Tour Summary

 Destination Country: Tanzania 

Destinations: Arusha, Olpopong Masai Village, Mount Kilimanjaro

 Tour Starts: Arusha.

 Transport:  Biking 

 Meal Plan: Full Board

 Tour Highlights: Mountain Biking

9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro 360° challenge

Trip Overview:

This 9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro 360° challenge it is unforgettable experience of the 360° cycling ride around the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro reveals all the diversity of Tanzanian nature and culture.

Come and experience an exciting, challenging and unforgettable 341km cycling tour around the largest free standing mountain in the world, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Bike Kilimanjaro - on these days of cycling you will experience some of Tanzania’s most beautiful landscapes, vibrant villages and wonderful cultures. From the Maasai people who inhabit the arid western plains of Kilimanjaro to the Chagga people who inhabit the foothills of the mountain you will get to discover, experience and learn about these wonderful cultures first hand. While on your journey you will traverse vast open grasslands rich in wildlife, lush green forests, farmlands, villages and towns. This will be one of the most challenging but satisfying journeys you will ever make. As the saying goes, if you don’t want to climb Kilimanjaro, cycle around it!

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: Machame gate – Olpopongi Maasai village | 81km

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Machame gate, which is the starting point of your cycling trip. From there, dirty and gravel road will take you first through the rain forest, banana and coffee plantations, home of the Chagga people. But as you are heading west, you will find yourself on a windy part of the mountain with more open-air plains, and acacia woodlands. This is the land of Maasai people, and you will be able to experience the differences among different tribes and their cultures in Tanzania. You will pass by Ngabobo and Tinga Tinga village and drive on the border of the National park, crossing the paths and native land of different animals. Overnight in Olpopongi Maasai village.

DAY 3: Olpopongi Maasai village – Simba farm campsite | 60km

Today you will be cycling through the Sinya and Ngasurai open plains, which serve as a wildlife corridor for animals moving from Amboseli National Park in Kenya to the Enduimet wildlife management area in Tanzania. Today’s route will be completely off-the-beaten-path with no tarmac. If it is a clear day you will be able to see magnificent views of Mt.Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru, and Mt. Ol Doinyo Lengai. Overnight in Simba farm campsite.

DAY 4: Simba farm – Shira plateau – Simba farm | 81km

This day will be one of the most challenging on the tour.  You will cycle uphill on the dirty and rocky road to climb the Shira Plateau of Mt. Kilimanjaro, one of its three peaks and reach helipad on 3700 meters high. From there you will enjoy a beautiful view of the top of Kilimanjaro and its Kibo peak covered with snow on one side, and endless Maasai land on the other. After the rest, you will enjoy the much easier ride down, back to the Simba farm campsite where you will be spending the night.

DAY 5: Simba farm – Snowcap cottages, Rongai | 66km

Today’s route takes you through the north-eastern side of Mt. Kilimanjaro which borders Kenya. You will pass through vibrant villages, farmlands, and end on the enter of the Rongai trek route to Kilimanjaro in the Nalemoru village. The village is located on the border with the Rongai forest, conservation center for a lot of tree species that you can see. Overnight at the Snow Cap Cottages.

DAY 6: Snowcap cottages, Rongai – Lake Chala | 66km

After a couple of tough days, this one will be more relaxing and enjoyable. We will take a smooth downhill ride to Lake Chala, unique caldera lake, fed by underground springs from Mt. Kilimanjaro. You will have time to enjoy the lake and its great diversity of life, forest, plants, and birds. Overnight by the lake.

DAY 7: Lake Chala – Kidia | 88km

From the lake Chala in front of you will be one more challenging route. You will cycle on the dirt, sometimes muddy road with a lot of uphills and downhills. You will go deep in the dense forest and feel its charms, its rich flora, and fauna. The ride will end in Kahawa Shambani campsite in Uru village where you will spend the night.

DAY 8:  Kidia – Moshi via Mweka gate | 34km

The final day of this cycling challenge will take you uphill towards Mweka Gate, the starting point of your trip. After a long ride around the whole Kilimanjaro mountain, you will enjoy easy relaxing ride back to the Moshi on the tarmac road. In the town, you will have dinner, time to relax or to explore the city’s nightlife. Overnight in hotel.

DAY 9:  Departure from Arusha

You will be able to sleep and rest well in your hotel. Transfer from the hotel to the airport or another place of departure from Moshi will be organized for you.


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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).


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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