If you haven't already watched the footage of a cyclist in South Africa getting taken out by a hartebeest (a type of antelope), you should check it out. It's not exactly the best marketing for a cycling safari in South Africa, but it's very funny. And it does bring home the excitement of riding a mountain bike in a wildlife reserve.
Cycling is becoming a popular activity for visitors to Africa. Of course it's very eco-friendly, and a great way to immerse yourself in rural Africa. Riding a bike does not put up the same economic and social barriers as driving around in a car. It also lets you see, hear, smell, and experience Africa at its own pace.
Bicycles are an important means of transport for many people in Africa. If you're planning a cycling vacation in Africa, it's likely you'll be riding a quality mountain bike. But most of the bikes you'll be passing along the way, will be of the sturdy Chinese variety, with no gears. Despite the often hilly terrain, these bikes are strong enough to carry heavy objects, bring essential supplies to rural villages, act as taxis, and transport families to work and school.
Boy and his bike in the DRC -- © Getty Images