Cycling Kilimanjaro to the Indian Ocean

Day 1 Arrive Tanzania

You will be met at Kilimanjaro International Airport by our guide and transported just 5 minutes away to our nearby lodge.

KIA Lodge

Day 2 Simba Farm - Olpopongi Masai Village

After breakfast we drive to West Kilimanjaro to start our cycling. Heading north and westwards we ride through rolling hills with breathtaking views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru. Keep an eye out as there is a chance we will spot some wildlife during our ride. Tonight we will spend the night at Olpopongi Maasai-Village. This is a planned village and all the houses are built the traditional way with local and natural materials. By staying in this village we learn authentic Maasai life and culture without destroying the Maasai native homes, behaviors and environment. We'll have a BBQ dinner and a campfire in the evening where Maasai ceremonies will be performed.

Olpopongi Masaai Village
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 60km

Day 3 Cycle Olpopongi to Weruweru

Our first phase of today's route takes us through the vast savannah land of the Maasai on dirt roads. Notice the iconic red and blue dressing style of the Masaai as we cycle past huts and daily livelihood. The ride continues into the farmlands of West Kilimanjaro as we approach Chagga land. Here the households change from huts to concrete surrounded by traditional gardens. Bananas were once the most common crop of the Chaggas, and though they still grow these, they now grow coffee as well. Our ride ends up in a beautiful dhow-wood themed lodge surrounded by coffee plantation with a background of the mighty Kilimanjaro.

Weruweru River Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 73km

Day 4 Forest, Waterfall and Coffee loop

Today we cycle through beautiful blue Jacaranda flowers as we head towards the town of Moshi. On the outskirts is the Rau Forest Reserve. We have a shaded cycle as we cross the forest and listen carefully for animal sounds.there's a chance to spot Colobus monkeys with their long fluffy tails here. We come out to hidden green rice paddies which we will discover on foot. We change into our walking shoes as after a 2 hour transfer by vehicle we are at the foothills of Mt. Kilimajaro and ready to hike to the 93 m high, Materuni waterfalls. As we walk into the jungle, we pass many plants, such as lemongrass, coffee, eucalyptus, passion fruit, mango and banana. Keep an eye out for chameleons as they are often sighted here. We end our day with a full demonstration of how we get a cup of coffee from a raw bean, then we can of course enjoy a cuppa.

Weruweru River Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 35km

Day 5 Weruweru - Mkomazi National Park - Tanga

A day off the bikes and into the wildnerness of Tanzania. Our first stop is to Mweka Wildlife College, a leading center for African wildlife managers that has trained over 5,000 wildlife managers from 52 countries worldwide. It's back in the car for a long transfer to Tanga via Mkomazi National Park. A picnic lunch in the park affords us lovely views. In the afternoon we'll go on a game drive in the park and learn more about the successful conservation efforts of the park's endangered black rhino and African wild dog. Tonight you'll be able to enjoy the cool Indian Ocean breeze from our hotel.

Mkonge Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Tanga - Pangani

A historical day in that we learn about the beginnings of Tanga at the Urithi Museum and then cycle through the town of Pangani to see some of 200-year-old buildings. There are many reminders of the strong Arabic influence and later German and British colonial eras. Our cycle route is flat and on a mix of dirt and tarmac roads along the Indian Ocean coast. We can take a break and stop for a swim or you can wait until we reach our beach cottages.

Mike's Beach Cottages
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 69km

Day 7 Pangani - Saadani National Park

Another flat ride today on dirt roads as we head south towards Saadani National Park. Our route will take us past many coastal villages and we will have the Indian Ocean on our left the entire ride. Saadani is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania bordering the sea and has four of the Big Five – East African lions, bush elephants, leopards and buffaloes. Our last 8 km are in the park so we will have our own game drive while cycling. We also overnight in the park so will get the chance to hear the wild animals at night.

Saadani National Park
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 74km

Day 8 Saadani National Park - Bagamoyo

Rise early to catch a glimpse of the grazers having their breakfast in the park. We leave the wild animals behind and continue down the coast. Our destination is the historical town of Bagamoyo, the  former capital of German East Africa. Today it is known as a centre for dhow sailboat building. We'll have a celebratory feast tonight at our oceanside resort and reflect back on Mt. Kilimanjaro as we look out onto the Indian Ocean.

Bagamoyo Country Club
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 59km

Day 9 Bagamoyo – Departure

In the morning we explore with our bikes Bagamoyo and have lunch at a local restaurant where you can try some seafood. In the afternoon relax at the resort or walk around town before we transfer to your Dar es salaam hotel or the airport to catch your flight. The transfer time from Bagamoyo to Dar es salaam is around 3 hours.

Breakfast, Lunch
Ride 10km