7 days
Duration
Tanzania, Africa
Location

This MTB base tour includes cycling for 230 miles around the base of Mount Kilimanjaro and involves around 16000 ft of climbing. To top it up, we also get to spend a night in the Maasai cultural village and get to know their customs, sing songs with them, and try their local dishes! You will experience some really memorable nights that you will remember your entire life!

Some more info about the tour

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain on Earth. This majestic mountain can be found in the Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania. This biking tour will take us through solitary rainforests, fertile fields of crop and through wild, dry acacia in Savannah. The latter is also home to the Maasai people. The tracks around the misty and snowy roof of Africa are mainly dusty, sometimes also rocky. There are very little few asphalt roads available. Therefore, this cycling tour demands quite high and comfortable riding level on off roads. It is, consequently, suitable for an intermediate to an advanced rider with a moderate degree of physical fitness. We do recommend to do exercise in advance.

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
INCLUDED
transfer to the airport and vice versa
hotel accommodation
mountain bike and helmet
support vehicle
camping gear like tents, mattress ,chairs and tables
3 meals per day (B, L, D)
at least 3 l of water per day per person
our guide(s), bike mechanic and cook
village fees, WMA fees (Wild management Conservation Area), park fees (Mt Kilimanjaro) and all other entry fees
snacks and fruits
NOT INCLUDED
airfare (we can help you purchase the best ticket possible)
Tanzania Visa costs: $50 per person on arrival
personal travel and activity insurance
sleeping bag, climbing  gears
personal expenses
tips are optional and not included in price

Additional information

DateOct/Jan
1

Day 1 – Arrival 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 the nearby coffee plantation or forest and surrounding villages.

Accommodation: the Keys Hotel

Meals: dinner included

2

Day 2 – Moshi – Sanya juu

Today, our tour will continue along the volcano through wide and deep river streams. We will be in a very fertile area with countless small farms. Later in the afternoon, we will arrive in deeper plains, where the mountain slopes merge with the plain.

Accommodation: tent or House of Westkili Lodge

Distance: 26 miles (gravel tracks/tar)

Climb: 1900 ft

Meals: (B,L,D)

3

Day 3 – Sanyaa Juu – West Kilimanjaro

Today we will drive into the steppe and meet the Masai for the first time. Probably the best-known ethnic group in East Africa lives in the vast plains in the south of Kenya and in the north of Tanzania. The Maasai remained faithful to their ancient traditions. Examples of this are the semi-nomadic way of life and their striking clothes. With some luck, we will meet giraffes or zebras in the afternoon. 

Accommodation: tent or Maasai lodge

Distance: 18 miles

Climb: 2100 ft

Meals: (B,L,D)

4

Day 4 – West Kilimanjaro – Kamwanga

Through hilly Massai land, we will drive to Kamwanga, a small village at the northern foot of Kilimanjaro. We will enjoy a fantastic view of Amboseli National Park in Kenya and the northern slopes of Kilimanjaro. We will camp at a schoolhouse, which is located just outside the village.

Accommodation: a tent in Kawanga 

Distance: 28 miles

Climb: 3600 ft

Meals: (B, L, D)

5

Day 5 – Kamwanga – Lake Challa

We will leave the Masai steppe and reach the vegetation-rich east side of the Kili. Fields and cedar forests will be our temporary companions. On the Tanzanian / Kenyan border, we will be heading slightly downhill. Only a few river valleys of the Kilimanjaro mountain provide short, mostly steep gradients. Our camp is located on the beautiful Lake Chala. This crater lake with its crystal clear water invites for a bath.

Accommodation: tent at Lake Chala 

Distance: 55 miles

Climb: 1900 ft

Meals: (B, L, D)

6

Day 6 – Lake Challa – Marangu

Today we will be already tackling our last bike stage. First, we will drive about 9 miles up until we will arrive on a wide road. We will then follow this dirt road and enjoy the ride through the lush green vegetation. Beside us, there will be many locals with simple bicycles on the road. After another 9 miles, we will reach the village of Marangu.

Accommodation: tent in hte village of Marangu

Distance: 18 miles

Climb: 2300 ft

Meals: (B, L, D)

7

Day 7 – Departure day

Today will be the departure day. We will take you back to the airport to catch your scheduled flight.

We are passionate adventure travelers ourselves. We have spent our lives in search for the ultimate outdoor experiences. You will gain skills in outdoor activities and meet like-minded individuals to share wonderful adventures. Passion and full dedication to details for each itinerary as well as an excellent relationship with our suppliers in Slovenia have built up the Bikehiketours brand.
Your adventure guides are local and experienced professionals who have a real passion for outdoor activities and for the culture and landscape.
Your safety is their number one priority, closely followed by your enjoyment of the tour. They will always be on-hand to answer any questions or requests you may have throughout your trip. We choose our guides for their expertise in outdoor activities. They are experts in their fields.
We only run small group adventures to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible and not get lost in the crowd. There will generally be between seven and 14 people in each group. The minimum number of people we require to run our tours is four.
Our tour caters for a wide age range, typically between 30 and 60 years old, but age is simply a state of mind, as they say, and we welcome anyone over the age of 18! 
Tours are designed at your own pace and you will enjoy no matter what your age.

Each evening your guides will chat with you about the following day’s activities and give you an idea of the sorts of trails you can look forward to. If there’s anything you feel anxious about, your guides will be happy to discuss it with you.
We recommend following a general training in the weeks leading up to your trip.
Your guide will be very happy to give you some bike skills training during your trip to help improve your confidence and your enjoyment of your bike adventure. 

As fellow sports enthusiasts, we understand the comfort you may find in riding with your own gear. Due to things can get a bit challenging when it comes to traveling please consult our booking manager prior to departure.

Q. Will I have to carry my own luggage?
You will never have to worry about your bags on tour. You only need to carry a daypack with you whilst riding. We have a support vehicle and driver who will transfer your luggage to your next accommodation each day, and have it ready and waiting for your arrival.
On your holiday you will be staying in a range of comfortable, welcoming local accommodations, including traditional guest houses, small hotels, and a boutique hotel. For details please consult with your booking manager.
Traveling light is the key. Although the daytime and nighttime temperatures can vary in the mountains, so you must make sure that you have plenty of layers of breathable clothing to ensure that you are always warm enough and can remove a layer if you get too hot. 
You should also bring cycling shorts/trousers, gloves, padded undershorts, waterproof jacket, flip-flops, specific shoes for cycling.
Where the meals are included in Bikehiketours itineraries they are in a group setting. 
Your Bikehiketours guide will also be with you during these scheduled meals. 
During the meals that are not included in the itinerary, you are free to choose where you would like to dine. Your guide will advise you the best places to dine for these meals. You can choose to join with others and decide to dine together somewhere or, if you desire some independent time, you are also always welcome to do your own thing.
Medical insurance is mandatory on all of our holidays. We also recommend trip cancellation insurance. Contact your booking manager and we will help you choose the right plan for your holiday.
Many of our travelers join as singles. We charge single supplement fee to solo travelers for single room use. But don’t worry, we can pair you with another traveler of the same gender if you like.


A single supplement is an additional charge for a private room for guests traveling alone.
The cost of our holidays does not include international airfare. However, we are happy to assist you in booking flights to join with each tour. The prices vary depending on the season and the point of departure.
We can arrange early arrivals and extended visits. We will be happy to provide suggestions and ideas.
The more in advance you book, the greater availability of dates you’ll find.

Attention to the smallest details, expertise, and great local guides are the key to a successful adventure.