We often get requests from clients who would like to explore Africa on two wheels - for an exhilarating adventure. Aim 4 Africa can organise mountain biking safaris (as well as motor-bike safaris) in Tanzania, Malawi and Kenya. However most of these require experienced bikers and there is an element of risk involved (after all you are on two wheels and not in a 4-wheel drive vehicle as most traditional safaris). You will however be accompanied by experienced guides and in some cases a supply/back-up vehicle.
Visitors can have a half day mountain biking safari to a week or more on a mountain bike or motorbike, depending on their particular interests. Contact us for details if you are interested in this kind of safari.
With its natural beauty and undulating landscape, the great beauty of a cycling or biking safari is that you get to enjoy the fresh air , the exercise and the outstanding wildlife and beauty of Africa's best, right close up. And at the end of a day of riding there is simply nothing more rewarding than relaxing around a camp fire, enjoying a few drinks and some entertainment, whilst reflecting upon the day's wonderful experiences.
Aim 4 Africa can tailor a safari program so that biking safaris can fit around a more "traditional" safari with non-riding partners and family.
Contact us for information or for program dates for cycling safaris, mountain biking or motor bike safaris in Kenya, Tanzania or Malawi.
PRICE (in Sterling pounds based on double room/tent sharing, ex-Arusha) = GBP£1525per person (minimum 2 persons)
7 days camping, All park fees, Crater descent fee, Campsite fees, village fees, 3 meals a day all meals cooked fresh, filtered water, Natron fees Camping equipment, Cycling guide and driver, Cook, 4x4 support and safari car. Hard tail mountain bike (TREK 6000 Series)
International flights, visas, insurance, airport transfers, pre and post safari accommodations, drinks, laundry, other optional excursions, items of personal nature, tips/gratuities, items not included above.
(i) Bike up grade: TREX Ex 7 add GBP£110 per person for the duration of the safari
(ii) Supplement for lodge accommodations: one night at Seronera Wildlife Lodge or Lobo Wildlife Lodge add GBP£90pp per night(double room sharing)
(iii) Return Kilimanjaro private airport transfers=GBP£75per person
Starting from the outskirts of Arusha town we head over local farm land across the foothills of the Monduli mountain range. The earth here is known as ‘Black cotton’ and very prone to erosion We weave through various small valleys and Maasai homesteads as we traverse the foothills. Some great views over Maasai land, Mt Meru and possibly Mt Kilimanjaro on a clear day. Lunch is had at a convenient point on the way. We will be camping the night at the local ‘Snake Park’. Camping (BLD)
Cycling distance 35 kms
The route follows the old tarmac road which weaves back and forth over the new road. It is broken up a lot! And at times goes some distance away from the main road. The cycling is easier than the previous day as there is more paved sections. After lunch we cycle further down the main road for 30kms to the town of Mto wa mbu. This is open country and giraffe, ostrich, gazelles and very rarely elephant are seen. Your first day to see wild game whilst cycling. Camping (BLD)
Cycling distance 60-80 km
Departing from camp early morning we head off through the local village and alongside the the Rift valley wall. We We following a dirt track off into the Maasai country side. Lunch is had under a tree or where ever we reach at lunch time. We cycle past a number of Maasai homesteads before heading back to our campsite at Mto wa Mbu village. Camping (BLD)
Cycling distance 30-50 kms
oday all the bikes are packed onto our vehicle and we drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We drive up through the highland forest and then on around the rim of the Crater descent road with spectacular views into the crater. The crater walls provide a natural sanctuary for the animals, which means there is plenty to see, lions, elephants, buffalo, rhino and leopard (if you are lucky enough to spot). The only animal you won’t see in here is a giraffe whose long legs are unable to cope with the steep sides of the crater. We leave the crater mid day and head onto the Serengeti NP. Game viewing on route before heading to camp at the public campsite in the central area of Serengeti. (alternatively stay at Seronera Wildlife Lodge)
Our second day in the Serengeti, again we will rise early to make the most of the day. Today we are heading to the north end of the park. There will be plenty of time for game viewing on the way. We camp at Lobo campsite. (alternatively stay at Lobo Wildlife Lodge)
We get back on the bikes today, after a short drive to the gate. The next few days will be on dirt road with some sandy sections. The route is rolling, you will be glad to be back on the bikes again. As we are on the edge of the game park we are bound to see more wildlife en-route. We set up camp at a local campsite late afternoon.
Cycling distance 40 kms
Today is a potentially our longest day of cycling. We cycle southwards through the hills bordering the Serengeti and down through an area populated by the Songo tribe dressed in their bright orange attire. Once more the track is a well used dirt road with some sandy sections, the countryside is as the previous day with sightings of wildlife en route. We need to stop for an early lunch, after which we pack the bikes on the vehicle and we all get a transfer to the top of the Rift Valley escarpment over looking Lake Natron.
A spectacular view, awesome. The descent is on a gravel road and is quite technical on switch backs, so a steady handle bar is necessary! The road descends to the side of Lake Natron and then follows the lake shore until the local village. The road has now changed to be more stoney and requires more concentration. It is a real challenge to reach camp on the bikes but we will go as far as possible. Camp at the Lake Natron campsite
Cycling distance 50-100 kms
A relaxing morning. Today we will be driving back to Arusha. you will be back in Arusha for mid day (B).