Our Specialist Tanzania Cycle Safari departs once a month during dry season months. Our small group scheduled departures operate with a minimum of 4 participants and maximum of 12. Private departures can also be arranged, departing any day of the week, based on a minimum of 2 participants at a slightly higher price. These need to be pre-booked at least 3 months in advance.
Day 1: Your Tanzania Cycle Safari holiday starts at check-in to your hotel. Nestled at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania, Moshi is the coffee producing center of the country and gateway to one of the most iconic mountains on our planet. Accommodation: Bristol Cottages.
Day 2: Today is an easy day with some cycling to acclimatise. We'll cycle to villages on Kilimanjaro and have a reality biking tour of Moshi town. We'll also get to see the real side of life in Moshi away from where the tourists go. Accommodation: Bristol Cottages. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Our day starts with a transfer with our bike guide and bikes to Kidia Village. From this high point we commence cycling through the Kilimanjaro rain forest to Marangu. On route, we'll take in the picture postcard viewpoint at Mawa Seminary of Kilimanjaro with views of Mount Kilimanjaro. 3-4 hours biking today. Accommodation: Camping at Marangu Hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Transfer with our bike guide and bikes to Kidia Village. From this high point we commence cycling through the Kilimanjaro rain forest to Marangu. On route, we'll take in the picture postcard viewpoint at Mawa Seminary of Kilimanjaro with views of Mount Kilimanjaro. 3-4 hours biking today. Distance 20 km. Accommodation: Camping at Marangu Hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: After breakfast start biking from Marangu, the most famous starting point to climb Kilimanjaro and onwards to Tarakea just by the Kenyan border. Accommodation: Camping at Tarakea Police Station. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: After breakfast we bike from Rongai to West Kilimanjaro through the forests at the north of Mount Kilimanjaro. We should stand a good chance of encountering blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, buffalo and elephant. Dinner and overnight at Lerang’wa Primary School. Accommodation: Camping at Lerang'wa Primary School. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: This is a long and hard day. We bike through savannah land and up to some small hills before making a descent to the plains of Maasai land. We'll cross the north of Arusha National Park and enjoy views of both Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. Dinner and overnight at Ngare na Nyuki Secondary School. Accommodation: Camping at Ngare na Nyuki Secondary School. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Start riding from Ngare na Nyuki and head for the main Namanga road. Once we reach the main road we load our bikes onto our support vehicle and head to a small village near Longido town. We'll set up camp, have dinner and overnight in Longido. Accommodation: Camping at small village near Longido. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: We'll make an early morning hike to Longido Mountain for those interested. There's also time to gain an introduction to Maasai culture through the Longido Cultural Tourism Project. After lunch and some much-needed rest there's time to bike around the village later in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at campsite in Longido. Accommodation: Camping at small village near Longido. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Today we start early in the morning after breakfast and bike through savannah land towards Maasai villages and Kitumbaine mountain. Dinner and overnight at Kitumbaine. Accommodation: Camping at Kitumbaine. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Another day biking in Maasai Land with good views of Oldoinyo Lengai, Kitumbaine Mountain and Gilai Gilai Mountain. Dinner and overnight at Gilai Bomba. Accommodation: Camping at Gilai Bomba. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: After breakfast we load the bikes onto our vehicle and drive to the Hole of God. From here we enjoy a difficult day cycling on a sandy and dusty road to Engaruka. Accommodation: Camping at Engaruka. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 12: Scenic day biking from Engaruka to Mto wa Mbu. Today is a very scenic day, biking across Maasai villages on the escarpment of the Rift Valley. We descend along the rift valley escarpment down to the shores of Lake Manyara and the colorful town of Mto wa Mbu. Dinner and overnight at Kiboko Camp. Accommodation: Camping at Kiboko Camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 13: Today we'll experience one of earth’s greatest natural sights – the Ngorongoro Crater – and make a game drive on the crater floor. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area boasts the finest blend of landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeological sites in Africa. Often called an "African Eden" and the "eighth wonder of the natural world", it is also a pioneering experiment in multiple land use, allowing humans and wildlife to coexist in a natural setting.
Your first view of the Ngorongoro Crater may well take your breath away. Ngorongoro is a huge caldera (collapsed volcano), 250 sq. km in size and 600m deep. The crater alone contains over 20,000 large animals including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino. These prehistoric figures make a striking impression set against a backdrop of the ancient crater walls.
No fences border the crater so animals are free to enter or leave as they please. Most choose to stay for the plentiful water and grazing available throughout the year. There’s plenty of time for criss-crossing the crater floor in search of wildlife before returning to our campsite. Accommodation: Camping at Kiboko Camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 14: This morning we'll enjoy a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Famed for its tree-climbing lions, the dominant feature of the park is the ancient soda Lake Manyara itself – home to large numbers of resident hippo. Looming over the park is the magnificent cliffs of the Rift Valley escarpment, providing a scenic backdrop to game viewing safaris in the park.
The surprisingly varied vegetation supports a wealth of wildlife, nourished by the streams flowing out of the escarpment base and waterfalls spilling over the cliffs. Feeding in the undergrowth or dozing in the dry riverbeds is Tanzania’s densest populations of buffalo and elephant. The park’s dazzling variety of birds includes thousands of red-billed quelea, pelicans, cormorants and the pink streaks of flocks of flamingos.
Afterwards we'll take one of the cultural walks of Mto wa Mbu and learn more about local life, farming, industry and local people before driving back to Moshi for a final night. Accommodation: Bristol Cottages. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 15: Depending on your onward travel arrangements there may be time to take an optional safari game drive in Arusha National Park. One of Tanzania’s smallest wildlife reserves, Arusha National Park is well worth a visit. Despite its lack of big cats, it does offer first sightings of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, warthog, waterbuck, baboons, monkeys, flamingos and numerous other bird species.
Your Specialist Tanzania Cycle trip ends upon check out from the hotel. Includes: (B).
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