Venture off the beaten track on a two-wheeled trip across Tanzania
Brimming with mighty predators and birds, the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are must-visits for any Tanzania trip, but safaris are only the beginning. This unique cycling adventure has you cruising down Great Rift Valley escarpments, strolling through farm villages, roasting and grinding your own coffee, drifting off to sleep among nocturnal creatures, experiencing the culture of the Maasai people, pedalling far off the beaten track to trails where no cars go, and of course sipping sundowners at sunset. With a support vehicle at every step of the journey, take your time to discover Tanzania on two wheels.
Cycling is the perfect way to enjoy the incredible landscapes of Tanzania. When the going gets tough, ride in the support vehicle, and when it’s time to see wildlife, swap the bike for a jeep or truck
Kick off your adventure with that cornerstone of all cycling adventures – coffee. Roast, grind and taste your own in the village of Tengeru
The Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater are two of Africa’s very best wildlife arenas. Fall asleep surrounded by creatures of the African plains and take a safari in search of the rare black rhino
Venture to the weird and the wonderful – the far-out Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano, Hemingway’s beloved Lake Manyara and the flamingo-dotted, deep-pink chameleon that is Lake Natron
Cycle where tourists rarely go, across the remote, barely-charted plains of Lengai in the realm of misty volcanic peaks
Enjoy the long and winding descent into the stunning Great Rift Valley, barely pedalling a single stroke
The cycling distances are mostly short, but the roads can be rough, terrain of Tanzania can be hilly and the climate warm, so you'll need to be reasonably fit. Keep in mind the support vehicle will be on hand if you need a break.
Riding is done along both sealed and unsealed roads, but there are no special technical skills needed. Some practice at home is a great idea, however, especially for downhill sections.
There’s the possibility of a few hiccups along the way – a puncture here and there maybe – but there’s no doubt this is an incredibly rewarding adventure.
The weather in this region varies seasonally. Be prepared to get sweaty, and for the occasional cold day and night, which may require a change of plans. It's all part of the adventure!
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1. A single supplement is available on this trip, please see trip notes for details.
2. Bicycle hire is included in your trip price. Please advise your height at time of booking so as we can organise a suitable sized bike.
3. Bike helmets are compulsory on this trip. We are unable to hire bike helmets locally so please ensure you bring your own bike helmet from home.
Our Cycle Tanzania trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 5 reviews in the last year.
This trip is a fantastic opportunity to travel through unique communities, meet locals and observe incredible wildlife and ecosystems from your very own bicycle seat! Cycling past giraffes and zebras was a highlight. As was negotiating baboons on the road! Locals become curious and walk to the roadside to watch you ride past. Local Maassi emerge from the bush, although shy they are usually up for a chat. The guides and support for this trip were incredible - they will help you with your swahili as for this trip you will see and interact more than the average tourist. Extra activities provide a deeper understanding of the communities visit. I personally loved the walk around Lake Natron and hike to a waterfall for a refreshing swim. During the safaris of Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater I saw animal ecosystems I never dreamt of experiencing including a migration of over 60 elephants across the plains followed by a single line of zebras. Highly recommend this experience. I am sure it will vary from trip to trip as wildlife is not predictable but something amazing always seems to be around the corner during this journey. Special thanks to Justaz, Kareme, Jumos and Aamos for fantastic support and knowledge. Vanessa Stockdale
Review submitted 08 Jul 2017
Fantastic trip - saw the "Big Five", got heaps of great exercise and there were plenty of chances to interact with the friendly locals.
Review submitted 07 Jul 2017