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M15202 - The gold standard in biking holidays in Africa, New Zealand, South America and Asia.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
Began in 1999. With 100 years of family history in East Africa - in 1995 John headed to Kenya to discover his family's past and meet his many cousins. A couple of years on with many adventures under his belt John felt that he wanted to share some of the amazing places he had experienced.
M15202 was born in 1999 with a single trip in Kenya and Tanzania and a single biker on board. In the following years our Kenya and Tanzania trip has evolved and grown. We have taken the time to fine tune the trip and now days we lead 6 trips during the East African dry season.
With more of our bikers keen to return for another adventure with us, and our keenness to explore new places - we have since developed trips in Uganda, Chile, China & Tibet, Mexico and a summer season here at home in New Zealand.
2. What is your company's mission?
o lead the best bike trips in the world – we aim to provide our bikers a once in a lifetime experience (or two or three for some) getting close up and right amongst the destinations we visit. Take them to places and provide them with the opportunity to have their own unique experience, one that they would never have found on their own or with other commercial companies.
With the best equipment, the best set up and the best leaders – offer fantastic riding, visit remarkable places, make memorable encounters and provide the opportunity for life changing experiences. Employ only the best trip leaders – who can live and breathe our philosophy and dream as well as adding ‘a splash of their own colour’.
Carry out our business at all times with complete respect for the individuals, communities, economies, environments and eco-systems that we exist in. Employ only actions that make a positive long lasting interactions and contributions in the places we operate.
3. What does your company specialize in?
Creating and leading biking and active holidays that will touch your soul and stay in your memory forever.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
Founder: John Etherington.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Kenya & Tanzania - Baisekeli Maridadi. is our most popular trip. Our bikers tell us that they love it for the personal experience, for taking us to a level of travel and immersion, meeting the local people and out the way amazing places that they would never be able to find if travelling independently.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
"Brilliant! I have done supported tours in USA, Cuba, Brazil and Europe and this is the gold standard in terms of support, food, attention to detail, professionalism, friendliness etc. etc. I cannot recommend this company too highly. Go have fun!"
Jane Thurnell-Read, UK - Kenya and Tanzania, July 2007