Clycle to Lake Chala

Cycle to Lake Chala “the hidden gem”

The hilly terrain makes it a challenging ride as you pass the Kidia, Marangu and Mwika villages but then you finish off with a relaxing downhill ride to the beautiful Lake Chala” on the edge of the border Tanzania-Kenya and Overnight at the campsite.

# of Days
: 4
Path: Off road & paved road
Highlights: Amazing scenery, Cycling at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro ,Wildlife can be seen like monkeys, Canoe and swimming, Hiking



Day 1

Arrive in Tanzania

Accommodation: Keys Hotel

Briefing Day.

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transferred to 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 moshi town or Forest .

Day 2

Moshi to Lake Challa.

Accommodation: Camping at Lake Challa.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner.

Lake Challa, a hidden gem, a perfect place to relax and unwind from the busy city life. The remote caldera lake on the border of Tanzania & Kenya is only 55km from Moshi and therefore the perfect get away for a day. Pure tranquility and beautiful nature await you at the lake. Explore the area on one of the many possible hikes, swim in the crystal clear water, kayak across borders or simply enjoy the stunning vistas of an untouched Africa. In the morning your guide will pick you up from your accommodation. You will ride the bicycle to Lake Challa Safari Camp with a support van that will be accompany by the driver and cook, so then after 20km from Moshi you’ll have a short break for the fruits and then later about 10km more will stop somewhere for the bush hot lunch. Upon arrival you will see the beautiful private game reserve overlooking the crater lake. Our guide will take you to the river bed, dry river and the big crater, later down to the lake. Spend the day exploring, kayaking (optional). You will experience the natural beauties of the green scenery, landscape and will also have the opportunity to meet local people doing their daily activity. There is a very high possibility of spotting the baboon monkey, velvet monkey, blue monkey, and many different birds, that live in this wonderful Savannah land. Overnight in camping site. 

Day 3

Lake Challa to Marangu Village

Accommodation: Camping at Mountain Kilimanjaro Resort.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Immerse yourself in the history Marangu and its people. Marangu, at the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro, is a small town with a great amount of history and ancient traditions. Get carried away by the Chagga tribe, unique rainforest landscape and coffee growing insides. This tour has it all: action, tradition and culinary. In the morning we ride our bicycle to Marangu Gate (1900m), the starting point for all Kilimanjaro treks via the Marangu Route. You will have the opportunity to take pictures of the mighty Kilimanjaro and get a sense of the spirit of the mountain. The area around Marangu is home to the local Chagga tribe and you will learn all about their history and traditions on this full day excursion. Our second stop will be visit a small coffee farm, where you will learn about how the coffee is grown, harvested and processed locally. Try your own hand at processing, roasting and preparing a fresh cup of coffee. Once you have finished enjoying your coffee break, Another highlight will be the visit to the Chagga Underground Caves and the Chagga Live Museum. In times of drought the Maasai migrated up the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro, in search of food and water. They enslaved and killed the local Chagga people. In defense of these attacks the Chagga built an extensive network of underground caves. Your guide will lively illustrate you the conflict while you visit the caves. After there we will depart for the Ndoro Waterfalls. Our hike to the base of the waterfall will lead us through lush green landscape and the descend takes approximately 30 minutes. Here you have the opportunity to relax and take a refreshing bath in the pool of the waterfall. 

We then continue to spend some time at the Chagga Live Museum, a small outdoor museum, which will give you further insides into traditional chagga life. Here you will be served a traditional hot meal, later you will also have the chance to try the local spirits such as banana beer and wine. Camping at Mountain Kilimanjaro Resort

Day 4

Marangu to Moshi


Accommodation; Key’s Hotel.

Meals; Breakfast & Lunch.

In the morning will make our way back to Moshi, passing through the different villages at the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro.

You will cycle through the suburbs and outskirts of Moshi Town on the back roads as you head towards the Keys Hotel which marks the end of your incredible 4-day journey on two wheels. You will seal of the evening with a nice celebratory sparkling Champagne to toast to your achievement.


  • 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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