Discover the best cycling Africa has to offer on this 25 day odyssey, across the plains and mountains of Tanzania to the stunning coastal roads and winding mountain passes of South Africa
Enjoy cycling in two of the most fascinating countries on the African continent.
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. A cycle in South Africa is more than a bit of exercise. It’s a ride through a long and troubled history and into a bright future, through the ever-changing terrain of cityscapes, towering mountains, heritage vineyards, nature reserves, and along winding coastal roads that look across fierce cliffs. From Cape Town, head into the country's famous winelands and savour scenic passes and local wines on the way to historic Stellenbosch. Cross nature reserves and twist through the Langeberg mountain range down to the continent’s southernmost point. Squeeze between mountain peaks, look out for whales in Hermanus, hug the edges of the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, and then explore the tracks of Cape Peninsula. Return to Cape Town with memories of a lifetime.
With a support vehicle at every step of the journey, take your time to discover Tanzania and South Africa on two wheels.
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Cycling is the perfect way to enjoy the incredible landscapes of Africa. 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
Cycle in the shadow of the majestic Table Mountain, with the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean a constant companion by your side
Swap water bottles for wine bottles at the famous vineyards of Stellenbosch and beyond, refuelling with South African delicacies
Encounter the ‘real South Africa’ while cycling across the rural landscape dotted with small historic homesteads and towns
Get to know the two finest mountain passes in South Africa on two wheels, then be rewarded with thrilling freewheel downhill rides
Stand on Cape L'Agulhas – the southernmost point in Africa, where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet, and enjoy unobstructed views towards Antarctica
The cycling distances are mostly short, but the roads can be rough, the terrain of Tanzania and South Africa 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!
If you feel like doing all the riding but with less effort we have the option of hiring an electric bike (e-bike) on the South Africa section of this trip.
As this trip includes participatory camping you will be expected to help put up/take down your own tent on camping days, as well as assist in cooking/cleaning duties - it's all part of the fun of camping in Africa!
1. Transport between Arusha and Cape Town is NOT included in the cost of this trip. Please book a flight from Arusha/Kilimanjaro with enough time to arrive for the group meeting in Cape Town on Day 14.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip, please see trip notes for details.
3. 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.
4. This trip includes an option of a motorised bicycle (e-bike) for the South Africa section of the itinerary at an additional cost. Please inquire at time of booking.
5. 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.