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BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION I CYCLE TOURS


in November, this special event will offer a breath-taking destination for cyclists to push themselves to the limit.


The prospect of pedalling through the heart of the Kenyan Rift Valley may be daunting but for those who take on the challenge, it will be a once in a lifetime adventure.


WHAT TO EXPECT


Over five days, cyclists will cover over 400 kilometres of beautiful African landscapes. Highlights of this unique experience include cycling in the face of majestic Mount Kenya, crossing the equator, visiting Lake Victoria and the chance to see


the ‘Big Five’ safari sights. With the friendly Swahili people, lush green vegetation and a fascinating volcanic landscape, East Africa is one of the most exciting places on the planet to visit. The Rift Valley crosses Kenya from Lake


Turkana in the north to Lake Magadi in the south, crossing barren desert and fertile farmland. Revered by anthropologists as the 'cradle of humanity', Kenya is the heart of African safari country, boasting the most diverse collection of wild animals on the continent, including 160 species of mammals. Lions, buffaloes, elephants, leopards and rhinos all roam openly in Kenya's main parks. If that wasn’t enough to entice you, the


flora is bright, beautiful and extraordinarily diverse with species ranging from delicate wayside flowers to giant hardwood trees. It also has 1,033 known species of bird in every colour of the rainbow including the tiny sunbird and the huge ostrich.


DAY BY DAY Day 1: Following a night flight to Nairobi, the adventure starts in Nyeri. This is one of the largest towns in the Central Highlands and the gateway to Aberdale National Park. There will be a bike fitting on arrival followed by a short warm up ride to Baden Powell’s grave: the founder of the Scout Association movement spent his final days here.


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