Teen's Record-Breaking 6,000km Solo Charity Cycle to End in Cape Town on Tuesday 9 July

19-year-old Jack O’Shea, from Norfolk, UK is nearing the end of a gruelling 6,000km solo cycle ride across Africa in aid of charity.

O’Shea, who has been hospitalised twice and faced treacherous cycling conditions following heavy rains has now reached South Africa, the eighth and final country on his route.

He will end his journey at Cape Town’s Waterfront on Tuesday where he anticipates an emotional reunion with his family, who are flying out to Cape Town to meet him.

The teen who embarked on his challenge on 6th March from Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya has been raising funds for two charities: Kitale School in Uganda and Explorers against Extinction, the charitable Trust of Real World Travel & Conservation, and parent company of safari specialist Real Africa

O'Shea, who describes his challenge as “life-changing” says he was inspired by the charity's patrons who include Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Colonel John Blashford Snell, Levison Wood, Benedict Allen and Pip Stewart.  He cites one of his most memorable moments as coming face-to-face with the last two northern white rhinos in the world at Ol Pejeta in Kenya. He also visited the anti-poaching canine unit, who Explorers against Extinction funded a new conservation arms/ammunition Spaniel for. 

To date, he has raised around £5,000 but hopes to reach £6,000 by his return to the UK later this month (£1 for every kilometre of his journey). 

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