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!

Meet our Jeep Support Crew – Bryan and Bobby

This expedition would not be possible without a great support team who’ll be keeping us safe and helping to run things smoothly. Many of the roads which will be cycled don’t have a wide shoulder and other roads in East Africa have so many potholes that the trucks end up driving off the verge rather than on the road. In either case, having Bryan and Bobby in a Jeep Wrangler behind the bikes will ensure the trucks keep a safe distance. Having the vehicle also allows for a few “luxuries” like extra water containers, more packing space and a roof top tent on top of the camping trailer.

We’re thrilled to have Bryan and Bobby on board. Read a brief bio on each of them below.


  • Raised near Atlanta, Georgia, USA.  Currently calls Colorado home
  • Has traveled to 49 of the 50 states of America (all except Hawaii)
  • Climbed all 53 Colorado 14ers (peaks over 14,000 feet (4267 meters))
  • Summited Kilimanjaro in 2014

What are you looking forward to most about the #Joburg2Kili expedition? 
Returning to Africa. Seeing new places. Meeting new people.

What do you think will be the hardest part of the expedition?
Driving a Jeep at the speed of a bicycle for 10 weeks  🙂




  • Educator and tutor
  • Natural adventurer and scout
  • Nickname – Fawcee

What are you looking forward to most about the #Joburg2Kili expedition? 
The reason I’m excited for this expedition is because I will get to see Africa, well Southern Africa from a different perspective. I love the bush, especially African bush. Just being outdoors in Africa is calming so this is a great way to do it, a different place most nights.

What do you think will be the hardest part of the expedition?
The most challenging part of the trip I think is going to be if we have any break downs and punctures especially with the bikes as this can cause time delays.