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KILIMANJARO – NGORONGORO
BIKE RIDE, TANZANIA

KILIMANJARO – NGORONGORO
BIKE RIDE
TANZANIA

THIS KILIMANJARO NGORONGORO BIKE RIDE IS AN OUTSTANDING EXPERIENCE CYCLING FROM KILIMANJARO THROUGH TANZANIA’S VAST SAVANNAH TO THE NGORONGORO CRATER

The Kilimanjaro Ngorongoro Bike Ride is an exciting and truly memorable ride, cycling over 360km across Tanzania’s vast savannah. It takes you from the foot of the world’s highest free standing mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro, to the world’s largest unbroken caldera, the wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater.

How often have you wondered if you could ride through wild animals like this, on a bike! Giraffe, zebra and many other animals are just waiting to say hello as you cycle along…..

HIGHLIGHTS – Kilimanjaro Ngorongoro Bike Ride

  • Cycle over 360km across the varied terrain of the African savannah.
  • Ride through wildlife-rich open areas and natural migratory corridors.
  • Travel through the fringes of some of Tanzania’s most iconic national parks.
  • Cycle up the spectacular Great Rift Valley escarpment.
  • Beautiful lodged and fixed tent accommodation; no hard camping!
  • Optional game drive through the Ngorongoro Crater.

If the starting and end points of this Kilimanjaro Ngorongoro Bike Ride sounds like the highlights, wait until you see what’s in between! Riding through Maasai villages and through the Great Rift Valley, you’ll enjoy the ever-present sights of Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, as you make your way to the breathtaking shores of Lake Manyara and on to the World Heritage landscapes of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

The days will be hot and challenging, while evenings will be spent in either lodges, hotels or tented camps. There is no ‘hard camping’ on the floor!

The adventure ends with an optional game drive into the Ngorongoro Crater.

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At A Glance   

Flight inclusive Cost, from £2645
Land Only, from
Trip Duration 9 Days UK - UK
Bike Trip Length 5 Days
Max Altitude Negligible
Grading
Accommodation Hotels/Lodges/Fixed Tented Camp
All meals and water from Day 2 dinner to Day 8 Lunch

THIS KILIMANJARO NGORONGORO BIKE RIDE IS AN OUTSTANDING EXPERIENCE CYCLING FROM KILIMANJARO THROUGH TANZANIA’S VAST SAVANNAH TO THE NGORONGORO CRATER

The Kilimanjaro Ngorongoro Bike Ride is an exciting and truly memorable ride; 360km across Tanzania’s vast savannah. It takes you from the foot of the world’s highest free standing mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro, to the world’s largest unbroken caldera, the wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater.

How often have you wondered if you could ride through wild animals like this, on a bike! Giraffe, zebra and many other animals are just waiting to say hello as you cycle along…..

HIGHLIGHTS – Kilimanjaro Ngorongoro Bike Ride

  • Cycle over 360km across the varied terrain of the African savannah.
  • Ride through wildlife-rich open areas and natural migratory corridors.
  • Travel through the fringes of some of Tanzania’s most iconic national parks.
  • Cycle up the spectacular Great Rift Valley escarpment.
  • Beautiful lodged and fixed tent accommodation; no hard camping!
  • Optional game drive through the Ngorongoro Crater.

Ride through Maasai villages, the Great Rift Valley, see the ever-present sights of Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, cycle to the shores of Lake Manyara and finally onto the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

The days will be hot and challenging, while evenings will be spent in either lodges, hotels or tented camps. There is no ‘hard camping’ on the floor!

The adventure ends with an optional game drive into the Ngorongoro Crater.

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At A Glance

Flight inclusive Cost, from £2645
Land Only, from
Trip Duration 9 Days UK - UK
Bike Trip Length 5 Days
Max Altitude Negligible
Grading
Accommodation Hotels/Lodges/Fixed Tented Camp
All meals and water from Day 2 dinner to Day 8 Lunch

Ride through wildlife-rich countryside

All Meals & Water On Ride

It’s Like Being On Safari … On A Bike!

