This tour has it all: action, tradition and culinary!
Oh, and of course the tranquility!
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Kilimanjaro International Airport (Tanzania)|
|DEPARTURE TIME||as per request|
|RETURN TIME||as per request|
|WEAR||Comfortable bike and athletic clothing, sport shoes (biking shoes), jacket and sunscreen|
Day 1 - Arrive in Tanzania
You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transferred to Keys Hotel near Moshi town situated at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Today you will meet your guide who will brief you about your upcoming tour and together you will do the bike fitting. For those arriving on the morning or afternoon flight, you will have ample time to go for a quick test ride through Sugar cane plantation. Today, only dinner is included.
Day 2 - Moshi to Lake Challa
In the morning your guide will pick you up from your accommodation. You will ride the bicycle to Lake Challa Safari Camp with a packed lunch box and drinking water. Upon arrival, you will see the beautiful private game reserve overlooking the crater lake Challa. Our guide will take you down to the lake. You can spend the day swimming in the lake, exploring the area or kayaking. You will experience the natural beauties of the green scenery, landscape and will also have the opportunity to meet local people doing their daily activities. There is a very high possibility of spotting the baboon monkey, velvet monkey, blue monkey, antelopes, elephants and many different birds, that live in this wonderful savannah land. We will spend the overnight in the camping site. There is also a bar serving all kinds of beverages and a restaurant that serves snacks and main meals.
Day 3 - Lake Challa to Marangu gate (17 miles)
In the morning we will ride our bicycle to Marangu Gate (6200 ft), the starting point for all Kilimanjaro treks via the Marangu Route. You will have the opportunity to take pictures of the mighty Kilimanjaro and get a sense of the spirit of the highest mountain in Africa. The area around Marangu is home to the local Chagga tribe and you will learn all about their history and traditions on this full-day excursion. Our second stop will be a visit to a small coffee farm, where you will learn everything about the coffee, harvesting, and processing procedures. You will have the opportunity to try processing, roasting and preparing a fresh cup of coffee yourself. Once you have finished enjoying your coffee break, we will depart for the Ndoro Waterfalls. Our hike to the base of the waterfall will lead us through a lush green landscape and the descend will take approximately 1 hour. Here you have the opportunity to relax and take a refreshing bath in the waterfall pool. Another highlight will be the visit to the Chagga underground caves and the Chagga live museum. In times of drought, the Maasai migrated up the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro, in search of food and water. They enslaved and killed the local Chagga people. In defense of these attacks, the Chagga built an extensive network of underground caves. Your guide will lively illustrate you the conflict while you visit the caves. We will then continue and spend some time at the Chagga live museum, which is a small outdoor museum, that will give you further insides into traditional Chagga life. Our tour also includes a Chagga culinary taste, when we will stop for lunch in a small restaurant. Here you will be served a traditional hot meal. Later on, you will also have the chance to try the local spirits such as banana beer and wine. We will spend the overnight at Kinukamori Campsite.
Day 4 - Marangu to Moshi
In the morning we will start our ride to Moshi, passing through different villages at the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Riding level for today is moderate to challenging, as the trail os mostly off roads, some parts are also paved.
Day 5 - Departure day
We will take you back to the airport at the time of your flight.