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Mountain Bike adventure around Mt. Kilimanjaro | 12 Days

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  • Tour Overview

    Tour Highlights:

    The trail around Africa‘s tallest mountain and highest volcano is 370 kilometers long and involves 5200 am of climbing. It takes you through solitary rainforests, fertile fields of crop and through wild, dry acacia rich savannah, which is the home of the Masai. The tracks around the cloud shrouded, snow-capped roof of Africa are mainly dusty, sometimes rocky, with a few asphalt roads. You spend a night in a Masai cultural village to get to know their customs, songs and dishes. On a safari in Arusha National Park you see some of Africa´s amazing wildlife. Two packages are available: with a local mountain bike guide only, you carry your own luggage during the rides or, a comfort option where a backup vehicle is always around so distances can be shortened to individual needs.

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  • Itinerary

    Group Size: 6-10 participants

    km = kilometer & am = altitude meter


    Day 1              Arrival Kilimanjaro, transfer to Hotel

    After arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you are welcomed by your tour guide. Transfer to your first accommodation. (D)

    Key’s Hotel

    Distance by bus 42 km, duration 1 h


    Day 2              Bike Tour around Moshi

    This day is for your acclimatization. After adjusting the bikes your guide will ride with you along the lower slopes of the volcano and around town. Distances and climbs can be adjusted. (B,D)

    Key’s Hotel

    Distance by bike 46 km, 810 am, gravel/tar

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    Day 3              Bike Tour Moshi – Lake Chala

    The route is on uneven paths, mainly over farmland of the Chagga people. A long climb leads to Marangu, one of the gateway points to Kilimanjaro. Banana and coffee plantations change with little villages. The kids have a ball and come running to the road calling “Mzungu”. Towards the end a 13 kilometer downhill takes you back into savannah country to a beautiful lodge at Lake Chala, offering swimming, birding and game viewing on foot. (B,L,D)

    Lake Chala Safari Lodge & Campsite

    Distance by bike 67 km, 1375 am, gravel tracks/tar

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    Day 4              Bike Tour Lake Chala – Rongai

    You are heading further north anti-clockwise around the volcano. In the higher regions you see good farming practice of water and soil saving agriculture of the locals. You ride close to the Kenyan border climbing gently to higher altitude. The last 9.5 km are on tar and steep. In the afternoon you arrive at your cozy chalet. This is one of the starting points leading onto the mountain. If you want to get a taste of what it’s like you can go for a walk. (B,L,D)

    Snowcap Cottages

    Distance by bike 65 km, 1425 am, tracks/tar

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    Day 5              Bike tour Rongai – Olpopongi Masai village

    Cross the northern ridge of Kilimanjaro to the highest point of the tour at 1920 m. Your tires will reach their limit because nobody can escape the large acacia thorns. During the last kilometers you might spot some game. At Masai cultural village of Olpopongi you will sleep in typical rondavels. (B,L,D)

    Olpopongi Maasai Village

    Distance by bike 92 km, 850 am, gravel tracks

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    Day 6              Bike tour Olopopongi – Mukuru Training Camp

    In the morning you will ride between Mt. Kili. and Mt. Meru. During the hilly and dusty ride you might spot elephants, zebra, antelope, and buffalo. Stay at the charming Mukuru Training Camp. In the late afternoon you will head for Arusha National Park in a 4×4. Giraffe, zebra, buffalo and elephant are the large animals, monkeys and countless birds are the little animals in the park. (B,L,D)

    Mukuru Training Camp

    Distance by bike 43 km, 410 am, gravel tracks

    Distance 30 km during the safari


    Day 7              Bike tour Mukuru – Moshi

    Through acacia and shrub landscape you head back to Mt. Kilimanjaro. A steep climb brings you back into Chagga territory. Banana and coffee plantations are accompanied by little settlements. You will descend for lovely Weru Weru River Lodge. In the evening you can celebrate the circumnavigation of Africa`s highest mountain with some cold Kilimanjaro beer. (B,L,D)

    Weru Weru River Lodge

    Distance by bike 82 km, 1100 am, gravel tracks/tar

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    Day 8              Saying farewell

    After breakfast, relax by the pool or join the guide for a walk through Moshi. A transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport ends this adventurous trip. (B)

    Distance by bus 30 km, duration 0.5 h


    Accommodation subject to availability

  • Rates & Dates

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    Single Room Surcharge $ 170.00

  • Services


    • English speaking bike guide
    • 7 nights – 4x hotel, 2x chalets, 1x lodge, in Olpopongi Cultural Village guest share communal ablution facilities, in all other accommodation guests have their own bathroom with shower/toilet
    • 7x breakfast, 5x lunch, 7x dinner
    • All entrance fees for sightseeing program

    Not Included:

    • Flights to and from Tanzania
    • Visa fees for Tanzania (approx. $50.00 on arrival)
    • Tips
    • Drinks
    • Meals not mentioned above
    • MTB hire bike, 27 Speed front Suspension Scott bikes available
    • Comfort package with permanent back-up as well as transport of bikes on Day 2 – 7 ($200,00 per person as of 4 participants)
  • Rental Bikes

    MTB Hardtail 27/30 Speed
    $ 150.00

    Bottle holder included
  • Travel Hints

    Despite its height (850 m – 2100 m) the area around Kilimanjaro is still a malaria risk area. A prophylaxis is recommended. The tours are in the months of the dry season. The cool temperatures of the night (15 °C) can rise up to 30 – 35 °C during the afternoon.

3% early bird discount (for bookings until 6 months prior to tour start) – 5% loyalty discount (for customers who have previously travelled with us) 

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