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      Tanzania is a fantastic country and many tourists have been at safari or have climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro – the highest mountain in Africa and the highest alone standing mountain in the World.

     Not many know that Tanzania and especially the part around Arusha, Mt. Meru, and Mt. Kilimanjaro are fantastic for cycling. We will bring you to those destinations by arranging nice cycle tours using mountain bikes and touring bicycles which will let you into the heart of Tanzania. In these different places you will be able to learn about different local people such as the Maasai tribe. The bicycles are provided from the company for free and at least one of our guides is a good cycle mechanic.

We are sure that you will have a fantastic cycle-tour whichever of our tours you choose. We are flexible, so let us know if you want a different route or maybe other daily distances.

Explore Tanzania on a Tanzania Cycling Safari. Feel touch and experience the sunshine of Tanzania on a two-wheel bicycle! Imagine incredible lush green passes, wildlife next to your wheels, and local culture on the journey by customized mountain biking holidays for cycling lovers. We provide guided day trips as well as incredible multi-day bicycle tours. Around Mt Kilimanjaro as well as Mt Meru.

Mountain bike adventure around Mt. Kilimanjaro – Individual and group travel

The trail around Africa‘s tallest mountain and highest volcano is 230 miles long and involves 16000ft of climbing. It takes us through solitary rainforests, fertile fields of crop and through wild, dry acacia rich savannah, which is the home of the Maasai. The tracks around the cloud shrouded, snow-capped roof of Africa are mainly dusty, sometimes rocky, with a few asphalt roads. We spend a night in a Maasai cultural village to get to know their customs, songs and dishes. On a safari in Arusha National Park see some of Africa´s amazing wildlife. Two packages are available: with a local mountain bike guide only, you carry your own luggage during the rides or, a comfort option where a backup vehicle is always around so distances can be shorten to individual needs.

Itinerary

After arriving at the Airport you are welcomed by your tour guide. Transfer to your first accommodation at theHotel or camping site.

Day 2 Bike Tour around Moshi

This day is for your acclimatization. After adjusting the bikes your guide will ride with you along the lower slopes of the volcano and around town.

Day 3 Bike Tour Moshi – Lake Chala

The route is on uneven paths, mainly over farmland of the Chagga people. A long climb leads to Marangu, one of the gateway points to Kilimanjaro. Banana and coffee plantations change with little villages. The kids have a ball and come running to the road calling “Mzungu”. Towards the end an 8 mile downhill takes us back into savannah country to a beautiful lodge at Lake Chala, offering swimming, birding and game viewing on foot. (B,L,D) (44 mi., hg +3600 ft., gravel tracks/tar)

Day 4 Bike Tour Lake Chala – Rongai

We are heading further north anti clockwise around the volcano. In the higher regions we see good farming practice of water and soil saving agriculture of the locals. We ride close to the Kenyan border climbing gently to higher altitude. The last 6 miles are on tar and quite steep. In the afternoon we arrive at our cozy chalets. This is one of the starting points leading onto the mountain. If you want to get a taste what it’s like you can go for a walk. (B,L,D) (40 mi., hg +3300 ft., tracks/tar)

Day 5 Bike tour Rongai – Olpopongi Masai village

Cross the northern ridge of Kilimanjaro to the highest point of the tour at 6300 ft. Our tires will reach their limit, because nobody can escape the large acacia thorns. During the last miles we might spot some game. At Masai cultural village of Olpopongi we will sleep in typical rondavels. (B,L,D) (62 mi., hg +3300 ft., gravel tracks)

Day 6 Bike tour Olopopongi – Momella

In the morning we ride between Mt. Kili. and Mt. Meru. During the hilly and dusty ride we might spot elephants, zebra, antelope, and buffalo. Stay at the charming Momella Lodge. In late afternoon we head for Arusha National Park in a 4×4. Giraffe, zebra, buffalo and elephant are the large animals, monkeys and countless birds are the little animals in the park. (B,L,D) (28 mi., hg +1000 ft., gravel tracks)

Day 7 Bike tour Momella – Moshi

Through acacia and shrub landscape we head back to Mt. Kilimanjaro. A steep climb brings us back into Chagga territory. Banana and coffee plantations change with little settlements before we descend for lovely Weru Weru River Lodge. In the evening we can celebrate the circumnavigation of Africa`s highest mountain with some cold Kilimanjaro beer. (B,L,D) (56 mi., hg +4500 ft., gravel tracks/tar)

Day 8 Saying farewell

After breakfast, relax by the pool or join the guide for a walk through Moshi. A transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport ends this adventurous trip. (B)

There are different extension opportunities: Climb onto Africa’s highest Mountain to Uhuru Peak at 19430 ft.You can also visit the amazing national parks – Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti with its massive zebra and wildebeest migrations.

Duration: 5days

Includes: transport to the parks and back, accommodation, park entry fee, camping fees, tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, pillows, food, cook, driver/guide, and transfers according to itinerary.

