Experience a different face of Africa; all by bike! Meet the local people, experience culture, view wildlife grazing the plains, and cycle through savannah, desert, rainforest and tropical coastline.
Price: EUR €1,970 person
KENYA & TANZANIA
‘The Ultimate Biking Adventure’
Travel at the pace of Africa on this 16 day mountain bike adventure,
Experience the culture, wildlife and landscapes of an amazing continent.
We are a small personal travel company with a passion for getting out and exploring new and exciting destinations around the world. Most people believe that the only way to see Africa is by vehicle. We know from experience that after a couple of days biking with us you will realise that this is the only way to truly appreciate this magnificent continent.
On our 16 day biking adventure we travel from Nairobi in Kenya through Tanzania to Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean coast; or the reverse journey (see itineraries below). Biking far from busy roads and main tourist routes you will experience a different face of Africa – local villages and traditional tribesmen, breathtaking scenery and wildlife grazing on the plains. We travel through open savannah, desert, mountain rainforest and tropical coastline. We follow the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro with its snow-covered peaks and camp in the wilderness under a cloudless African sky.
We take a break from our bikes to view Amboseli National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, which hosts the largest concentration of plains game anywhere in the world and gives you the wildlife experience that East Africa is famous for. Enjoy a day hike and visit a local school in the unspoilt Usambara Mountains. Biking through the Usambara Mountains and down to the tropical coastal forest and villages brings us finally to Dar es Salaam, “Haven of Peace”.
Some people choose to extend their trip and follow with a trek of Mt Kilimanjaro or experience the culture and buzz of Zanzibar Island; either of which we can help you to arrange.
WHAT IS THE BIKING LIKE?
12 days biking – 90% on dirt and 4×4 roads, some paved roads, and a wee bit of non-technical single track. While most of the riding on this trip is non-technical some off road biking experience will help.
A good level of fitness will add to the enjoyment of your trip.
From 25km to 90km per day. Total distance approximately 550km.
THE BASIC LO-DOWN
We travel between Nairobi in Kenya and Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean coast in Tanzania.
100% vehicle supported. Our trusty support vehicle carries all your luggage, helps you up those hills (if you like) and always has lunch, snacks and water at hand.
Two Game parks included, Amboseli National Park (Kenya) and Ngorongoro Crater (Tanzania) included.
Group size minimum 4, maximum 10 plus leaders and local crew.
Accommodation is twin share – 1 night in a hotel; and single or double for 14 nights camping. (Upgrades to rooms are available at some campsites at your own expense).
Food includes 3 meals per day from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast Day 16. This excludes 2 lunches and 2 evening meals which are at your own expense to give you the opportunity to experience local cuisine.
Includes visit to a rural primary school in Tanzania.
ITINERARY – DAR ES SALAAM TO NAIROBI
Day 1 – Arrive in Dar es Salaam.
Day 2 – Bike to Bagamoyo.
Day 3 – Bike inland towards the Maasai Steppe.
Day 4-6 – Bike and explore the Usambara Mountains, plus school visit.
Day 7 – Morning ride, pm transfer to Arusha.
Day 8-9 – Biking into the Great Rift Valley.
Day 10 – Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater.
Day 11 – Transfer to Kenya boarder, bike to Maasai Village.
Day 12 – Bike to Amboseli National Park, pm game viewing.
Day 13 – Morning game viewing, biking across rolling bush land.
Day 14 – Biking across open savannah.
Day 15 – Morning bike and transfer to Nairobi.
Day 16 – Fly out.
DEPARTURE DATES FOR 2009
Sat Aug 29th to Sun Sept 13th 2009: Nairobi to Dar es Salaam.
Sat Sept 19th to Sun Oct 4th 2009: Dar es Salaam to Nairobi.
Sat Oct 10th to Sun Oct 25th 2009: Nairobi to Dar es Salaam.
DEPARTURE DATES FOR 2010
Sat June 5th to Sun June 20th 2010: Nairobi to Dar es Salaam
Sat July 3rd to Sun July 18th 2010: Nairobi to Dar es Salaam
Sat July 24th to Sun Aug 8th 2010: Dar es Salaam to Nairobi ~ Family Itinerary
Sat Aug 14th to Sun Aug 29th 2010: Nairobi to Dar es Salaam
Sat Sept 4th to Sun Sept 19th 2010: Dar es Salaam to Nairobi
Sat Sept 25th to Sun Oct 10th 2010: Nairobi to Dar es Salaam
Sat Oct 16th to Sun Oct 31st 2010: Dar es Salaam to Nairobi
PRICES FOR 2009-10
New Zealand dollars NZ$4190 (Plus local payment USD$300, bike hire in country USD$200)
transport, meals, accommodation and activities for the duration of the trip as per detailed itinerary.
Prices do NOT include
airfares, visas, airport taxes, optional meals, optional activities and excursions, vaccinations and personal equipment.
LOCAL PAYMENT is a part of your trip cost and is payable at the beginning of your trip to your tour leader at the pre-departure meeting on your arrival in Africa, rather than at the time of invoicing. (See Pre-departure Information)
WHAT IS ADVENTURE BIKING?
We get off the beaten track onto remote and little used dirt roads as much as possible. Some of the time we use paved roads and also at times single track, the later with not too much technical difficulty. There is sometimes the opportunity for getting off the main tracks and onto some more serious off road biking if you wish.
All our biking is vehicle supported which means all your gear is carried for you. Lunch and water are always at hand.
If you need a break from the saddle you can ride in the vehicle at any time.
You don’t need to be a fitness fanatic to come with us, but a reasonable standard of fitness is required and makes your trip more enjoyable.
NOTE: due to weather conditions this trip does not run between the months of November and May