Come and experience an exciting and unforgettable 360km cycling tour across Tanzania’s famous northern circuit in 7 days. This tour takes you through Tanzania’s most iconic national and cultural attractions. From the base of the world’s highest free standing mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro, to the world’s largest unbroken caldera, the wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater.
Though the starting and end points of the tour may sound like the highlights of the tour, wait till you see all the amazing places and cultures you will visit and experience in between. We welcome you to come and experience this incredible journey with us.
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Day 1: Exploring Moshi:
Depart from the UK and arrive in Moshi. We will be transferred to the hotel and after checking in, we will have time to relax and explore the city of Moshi. There will be a briefing to discuss the next day’s schedule.
Day 2: Ride past Mount Kilimanjaro to Ngabobo village:
Our ride today takes us from greener southern side of Mt. Kilimanjaro towards the more arid western side of the mountain.
Your ride today will initially take you through coffee and banana plantations as you cycle through the more fertile areas of southern Kilimanjaro but as you head west you will cycle through the more arid open plains and acacia woodlands.
These plains support a remarkable variety of wildlife and spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. While Moshi is home the Chagga people west Kilimanjaro plains are home to the nomadic Maasai people who co-exist with the surrounding wildlife and it is why this area is known as the Maasai Lands.
Your ride today will be on both dirt and tarmac roads and you will finish the ride at the Ngabobo village where you will be spending the night.
Day 3: Cycle through Ngasurai to Arusha:
Today’s cycle will be a long one as we cycle from the west Kilimanjaro plains towards Arusha city.
The first section of the ride will be through the Ngasurai open plains which serve as a migratory path for elephants moving to and from the Amboseli National Park in Kenya.
Cyclists should look forward to a hot and dusty day ahead. Once we finish the dirt road we will enter the main tarmac road towards Arusha city passing a few small villages and settlements along with Mt. Meru looming in the background.
Right before reaching the bustling city of Arusha we will divert through a coffee estate as we head towards our boutique lodge located outside the city. We will end our ride today at the Tembo Club where we will be spending the night.
Day 4: Cycle to Tarangire National Park:
Today’s ride will be the longest distance wise, but not the toughest, and will be mostly on tarmac roads.
The ride will take us through many villages, towns and open plains. The long stretches of undulating road through the Tanzanian country side perfectly represents Ernest Hemingway’s quote when he said – “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them”.
After completing the tarmac road section, we will divert onto the dirt road that takes us to our tented camp/ campsite right on the border of the Tarangire National Park, which is home to the largest concentration of elephants in Tanzania.
Today we will be spending the night at your camp situated right on the edge of the Tarangire National Park, which marks the perfect ending to a long, hot day of cycling since there is a swimming pool where you can cool off.
Day 5: Ride by the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara:
Today’s ride marks another exciting day as we cycle through the migratory wildlife corridors between Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks.
The first section of the ride takes us back to the main road which we follow for a few kilometers then divert on a dirt road towards Lake Manyara. This area is rich in wildlife and you will notice a significant number of Maasai settlements along the way.
One of today’s highlights will be the beautiful views of the Great Rift Valley directly in front of us as we head towards Lake Manyara. After the dirt road section of today’s ride, we will rejoin the main tarmac road towards Mto wa Mbu town for several kilometers before diverting into the dirt road towards the campsite where we will be spending the night.
Day 6: Cycle to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area:
Today’s ride will be the final and the toughest but the most rewarding. We start off the day cycling from the dirt road back onto the tarmac road and head past the bustling town of Mto wa Mbu and the entry gate of Lake Manyara National Park.
We then proceed on a very tough cycle up the Great Rift Valley escarpment leaving behind a spectacular backdrop. Before reaching the top of the escarpment you will stop to catch your breath at the viewpoint overlooking the beautiful Lake Manyara National Park and its surroundings.
If there’s ever a time to take a great selfie, it’s here. You will then proceed on the tarmac road past the colorful Karatu town as you head towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Your ride today will finish at the entrance gate to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area marking an end to a challenging but exciting 5 day tour of Tanzania’s northern tourist circuit, on two wheels.
After a celebratory toast to your achievement, you will be transferred to the lodge where you will be spending the night.
Day 7: Safari around Lake Manyara:
Enjoy a safari around Lake Manyara.
Day 8: Transfer to Mto wa Mbu town:
Today you can relax at the lodge while you wait for your transfer back to the airport via the vibrant town of Mto wa Mbu where you can buy some souvenirs to take back home with you.
A good level of physical fitness would be a good asset for this trip, but as you will be guided by a qualified leader, no specific skills or experience are required.
Once you have booked your place on your bucket list trip, you will receive a kit list from us containing all the kit/equipment you will need to complete the adventure successfully. This will ensure you have everything you could possibly need ready for the big adventure.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of the trip or your suitability for it, please contact us on 01769 309002 or email email@example.com. We will be happy to help.
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- The trip will run.
- It will leave on the date advertised (unless, it is beyond our control, for example, the airline changes something).
- You will not be surcharged.
When you book adventure travel, you want to know how much the trip is going to cost you, without hidden, last-minute costs appearing afterwards. Our full-cost prices include international air fares – we do not advertise “prices from”, leaving you to guess what the final flight price might be. Instead, when booking with us, you know the flight is included, and at what price, from the moment you visit our website.
The price of every Bucket List Company adventure trip includes:
- All accommodation
- Our own UK leader who will accompany your group on the whole trip
- Meals on trek/experience
- Any permits
- Entry fees to any regions and sites visited as part of the itinerary
- Group equipment
- Safety equipment
- Our own expedition manager
- 24 UK operations and emergency cover whilst you are in the country
The price of our trips does not include:
- Visa fees
- Travel Insurance
- Tips for local crew ($100 is the recommended rate)
- Personal spending money
It is a booking condition of The Bucket List Company that you have full travel insurance valid for the duration of your tour to cover you for medical emergency and repatriation to your home country. We will ask you for a copy of this before departure for our records. It is also important that you leave a copy of your insurance with the person nominated as your emergency contact.
We can recommend a respected, specialist travel insurance provider for this trip if you wish – simply contact us to find out more.
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, and the health of participants can all contribute to changes. The Trek Leader and our local agent will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!
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