From the rainforest between Kidia and Marangu, and the Maasai lands on the north side with game viewing opportunities, to the vast open agricultural spaces of West Kilimanjaro you can truly get an appreciation for the beauty and difference of landscape. Biking provides the perfect means to savour wonderful views and meet the different peoples who inhabit this region.
Riding for 6 days and covering approximately 200kms, you will be accompanied by your own experienced private biking guide and supply/support vehicle with driver and a cook. Nights are spent under canvas, mainly camping in the grounds of local schools, which provide a much-needed source of income for the schools and local communities. Bike hire is included, as is all camping equipment and mattresses. You'll just need to take a sleeping bag.
Our Specialist Tanzania Kilimanjaro Bike 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 Kilimanjaro climb holiday starts at check-in to your Moshi hotel. Nestled at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania, Moshi is the coffee producing centre of the country and gateway to one of the most iconic mountains on our planet. 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.
Day 2: 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. Average Time: 3-4 hours biking. Distance: 22km. Accommodation: Camping at Marangu Hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Departing Marangu we cycle northwards biking mainly downhill with some ascents to Ubaa secondary school for our next overnight. There is a good view when at this school and with good sight you can see Lake Chala and Jipe to the other side of Kenya. You’ll also get a chance of meeting people around Kilimanjaro and to interact with them and learn about local life. Average Time: 3-4 hours biking. Distance: 28 km. Accommodation: Camping at Ubaa Secondary School. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Today we cycle from Ubaa Secondary School to Snow Cap Cottages for an overnight near the border with Kenya. The roads are bumpy in places and you'll be treated with several view points en route. When we reach Snow Cap cottages, on the West you'll see beautiful artificial and natural forest and on your East, you may be able to see the Chyullu Hills of Kenya in the distance. Average Time: 4-5 hours biking. Accommodation: Camping at Snow Cap Cottages. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Cycle from Snow Cap Cottages to Lerang’wa. It is the longest day though with a lot to be seen, you might get a chance of seeing wild animals like giraffes, zebras and gnu from Amboseli National Park in Kenya while they’re crossing the border to the Tanzania side and as you cross Amboseli forest. This is the land of the Maasai people, who you may meet along the road with their big herds of cattle. The scenery is spectacular during this section of the trip. The terrain is a little bit steep but most of it is down. Average Time: 5-7 hours biking. Accommodation: Camping at Lerang'wa Secondary School. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: This day seems to be a refreshing day though somehow long; there are 45 km to be covered from Lerang’wa to Wiri primary school, passing through West Kilimanjaro, an area dominated by huge farms, mainly growing wheat. This area is cool and this part is mostly downhill so there’s relief after the previous long day. Average Time: 4-5 hours biking. Accommodation Camping at Wiri Primary School. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: This morning we bike from Wiri primary school to Boma N’gombe on the main Arusha to Moshi Road. There is 26 km to cover though it is down hill. After 3-4 hours we load the bikes into our awaiting vehicle and drive back to Moshi for a final night. Average Time: 3-4 hours biking. Accommodation: Bristol Cottages. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 8: Optional safari in Arusha National Park; trip ends. 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, water-buck, 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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