7 Days Kilimanjaro to Ngorongoro Cycling Tour

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Our Cycling Challenge from Kilimanjaro to Ngorongoro Conservation Area takes us through Tanzania’s lush green forests to dry bush lands, remote villages to bustling towns and from lakeside shores to plantations! You will cycle along rough/dirt roads and smooth tarmac roads under the hot tropical sun. Cyclists are provided hot lunches everyday during the tour and there are several rest stops where cyclists can take a breath, top up water and have some fruits and snacks. The tour incorporates different aspects of Tanzania’s attractions including the beautiful scenery, diverse cultures and amazing wildlife; hence making it more than an ordinary cycling tour.


  • Begin your journey at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Visit local communities and learn about their way of life.
  • Enjoy the unique culture and scenery of the area.
  • Enjoy the opportunity for incredible wildlife photography.
  • Conclude your cycling tour and reflect on your incredible journey.

LET'S Trip


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Day 1 Arrive Tanzania

Meet & greet/bike fitting/briefing/welcome dinner

Meet & greet group then transfer to your Lodge in Moshi. Arrange bike fitting, briefing and welcome dinner with the leader. Bicycles should be at your Lodge at least 2 hours prior to the fitting session with the cycle maintenance team as well as the chief and assistant guides. Once bikes are fitted, they should be kept at the Lodge ready for the challenge.

Day 2 Moshi to West Kilimanjaro | 63 K

At around 06:00 morning, the whole team is on standby position at the Lodge awaiting clients. The cycle starts on a rough road for the first 18 km; then we are on tarmac road for 16 km before getting back to dirty road for the remaining part of the day which is 26 km. The team should be cautioned of the sharp descents and if coupled with a morning dew on the surface could spell disaster.

After the turn off, the cycle follow roads meandering through mountain villages and lots of ups and downs en route. Fortunately, very few vehicles roam this high up on the mountain. At the 18 km mark we leave Mount Kilimanjaro and onto the lowlands. We cycle on tarmac road again till we stop for lunch at the 31.7 km mark. Lunch will be served at local restaurant ‘Village Meru’ premises where all facilities are including shade, water and wash rooms.

The remaining 26km is cycled on dirt road with panoramic views of Kilimanjaro and Meru. The cycle will continue straight to Olpopongi Maasai Village for overnight.

Day 3 West Kilimanjaro to Arusha | 83K

Another tough test! Dust pans, dry and hot day ahead. The cycle takes us from Olpopongi Maasai village area which is part of the Amboseli / NgasuraiBasin ecosystem and helps to preserve important seasonal elephant routes. Many species are permanent residents, while others use Ndarakwai seasonally. Keep your eyes open for some wildlife action. The path goes through Maasai villages and towards Mt.Meru. Dust masks or shield of some kind is highly recommended especially for this part. Dirty road ends at the junction of the Arusha – Nairobi Rd (42.8 km) where another careful cycling on the traffic tarmac road for 29 km  before catching a 4.5 km dirty road and then cycle on the tarmac road for 2 km to Tembo Club Campsite for the overnight. Accommodation: Camping.

Day 4 Arusha to Tarangire National Park | 114 K

The day begins early with cycling from our campsite, with our first water stop at Meserani. We cycle on a tarmac road for 84 km and another 14 km on a rough road to Roika Camp (Tarangire). On the way, we enter the Monduli TPDF (the national army zone). 01 break stops are scheduled by the time close or within this area. The clients should be advised against stopping or taking photographs till we clear the army zone some 15km later. The army zone is located on the left side of the road (the side we will be riding on) and unfortunately, any breaks are to be stationed on the right side of the road. Caution to oncoming vehicles till we clear this area please!!

We will have a stop at Makuyuni Town for a lunch and continue our cycling to Roika Tented Lodge. There is a swimming pool at the lodge as a welcome relief from the hot day. Accommodation: Camping at Roika Campsite.

Day 5 Tarangire to Lake Manyara | 71 K

Start a full day cycling from the Tarangire signpost to Lake Manyara.

The tarmac road leads us to Lake Manyara with beautiful views of the Rift Valley directly in front of us as well as the lake. It is worth mentioning that this is the main road to the northern circuit parks and we’ll expect loads of safari vehicles roaming this area. Road safety issues will be very important to address on this day. The cycling for this day will take 4 to 5 hrs and we plan for lunch at Lake Manyara Hotel where the cycle ends and after lunch the clients will rest for the whole of the evening time.

Day 6 Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro Gate | 41 K

The final leg of our cycle starts from the hotel at 6:30 am and follows the dirt road till we hit the tarmac road at the 7km mark. From there we pass through small villages and townships all the way to the gate. Our aim is to end our bike at around 10:30 am. We congratulate & cheers for our achievements!

  • Picnic Lunch boxes will be provided to all clients.
  • Day Safari – Ngorongoro Crater

On Arrival at the Lodge in Arusha:

  • Free Welcome snack + drink
  • Complimentary non-alcoholic beverage (juice, soda, water) Snacks (nuts, crisps, vegetables, bite-size pizza)
  • Full Hot Feast Style Celebratory Dinner accompanied by live BBQ to be served at the Lodge at 07:30 pm
Day 7 Depart via JRO

Leave Arusha in good time for your flight departing Kilimanjaro Int’l Airport (JRO)

NB: Please note that the above Itinerary involves complex logistics and may be subject to slight changes during the execution of the tour

  • Mountain bikes
  • All Park fees and village fees
  • Government fees and taxes – inclusive of 18% VAT & Concession fees
  • Accommodation on full board basis – Camping and hotel accommodation as indicated on the itinerary
  • Unforgettable cycling experience!
  • Up to 6 litres of bottled mineral water per participants per day (for cycling days)
  • Game drive – Ngorongoro Crater
  • Cultural experience first-hand!
  • English speaking tour guides + Safari driver guides
  • Support vehicles and Proper Safari Vehicles
  • All bike transfers
  • Airport transfers – airport pick-ups & drop
  • Mountain Bikes (except for the participants who will be using their own bikes)
  • Gratuity (recommended 10% of cost)
  • International and domestic flights
  • Cycling helmets
  • Laundry Service & Items of personal nature
  • Alcoholic drinks and soft drinks while at the Camps (these drinks can be arranged while at the Camps for extra cost) and hotels
  • Extra activities not mentioned on the above tour

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