Breaking Records for African Parks

At the end of this month, Steppes Travel's Africa Product Manager, Rob Gardiner, will begin his attempt to break a cycling world record, in support of African Parks. Leaving from Tarifa, Spain, he is aiming to become the fastest person to cycle the length of Europe. The journey will take him all the way to Nordkapp, Norway, within the Arctic Circle. To beat the current time of 21.5 days, he will need to cycle more than 300 kilometres a day, travelling unsupported.

Not content with targeting one world record, he has already broken another as part of his training. In April, he set a new record for the most countries cycled through in a week. His tally of 17 was two more than the existing record and saw him spend up to 18 hours cycling each day, as he travelled from The Netherlands to Macedonia.

As well as attempting to break the record, Rob is also fundraising for African Parks. Inspired by seeing their work firsthand in Rwanda and Malawi, he is aiming to raise £20,000 - or £5 for every mile he is cycling. This money will go towards the protected areas under their management, funding long-term, holistic, community-involved conservation efforts in some of Africa's most threatened ecosystems. To find out more about Rob's ride and to sponsor him, visit