8 days from £699.00
Landscapes, People and Wildlife of Africa's Highest Mountain
|Area||Around Kilimanjaro National Park|
|Distance||Approx. 200 km over 6 days of cycling|
|Holiday Type||Fully guided MTB holiday, riding from point-to-point|
|Specifics ||80% off-road, 20% on-road with varying ascents and descents|
|Grade||Moderate with 3 days of 3-4 hours riding, 2 days of 4-5 and 1 day of 5-7|
Standing high above Africa’s game-filled plains at 5,895m, Kilimanjaro is one of earth’s most impressive natural wonders. This exciting biking holiday offers an excellent opportunity to explore all the different landscapes, peoples and animals of Africa’s highest mountain in this week-long biking trip around Kilimanjaro.
From the rainforest between Kidia and Marangu, and the Maasai lands on the north side with game viewing opportunities, to the vast open agricultural spaces of West Kilimanjaro you can truly get an appreciation for the beauty and difference of landscape. Biking provides the perfect means to savour wonderful views and meet the different peoples who inhabit this region.
Riding for 6 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, mainly camping in the grounds of local schools, 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.
Scheduled Departures and Operating Period
Our Kilimanjaro Bike Safari departs once a month during dry season months. Our small group scheduled departures operate with a minimum of 4 participants and maximum of 12. Private departures can also be arranged, departing any day of the week, based on a minimum of 2 participants at a slightly higher price. These need to be pre-booked at least 3 months in advance.
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Highlights of Kilimanjaro Bike Safari
|1||Experience a variety of landscapes, people and wildlife on two-wheels.|
|2||Plenty of cultural interaction with local people plus the Maasai.|
|3||Get off-the-beaten track - exploring the lesser-known regions of Kilimanjaro.|
|4||Fully supported and accompanied by knowledgeable bike guide.|
|5||Chance to extend your holiday to include a Serengeti safari or Zanzibar.|
Brief Itinerary of Kilimanjaro Bike Safari
|Day 1||Moshi||Arrive Kilimanjaro and transfer to Moshi; cycle tour of Moshi and villages. |
|Day 2||Marangu||Transfer to Kidia Village; cycle to Marangu with views of Kilimanjaro.|
|Day 3||Ubaa ||Head northwards from Marangu and bike to Ubaa Secondary School.|
|Day 4||Kenyan Border ||Cycle to Snow Cap Cottages for overnight near Kenyan border.|
|Day 5||Lerang'wa||Pedal to Lerang'wa through spectacular scenery and Maasai land.|
|Day 6||Wiri||Bike to Wiri Primary School through West Kilimanjaro.|
|Day 7||Moshi ||Ride to Boma N'gombe; transfer by vehicle to hotel in Moshi.|
|Day 8||Optional day safari in Arusha National Park. End of trip.|
Responsible Tour Operating in Tanzania
Specialist Tanzania works in close partnership with a locally owned and managed company in Moshi, Tanzania. We feel this approach has a more direct benefit on the local distribution of income from tourism. We support and fully endorse the recruitment and training of local bike guides, local group tour managers, drivers and representation staff.
With our guiding principle of employing local people wherever possible our guests see a direct benefit in the improved local knowledge of our local team, whether that be knowledge of flora, fauna, history or just general Tanzanian life. Through this approach we can also maximise the amount of your tourism revenue that is delivered directly into the heart of the local economy.
Specialist Tanzania is also determined to do what we can to help minimise any negative impacts on the environmental, wildlife and cultural welfare of Tanzania through promoting responsible visitor behaviour; promoting waste reduction; facilitating cultural exchange between guests and local communities; supporting local businesses, goods and services; encouraging guests to eat local foods rather than imported foods; encouraging the conservation of natural resources like electricity and water; and promoting the importance of protecting the local environment and nature.» Read our full responsible travel policy