UK charity the Real World Conservation Trust, which collaborates with a number of Kenyan conservation organisations including the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Save the Elephants, Save the Rhino International and Ol Pejeta Conservancy, is set to benefit from a British teenager’s fundraising cycle trek from Kenya to South Africa.
18-year-old Jack O’Shea, from Bradfield in Norfolk, is planning to cycle the 9,000 kilometres between the two countries, through grassland, deserts, mountains and jungle, beginning in March and aiming to complete the journey three months later.
He plans to begin in one of the Kenyan National Parks in which the Real World Conservation Trust runs some of its projects and then passing through Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia before arriving in South Africa.
Along the way he will also visit Kitale School in Uganda, which will also receive some of the money raised, to meet some of the students and teachers there.
Jack is currently on a gap year after sixth form before going to study Paramedic Science in London next year.
He has had a love of cycling from an early age and completed the London to Paris ride at just 13.
“It has always been a dream of mine to cycle across Africa,” he said.
“This expedition will take me through 11 countries and the ride will be completely unaided. I will carry everything I need for the ride on my bike, including a tent, cooking utensils, spares and some other essentials. Along the way I will stay in home stays, camps and in some rural areas I will stay in my tent, in the middle of nowhere,” he added.
If you would like to learn more or support Jack’s fundraising initiative, please visit the Africa the Ride website.