-MONDULI : Mountainbike or Touring Bicycle

  1. Day: Arrival at Arusha Hostel Lodge and Adventures ,Briefing, dinner and overnight
  2. Day: After Breakfast we start out cycling Adventure to Monduli – Monduli Juu: 70 km Lunch in Monduli Dinner and overnight in tents at Monduli Juu
  3. Day: Breakfast Monduli Juu – Snake Park: 70 km Lunch, Dinner and overnight in tents at Snake Park.
  4. Day: Breakfast-Snake Park – Arusha – USA River – Arusha National Park – Arusha Hostel Lodge and Adventures: 70 km Lunch in Arusha. Dinner and overnight at AHLA for a Farewell Party
  5. Day: Breakfast Departure

Duration: 4days

 

Includes: transport to the parks and back, accommodation, park entry fee, camping fees, tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, pillows, food, cook, driver/guide, and transfers according to itinerary.

Day 1: Mbahe to Nalemoru (44 miles / 71 kms.) Overnight: Nalemoru Camp Site. Full board.

Day 2: Nalemoru to Larangwa (31 miles / 50 kms.) Overnight: Larangwa Primary School. Full board

Day 3: Larangwa to Simba Farm (19 miles / 30 kms.) Optional morning hike to the summit of Legumishera Hill (6,550 feet / 1997 meters). Overnight: Simba Farm. Full board Morning to explore the farm on foot, bike, or farm vehicle. Or, for the enthusiastic cyclist, extend your pleasure with a full morning off‐road ride on quiet dirt roads and footpaths amongst the remote farming villages abutting the mountain, finishing with a refreshing picnic lunch at the rendezvous point in the small town of Sanya Juu. Afternoon transport to your next adventure, whether back to Mbahe for a Kilimanjaro climb, onward to safari, or to the airport for your flight home. Breakfast and lunch.

Duration: 10days

Day 0

Airport picks up and drives to moshi. 

Day 1

After breakfast your Tanzania cycling safari begins, The Tanzania expeditions cycling team will be there helping you get started for the day,  From Arusha , cycle a route going through the plantations of bananas and coffee prior to heading west to the Monduli mountain-range. The Open farmlands lead you past the bottom of these mountains. The soil here is referred to as the ‘Black cotton’ and actually is extremely susceptible to erosion. You will go through the tiny valleys plus Maasai homesteads as you cross the foothills. Carrying a packed-lunch you will have it at a convenient place along the way. Camp at ‘Snake Park’ for the night and there you will have an opportunity to see some of the local reptiles. The Total covered distance will be 40 to 60 km

Day 2

Cycling from the camp, this route follows the aged tarmac road, that patterns to and fro over the brand-new road. It really is split up very much, and sometimes goes a long way from the major road. Following lunch, based on the distance already covered, you either have a lift or go on cycling towards the wall of the Great Rift Valley, which is evident in the distance, plus Lake Manyara glimmering. After Manyuki you will follow the main-road to Selelai village. This is an open region, and giraffes, ostriches, gazelles and sometimes elephants are seen. Camp at a fascinating campsite around the fringe of a Rift Valley high mountain. The Total distance covered is 60 to 80 km

Day 3

In the morning climb up a mountain at the rear of the campsite which offers a number of breathtaking sights across Rift Valley and then traverse to Manyara National Park. Your Maasai guide will takes this chance to introducing to you the different medicinal plants which his tribe makes use of. You will return to the camp for a scrumptious lunch. After lunch cycle out to one of the local Maasai homesteads to visit a number of our Maasai friends as well as get an insight into their interesting lives within the Rift Valley. Return to your camp later in the afternoon. Total cycle distance- 20 to 30kms

Day 4

Leave the campsite and cycle through the rift valley to Mto wa Mbu village. The wall of the Rift Valley is visible all day as you cycle past several Maasai homesteads. Probable views of wildlife as you cross over the vast open plains. Enjoy packed lunch beneath an acacia tree as you cool off the heat of this day prior to cycling to later arrive at your camp in the late afternoon. Total distance is 50kms.

Day 5

After breakfast today your bikes will be packed onto your vehicles and you will drive to the Manyara National park for a full day game drive. Lake Manyara National Park is one of the finest and most interesting parks of Tanzania with a large number of wild animals.

When you drive further into the park, you can see groups of Anubis baboons and Sykes monkeys play along the side of the road. Bushbucks will appear out of the bushes and it is very possible you may bump into an elephant on the road. Elephants often use the road so that they do not have to go through the thick bush. Also remember to look up once in a while. Just like in Tarangire, the lions are sometimes in the trees and also a lot of leopards live in this area (though you have to be lucky to spot them). If the big cats cannot be found in the trees, there are a lot of birds to spot in the trees.  In the evening you will drive to Karatu Kudu Lodge and Campsite for dinner and overnight.

