Tanzania Cycling Safari  this is a strenuous and rewarding trip encompassing some of the most beautiful landscape and sights in Northern Tanzania. From a circuit of Mount Kilimanjaro across the Maasai Steppe to the Ngorongoro highlands and Great Rift Valley this biking itinerary takes you to places which are not accessible by car. Time on the saddle is between 6-10 hours each day with stops on route. A support vehicle will be with the group throughout providing food and drinks on route.

Riding for 9 days you’ll be accompanied by your own experienced private biking guide and supply/support vehicle with driver and a cook. Nights are spent under canvas, camping in the grounds of local schools and locally-run camp sites, which provide a much-needed source of income for the schools and local communities. Bike hire is included, as is all camping equipment and mattresses. You’ll just need to take a sleeping bag.


Highlights of   Tanzania Cycling Safari

  1. 1 Experience a variety of landscapes, people and wildlife on two-wheels.
  2. 2 Plenty of cultural interaction with local people plus the Maasai.
  3. 3 Get off-the-beaten track in Northern Tanzania on tracks inaccessible by car.
  4. 4 Fully supported and accompanied by knowledgeable bike guide.
  5. 5 Bike for a few days around the villages and countryside of Kilimanjaro.
  6. 6 Traverse one of the Great Rift Valley’s most scenic routes.
  7. 7 Enjoy a memorable game drive and see the ‘Big Five’ in Ngorongoro Crater.
  8. 8 Take an early morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park.
  9. 9 Chance to extend your holiday to include a Serengeti safari or Zanzibar.


Brief Itinerary of  Tanzania Cycling Safari 

Day 1 Moshi Arrive Kilimanjaro and transfer to Moshi.
Day 2 Moshi Orientation and acclimatisation cycle tour of Moshi and villages.
Day 3 Marangu Transfer to Kidia Village; cycle to Marangu with views of Kilimanjaro.
Day 4 Tarakea Cycle from Marangu to Kibouni (Tarakea) close to Kenyan border.
Day 5 Ol Molog Bike from Rongai to West Kilimanjaro.
Day 6 Ngare na Nyuki Bike down to Maasai land plains and cross the north of Arusha NP.
Day 7 Longido Ride to main Namanga road then 4×4 transfer to village near Longido town.
Day 8 Longido Hike to Longido mountains; visit Longido Cultural Tourism Project; bike around village.
Day 9 Kitumbaine Bike to Kitumbaine mountain through savannah passing Maasai villages.
Day 10 Gilai-Bomba Biking in Maasai Land with views of Ol Doinyo Lengai.
Day 11 Engaruka 4×4 transfer/drive to Hole of God then cycle sandy road to Engaruka.
Day 12 Mto wa Mbu Scenic day cycling on the Rift Valley Escarpment; descend to shores of Lake Manyara.
Day 13 Mto wa Mbu Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater (6 hour safari); return to camp.
Day 14 Moshi Game drive in Lake Manyara NP; Mto wa Mbu Cultural Tourism walk; drive to Moshi.
Day 15 Optional day safari in Arusha National Park. End of trip.


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Tanzania Cycling Safari   holiday starts at check-in to your hotel. Nestled at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania, Moshi is the coffee producing centre of the country and gateway to one of the most iconic mountains on our planet.
Accommodation Sal-salinero Hotel

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Today is an easy day with some cycling to acclimatise. We’ll cycle to villages on Kilimanjaro and have a reality biking tour of Moshi town. We’ll also get to see the real side of life in Moshi away from where the tourists go.
Accommodation Salsalinero Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast

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Our day starts with a transfer with our bike guide and bikes to Kidia Village. From this high point we commence cycling through the Kilimanjaro rain forest to Marangu. On route, we’ll take in the picture postcard viewpoint at Mawa Seminary of Kilimanjaro with views of Mount Kilimanjaro. 3-4 hours biking today.
Distance 20 km
Accommodation Camping at Marangu Hotel,Included Meals Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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After breakfast start biking from Marangu, the most famous starting point to climb Kilimanjaro, to Tarakea just by the Kenyan border.
Distance 52 km
Accommodation Camping at Tarakea Police Station,Included Meals Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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After breakfast we bike from Rongai to West Kilimanjaro through the forests at the north of Mount Kilimanjaro. We should stand a good chance of encountering blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, buffalo and elephant. Dinner and overnight at Lerang’wa Primary School.
Distance 57 km
Accommodation Camping at Lerang’wa Primary School,Included Meals Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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This is a long and hard day. We bike through savannah land and up to some small hills before making a descent to the plains of Maasai land. We’ll cross the north of Arusha National Park and enjoy views of both Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. Dinner and overnight at Ngare na Nyuki Secondary School.
Distance 66 km (mostly downhill)
Accommodation Camping at Ngare na Nyuki Secondary School,Included Meals Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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After breakfast we start our ride from Ngare na Nyuki and head for the main Namanga road (Arusha to Nairobi road). Once we reach the main road we load our bikes onto our support vehicle and head to a small village near Longido town. We’ll set up camp, have dinner and overnight in Longido.Distance 34 km

