Ride 4 Change – Lesotho


Introduction

Ride 4 Change is a motorcycle enduro charity ride on the Wild Coast of Southern Africa. The beneficiary of this is SA based charity Touch Africa, whose key focus area is Early Childhood Development and assisting with creche and Grade R infrastructure in the impoverished old Transkei.

The entire coastal zone is owned by Nature Conservation so there are no fences.  The houses and population are rural. This is the area that Princes William and Harry rode with us in 2008.  It is technical riding, so we do have the option to use escape routes if it becomes too tough. Over the 7 days we cross countless rivers, follow cattle and sled paths in and out of the valleys and climb the mountains of Lesotho.

It’s Biking Heaven!

The Bikes

Due to the technical nature of the Wild Coast and Lesotho, we choose to ride the indestructible Honda CRF 230 and CRF 250X - these will get you places that even Mountain goats would think twice about. Your bike will be branded with your name on the front number board and if you wish your company logo as well.

Skill Levels

You need to be an Intermediate rider and accustomed to enduro riding.  There is great support en route, so you’ll be in good hands.

Accommodation and Meals

We stay at Family beach hotels in Wild Coast which are mostly 3 stars and offer great food and have awesome pubs.  Lesotho are all mountain lodges and each have unique characters.

All meals are included.  Let us know if you have a specific dietary requirement - we'll do our best to accommodate.

6 - 13 September 2020

Our Itinerary

Sat 5 Sept

Group will be collected from East London Airport and transported to Morgan’s Bay – roughly 1hr drive.  On arrival, they will be introduced to their trusty steeds and the seasoned Ride 4 Change team.

Touch Africa - Ride 4 Change
Touch Africa - Ride 4 Change

Sun 6 Sept

A great day’s ride to Kob Inn - 85km.  The route takes us past the site of the famous Jacaranda shipwreck and many river crossings. The Kobonqaba, Cebe and Qora being our big 3 for Day 1. The gorge between Mazeppa Bay and Kob Inn is the final obstacle.  The degree of difficulty is about 3 out of 5. Overnight at Kob Inn Hotel.

Mon 7 Sept

Group departs from Kob Inn along the coast over the Jujura River and onto the magnificent Shixini point. We head north to cross this mighty river and pass Beecham wood onto our regroup with the back-up vehicle at Bashee River. After leaving the Bashee we head through the Haven reserve and onto our Beach house at Xora.

 

 

Tues 8 Sept

Ride to Coffee Bay (Best riding in the world!!!!!). We cross the Xora river about 6km upstream and wind our way down to Bulungulu and up the coast.  Beautiful scenery and massive grass hills make this a very special half day. The final mine Chute to the magnificent Hole in the Wall and Coffee Bay brings the Wild Coast ride to an end.

We do a mini project at Nkanya School in the afternoon and return to the hotel for sun-downers. Bikes are loaded and ready for early morning departure to Lesotho.

 

 

Wed 9 Sept

An early morning bus to the Lesotho border at Telle Bridge. We arrive at 1pm and offload the bikes. It’s a great adventure as we head north into the Maluti Mountains and arrive at the pony trekking station of Malealea Lodge.

 

Touch Africa - Ride 4 Change
Touch Africa - Ride 4 Change
Touch Africa - Ride 4 Change
Touch Africa - Ride 4 Change
Touch Africa - Ride 4 Change

 

Thurs 10 Sept

A rest day with a school project in the morning and we have the option of doing a Pony Trek to the waterfall or just chilling out at Malealea in the afternoon

 

Fri 11 Sept

Another great day awaits departing Malealea Lodge as we tackle the Devils Staircase to the Makhaleng River and then we traverse the famous Ribaneng gorge and visit our Lengau school en route. It’s one of the finest days on a dirt bike as we wind our way to the awesome guest lodge of Ramabanta. The remoteness will blow you away.

Sat 12 Sept

We have a choice to either cross the famous Roof of Africa pass of Music Box, or tackle the infamous Bushmans Pass, into our final overnight stop at the Trading Post, where a traditional South African barbeque and lots of cold Maluti Lagers await.

Sun 13 Sept

It’s time to bid farewell and embark on the 4 - 5 hr bus ride to Johannesburg for your homeward flights.

Touch Africa - Ride 4 Change

Package Cost 

The Package cost is £1600 per person.

These costs include

  • HONDA CRF230 or CRF250X Bike Rental
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • All meals incl lunches
  • 2 guides
  • A back-up vehicle and luggage truck
  • All Fuel
  • Spare Bikes
  • All permits
  • Airport Transfer from East London at Start and to Johannesburg at end.

Excluded are drinks, gratuities, tel calls, sundries and flights.

Payment & Booking

With a maximum of 25 riders, a minimum of £400 as deposit is required to book your spot. Banking details are
Touch Africa
Standard Bank
Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ
Acc : 080 316 697

The balance of the entry fee (£1200) is due by 1 July 2020.