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Essential data

Group size:

Minimum 4 maximum 10.

Grade:

[4] - Experienced (You should mountain bike on a regular basis)

Duration:

16 day , 15 nights (~500km)

Depart dates:

04 Jun - 19 Jun 2005
16 Jul - 31 Jul 2005
24 Sep - 09 Oct 2005
15 Oct - 30 Oct 2005
17 Dec - 01 Jan 2006
14 Jan - 29 Jan 2006
24 Jun - 09 Jul 2006
15 Jul - 30 Jul 2006
05 Aug - 20 Aug 2006
23 Sep - 08 Oct 2006
14 Oct - 29 Oct 2006
16 Dec - 31 Dec 2006

Departure point:

Johannesburg international airport

Finish point:

Johannesburg international airport
Trails for Africa Kenya and Tanzania mountain bike trail
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A 16 day adventure biking, hiking and game park experience through the African savannah from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam. Biking away from main roads and tourist routes you experience a different face of Africa, local villages and traditional tribesmen, breathtaking scenery and wildlife grazing on the plains.

We follow the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro with its snow covered peaks above us and camp in the wilderness. Game viewing in Amboseli National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, with the largest concentration of plains game anywhere in the world, gives you the wildlife experience that East Africa is famous for. A day hike in the unspoilt forest of the Usambara Mountains and biking through the tropical coastal forest and villages brings us finally to Dar es Salaam, 'Haven of Peace'.

11-13 days biking on 90% dirt roads ranging from rough and rocky to mud and dust to paved. Some off road experience is preferred. From 25 km to 85 km per day. 1 day mountain hike (optional). 2 game parks - Amboseli (Kenya) and Ngorongoro Crater (Tanzania) included.

Price includes: Airfare Johannesburg-Nairobi and Dar es Salaam-Johannesburg on South African Airways; Airport transfers; 15 night cycling adventure including 1 night hotel and 14 nights camping (upgrades to rooms available at some campsites at your own expense); All meals from evening of Day 1 to breakfast on Day 16, except for 2 lunches and 2 dinners Tour leader and local staff; 100% vehicle supported.

Price excludes:visas, travel insurance, health requirements, drinks, gratuities, local payment of USD 150 to cover park fees, local bike hire (if required) @ USD 150, sleeping mat, thermorest or similar, a good 2-3 season sleeping bag, all items of a personal nature and any service not specified.


Detailed intinerary

Day 1 Saturday:Depart Johannesburg on South African Airways to Nairobi. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Heron Hotel, a comfortable budget hotel, for overnight on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. At 17h00 we gather at the hotel for a pre departure meeting.

Day 2 Sunday:We take a short drive out to the surrounding plains. From here we begin biking on undulating tarmac roads through the African savannah. A fairly gentle day to ease us into the saddle brings us to an ostrich farm where we camp for the night. Optional ostrich rides available. Approx. 25 km biking. (Upgrades to rooms available).

Day 3 Monday:Heading away from civilisation we bike on dirt roads towards Amboseli National Park. We meet up with Maasai tribesmen and various plains game along the way before spending the night under the clear African sky. Approx. 69 km biking.

Day 4 Tuesday:We continue biking on dirt roads and tracks to Amboseli National Park, renowned for its huge herds of elephant and stunning views of Mt Kilimanjaro. We finish the day with a short game drive into the park to the campsite. (We do not bike in the National Park!). Approx. 69 km biking.

Day 5 Wednesday:With an early start we spend the morning on a game drive through Amboseli. Leaving the park after lunch we bike across the dry bed of Lake Amboseli and around the lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro to camp in the shadow of this massive mountain. Approx. 25 km biking.

Day 6 Thursday:A relaxed morning gives us the chance to visit a Masai manyatta (village) and experience their traditional culture and lifestyle. We continue biking around the lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro towards the Tanzanian border. Approx. 45 km biking. (Upgrades to rooms available).

Day 7 Friday:After crossing through the Kenya/Tanzania border we drive towards Arusha, the safari capital of East Africa. As soon as we're off the busy main road we get back on our bikes. We camp near Arusha at Meserani Snake Park. After a quick lunch we have the option to visit a small local school nearby. Approx. 25 km biking.

Day 8 Saturday:A full day of paved roads to really stretch out the legs as we bike away from Arusha. We again encounter Maasai tribesmen herding their cattle. The afternoon brings us to Mto Wa Mbu, a small town at the foot of the Rift Valley escarpment . Explore the town and visit local craft markets. Approx. 85 km biking. (Upgrades to rooms available).

Day 9 Sunday:With an early start we drive into the Ngorongoro Crater, a natural garden of Eden. We spend the day viewing the highest concentration of game in Africa. After an unforgettable day we return to Arusha.

Day 10 Monday:Leaving Arusha we begin heading towards the coast, stopping at a secluded campsite on the banks of a quiet meandering river. Approx. 30 km biking.

Day 11 Tuesday:Climbing away from the plains we head up into the Usumbara Mountains, driving up for the main climb then biking on towards Lushoto, an old colonial town nestled high in the mountains. From here we bike up to a viewpoint overlooking the endless plains below then continue further into the mountains to camp at a rustic colonial lodge. Approx. 28 kms biking. (Upgrades to rooms available).

Day 12 Wednesday:A well earned rest day for those that wish or join with a guide from the local village for a day hike into the stunning Usambara Mountains. Here again we have a chance to visit a local school. (Upgrades to rooms available).

Day 13 Thursday:What goes up must come down. Following these beautiful mountains you have the choice of 2 routes back down to the plains, through pristine rainforest and village farmland to meet up with the main road to the coast. Approx. 35-77 km biking. (Upgrades to rooms available).

Day 14 Friday:With the tropical coastline in our sights we bike along a little-used dirt road, through sleepy palm lined villages. We meet the Indian Ocean at Bagamoyo, a small historic town right on the coast and camp at a lodge right on the beach. Approx. 65 km biking. (Upgrades to rooms available).

Day 15 Saturday:A relaxed morning on the beach before our final bike ride of the trip along the coastal road to Dar es Salaam. A quick check of the local fish market to choose our dinner then a last gentle ride to our campsite, arriving late in the afternoon. Approx. 25 km biking.

Day 16 Sunday:Alas! The trip ends here. Transfer to Dar es Salaam airport for your South African Airways flight to Johannesburg.


Please Note:Terms and conditions apply. We reserve the right to change prices if necessary.

File images
Mt Kenya looms above the savannah
Mt Kenya looms above the savannah

Sunset over the indian ocean
Sunset over the indian ocean

 
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