Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met and transferred to the Ndarakwai Tented Lodge in west Kilimanjaro where you will be staying overnight. Use the free time in the evening to check your bike and gear and make sure you are ready for the trek.
Day 2: After breakfast you start the trek with a leisurely ride around the Ndarakwai Ranch. The area has fantastic wildlife and you can experience game viewing from a different perspective. The day’s ride takes you out to a remote satellite camp where you’ll stop for lunch before continuing on your explorations for the afternoon.
Day 3: Today you continue through the Ndarakwai Ranch, around the base of Kilimanjaro to the Amboseli Park on the border with Kenya. Following the guidance of the rangers you may have an opportunity to bike near some of Africa’s largest elephant. Overnight is spent at a satellite camp.
Day 4: Taking a more relaxed pace, the day’s biking takes you on an exploration of the park. In the afternoon enjoy a good book on the veranda or take an afternoon nap to ensure you’re well rested for the next day’s ride.
Day 5: A long day of riding ahead, make an early start and enjoy the spectacular scenery as you bike across the valley between Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru. Wildlife is abundant in this area so you’re sure to enjoy some great game viewing along the way. The night will be spent at a camp inside the forests of the Arusha National Park.
Day 6: Allowing some time to recover from the previous day’s ride you can sleep in and enjoy a late brunch before departing from the camp. There is a four-hour transfer 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 drier with plenty of elephant and generally good game viewing.
Day 7: The day’s riding activities are flexible depending on your energy levels and include exploring the area near Kikoti Lodge. Overnight once again at the lodge.
Day 8: 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 9: 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 Ngorongoro forests. Cooler evening mists create the perfect excuse to enjoy a glass of good red wine.
Day 10: A short morning ride takes you to the gate of the Ngorongoro Crater Park gate. 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: Arriving back at camp at approximately 10h00, you’ll have time to relax and enjoy lunch before heading back to Arusha. There is the option to extend for a further night to recover from the climb before heading back to Arusha and your flight home.
Note: Best time - December to February or July to October.
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