Hotels/Lodges
Tented Camps

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Kilimanjaro Ngorongoro bike ride
Kilimanjaro Ngorongoro bike ride
Kilimanjaro Ngorongoro bike ride
Kilimanjaro Ngorongoro bike ride

Trip Information

Trip Information

Brief Itinerary – Kilimanjaro Ngorongoro Bike Ride

Day 1: Depart UK

Day 2: Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport – Transfer

Day 3: Moshi to West Kilimanjaro | 61 Km | 6 – 7hrs

Day 4: West Kilimanjaro to Arusha | 83 Km | 7 – 8 hrs

Day 5: Arusha to Tarangire National Park | 102Km | 8 – 9hrs

Day 6: Tarangire to Lake Manyara | 74K | 6 – 7hrs

Day 7: Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro Crater | 43K | 3 – 4hrs

Day 8: Depart Tanzania

Day 9: Arrive back in UK

Full Itinerary – Kilimanjaro Ngorongoro Bike Ride

Day 1: Depart UK

Day 2: Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport – Transfer
You will be collected from the airport and transferred to your Lodge near Moshi town situated on the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Your guides and maintenance team will introduce themselves and brief you about your Ngorongoro Charity Cycle. You’ll also have your bike fitting session.
Depending on the arrival time, you should have ample time to go for a quick test ride through the nearby coffee plantation and surrounding villages.

Meals: Dinner

Day 3: Moshi to West Kilimanjaro | 61 Km | 6 – 7hrs
The ride today takes us from the greener and more fertile southern side of Mt. Kilimanjaro towards the more arid western side of the mountain. The initial coffee and banana plantations will give way to the more open plains and acacia woodlands which support a remarkable variety of wildlife and spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
While Moshi is home the Chagga people, the West Kilimanjaro plains are home to the nomadic Maasai people who co-exist with the surrounding wildlife and it’s why this area is known as the Maasai Lands.
You will ride on both dirt and tarmac roads and you will finish at the Osiligilai Maasai Lodge where you will be spending the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: West Kilimanjaro to Arusha | 83 Km | 7 – 8 hrs
A long day 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. It will be a hot and dusty day! 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. Before reaching the bustling city of Arusha, we will divert through a coffee estate as we head towards our lodge/campsite located outside the city. We finish at the Tembo Club.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Arusha to Tarangire National Park | 102Km | 8 – 9hrs
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 the Roika Tented Lodge, which marks the perfect ending to a long, hot day of cycling since there is a swimming pool where you can cool off.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Tarangire to Lake Manyara | 74K | 6 – 7hrs
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 kilometres 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 along the dirt road towards Migunga Tented Camp where we will be spending the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro Crater | 43K | 3 – 4hrs
The final ride of this Ngorongoro Charity Cycle, and it’s the toughest day but the most rewarding. We start off the day cycling from the dirt road back onto tarmac 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. You will then proceed on the tarmac road past the colorful Karatu town as you head towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Finish at the entrance gate to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
You will then be transferred to your overnight accommodation (Tloma Lodge) for lunch and a celebratory toast to your achievement, it’s time to rest and relax ready to enjoy your  surroundings.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: Depart Tanzania

With an evening departure flight, there is time to take advantage of a fantastic opportunity to go on an optional game drive into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (see details below). It’ll be an early morning start and you’ll be back at the Lodge by lunchtime.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a natural crater providing an environment for lots of animals to thrive.

Departure for the airport will be early/mid afternoon. It’s an approx 4hr drive.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 9: Arrive back in UK

Dates & Prices

Dates With Flights Without Flights
2 - 10 Nov 2019 £2645

Deposit – £400. If your booking is within 6 months of departure (flight inclusive only), you may be asked for an additional payment to cover international flights.

Group Sizes: 2 – 12.

Sole Occupation – see tab below.

Dates – want alternative or exclusive group? Visit our Select Your Own webpage and see how easy it is.

Services Included

  • International flights London – Kilimanjaro (JRO)
  • Trek Mountain Hardtail 4300 & Merida Matts 20-D Hardtail Mountain Bikes
  • Entrance fees to national parks or other places of interest visited on the itinerary
  • All internal transfers and support vehicles
  • All ground staff including English speaking guide, maintenance crew and full back-up support including first-aid qualified staff and first-aid supplies
  • Three meals a day (unless otherwise stated in the itinerary)
  • Snacks and fruit and water stops
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Accommodation during the challenge (twin share)
  • Helmets are included however we would recommend taking your own

Excluded

  • Tips
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Spending Money
  • Trip extensions or Game Drive add ons

Services Included

  • Trek Mountain Hardtail 4300 & Merida Matts 20-D Hardtail Mountain Bikes
  • Entrance fees to national parks or other places of interest visited on the itinerary
  • All internal transfers and support vehicles (not return airport transfers)
  • All ground staff including English speaking guide, maintenance crew and full back-up support including first-aid qualified staff and first-aid supplies
  • Three meals a day (unless otherwise stated in the itinerary)
  • Snacks and fruit and water stops
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Accommodation during the challenge (twin share)
  • Helmets are included however we would recommend taking your own

Excluded

  • International flights
  • Return airport transfers
  • Tips
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Spending Money
  • Trip extensions or Game Drive add ons

The sole occupation charge is only payable if you request the service. If requested – £150.

