A charity bike ride from the Afar border to Ankober Palace
Event Weekend: 20-22 November 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all in ways we could not have imagined and turned our lives upside down. In Ethiopia, tourism has been particularly badly hit and the people who have fared worst are those freelance tourism service providers earning a living as guides, drivers, cooks and scouts. After more than seven months of living without an income, many are being forced to sell their livestock or other belongings just to afford the bare necessities for their families and be able to continue sending their children to school.
‘Ride the Rift’ is an initiative to support these worst affected individuals and their families across Ethiopia. The primary aim of the ride is to raise much-needed funds which will be given to help these families; and to raise awareness of their plight.
Additionally it will demonstrate to Ethiopians that the country is open for them to travel in and that this is an ideal time to see the wonderful sites to be found across the country. It will motivate Ethiopians who can to travel out to help out, giving employment to individuals and businesses across the country.
The event is a collaborative effort by a number of Ethiopian tour operators keen to support this vital cause and encourage travellers to return to Ethiopia to re-energise Ethiopia’s tourist industry.
How can you help?
ALL EVENT PROFIT GOES FOR CHARITY
All money above event costs will be donated to the worst hit individuals and their families.
RAISE AWARENESS TOGETHER
Develop and share opportunities for travel and adventure in Ethiopia.
ALL RIDERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO RAISE MORE FUNDS
Participants are encouraged to do their own fundraising for this cause.
2 Nights all inclusive camping
Stay at our riders' camp at Kundi, one of the Wof Washa community guest-houses and mingle with the locals and your fellow riders and their friends and family. This package provides you with all you need for your weekend including tents and camp equipment, toilets, bucket showers, all meals, and participant and bike transfers from Addis Ababa to and from the event.
Bike rental is available at an additional cost of 1,000 birr for the weekend.
Kundi Community Guesthouse & Campsite
Why not bring your family?
If you decide to ride the rift your friends and family may like to come and cheer you to the finish. There is beautiful walking to be done around Kundi and Ankober, so family and friends can happily walk around. If at Kundi the walk from the guesthouses to the end of the ride is just over 10km and will take about 2h30m. Broadly following the ridge road with magnificent views into the Rift Valley. Its nice to take paths away from the road in places.Around Ankober Lodge there are walks and activities that the lodge suggests in the area.If possible share accommodation / tents as there is limited availability.
transport for bikes (from/to Addis & during the ride)
all meals from Friday evening dinner to Sunday morning breakfast incl. water, coffee/tea
2 nights camping at Wof Washa Kundi site (Friday to Sunday)
transfers from and back to Addis Ababa
souvenir ride finishers' t-shirt
support during ride including refreshments (snack and water stations)
Extras and personal expenditure
all other drinks
Sleeping bag (for camping)
Good quality mountain bikes can be rented for the weekend for ETB 1,000
raffle to win amazing prices
overnight in Kundi Community Guesthouse for an extra fee of ETB 500
safety & first aid staff
VIP package in Ankober Palace Lodge (see Lodge Package below)
children up to the age of 2 are free of charge
non-riders guided hike on Saturday
*excl. extras and personal expenditure; any young riders under 16 will pay ETB 6,000
LODGE PACKAGE (subject to availability)
2 Nights at Ankober Palace Lodge (the finish point for the ride)
As these are in short supply we will require payment with in 6 working hours to secure the booking (reservations made in the morning must be paid for by that afternoon, and afternoon reservations by the next morning.)
Stay in the beautifully situated Ankober Lodge, perched on a hill top on the Rift Valley Escarpment. It is set on the site of Emperor Menelik's former palace. There are 10 rooms built in traditional style with ensuite hot shower & toilet: 6 family rooms with a double & a single bed, + an optional camp bed, and 4 double or twin rooms facing out to the magnificent views. These will be provided on a first come first serve basis.
The restaurant, which was rebuilt in the style and site of the Great Hall of Emperor Menelik at the top of the hill, serves a variety of international & national dishes. The bar and the veranda look over the Rift Valley allowing you to enjoy the wonderful scenery.
RAISE YOUR OWN FUNDS
You don't want to ride, but you want to help? We encourage everyone to raise funds for the good cause with your friends in Ethiopia or abroad. Our rider Peter Nash set up a fundraising campaign on GO FUND ME to support his climb up the Rift. With just a few clicks you can help him to reach his fundraising goal of £2,000 (~ETB100,000).
Additional fundraising is something that we ask all participants to do. We have a draft sponsorship form you can print out to help seek individuals or businesses to sponsor you. If you ask them to sponsor you a fixed amount or amount per kilometre cycled (to encourage you to complete the 30km) or per meter climbed!
How can you book your package in 2 easy steps?
Follow our easy online registration form or download the registration form below and fill it in, indicating which package you prefer. We require one registration for every rider.
COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION FORM
and send it to:
You must do this in person in one of our offices in Kebena or Shalla Park (near Atlas Hotel). Details are sent to you after registration.
MAKE YOUR PAYMENT
Ride the Rift is a non-profit initiative.