Cally Silberbauer, daughter of Pieter and Brenda, owners of Trail’s End, is currently riding solo from Cape Town to Kilimanjaro where she will attempt to set the fastest known time (FKT) for a female cycling up and down Kilimanjaro. Cally embarked on her challenge as part of a slow burn protest against gender based violence, asking the question, “But do you feel safe as a woman alone?”. Cally is raising funds for the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children who shelter victims of gender based violence in Cape Town (click here to donate).
Cally Silberbauer set off on her Cape2Kili journey on the 21st of May and has cycled up the west coast of South Africa, continuing North through Namibia to Windhoek where she headed East into Botswana. She rode through Botswana into Zimbabwe and crossed into Zambia at Victoria Falls. From Zambia she rides through Malawi to finish her 6500km journey at the base of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania where friends and family will meet her to climb Kilimanjaro and support her FKT attempt.
Cally has met some of the most wonderful people who have fed her, put her up for the night or lifted her to her campsite when the headwind made her progress too slow to make it in the daylight. She has enjoyed some thrilling activities, from bungee jumping off Vic Falls to feeding elephants and horse back safaris in Zimbabwe. To follow Cally’s wonderful adventure, you can find her on Instagram @callysilberbauer.
Images by Xavier Briel