The fee covers sole occupation for all accommodation on this trip.

If you a lone traveller, you will be not be charged any form of ‘single supplement’ by default but placed into a twin room (same sex). If there happens to be an odd one out, someone gets sole occupation at no cost.

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Passport – Must be valid for at least 6 months when you apply for your visa. Information source is the FCO Travel Advice Tanzania.

Visa – A tourist visa is required for Tanzania. The above link will tell you the methods to obtain your visa (prior to departing or at the airport on arrival).

Flight Tickets – paper tickets are rare these days; all e-tickets. All you need to check in is your passport and PNR Reference No (which we provide you with). From that your boarding passes are provided. We either provide your boarding passes (by email) or you check in on line yourself (or at the airport).

Travel Insurance – Mandatory on our trips. We will ask for proof of cover. We do not sell travel insurance. Go to our Information webpage for our unbias advice and tips.

This Kilimanjaro Ngorongoro Charity Cycle is a challenging ride, covering a min of 43km per day, ranging up to 102km on the longest day.
The 5 days of riding in km are: 61, 83, 102, 74 and 43. Total 363 km.

The riding is not technical. You should be used to being in the saddle for a significant number of hours per day. Average journey time per day is about 7 hrs, including rest stops.

The riding surfaces are a mix of dirt tracks and tarmac. There is some tough ascents particularly on the final day but the views and what you see is well worth the effort. There are support vehicles to assist if required.

As part of the Kilimanjaro Ngorongoro Charity Cycle booking process, you will be asked about any relevant issues of your medical history. If we have any doubts about your ability to take part in the challenge, we may ask you to provide a letter of fitness from your GP, therefore we would recommend that if you have any concerns, you speak to your GP prior to booking.

Fitness Concerns? – Call us on 01529 488159 or 07725 943108

Food

  • All meals from Day 2 dinner to Lunch on Day 8. See itinerary for the full meal plan.
  • Unlimited drinking water on the ride.
  • Breakfasts are usually buffet style, lunches vary depending on the route that day and evening meals are 3 courses.
  • There are water/snack stops en route.
  • Tea/coffee/biscuits are severed on arrival at the campsite.
  • The food is of excellent quality and there is no lacking quantity; you won’t go hungry!

Accommodation

  • All Lodges, hotels and tented camps – twin share basis, same sex.
  • Requested sole occupation cost – £150. Sole occupation entitles you to sole occupation of all accommodation rooms to yourself. If you are a solo traveller and do not request sole occupation, you will be accommodated with another solo traveller (same sex).
  • If there is an odd number, someone gets lucky with sole occupation at no additional cost.

Kilimanjaro Ngorongoro Charity Cycle International Flights

Our default flights are London Heathrow (LHR) – Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We use a variety of high quality airlines using one stop (there are no direct flights to JRO from London). The flights depart on Day 1, arriving into JRO on Day 2.

The return flight from JRO will be an evening departure on Day 8 due to the itinerary earlier that day. You will arrive into London on Day 9 (times vary).

London not convenient?

Other regional airport options are possible. We appreciate the potential inconvenience of London if you live far away. Whilst using regional airports may attract supplements due to higher flight costs, that cost may be offset by the cost and time of travelling to London. Please ask for advice.

The advice here is given in good faith from trusted sources; we are not medical professionals. Check with your Medical Practice if you are up to date with the primary courses.

Vaccinations:

FREE Vaccinations – the following are usually FREE on the NHS as they are considered the greatest risk if brought into the country:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Hep A (be aware some of those are combined vaccinations).
Information source – http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67

The others you are likely to have to pay for.

We recommend budgeting approx £400 for miscellaneous expenses during your trip. This includes meals not included in the itinerary, drinks, supplementary snacks and tips etc. but this amount does depend on your personal spending habits and your wish to buy souvenirs.

This does not include the cost of the optional game drive on Day 8 of the itinerary. Details of this are contained within the itinerary and inclusions/exclusion.

We recommend either carrying additional spare cash OR a debit/credit card as a back up. The latter (credit card) should always be carried for emergencies.

Tanzania’s currency is the Tanzanian Schilling. The currency is not on the open market and therefore you will not be able to obtain any prior to arrival. Their second currency is the US$. If you deal in US$, you will pay considerably more than you would using local currency.

You can change your cash at the local banks or use the local ATMs.

Further generic information on subjects such as travel insurance and medical issues can be found on our Information webpage.
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