Day 6

After breakfast your bikes will be packed onto your vehicles and you will drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. the Ngorongoro is a unique place because it is not a National Park but a Conservation Area, ; meaning that the entire area is controlled for both animals and local Maasai persons that graze their livestock next to the local wildlife. Following a stop at the main entrance gate, you may get an opportunity to learn about the interesting volcanic landscape, later drive round the edge of the Crater, and there you can look down to its floor to see the numerous wildebeests plus elephants. Afterwards descend to the floor of the crater. This crater walls offers a natural haven for the wildlife, meaning there is a lot to view such as lions, elephants, buffaloes, and, in case you are fortunate, leopards as well. Giraffes are actually the sole animal that you won’t see here because their long legs cannot cope with the high steep sides of the Ngorongoro Crater. In the afternoon you will drive up the crater’s wall and camp at the Simba campsite.

Day 7

Following an early tasty breakfast have a breathtaking drive down the exterior of this crater and arrive at Oldupai Gorge, the place that the Leakey family unearthed the historical remains of a number of man’s very first ancestors. You will later drive on to the stunning Naabi Hill that symbolizes the boundary between the Ngorongoro and the Serengeti which are endless Masai’s Plains. Spend the remainder of the day viewing wildlife in Serengeti. Exactly where you go is dependent upon the season of year; you can spend time at the Hippo-pool viewing these stunning animals lie about within the cool water gladly living together with the crocodiles, view a huge pride of lions as well as the great migration of wildebeests and zebras. You will voyage from the open plains to the stunning kopjes – which are volcanic rocky protrusions that offer shelter to wide diversity of animals and also look down at the extensive Serengeti grasslands. This beautiful landscape will offer you with the best game viewing, and you will with luck , see all the wildlife living in the plain like; lions, elephants, wildebeests, giraffes and zebras, and perhaps the hard-to-find leopards plus cheetahs, in addition to great numbers of birds , including the exquisite Secretary birds and the ostrich. Spend this night within the plains at the Seronera campsite.

Day 8

Today you will again rise early for an entire day within the park, going north to see animals and enjoy the scenery. It is a long day’s driving though there is a lot to view along the way. Camp at Lobo camp.

Day 9

Back on your bikes today. After a short drive to the gate of the national park you will begin cycling. The following 2 days will be along a dirt road with a couple of sandy parts. This route is undulating, and you’ll be happy to return in the saddle yet again. As you are on the border of the national park you may observe more animals on the way, plus many Masai people. Camp in the late afternoon at a good local campsite within the little Wasso town/Loliondo. Total distance covered 40to 50 km

Day 10

After breakfast drive back to Arusha for dinner and overnight. This is a lengthy drive, roughly 8hrs, as well as being really dusty! You follow the bottom of the Great Rift Valley wall past the open plains home to plains animals, a recognizable sight at this point. As soon as you get to the tarmac road you will most likely fall asleep as you drive the last Two hours back to urbanization. You return to your comfortable hotel.

Experience cycling through the incredible scenery of grasslands, woodlands and Maasai villages. Connect with the true wilderness, taking with you a brilliant memory of Africa. A magical, interesting and awakening journey including 5 days bike riding and 6 days wildlife safari.

The best time for this trip is at the end of May until the end of July, as the conditions are more favorable regarding cycling. The area covered in the cycling route is extremely hot between August and November. At the end of May the rains are more frequent, therefore allowing forgiving conditions! Please come with comfortable shoes, suitable for bike riding. Bring plenty of sun cream as sun exposure can be high. A good level of fitness is required to complete the cycling part of this trip. Please contact us for more details.

Itinerary 12 Days

Day 1 – Transfer from Arusha to Monduli. Lunch in Monduli and overnight camping in the Rift Valley. You will begin riding tomorrow!

Day 2 – Ride from the Rift valley to Ketumbene, overnight camping here.

Day 3 – Ride from Ketumbene, lunch in the bush and overnight stay at Gilai.

Day 4 – Ride from Gilai to Ngaresero campsite, overnight stay here.

Day 5 – Ride from Ngaresero to Lake Natron, encircle Lake Natron & cycle back to camp for lunch & a well deserved rest. Then take a walk to beautiful waterfalls should you like to.

Day 6 – Drive to Loliondo & overnight camping here.

Day 7 – Full game drive in the world famous Serengeti National Park, following the great Wildebeest migration, overnight camping or Lodge.

Day 8 – Game drive once again in the Serengeti with overnight camping or Lodge.

Day 9 – Game drive, Serengeti to Oldavai, overnight camping here at the Crater Rim. Alternatively, stay in a Lodge.

Day 10 – Game drive through the Crater, camping or Lodge stay overnight at Lake Manyara viewpoint.

Day 11 – Game drive at Lake Manyara. Then drive back to Arusha for an overnight stay in one of it’s many hotels.

Day 12 – Transfer to the airport for your continued journey home.

 

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