Sharing Passion for Cycling Across the Countries
Tourism Partnership with Jackson’s African Safaris
Timothy Jackson, the founder of Jackson's African Safaris, recognizes the value of the bicycle to Africans. He had firsthand experience of the use of a bicycle to transport commodities, water, and people.
During Rwanda's genocide in 1994, the bicycle offered some an escape route. Mr. Jackson contacted the founders of Team Rwanda Cycling to propose long-term cooperation with Team Africa Rising.
Recognizing Our Efforts
Jackson's African Safaris recognizes the significance of Team Africa Rising's efforts with multiple teams across the continent. It is critical to support these teams with programs and draw worldwide attention to these organizations' work.
Tourism may make or break the long-term health and survival of Africa's species, landscapes, and people in today's world. With Covid-19, Africa has seen one of its most crucial GDP contributors come to a complete stop in the past three years. Fortunately, the industry is roaring back!
When a client is recommended to Jackson's African Safaris through the Team Africa Rising Organization, Jackson's African Safaris will provide the Team Africa Rising Organization a full 10% of the tour price, or as close to this as feasible. Mr. Jackson explains that any personal clients or recommendations may pick where they contribute their 10%. He will always draw his clients' attention to their company's list of preferred donors, including (TAR) Team Africa Rising.
Cycling in Rwanda
The country of Rwanda is renowned as the Land of a Thousand Hills and a bike rider's paradise. Rwanda's most famous cyclist Adrien Niyonshuti first met our founder Jonathan "Jock" Boyer, in 2006 at the Wooden Bike Classic event, which was hosted in a tiny village in Rwanda. Adrien was Rwanda's first Olympic cyclist qualifier and became the first black African rider in history to finish an XCO MTB Olympic event at the 2012 London Olympics. He went on to represent the country at the 2016 Rio Olympics as well.
If you would like to arrange a cycle tour in Rwanda, we recommend contacting Rafiki Bikes. Rafiki Uwimana, one of the original members of Team Rwanda Cycling and a three-time finisher of the Cape Epic, owns Rafiki Bikes. He gives personally guided mountain bike tours and is one of the official guides of the Congo-Nile Trail. Rafiki mapped most of the route. Rafiki also speaks English.
Rafiki Bikes Whatsapp: +250 788 872 112
For additional mountain bike and road cycling tours contact Yannick Godwin, owner of Lava Bike Tours. Yannick is a Team Africa Rising trained mechanic and guide. He speaks English and looks forward to riding with you!
Cycling in Ethiopia
Due to the current situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, all tours in this area are suspended.
Team Africa Rising recommends Ride the Rift, a collaboration of several touring companies offering off-road, safe adventures in this beautiful country. They are currently offering tours in 2023.
Supporting the Local Economy
Our work started in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic started to hit Ethiopia’s tourism industry. Our first event was a charity bike ride in Ankober which raised over 500,000 Birr. These funds were distributed to over 60 cooks and guides across Ethiopia who had been deprived of an income since the start of the pandemic. We are continuing to fundraise for individual freelance providers with the support of generous corporate donations.