Cycle to Ngorongoro Crater

Come and experience an exciting and unforgettable cycling tour across Tanzania’s famous northern circuit in 7 days.

This tour takes you through Tanzania’s most iconic national and cultural attractions. From the base of the world’s highest free standing mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro, to the world’s largest unbroken caldera, the wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater. Though the starting and end points of the tour may sound like the highlights of the tour, wait till you see all the amazing places and cultures you will visit and experience in between. We welcome you to come and experience this incredible journey with us.

# of Days: 7
Path: Off road & paved road
Highlights:
Amazing scenery , Maasai culture and Abundant wildlife.

 

 

Day 1

Arrive in Tanzania

Meals: Dinner & Breakfast 

Overnight: Key’s Hotel, Moshi. 

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transferred to Keys Hotel near Moshi town situated on the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Today you will meet your guide who will brief you about your upcoming tour and together you will do the bike fitting. For those arriving on the morning or afternoon flight, you will have ample time to go for a quick test ride through the nearby coffee plantation and surrounding villages.

Day 2

Moshi - West Kilimanjaro

Distance: 64km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight: Olpopongi Maasai Cultural Village.

Our ride today takes us from greener southern side of Mt. Kilimanjaro towards the more arid western side of the mountain. Your ride today will initially take you through coffee and banana plantations as you cycle through the more fertile areas of southern Kilimanjaro but as you head west you will cycle through the more arid open plains and acacia woodlands. These plains support a remarkable variety of wildlife and spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. While Moshi is home the Chagga people west Kilimanjaro plains are home to the nomadic Maasai people who co-exist with the surrounding wildlife and it is why this area is known as the Maasai Lands. Your ride today will be on both dirt and tarmac roads and you will finish the ride at the Olpopongi Maasai Village where you will be spending the night.

Day 3

West Kilimanjaro - Arusha

Distance: 83km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight: Sun Down Campsite. 

Today’s cycle will be a long one as we cycle from the west Kilimanjaro plains towards Arusha city. The first section of the ride will be through the Ngasurai open plains which serve as a migratory path for elephants moving to and from the Amboseli National Park in Kenya. Cyclist should look forward to a hot and dusty day ahead. Once we finish the dirt road we will enter the main tarmac road towards Arusha city passing a few small villages and settlements along with Mt. Meru looming in the background. Right before reaching the bustling city of Arusha we will divert through a coffee estate as we head towards our boutique lodge located outside the city. We will end our ride today at the Tembo Club / Sun Down where we will be spending the night.

Day 4

Arusha - Tarangire National Park

Distance: 102km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight: Zion Campsite. 

Today’s ride will be the longest distance wise, but not the toughest, and will be mostly on tarmac roads. The ride will take us through many villages, towns and open plains. The long stretches of undulating road through the Tanzanian country side perfectly represents Ernest Hemingway’s quote when he said – “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them” After completing the tarmac road section, we will divert onto the dirt road that takes us to our tented camp/ campsite right on the border of the Tarangire National Park, which is home to the largest concentration of elephants in Tanzania. Today we will be spending the night at the Zion Campsite.

Day 5

Tarangire - Lake Manyara

Distance: 74km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight: Migombani Campsite. 

Today’s ride marks another exciting day as we cycle through the migratory wildlife corridors between Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks. The first section of the ride takes us back to the main road which we follow for a few kilometers then divert on a dirt road towards Lake Manyara. This area is rich in wildlife and you will notice a significant number of Maasai settlements along the way. One of today’s highlights will be the beautiful views of the Great Rift Valley directly in front of us as we head towards Lake Manyara. After the dirt road section of today’s ride, we will rejoin the main tarmac road towards Mto wa Mbu town for several kilometers before diverting into the dirt road towards Migombani Campsite where we will refresh our body for swimming and spending the night.

Day 6

Lake Manyara - Ngorongoro Crater

Distance: 43km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight: Flamingo Campsite.

Today’s ride will be the final and the toughest but the most rewarding. We start off the day cycling from the dirt road back onto the tarmac road and head past the bustling town of Mto wa Mbu and the entry gate of Lake Manyara National Park. We then proceed on a very tough cycle up the Great Rift Valley escarpment leaving behind a spectacular backdrop. Before reaching the top of the escarpment you will stop to catch your breath at the viewpoint overlooking the beautiful Lake Manyara National Park and its surroundings. If there’s ever a time to take a great selfie, it’s here. You will then proceed on the tarmac road past the colorful Karatu town as you head towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Your ride today will finish at the entrance gate to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area marking an end to a challenging but exciting 5 day tour of Tanzania’s northern tourist circuit, on two wheels. After a celebratory toast to your achievement, you will be transferred to the Flamingo Campsite (or alternative) where you will be spending the night.

Day 7

Ngorongoro Crater

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today you can relax at the lodge while you wait for your transfer back to the airport via the vibrant town of Mto wa Mbu / Karatu where you can buy some souvenirs to take back home with you.

Included

  • All 3 meals (Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner)
  • Snacks and fruits
  • Complimentary 3 liters of mineral water (per biker) for the first day on your Bike adventure and 3 litres 
    of purified water per person per day
  • Mountain bikes & Helmets
  • Pick up from Airport/ Transfer to Aiport
  • Accommodation before and after the trip
  • Camping gears like Quality Tents, mattress , Chairs and Tables
  • Support vehicle (Backup vehicle)
  • Oclaa Adventures T-shirts
  • Tour guide(s) ,Bike Mechanic , Driver and Cook
  • Village fees, Camping fees, WMA fees (Wildlife management Conservation Area), Cycling fees and All entry fees
  • Complete First Aid kit (for use in emergencies only)
  • Tour guide equipped with a Pulse Oximeter, used to take blood-oxygen level readings of clients twice a day
  • Alcoholic beverages ( Beer, Wine & Sodas )

Not Included

  • Compulsory tips for Guide, Bike mechanic, Driver and Cook
  • Sleeping bag, (You can rent if you don’t have when you arrive in Moshi)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entry visa for Tanzania .
  • Health requirements (Yellow Fever – only compulsory if you travel to Tanzania via a Yellow Fever
    infected country, Meningitis & Hepatitis A remains optional, but comes recommended)
  • Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
  • Personal medicine
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