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Cycling Kilimanjaro to the Ngorongoro Crater

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US$ 3,600
9 Days / 8 Nights
323 km
Tour Code
Next departure
Number of Cycling Days5
Average Distance Per Day: 65
150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 621
2,250 m
5 Star
Total Cycling Distance323 kilometres
Bike HireMountain Bike: US$ 245
Single SupplementUS$ 500

About this Cycle Tour

Northern Tanzania is home to some of Africa’s most famous national parks. Within them thrives an incredible array of wildlife, including the iconic “Big Five” – lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, and rhinos. And the terrain is nothing short of spectacular - from Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, towering over the savannah, to the colossal walls of the world's largest volcanic caldera, the Ngorongoro Crater, embracing a rich ecosystem. Set against this expansive wilderness, the unique circular homes of the Maasai dot the plains and farmlands and towns drape across the landscape. This 9 day cycling tour takes us through rural and remote northern Tanzania at its best.

We begin at a lodge in the western foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, our launchpad for a traverse into the savannah. After an immersive day spent in a village-stye Maasai ecolodge, we venture south to the slopes of Mount Meru and Tanzania’s safari capital of Arusha. We then dart across the countryside to reach Tangarie National Park, renowned for its large herds of elephants. Here we have a full-day jeep safari before continuing onwards on dirt roads to the shores of Lake Manyara. Our final cycling day involves a climb up the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, leading us to the spectacular, UNESCO World Heritage listed, Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Here we have another full-day jeep safari, affording the chance to see the Big Five and many other animals in one of Africa’s most scenic reserves. The tour ends with a transfer back to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Join us on this extraordinary mountain biking adventure in northern Tanzania, and immerse yourself in the splendor of these storied and wild lands!

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Day 1

We meet in the town of Moshi, the gateway to Kilimanjaro. At 13:00 (01:00 PM) we will pick you up from your pre-tour hotel and transfer to our lodge near the western slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. If you need assistance with your pre-tour hotel or airport transfers please let us know.

Day 2

We ride from the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro to the East African savannah, the homeland of the Maasai people. Immersing ourselves in the fascinating lifeways of the Maasai, we spend the night at a village style eco-lodge.

Day 3

We trace a wide arc around the slopes of Mount Meru, Tanzania's second-highest peak. The first half of the ride takes us along savannah dirt trails while the second half follows paved roads, winding through the region's fertile farmlands surrounding the city of Arusha.

Day 4

Riding on paved roads through Tanzanian villages, towns, open plains and shrublands, we cover nearly 100 km to reach Tarangire National Park. We spend the next two nights on the edge of this remarkable wildlife reserve.

Day 5

We head out for a full-day game drive in Tarangire National Park. The area is known for its large herds of elephants as well as lions, zebras, giraffes and various bird species.

Day 6

Today we crisscross the plains east of Lake Manyara, an important watering hole for wildlife in the region. We pass by Maasai villages and, in the distance, the rocky escarpment of the Great Rift Valley blends into the horizon.

Day 7

We climb up the Great Rift Valley escarpment, challenging ourselves with a gradual uphill while rewarding ourselves with great views. The ride ends at the entrance of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which we’ll explore the next day.

Day 8

We take a game drive into the massive Ngorongoro Crater where we have a chance to see all of Africa’s “Big Five” – lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, and rhinoceros – in a single day.

Day 9

After breakfast, we transfer back to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward flight. Depending on your post-tour plans, we can also drop you off in Arusha or Moshi.

Elevation Profiles

Day 2 - Kilimanjaro Foothills – Maasai Lodge Ride 52km. +337m / -659m.
Day 2 - Kilimanjaro Foothills – Maasai Lodge Ride 52km. +337m / -659m.

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