 2005/2006. My bicycle tours invariably seem to turn into wild and woolly adventures involving deserts, mountains, extremes of weather... and fantastic experiences. This trip was meant to be a little less 'epic' in nature, as such all the camping gear was left at home in favour of guesthouses and pensions though I did fill the space to a degree with a lot of cold weather gear and my sleeping bag - fortunately as you'll see! It worked out well, though the terrain and weather proved to be no less extreme than past adventures and events did not quite turn out in accordance with my admittedly very rough pre-trip plan.

This, my second visit to Morocco, only served to strengthen the memories I have of the country as being populated by overwhelmingly hospitable people and blessed with some of the grandest scenery on the planet.

Picture by Mike Hayes, http://www.mikesimagination.net.

See all 3 reports by Mike Hayes

Radreise nach Marokko
by Jan Cramer, tour started February 2004
Africa: Morocco
language: de

Bei der geplanten Tour wollte ich 5 neue, interessante Abschnitte erfahren.Für die Strecke 1 lagen Beschreibungen vor, der Rest ließ sich vor der Tour nicht in Erfahrung bringen.

  1. Strecke durchs ``östliche'' Ait Mansour-Tal
  2. Pistenverbindung Anti-Atlas (Izerbi) an die Strasse Akka - Bouizarkane
  3. Piste Akka - Imitek
  4. Piste Tagmoute - Tiguermine
  5. Piste Tiguermine - Agadir Tasguent - Souk Tnine Toufelazt usw. zurück zum Flughafen
Aber es kam eben vieles anders dieses Jahr...

See all 5 reports by Jan Cramer

Hinaus in die Wüste
Jordan and Sinai
by Jan Cramer, tour started March 1998
Africa: Egypt
language: de

Der folgende Tag stand natürlich ganz im Zeichen der Besichtigung der alten Stätte. Nach einem längeren Fußmarsch erreichte man den Siq, jene imposante, enge Schlucht, die den Einstieg in die Stadt darstellt. Bis hier hatte man auch den Schock über die knapp 50 DM Eintrittsgeld verdaut... Den ganzen Tag stiefelten wir zu Zweit durch die Ruinenstadt, bei brüllender Hitze bergauf und bergab. Neben dem 8000 Menschen fassenden Amphitheater beeindruckte uns vor allem die Anlage als Ganzes und der gute Erhaltungszustand der Gebäude. Alles machte einen ungemein plastischen Eindruck, der Sandstein schimmerte in vielfältigen Farben. Irgendwann ließen jedoch die Hitze und die Menschenmassen die Aufnahmefähigkeit sinken, so daß wir uns zur Rückkehr entschlossen.

Der folgende Tag diente der Erholung. Die Hitze begann unerträglich zu werden, selbst auf dieser Höhe herrschten schon weit über 30° C im Schatten, wir ruhten uns also aus und bereiteten und mental auf die Bezwingung des Desert-Highways vor, wovor uns allerdings schon ein wenig graute angesichts der dort herrschenden Geschwindigkeiten und Verkehrsdichte.

See all 5 reports by Jan Cramer

Sinai and Red Sea
A Bicycle Tour in Egypt made by the command of St Petersburg Bicycle Club
by the Traveller's Federation, Saint Petersburg, Russia, tour started 1997
Africa: Egypt
language: ru

Hurgada - Sharm-el-Sheikh - wadi Dahab - mt. Sinai - oazis Feiran - Suets - Cairo - Luxor - Quena - Hurgada.

The old riverbeds that cross the mountains of Sinai Peninsula are called ``wadi''. Now the rains are rare, but when they happen these narrow valleys become rivers again. We could see signs of it as the soil was a mixture of sand, stones and thorns, and we had to ride on narrow dry streams of clay that could hold the bicycles. The thorns probably belonged to some poisonous plant as they poisoned our living a lot. One day we had to repair the flat tires at least seven times.

Itineraires de l'Atlas Marocain
by Fred Ferchau, tour started 1995
Africa: Morocco
language: fr

A brilliant site, with several well-described itineraries.

Touring in Egypt
by Thomas Driemeyer, tour started 1995
Africa: Egypt

``First, this was not a bicycle tour. It could probably be done by bicycle but I used trains, boats, and buses. And camels, of course. My excuse to put it here that I rented a bicycle in Luxor and rode through the desert to the Valley of the Kings.'' The previous Trento Bike manager, Andreas Caranti, is particularly sympathetic, as he did the same as a young man: his first off-road experience! (And the new manager is the guy on the camel.)

