Tour Summary


 Destination Country: Tanzania 

Destinations: Arusha, Longido,  Lake natron, Oldonyo Lengai, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Great Rift Valley, lake Manyara.

 Tour Starts: Arusha.

 Transport:  Biking & 4X4 Safari Jeep

 Meal Plan: Full Board

 Tour Highlights: Biking, Game Drive, Walking, Wildlife.

12 days off the beaten paths biking safari cultural trip

Trip Overview:

Tanzania biking tour offers diversity a range of biking terrain combined with fantastic scenery! Kilimanjaro bike trek is the new trekking itineraries in Mountain Kilimanjaro and it’s only offered through Kilema route. Our experienced guides have done a good number of successful bike trek to summit Mt Kilimanjaro 5895M, the trip took 6 days with proper acclimatization.


Trip Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival day: Arusha (Tanzania)

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International airport, you will be met and transferred 35km to the town of Arusha (journey time is approximately 45 minutes depending on traffic). This evening there will be a tour briefing before dinner. Meals: Dinner.

DAY 2: Arusha to Longido Village

Distances: 65 km
Accommodation: Guest House

Enjoy a fairly flat and level ride on unsealed road before hitting the tarmac and heading north (on the road that connects Kenya to Tanzania) to Longido (approximately 3.5 hours; 65 km). Once you meet the main road – which has surprisingly little traffic – you can enjoy a gentle mostly downhill ride for the remaining 40 km to Longido itself. Longido is located on the outskirts of the Mount Longido Forest Reserve. Here you will interact with the famous Maasai people for the first time. Any cultural experience with the Masaai is a colourful affair and one you will remember for a long time. Those with some energy left can take an optional short hike along one of the many walking trails on Mount Longido.

DAY 3:Longido Village - Lake Natron & OlDoinyoLengai

Distances: 40 km
Accommodation: Special Green Camps 

Today is something unique – you'll brave the unpaved roads which cut west across from Longido to Lengai. These aren’t roads you’ll find on Google Maps, and they're often in poor condition, so you'll be praising your front suspension. The amazing views and car-free environment, however, make it worth the effort. The amount of cycling today will very much depend on the conditions – given the roads, there will be an estimated mix of cycling and driving. The aim is to cycle about 40 kilometres (approximately 3 hours) of this 95-kilometre journey. What won’t change is the scenery, as you travel across dry open plains with the Kerimasi, Gelai and Kitumbeine mountains in the distance and closer by seven remarkable volcanos, the jewel being the spectacular and active OlDoinyoLengai, (Mountain of God' in the Maasai language). Close to your remote campsite is the shallow, salty Lake Natron. Often coloured bright pink or deep red due to algae, it is a mecca for the breeding 'lesser' flamingo. Reaching temperatures above 40°C and with a similar acidity to ammonia, this is not a place to swim, but the view is certainly an interesting one.

DAY 4: Lake Natron & OlDoinyoLengai

Distances: No cycling
Accommodation: Special Green Camps

Get as active or as relaxed as you like today. Take the bike and ride to the nearby Saitoti River to cool off in the natural plunge pools. Visiting Lake Nartron is also a great option; it's located around 15 kilometres from your camp. Serious adventures can choose to climb OlDoinyoLengai volcano (2,878 m), which means a very early start (midnight) and the aim is to enjoy sunrise views. While it requires no technical skills or equipment, the climb itself is long and steep, with large section of scree, and it does get cold in the early mornings. The key is to take the mountain slowly – you will hear the cries of 'pole pole' (slowly slowly) on a regular basis as your guide leads you up the mountain. While it is a hard climb, the sunrise views from the top are truly superb, and you'll be one of the only climbers there.

DAY 5: Lake Natron to Wasso area Serengeti

Distances: 40 km
Accommodation: Green Camps

Today is a long day as you leave Natron behind and climb the valley walls to the Rift Valley escarpment. First you will cycle a relatively flat section (approximately 40 km), with great views of Lake Natron itself. Here you'll climb aboard your vehicle and inch your way up the incline, gaining over a kilometre of elevation over this next section (approximately 50 km). There will of course be stops so you can take in the views and hopefully snap a picture of the unique Lake Natron one last time. The drive today follows the boundaries of the Serengeti National Park all the way up to Wasso, your destination for this evening.

DAY 6: Serengeti National Park

Distances: 130 km
Accommodation: Green Camps

Leave Wasso behind and head to the Serengeti National Park (approximately 3 hours; 130 kilometres). Enter the park and swap from a two-wheeled machine to a four-wheeled one. Your afternoon game drive by overland vehicle puts you in the realm of some of Africa's mightiest predators. The rolling grasslands of the Serengeti, dotted with acacias, are perhaps the quintessential image of Africa. Game viewing in the Serengeti is amazing and as you camp out at night, don't be surprised to hear lions in the distance as you recount your wildlife sightings from the day. In normal circumstances, you can expect to see four out of the 'Big Five' game during your stay (rhinos are elusive). Your campsite is basic, but it's within the park itself, so listen out for the sounds of nocturnal creatures as you drift off to sleep.

DAY 7: Serengeti Full Day

Accommodation: Green Camps
Included Activities: Serengeti National Park - Game drive
Optional Activities: Serengeti National Park - Balloon Ride (from price) - $550

Rise early, around sunrise, for a game drive, followed by a second game drive in the afternoon. Between the two drives you can relax, just like the animals do, during this hotter part of the day. Enjoy a hearty meal during this break, and perhaps take a siesta. Depending on wildlife movements and opportunities for sightings, however, the drive may continue through lunch and last all day. In this case, you will return to the lodge in the late afternoon. For an unforgettable experience this morning, you might like to take an optional sunrise balloon ride over the Serengeti. Please enquire when booking your trip to secure this optional activity. It's up to you whether you would like to try for a better price locally on the ground, but this runs the risk of missing out, as places are limited.

