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.
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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
To complete this trip it is important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.
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!
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!
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Cycle Tanzania trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
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 4.8 out of 5 based on 41 reviews in the last year.
If you are considering this trip then don't delay: it's FABULOUS. The organisation, crew and experiences are unforgettable. It has been difficult to adjust back to our 'normal' life and we can't wait to book our next Intrepid trip. Thank you to everyone involved.
Review submitted 06 Feb 2018
Intrepid is not for the traveller who prefers to move between air-conditioned bubbles without local interaction and contact. Rather, Intrepid is for the traveller who wants to connect with all senses to the people, culture, food and landscape of the country visited. Intrepid is about adventure, authenticity and social responsibility.
Review submitted 29 Jan 2018