Joburg2Kili for Qhubeka (powered by Tarsus) has begun – A Quick Update on our first 2 days

Our send off yesterday was absolutely amazing and we are so grateful for everyone that came to support us. Jeep kindly let us start our journey from their Fourways dealership where we were greeted by friends, family, sponsors and fellow cyclists who rode a portion of our first day with us. We were led out by ER24 and had a convoy of Jeeps follow us out the dealership which created an awesome atmosphere.

We then rode out past Lanseria Airport to Stornoway Lodge where they had setup a water/coffee stop for more of our supporters that came to wave us goodbye. After a short stop most of the cyclists that joined us left and then reality set in as there were just five cyclists left – the four Joburg2Kili cyclists plus a supporter, Deon Bester, who rode with us the whole way to ATKV Buffelspoort along with his wife, Sonja who followed in her car – thanks so much Deon & Sonja for the support!

The rest of the ride was quite tough as we had a fair amount of climbing until just past Harties where it flattened out. We had a quick stop off at the Steers on the N14 to get our energy levels back up and then rolled into camp mid-afternoon. Our total distance for our first day was 100.8km which took us 5hrs27 in ride time. We were all pretty exhausted from an awesome first day of our Joburg2KIli journey.

This morning was quite a slow start to pack up but I think we will be pro’s at packing up camp in a few days time. We were very grateful to have Anthony and Giovanni from Qhubeka come through to see us off this morning which really gave us much needed motivation for a tough day on the bike.

The first half of the ride included 18km along a rutted dirt rode which was brutal on our bodies. We then hit the tar rode to Sun City and thought things could only get better but unfortunately the wind picked up making the last 50km of our ride really hard but thank goodness we had Racefood Farbars to keep our energy up. We were all very happy to roll into Bakgatla Resort in Pilansberg this afternoon which is where we are spending the night. Our total distance today was 86.58km which took us 5hrs34 in ride time so longer than yesterday due to the wind.

Tomorrow we off to Marakele which is a 93km ride – please help pray for no headwinds!

Joburg2Kili Team Mascot Announcement & A Special Thanks to Blue Horizon Licensing

By: Camilla Kernes

I have been working for the past few years in the exciting world of brand licensing at Blue Horizon Licensing. I have had the privilege to work on some of the most iconic kids brands within the Mattel portfolio including Barbie, Hot Wheels and Barney & Friends to name a few.

In support of the #Joburg2Kili Expedition that I will be embarking on, Blue Horizon Licensing has very generously donated to Qhubeka the equivalent value of eight Buffalo bicycles. This is truly amazing as this will allow eight more children in rural areas to be able to get to school faster and more often.


Barney Cycles-01-01To keep us all feeling young and motivated along the journey, the Joburg2Kili team will have a mascot accompanying us. He is purple, always willing to give a hug when you need it most and he loves to sing his favourite song “I love you.” You guessed right, Barney the purple dinosaur will be travelling Africa with us and he also plans to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. You will be able to be kept updated on Barney’s movements by visiting our social media platforms along the way.

We are also very excited to have a box of Mattel Toys that we will be distributing along our journey to bring joy and happiness to children’s lives along the way from Johannesburg to Tanzania.Mattel

And finally as the only girl on the #Joburg2Kili Expedition, I hope I will be able to inspire other girls to believe in chasing your dreams and making them a reality just like the Barbie brand teaches and empowers girls to believe “You can be Anything!” With this in mind, I will not only be writing updates on the Joburg2Kili blog but also on my personal blog where I will be adding my “girls” perspective on the trials and tribulations of the adventure.

Tarsus Technology Group joins the Joburg2Kili for Qhubeka Expedition as Headline Sponsor

Johannesburg, South Africa, 26 July 2016 – Tarsus Technology Group, a leading distributor of IT hardware brands in Southern Africa has joined the Joburg2Kili for Qhubeka Expedition as the Headline Sponsor.

The Joburg2Kili Expedition involves four South African adventure enthusiasts, Warrick and Camilla Kernes, Gareth Pickering and Derrick Fourie, who will be cycling Qhubeka Buffalo bicycles 4630km from Johannesburg to Moshi in Tanzania over a 10 week period to raise awareness and funds for the Qhubeka charity. Once in Moshi they will climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

As an avid cyclist himself and development champion, Miles Crisp, Group CEO of Tarsus Technology Group says, “We are pleased to be supporting the Joburg2Kili Expedition as they are helping to raise awareness for an amazing cause, Qhubeka, which provides bicycles to school children improving mobility and further boosting academic performance.”

