Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met and transferred to the Tanguire National Park and the start of the afternoon’s cycle. You’ll bike along a track bordering the Park to a small lodge called Kikoti Lodge. The Tanguire area is dry with plenty of elephant and generally good game viewing.
Day 2: The day’s riding activities are flexible depending on your energy levels and include exploring the area near Kikoti Lodge. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 3: After breakfast depart from Kikoti Lodge, enjoying a game drive through the park before heading out onto the main road and down to Lake Manyara. The afternoon’s ride takes you along scenic single track into the village of Mto Wa Mbu village in the Manyara area. The more adventurous can venture riding up the Great Rift Valley wall. Stay overnight at the Kirurumu Tented Camp.
Day 4: A more relaxed ride today takes you on a rather different route, exploring local farm tracks through Iraqw tribal land. You’ll be able to experience a taste of African culture and traditional life. The area is forested which makes a nice contrast to the dry Tanguire bush of the past few days. The overnight stop is at the Plantation Lodge set in the fringes of the Mto Wa Mbu village. Cooler evening mists create the perfect excuse to enjoy a glass of good red wine.
Day 5: A short morning ride takes you to the gate of the Ngorongoro Crater Park. From the gate you get to relax and enjoy a game drive to the Lamala Camp where you‘ll be staying overnight. In the late afternoon you can enjoy another game drive on the crater floor followed by sundowners.
Day 6: After breakfast depart from Lamala Camp and bike through the scenic valley between Ngorongoro Crater and Empakai Crater. The roads are relatively good and the ride is not too strenuous. The area is the home of the Masaai people and there’ll be plenty of opportunity for cultural interaction. The campsite on the rim of Empakai Crater lies at an altitude of 3600m and the final ascent is left to the hard-core riders in the group. The rest can load up the bikes and transfer up on the vehicles.
Day 7: The grand finale, today’s route takes you on one of the most spectacular rides you’ll ever get to experience! Descending from the crater rim down to Lake Natron, which lies at an altitude of below 900m. The whole day is spent biking, stopping en route to enjoy the views and take in some refreshments. Overnight at Lake Natron Camp.
Day 8: The day is at leisure to rest up or enjoy a short scenic ride along the lake shore. At approximately 22:20 those wishing to ascend Olonyo Lengai will set off for the climb. The ascent takes approximately 6 hours and the descent a further 4 hours.
Day 9: Arriving back at camp at approximately 10:00, you’ll have time to relax and enjoy lunch at the camp. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 10: After breakfast check out of the camp and transfer back to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home.
Note: Best time - December to February, July to October.
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