Cycling from Joburg to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda ain’t that easy

2 Apr

Murray Beaumont ( left ) and Alex Antrobus at the spectacular Victoria falls on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia

The two young graduates that left Joburg on 7 Feb to cycle thousands of kilometres all the way up to Bwindi in Uganda have made excellent progress . To date they have covered a distance of more than 2640 km and last Sunday they crossed the spectacular Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe in order to continue their journey through Zambia .  They plan to raise awareness about Africa’s chronic water problem and in the process raise some much-needed funding to build two specialist water pumps in rural areas.

Alex Antrobus who graduated in applied maths and physics is an avid birder, and a grandson of G.R McLachlan who edited the second to fourth editions of the now famous and authoritative Roberts Birds of Southern Africa publication.

The two cyclists, when they eventually reach Bwindi in about 3 months time, will be staying in Ruhija at the Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation ( ITFC )  , who are the highly valued ground partners to the Rare Finch Conservation Group. The two intrepid cyclists are also helping to raise some much-needed awareness for the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, in the south-western part of Uganda, as the world’s top destination for avid finch enthusiasts

If you wish to find out more about Alex and Murray’s exciting route through Africa and their adventurous journey simply log onto You will be able to follow the two of them on facebook, where you will see a number of interesting visuals as well as twitter, where you will pick up their daily hiccups and challenges ( The marvels of modern-day communication !!! ). We will also update our readers from time to time as their journey progresses.

The Rare Finch Conservation Group has no full-time staff members and every member of the group volunteers their skills and services in the interests of advancing finch conservation work. The RFCG is registered in South Africa as a non-profit organisation . It is totally dependent on donations and sponsorships for its future survival . The RFCG is currently raising funds ( US$ 25,000 is needed ) to finance its planned Phase 3 field research work in Uganda.  For more information on this pioneering conservation group please contact

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