If you’re reasonably fit, are confident on a bike and have a sense of adventure, then cycling through this great wilderness area is an awesome experience. Imagine the thrill of pedaling along red dirt roads, feeling the sun on your back, surrounded by endless spectacular horizons when, suddenly, you spot a herd of zebra, Impala, wildebeest, grazing in the distance. No matter how many wilder animals you saw during your holiday, you’ll never forget your first sighting of wild animals in their natural habitat.
- Total Distance: 250k.
- Path: Off road / dirt road
- Highlights: Abundant wildlife, Maasai culture and Amazing scenery
Day 1: Moshi to West Kilimanjaro | 64km
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.
- Overnight: Olpopongi Maasai Cultural Village
- Meals: Lunch & Dinner Included
Day 2: West Kilimanjaro to Arusha | 83km
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 / Carnivore hotel where we will be spending the night.
- Overnight: Tembo Club / Meserani Snake park
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Day 3: Arusha to Tarangire National Park | 102km
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 camp 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 Roika Tented Lodge, which marks the perfect ending to a long, hot day of cycling since there is a swimming pool where you can cool off.
- Overnight: Roika Tented camp
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Day 4: Tarangire to Airport / Moshi | Drive
With an early pick from your hotel at 07.00, just a 10 minutes’ drive will take us to the main entrance of Tarangire National Park, one of Tanzania’s real treasures. You spend as much time as possible at the park, marveling at all its wonderful wildlife with the assistance and expert knowledge of your safari guide. You will have time to enjoy your picnic lunch box, included as part of your day tour. At 14.00, we set off from the park to reach the airport or Moshi in your hotel by 17.00.
- Overnight: Park View Hotel Moshi
- Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
- All 3 meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
- Snacks and fruits
- Water 3+ liters everyday
- Mountain bikes & Helmets
- Accommodation 1 nights before / after the trip
- Support vehicle (Back up vehicle)
- Quality camping gears like Tents, sleeping bags, Mattress, Tables with Chairs (Camping trip)
- Tour guide(s), Bike Mechanic, Driver and Cook
- Village fees, WMA fees (Wildlife management Conservation Area), Cycling fee and All entry fees
- First Aid Medical Kit
- Tip for the Crew
- Laundry service
- Entry visa for Tanzania
- Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.