See all 20 reports by Thomas Driemeyer

Riding a camel at the Cheops pyramid.
Cycle Touring in Tunisia
by Tracey Maund and Colin Champion, tour started June 1994
Africa: Tunisia

[We] spent about a week touring Tunisia in June 1994. We took road bikes and stayed in hotels. It was nice and sunny, but there was sometimes a stiff north westerly breeze.

See all 6 reports by Tracey Maund and Colin Champion

Bizerte
Saharan Margins
by John Stuart Clark
Africa: Tunisia

The desert is subtle and baffling, with few landmarks and none that appear on any map. For those of us from temperate climes, travelling through such an extraordinary environment can be a mystical experience. It is a disarming vacuum, seemingly benign and very romantic. But come tea time, we come into our own, as temperatures plummet and camel dung camp fires become compulsory. On a clear night, the canopy of stars is awesome and the silence creepy. By 5:00 am, the temperatures are sub-zero.

Trails

Avventure nel deserto Libico al seguito di una strana carovana
by Ambrogio D'Adda, tour started February 2002, submitted 26 August 2006
Africa: Libya
language: it

Grazie alla perenne ricerca di motivazioni, il Vezz, si imbatte nella presentazione di una gara affascinante, spettacolare e singolare.

Queste sono le mie impressioni sull'avventura vissuta nel deserto libico, al seguito di una strana carovana.

See all 5 reports by Ambrogio D'Adda

Mountain biking around Tafraoute
by Tracey Maund and Colin Champion, tour started March 2004
Africa: Morocco

We spent the first week of March 2004 cycling to, around, and back from Tafraoute at the western end of the Moroccan Anti-Atlas. We had been there before, trekking with Exodus in late 1992.

This time we flew to Agadir and on the following morning took our bikes by minibus to Aït Baha, from where we rode on to Tafraoute. We spent 3 days cycling around - largely on pistes - and then rode to the Col du Kerdous, perched over the coastal plain. An easy descent took us to Tiznit, and we returned to Agadir by taxi.

We stayed in upmarket hotels, booked from England by telephone and confirmed by fax. Route-finding was never much of a problem, but it helps to have some acquaintance with the Arabic script since many signposts on tracks and minor roads have no Latin transliterations. We took a GPS unit with us but could have got by perfectly well without it.

See all 6 reports by Tracey Maund and Colin Champion

Col du Kerdous
Mountain Biking in Morocco
by Tracey Maund and Colin Champion, tour started November 2000
Africa: Morocco

The notes of [8 nights spent] in southern Morocco in November 2000. Includes a narrative and gorgeous pictures.

See all 6 reports by Tracey Maund and Colin Champion

Old Caravan Road from Tamnougalt to Afra
Traversée du Rif en VTT tandem
by Karen Sketchley and Bryce Bénat, tour started 2000
Africa: Morocco
language: fr, en

A nice report, with plenty of photos. Itinéraire:

  • Jour 1: Arrivée à Ceuta le matin. Petite journée d'échauffement jusqu'à Martil
  • Jour 2: Martil à Oued Laou, par la très jolie route côtière
  • Jour 3: Oued Laou à Chefchaouen, en suivant la rivière qui prend sa source à Chaouen
  • Jour 4: Repos à Chefchaouen
  • Jour 5: Chefchaouen à Zoumi, en plein c?ur des campagnes du Rif
  • Jour 6: Zoumi à Karia Ba Mohamed, sortie du Rif
  • Jour 7: Karia à Volubilis (ruines romaines très touristiques)
  • Jour 8: Volubilis à Meknès
  • Jour 9: Repos, visite de Meknès
  • Jour 10: Meknès à Tanger en bus
  • Jour 11: bateau pour l'Espagne
Fin de l'aventure.
Ruins in Meknès
PP in Marokko
by Peter Proepper, tour started November 1999
Africa: Morocco
language: de

Eine Atlasüberquerung per Rad.

From Madrid to Marrakech
by Joanne Kitson & Matthew King, tour started 1996
Africa: Morocco

From the moment we started, we knew this was going to be a holiday with a difference. Maybe it was the envious looks we got from British cyclists on the way to Heathrow, or maybe it was the stares from shocked Spaniards as we did a sudden strip-tease beside the baggage reclaim in Madrid, revealing if not our true colours, then at least our lycra-clad limbs.

See all 2 reports by Joanne Kitson & Matthew King

A solo trip in Southern Morocco
by Andrea Casalotti, tour started November 1994
Africa: Morocco

The diary of a trip from Marrakech over the Atlas, along the Draa valley to Zagora, then coasting the Sahara to Tata and Akka, over the anti-Atlas to Tiznit.

See all 2 reports by Andrea Casalotti

Sites

Menara - Moroccan Web Sites"
Africa: Morocco
language: fr

Cycling info pages

Rec.Travel Library: Egypt
Africa: Egypt

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