We have deliberately chosen to start our biking safari in the Maasai Mara so people have the option of spending a few days on a more conventional game-viewing safari beforehand. It also adds a certain frisson to the first day's cycling since the route passes along the Reserve's northern boundary with the chance of seeing a variety of animals enroute.

The 1,500 square kilometres of the Maasai Mara lie in the southwest corner of Kenya, bordering its Tanzanian neighbour, the Serengeti. Both these areas combine to provide an ecosystem that supports a staggeringly large and diverse array of wildlife.

As home to the “Big Five”, elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard, it is not surprising that the BBC chose to base their Big Cat series of programmes here.  Many of the leopards featured in these programmes have had their territories on the banks of the Talek, just down river from Riverside Camp where you will be staying.

The Mara is an awesome place, where the Maasai people and their herds share the stunning landscape with vast herds of antelope and accompanying predators, and wildlife still exists in unimaginably vast numbers. The world famous annual migration of the wildebeest ignores man-made boundaries with over one and a half million animals making their way across the grass plains in a continuous search for fresh grazing.

The prime time to see the animals at their best is first thing in the morning or late afternoon to dusk. The choice will be yours and, whilst you are free to make up your own minds about what to do and when, you are strongly urged to follow the advice about getting up early.  Time in between the morning and afternoon game drives is normally spent relaxing in camp.

The first day of cycling starts at Riverside and follows a well-used track, skirting the Talek River, to Sekanani. From here the route heads north around rocky hillsides and over the flat Siana Plains to finish at Ilparakuo Camp, near the town of Ngoswani, after covering about 40 kilometres. This is the easiest of the cycling days, lasting from three to four hours over relatively easy terrain, with no long climbs and makes an ideal start to the expedition.