12 Aug, 2016

Joburg2Kili Team March On!


Over a week ago, the Joburg2Kili powered by Tarsus cyclists left Johannesburg from Jeep in Bryanston. Warrick and Camilla Kernes, Gareth Pickering and Derrick Fourie have cycled over 800km to Francistown in Botswana on single-speed Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycles. The team are raising funds for Qhubeka by riding from Johannesburg to Moshi in Tanzania where they plan to summit Mount Kilimanjaro.

To date they have managed to raise over R125 000 for Qhubeka, which helps change children’s lives by providing them with bicycles to enable them to get to school. “The journey so far has been an awesome experience. It really got real for us when we crossed over into Botswana and we are enjoying riding here on these flat, smooth roads,” says Warrick Kernes, owner of Action Gear.

So far, the route has taken the team from Bryanston in Johannesburg to Buffelspoort and then on a tough windy ride to Bakgatla Resort in Pilansberg. From there, the team cycled up north to the beautiful Marakele National Park, which is just past Thabazimbi and onto Marulasfontein Game Ranch just before Laphalale.

From there, the team had their longest ride to date just short of 130km to Kwa Nokeng Campsite which is just past the Martin’s Drift Border Post into Botswana. They have had one rest day which was in fact their first day in Botswana to just give the bodies some time.

The team then moved on up to Itumela Campsite in Palaype and quickly progressed onto Serule. The team has now arrived at Woodlands Campsite just outside Francistown in Botswana. One of the cyclists, Derrick Fourie, has been struggling a bit with a sore knee over the past few days whilst riding and decided to not ride the leg from Kwa Nokeng Campsite to Palaype and to rather take another day off to go see a local doctor in Palaype.

Since then he seems to already be on the mend and has ridden both legs from Palaype to Serule and then onto Francistown. On the leg from Serule to Francistown, the team experienced their first set of punctures and had some difficulties with the tyre repair patches that were in their kit but they managed to sort the tyres out by visiting a very helpful, local tyre repair shop on the side of the road.

“It has made such a difference having two support vehicles with us for this expedition. One car is able to go ahead to setup camp and buy food supplies along the way whilst the other follows us to keep us safe and to allow us to stop and fill up water bottles, get more snacks and to apply more STUF sunblock” says Camilla, the only female cyclist on the journey.

The team will be riding through Botswana for the next ten days as they make their way up to Zambia. The team are using a Spot Gen3 GPS that allows people to follow them daily by visiting their Live Tracking page on the website.

Watch this space for updates on the teams incredible journey. 

Kyle Deeley

Kyle Deeley

Editorial Assistant |