CYCLE BURKINA 2015
Cycle Burkina Faso
About Action Challenge
ITINERARY 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. DAY 1 DEPARTURE 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. DAY 2 BANFORA CYCLE 40KM 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. DAY 3 BOBO-DIOULASSO CYCLE 87KM 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.
DAY 4 DEDOUGOU CYCLE 90KM TRANSFER 90KM 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 daysâ€™ 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. DAY 5 KOUDOUGOU CYCLE 80KM TRANSFER 50KM 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 to explore there are the botanical gardens to discover as well as the brass artisan quarter and the arts and crafts centre. DAY 6 OUAGADOUGOU CYCLE 100KM 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. DAY 7 FREE DAY 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. DAY 8
DATES OF CHALLENGE Mon 26th Jan - Mon 2nd Feb 2015
TOTAL DISTANCE CYCLED Approximately 400KM
COSTS OF CHALLENGE £299 Registration deposit £3600 Fundraising target Challenge group size 20+ participants
CHALLENGE COST INCLUSIONS Pre-trip briefing by Action Challenge staff International flights Domestic flight to Bobo Action Challenge representative Action Challenge medic English-speaking local guides Bike mechanic All accommodation All meals, except in free time All participant and luggage transfers 3 litres of water provided daily All entrance fees as per the itinerary Bicycle – (as the Burkinabe would use!) NOT INCLUDED Travel insurance Items of a personal nature Single supplement Visas Departure taxes
FITNESS This challenge requires a good level of fitness to complete the route. ACCOMMODATION Accommodation on this route is hotels of varying classification. In Bobo and Ouagadougou we stay in international 4* hotels. All other locations do not have as high quality available and the best possible is offered. There may be more than one hotel used in Dedougou/Koudougou. All accommodation is on a twin/triple, sharing basis. Single supplement may be available on certain nights. FOOD Breakfasts each morning will be at the hotel, lunch en-route and evening meals will be in the hotel or at a local restaurant.
WEATHER The average temperature in February ranges from 21-34 degrees Celsius. On average the month has very little rain if any and 12hrs of sunlight. The humidity typically ranges from 9% (very dry) EQUIPMENT to 43% (comfortable) over the course of a typical An equipment list will be forwarded at a later stage. February and there is on average 75% cloud cover. These are complicated itineraries and may be subject to change.
ABOUT ACTION CHALLENGE
OUR CREDO As our name suggests, Action Challenge specialises in the creation of challenging, travelbased activities the world over. With over 160 itineraries in some of the most unexplored places on the globe, we are proud of the lengths we go to, to bring our clients experiences they would be unable to find anywhere else. But beyond the places that we go to, what makes our trips truly unique is the way we encourage our groups to bond together as a team. As the saying goes, it’s through adversity that people come together; and in addition to the natural camaraderie that comes with passing round the Compeed and the muscle rub, we actively involve people in the way the adventure unfolds. We believe that through great organisation and a good relationship with our clients, the more we are out of the limelight, the more members of the group get to shine. We’re also rather keen on our work-hard, play-hard ethic. Many of the people who come on our trips literally have a mountain to climb in terms of the scale of the challenge they are taking on. We believe that with effort should come reward, and make sure that all our participants get the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments in a truly befitting style. And finally, we know that there’s something strange that happens to people when they are out on a mountain pass or cycling through some totally foreign environment. You can see their faces loosen and their bodies lighten as they look around and put life into perspective. It’s seeing that transformation that gets us out of bed in the morning and it’s why our motto is….
“of all the paths you choose in life, make sure some of them are dirt”.
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