Accommodation Camping at small village near Longido,Included Meals Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 8 – Morning hike to Longido Mountain; visit Longido Cultural Tourism Project
We’ll make an early morning hike to Longido Mountain for those interested. There’s also time to gain an introduction to Maasai culture through the Longido Cultural Tourism Project. After lunch and some much-needed rest there’s time to bike around the village later in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at campsite in Longido.
Accommodation Camping at small village near Longido,Included Meals Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Today we start early in the morning after breakfast and bike through savannah land towards Maasai villages and Kitumbaine mountain. Dinner and overnight at Kitumbaine.
Distance 52 km
Accommodation Camping at Kitumbaine,Included Meals Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 10 – Bike from Kitumbaine to Gilai Bomba
Another day biking in Maasai Land with good views of Oldoinyo Lengai, Kitumbaine Mountain and Gilai Gilai Mountain. Dinner and overnight at Gilai Bomba.
Distance 34 km
Accommodation Camping at Gilai Bomba,Included Meals Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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After breakfast we load the bikes onto our vehicle and drive to the Hole of God. From here we enjoy a difficult day cycling on a sandy and dusty road (but very scenic) to Engaruka.
Distance 20 km (sandy road)
Accommodation Camping at Engaruka
Included Meals Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Today is a very scenic day, biking across Maasai villages on the escarpment of the Rift Valley. We descend along the rift valley escarpment down to the shores of Lake Manyara and the colourful town of Mto wa Mbu. Dinner and overnight at Kiboko Camp.
Distance 51 km (sandy road)
Accommodation Camping at Nsya Campsite  ,Included Meals Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Today we’ll experience one of earth’s greatest natural sights – the Ngorongoro Crater – and make a game drive on the crater floor. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area boasts the finest blend of landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeological sites in Africa. Often called an ‘African Eden’ and the ‘eighth wonder of the natural world’, it is also a pioneering experiment in multiple land use, allowing humans and wildlife to coexist in a natural setting.
Your first view of the Ngorongoro Crater may well take your breath away. Ngorongoro is a huge caldera (collapsed volcano), 250 sq. km in size and 600m deep. The crater alone contains over 20,000 large animals including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino. These prehistoric figures make a striking impression set against a backdrop of the ancient crater walls.
No fences border the crater so animals are free to enter or leave as they please. Most choose to stay for the plentiful water and grazing available throughout the year. There’s plenty of time for criss-crossing the crater floor in search of wildlife before returning to our campsite.
Accommodation Camping at Nsya Campsite ,Included Meals Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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This morning we’ll enjoy a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Famed for its tree-climbing lions, the dominant feature of the park is the ancient soda Lake Manyara itself – home to large numbers of resident hippo. Looming over the park is the magnificent cliffs of the Rift Valley escarpment, providing a scenic backdrop to game viewing safaris in the park.
The surprisingly varied vegetation supports a wealth of wildlife, nourished by the streams flowing out of the escarpment base and waterfalls spilling over the cliffs. Feeding in the undergrowth or dozing in the dry riverbeds is Tanzania’s densest populations of buffalo and elephant. The park’s dazzling variety of birds includes thousands of red-billed quelea, pelicans, cormorants and the pink streaks of flocks of flamingos.
Afterwards we’ll take one of the cultural walks of Mto wa Mbu and learn more about local life, farming, industry and local people before driving back to Moshi for a final night.
Accommodation Bristol Cottages
Included Meals Breakfast and lunch

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It is, however, the park’s variety of natural habitats and spectacular views of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro that delight most visitors. Your itinerary once in the park is flexible to a degree and can be discussed with your safari guide/driver. A popular place to head to for a picnic lunch is the rim of the Ngurdoto Crater, a vast volcanic crater inaccessible to visitors and a haven for hippo, antelope and birdlife. Your trip ends upon check out from the hotel.


Included Meals Breakfast
Safari Combinations and Zanzibar Island Holidays
This itinerary has been planned to allow adequate time for you to take one of the daily early afternoon flights from Arusha/Kilimanjaro to Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Pemba or Mafia Islands at the end of your tour.
If you are considering maximising your holiday time in Tanzania by staying for a third week, please take a look at our range of private safaris in southern Tanzania and western Tanzania, or relax and unwind on one of our Zanzibar, Pemba or Mafia Island holidays.