Biking Tour Through Northern Tanzania with Equatorial Safaris

Notice: Participants of this tour must bring their own mountain bikes.

Do the regular biking tours through Europe leave you unchallenged? Are you looking for a more exciting off-the-trail experience? We lead biking tours through some of the more rugged and beautiful landscapes in Africa. In this tour you will be riding to Oldonyo Lengai  mountain, a currently active volcano and Lake Natron a mineral-rich lake famous for the millions of flamingos that breed there each year. As the tour passes Seremal, Mbulu, Magala, Mbugwe and Kwakuchinia you will be crossing the top of the Great Rift Valley, with views of Lake Manyara. Throughout the tour you will be passing by dozens of villages and hundreds of farms. Biking is a wonderful way to meet the local residents, many who will be riding bikes of their own.

Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro Intil Airport and transfer to hotel, hostel or B&B.

Day 2: Morning breakfast then leave by 0830 for 1 ½ hour drive to Longido by jeep. While in Longido you will visit a local Maasai boma and hike through the Longido Mountain Forest Reserve. Bike set-up, camp F/B.

Day 3: Bike Tour: The ride starts at Longido Camp and heads west. 6 hour ride, about 75 km. Camp      F/B

Day 4: Bike Tour: Proceed toward the village of Gelai Bomba, 5 hour ride, about 70 km. Camp F/B

Day 5: Bike Tour: Ride from Gelai Bomba to the north of Oldonyo Lengai.  4-5 hour ride, about 60 km. Camp F/B

Day 6: Bike Tour: Back to the end of the road towards south of Engaruka Camp, 5-6 HRs abour 70km, camp F/B.

Day 7: Bike tour: Engaruka Camp to the village of Mto wa Mbu. 6-7Hrs ride about 95 km. Camp F/B.

Day 8: Bike tour: Mto wa Mbu to Lodoare Gate, entrance to Ngorongoro Crater National Park.  5-6 hour ride and then transfer to Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 9: Breakfast with lunch boxes, a full day game drive at Ngorongoro Crater and back to lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 10: By Car: Breakfast with lunch boxes drive to historical site of Olduvai gorge, afternoon drive back to Lodoare Gate, dinner and overnight.

Day 11: Bike Tour: Lodoare Gate to Semal towards Mbulu Camp, 9 hour ride, about 80 km.

Day 12: Bike Tour: From Mbulu camp to Mbugwe Camp through Magala. 7-8 hour ride, about 95 km.

Day 13: Bike Tour: Mbugwe Camp to Kwakuchinia, Makuyuni. From Makuyuni transfer by jeep to Arusha.

Key: F/B = Full board H/B = Half Board

Package Cost: The package price includes hotels, lodges, camping tents, breakfast, dinner (unless otherwise noted), maps and trail review, and luggage transfers between the hotels.

      What to Bring with You: You should come with personal mountain bike, comfortable riding clothes (bicycling-specific shorts, helmet and gloves for early and late season touring and rain gear are all especially recommended). You will also need spare tubes, tools, tire pump, water bottle and first aid kit.


A Rough Route for the Equatorial Safari Bike Tour