The Joburg2Kili for Qhubeka team will be departing on the 30th July 2016 and will be riding from South Africa up to Eastern Botswana to Victoria Falls in Zambia and then onwards to Lake Malawi. Here the team will ride along the Western shore of the lake as they head North into and across Tanzania to the town of Moshi at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. The cyclists will have a support crew following them in a Jeep Wrangler both for safety and to ensure they can carry sufficient supplies along the way.

The team will be riding an average of 100 kilometres a day over a 10 week period. Rest days are planned for every fifth or sixth day. The distance of each day depends on where the next suitable campsite is, the longest riding day on the single-speed Buffalo bicycles will be 136km.

For more information on the Joburg2Kili for Qhubeka Expedition and how to make a donation in support of Qhubeka, please visit the website.

For press information please contact: Warrick Kernes (082 559 7786)


Established in 1985, Tarsus Technology Group (Pty) Ltd (“Tarsus” or “TTG”) is a leading technology solutions provider. It has transformed from a traditional distributor of the world’s leading IT hardware brands to being the partner of choice, providing holistic business solutions to solve the most pertinent business needs through technology solutions.

Today, Tarsus exists not only to provide world-class supply chain services to resellers but to also equip them to better serve the end-users through a range of value added technology services and specialised solutions offered by Tarsus. These services and solutions are tailored to meet the ever‑changing needs of the end-users and allows for both Tarsus and resellers to create more value from the value chain.

This shift moves Tarsus towards a customer-centric business model where the team is focused on providing solutions to meet the needs of the end-user through their reseller partners. Tarsus has become a trusted advisor who provides a complete and tailored solutions to clients.

As part of this transformation journey to offering solutions, Tarsus has completed key acquisitions, targeted specifically as a response to changing market forces impacting the operating environment such as the increasing prevalence of the nexus, virtualisation and new consumption models. These strategic acquisitions have placed Tarsus in a unique position, where they have a robust solution stack from which significant advantage can be derived.

Headquartered in Johannesburg with branches throughout South Africa and represented in SADSC as well as East and West Africa.

For more information, please visit


Qhubeka is a South African 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 people’s lives by increasing the distance they can travel, what they can carry, where they can go and how fast they can get there. Qhubeka is World Bicycle Relief’s programme in South Africa.

World Bicycle Relief is a US-based non-profit organisation dedicated to transforming individuals and communities through The Power of Bicycles. Since 2005, World Bicycle Relief has trained more than 1,100 field mechanics and provided more than 220,000 specially designed, locally assembled quality bicycles to disaster survivors, healthcare workers, students and entrepreneurs in the developing world.

For more information, please visit and

July 30th – Wave goodbye or come ride with us!

It is with a mixture of excitement and nerves as we prepare to cycle out of Joburg for our 4,630km journey up to Kilimanjaro! Our departure date is Saturday the 30th of July and you are welcome to come send us off. There are 2 view points plus if you would like to cycle with us then you are more than welcome to!


Location 1: Jeep Fourways Dealership in Bryanston at 07:30 for 08:00 

The Official Departure Venue for the start of Joburg2Kili is at the Jeep dealership on the corner of William Nicol and Hobart Road in Bryanston (click here for map). We will arrive there at 07:30 and will begin our long journey at 08:15. Jeep are one of the fantastic sponsors of Joburg2Kili so we’re thrilled that they’ve offered us their dealership as a start venue. Jeep will also kindly be offering coffees and light snacks.


Location 2: Stornoway Lodge (The Fat Olive Restaurant) in Lanseria at 09:30 – 10:15

Our Day 1 route takes us from Bryanston, through Cedar Road in Fourways, past Lanseria airport beyond Harties and to Buffelspoort. Just 3.3km after the Lanseria Airport road on the right hand side is Stornoway Lodge (Home of the Fat Olive Restaurant (click here for map). The owners kindly supported Qhubeka through our fund raising and now they’ve offered to host a view point for us on Saturday the 30th of July.

We expect to cycle past the entrance of Stornoway at approximately 09:45 and we will stop at the entrance for about 15 minutes to chat to our friends who are there before we carry on Northbound to Kilimanjaro. The Fat Olive Restaurant will have coffee and snacks on offer at the entrance plus they’ll be offering our supporters discounted meals in their wonderful restaurant.

