Ivory Coast

Earlier this year, Bike for Africa was welcomed by SOCFIN in Grand Béréby,  Ivory Coast, a beautiful rubber and palm oil plantation, for a 4 day long biking tour. It turned out to be an unforgettable experience for its participants, Brussels Airlines and Socfin staff and management alike. The plantation, a  concession of nearly 35 000 hectares of tropical agriculture, with  two thirds of that dedicated to rubber and the remainder to palm oil, and its well-maintained road system is a perfect environment to explore Africa at its best.

Within its premises, the plantation has its own rubber factory and a palm oil mill. Nearly 9000 people are employed directly and many more benefit from indirect employment. Socfin provides full health care support for its employees and their immediate families, supports the schools within the plantation and has a structural consultation process with all its stake holders in and around the plantation on  social, economic and environmental  performance.

The weather in January in Ivory Coast is pretty warm compared to Europe and cycling in 30°C plus temperatures from the first day was a challenge. But the beauty of the scenery, the typical African colors, the overwhelmingly friendly local people, quickly made us forget the physical effort we were confronted with. Hospitality in Ivory Coast is at its best and the cheering by young and old was that overwhelming that we all felt , just for a few days, like any professional biker in the Tour the France!

The Socfin Group is present in Africa, more specifically in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Cameroon and Congo DRC as well as in Asia, more specifically in Indonesia and Cambodia. The Group’s plantations produce palm oil and rubber. In Ivory Coast, the rubber (and palm) tree estate is called Société des Caoutchoucs de Grand-Béréby (SOGB).



Explore the Programme

Read the Journal

our Participants

Kim Vanderhaeghen's picture
Kim Vanderhaeghen
Matthias Spohr's picture
Matthias Spohr
Matthias Funke's picture
Matthias Funke
Saskia Michels's picture
Saskia Michels
Simon De Backer's picture
Simon De Backer
Robert Jahn's picture
Robert Jahn
Pieterjan Luyten's picture
Pieterjan Luyten
Markus Leopold's picture
Markus Leopold
Laurens Verlinden's picture
Laurens Verlinden
Joerg Beissel's picture
Joerg Beissel
Frank Bauer's picture
Frank Bauer
Claudia Tluk's picture
Claudia Tluk
Rudy Serneels's picture
Rudy Serneels
Martine Vereerstraeten's picture
Martine Vereerstraeten
Anne Tricot's picture
Anne Tricot
Walter Windey's picture
Walter Windey
Bart Neukermans's picture
Bart Neukermans
Jan Derycke's picture
Jan Derycke
Sven Peeters's picture
Sven Peeters
Thomas Dieu's picture
Thomas Dieu
Bjorn Cornelis's picture
Bjorn Cornelis
Josiane De Neef's picture
Josiane De Neef
Yves Kerremans's picture
Yves Kerremans
Ilse Verhelst's picture
Ilse Verhelst
Stefan Van Nereaux's picture
Stefan Van Nereaux
Wim Boecxstaens's picture
Wim Boecxstaens
Mike Vanderlinden's picture
Mike Vanderlinden
Uli Van Bruggen's picture
Uli Van Bruggen
Monique Dijk's picture
Monique Dijk
Matthias Lefèvre's picture
Matthias Lefèvre
Herman Carpentier's picture
Herman Carpentier
Kirsti Vrancken's picture
Kirsti Vrancken

Instagram See all #bikeforafrica pictures

our Sponsors