Bikepacking around the South Coast
After months of emailing, planning and a frenetic last couple of days to get everything ready the day is finally here. Tonight a couple of pals and I will be on the bus to Mombasa from where we will embark on our first ever bikepacking trip around the South Coast of Kenya.
The 9 day trip will take us up the hills of Kwale in Shimba Hills, where we will visit and camp at the Shimba Hills National reserve and down to the beautiful pristine white sandy beaches of South Coast at the Kisite Mpunguti Marine park and the idyllic paradise that is Tiwi beach.
From cycling in the jungle that hosts the highest density of African Elephants to swimming with Dolphins and if we are really lucky spot a Humpback whale or two at Kisite. This trip has all the ingredients to make it trully remarkable.
The trip start point is at the Likoni ferry crossing, where we will then proceed to cycle to the Shimba National Reserve in Kwale. From an elevation of 0m above sea level to 1800m above sea level. Such is the variety of the South Coast. We will then camp at the reserve for three days before cycling down to Shimoni where we will take a boat to our campsite on the Mpunguti Islands.
A few days later will see us cycling up the LungaLunaga - Ramisi road to Msambweni where we will camp for the night before proceeding to the Tiwi campsite which will be our last stop before heading back to Likoni and the end of the trip.
With the Shimba Hills Reserve having a large population of African Elephants we took this opportunity to do more than just have fun while down there. We have partnered with the lovely and hardworking folks of Wildlife Direct to do a bit of on the ground campaigning for the Hands off our elephants anti poaching campaign. They have provided us with a number of campaign materials that we will be distributing on the ground in places such as the local schools and shopping centers.
All that is left is for me to finish packing up my gear and getting on the bus. I will try and update the blog as we go along but you can follow along through my twitter account as well.