DAY 8: Ngorongoro Crater

Distances: 15 km
Accommodation: Green Camps
Included Activities: Ngorongoro Crater - 4x4 Game Drive

In the morning, we head out of the Serengeti (perhaps visiting on the way Simba Kopjes, an outcrop of rocks favoured by lions and cheetahs who can often be seen basking in the morning sun) and make our way to the legendary Ngorongoro Crater (approximately 4 hours) to take in this amazing destination on a 4x4 game drive. This is one of Africa's real natural treasures, often touted as a vast Garden of Eden. Within this crater lies every type of ecosystem, including riverine forests, open plains, freshwater and alkaline lakes. The scenery is spectacular as you descend almost 600 metres down to the crater floor. You are bound to see a variety of incredible wildlife here, and it's your best chance to spot the endangered black rhinoceros.

We take lunch by the freshwater lake fed by the Ngoitokitok Spring, an area inhabited by hippopotamus, elephants, lions, and many others. After our game drive we head back up the crater walls to the National Park gate where we get back on our bikes for the undulating 15km (approx.1hr) ride to our campsite in the small town of Karatu, our home for the night.

DAY 9: Rift Valley Escarpment

Distances: 25 km
Accommodation: Green Camps
Included Activites: MtoWaMbu - Village walk & market visit

It's time to jump back on your bike for the hilly ride from Karatu to our accommodation that sits literally on the very edge of the Rift Valley escarpment, offering breathtaking views over the town of MtowaMbu and the massive Lake Manyara. While today’s ride seems short at only 25kms the constant uphill and downhill will definitely test your fitness and bike skills. There are several downhill sections over 3km long where the only effort required will be in controlling your speed. If you'd rather not ride today, you are free to ride in the support vehicle instead.

As well as the stunning view (both sunset and sunrise are pretty special) we stay in very unique accommodation, the beehive shaped bungalows called African Igloos.

DAY 10: Rift Valley & Lake Manyara

Distances: 30-35 km
Accommodation: Green Camps
Included Activites:
• Lake Manyara - Game drive
• Masai village visit

This morning you will ride the fast descent of the Rift Valley escarpment to the small town of MtoWaMbu, located on the northern shores of Lake Manyara, once described by Ernest Hemingway as the 'loveliest I have seen in Africa'.

Leaving the tarmac behind we ride through the small villages and plantations before emerging out onto the smooth lake flood plains where we continue our ride to the very edge of the lake. If we are lucky we will spot flamingos or even ride alongside wildebeests and gazelle.

Leaving the lake behind we ride back through MtoWaMbu and on to the dusty tracks that take us to a traditional Masaai village. Located between towering hills and with awesome view of the surrounding plains this is an ideal place to enjoy lunch with our local friends.

After lunch we drive (or cycle if you want to!) back up the escarpment to overnight at Panorama Safari Camp.

DAY 11: Lake Manyara / Arusha

Distances: 40 km
Accommodation: Green Mountain Hotel
Included Activites: Lake Manyara - Game drive

Today is our last one on our bicycles. We first explore the Lake Manyara National Park on a final game drive (vehicle). Surrounded by the towering ridges of the Rift Valley escarpment, the lake is bordered by lush forest and, if you’re lucky, you may even spot the famous Lake Manyara tree-climbing lions, as well as elephants, baboons, and over 400 recorded species of birds.

After lunch we climb back onto our bikes and cycle the smooth and relatively traffic-free tarmac road to the Makuyuni junction then as the traffic starts to get busy again we reboard our vehicle for the drive back to Arusha.

We arrive back into Arusha with plenty of time to get cleaned up before enjoying an optional final night dinner with our fellow cyclists.

DAY 12: Departure from Arusha

 A transfer to Kilimanjaro or Arusha airport or a shuttle to Nairobi. Please speak to your leader about this at the welcome meeting.

 

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What Includes on This Tour


√  Accommodation (2night hotels 1-before climb and  1-After climb).

√  Meals as listed in the itinerary.

√  Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents 

√  Mountain Bike and Mountain Guide

√  Arrival and Departure transfers from airport 

√  Professional, experienced, mountain guides

√  All Park fees

√  All meals on the Mountain ( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

√  Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees

√  Quality Mess tents with table and chairs 

√  Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food

√  Clean, purified drinking water

√  Crisis management and safety procedures

√  AMREF flying doctors Emergency evacuation.

 

What Excludes on the tour


√  International and domestic flights.

√  Travel Insurance.

√  Passport and travel visa requirements (Tanzania visa is required).

√  Single room surcharge.

√  Personal expenses & drinks (except water while riding).

 


 Tour Offered By: MAMA AFRICA SAFARI LTD.

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Founded In: 2010

Employees: 20 - 30

Parcking List:


√ Sunhat, Sun cream and rain coat (Unpredictable weather in some areas).
√ Walking shoes and bike shoes not for clip pedals if yes you can request and send us the type of it or you come with it and we attach to the bike.
√ Insect Repellent.
√ Small torch.
√ helmet if you need to bring yours, bike gloves.
√ Camera (Telephoto lens recommended) with charger as it possible to charge in the jeeps.
√ Binoculars.
√ Biking clothes and bike gloves
√ First aid kit like bandage and other medicine like pain killer.
√ Sun glasses
√ Small Day Park and Big beg.
√ Warm clothes of the cold weather.

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