Tip 1: View our Live Tracking page to watch our progress as we cycle and to see how close we are to Stornoway Lodge.

Tip 2: If you plan to be at both Jeep and Stornoway then once we leave Jeep you can drive ahead to have a great breakfast at the Fat Olive at Stornoway before we cycle past there.


Are you keen to cycle with us? 

*All cyclists will be given free #Joburg2Kili arm warmers!

We have a number of friends who’ve asked to cycle a portion of our Day 1 route with us and, yes, everyone is more then welcome to come ride with us! The more the merrier! The awesome guys at ER24 are going to be leading us out and we’ll have a trail of Jeep Wranglers on our tail so we’ll be super safe.

The distance from Jeep to Stornoway is 24km and we’ll be riding at an average of 18km/h (yes these Qhubeka’s are not fast or easy to ride!!!). You can ride there and back or get someone to meet you at Stornoway for breaky and a lift home.

For those looking for a longer ride you are more than welcome to cycle with us the whole distance on Day 1 to ATKV Buffelspoort where we will be camping for the night.

Thanks again for the support up to this point. We’re excited to get going and we’ll keep you posted through our social media channels so please make sure you’re connected with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Joburg2Kili expedition cyclist, Gareth Pickering was recently interviewed by Simon Hill (@saltysnollie) on the Hot 91.9FM “The Sports Cage” show.

Thank you to Hot 91.9FM for sharing our expedition with your listeners. If you missed out on the interview, you can listen by clicking on the link below (courtesy of Newsclip):

Weekly news: 2 exciting updates

Hello to our supporters.

We hope that you’re having a good week. Things are heating up, with just 17 days to go before we leave Jozi there is much going on:

Here’s what’s new:

Derrick FourieOur family taking part in Joburg2Kili has grown to 4 riders!! We’d like to Welcome Derrick Fourie to our team. He’s taken time off from running his business to come and ride bikes across Africa with us and we’re stoked to have him on board.



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Joburg2Kili and Mandela Day ride. – you can support Joburg2Kili and also Nelson Mandela Day, by joining us for a social ride and breakfast in The Cradle of Humankind this Saturday morning (16 July 2016). All the details are here.

Bring friends and family and support us and Mandela Day.

What you might have missed:

rsz_1maxresdefaultWe still have availability for our farewell and fundraiser at the Barnyard. It’s taking place on Friday 22nd at 7pm at the Barnyard Theatre in Rivonia, and you can get all the details here.

If you’re not available to join either of the above you can still support us either through a direct donation here or by liking and sharing our Facebook Page, Instagram, Twitter.

Thank you for your continued support!

A farewell, and celebratory drink

If you’re reading this blog, you’re already aware that on the 30th July the #Joburg2Kili Team depart The City of Gold on a single speed bicycle and head north toward the highest point in Africa. The good news is that we’ve almost reached our initial fundraising goal – R100, 000 for the Qhbeka charity, but we’re not stopping there. Later this week we’ll let you know our new goal for the final few weeks before we set off.

To say farewell to friends and family we’ve decided to combine a fundraiser for our trip to help cover our costs and raise even more money for Qhubeka, as well as few beers and a social evening at Barnyard in Rivonia.

Event  details:
Date:  Friday 22nd July 2016
Time: from 7pm for drinks and dinner the show starts at 8pm
Cost: R200 per person. You can bring your own food, or buy at the venue, (drinks though, must be bought at the venue).
Show: “Hollywood Walk of Fame” (The show has no age restriction and  is suitable for the whole family).
Venue: The Barnyard Theatre Rivonia (Corner of Witkoppen Road & Rivonia Road,)

All the details about the event are on our Facebook page,  please feel free to extend this invite to anyone that you think could be keen,the more the merrier and the more it’ll help us and our charity.

(Payment needs to be made by 15th July into FNB current account: 62070449436 (please use your name as a reference and reply to this email to let us know that you’ve confirmed and paid).

Hope to see you on the 22nd!


Joburg2Kili featured on Sam Cowen’s 702/Cape Talk Radio Show

This past weekend we were very excited to have the Joburg2Kili expedition mentioned on Sam Cowen’s Weekend Breakfast Show on 702 Talk Radio and CapeTalk. David Katz (@MrActiveSA) who is a freelance journalist/producer and health & fitness coach chatted to Sam Cowen about the expedition, climbing Kilimanjaro and most importantly about our chosen charity Qhubeka. If you missed out on the discussion, you can listen to it by clicking on the link below (courtesy of Newsclip):