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Kili 360 Cycling Tour

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Overview

Come and experience an exciting, challenging and unforgettable 341km cycling tour around the largest free standing mountain in the world, Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Over 6 days of cycling you will experience some of Tanzania’s most beautiful landscapes, vibrant villages and wonderful cultures. From the Maasai people who inhabit the arid western plains of Kilimanjaro to the Chagga people who inhabit the foothills of the mountain you will get to discover, experience and learn about these wonderful cultures first hand.

While on your journey you will traverse vast open grasslands rich in wildlife, lush green forests, farmlands, villages and towns. This will be one of the most challenging but satisfying journeys you will ever make.

As the saying goes, if you don’t want to climb Kilimanjaro, cycle around it!

  • 7-9 hrs
  • Difficult
  • Dirt & Gravel Road
  • 47 km

Itinerary

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transferred to your hotel in Moshi.

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 and surrounding villages.

Meals: Dinner Included

Our ride today takes us from the greener southern side of Mt. Kilimanjaro towards the more arid western side of the mountain. Your ride today will initially take you through coffee and banana plantations as you cycle through the more fertile areas of southern Kilimanjaro but as you head west you will cycle through the more arid open plains and acacia woodlands. These plains support a remarkable variety of wildlife and spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. While Moshi is home the Chagga people west Kilimanjaro plains are home to the nomadic Maasai people who co-exist with the surrounding wildlife and it is why this area is known as the Maasai Lands. Your ride today will be on both dirt and tarmac roads and you will finish the ride at the Ngabobo village where you will be spending the night.

Road Surface: Tarmac, dirt and gravel road

Accommodation: Camping at Olpopongi Maasai Village

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Our ride today takes us through the Enduimet Wildlife Management Area which is one of Tanzania’s best kept secrets. Enduimet borders Amboseli National Park and serves as an important migratory route for wildlife including the African elephants. This area is inhabited primarily by the Maasai people but there are large populations of other tribes such as the Chagga, Meru and Pare people. Your ride starts off on the wide open plains dotted with acacia trees but it gets greener as you approach the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro where a lot of cultivation takes place. Your cycling tour today ends at Simba Farm which is situated on top of the vast wheat and barley fields overlooking the west Kilimanjaro plains.

Road Surface: Tarmac, dirt and gravel road

Accommodation: Camping at Simba Farm

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Today’s ride will be the longest distance-wise, but not the toughest, and will be mostly on tarmac roads. The ride will take us through many villages, towns, and open plains.

The long stretches of undulating road through the Tanzanian countryside perfectly represents Ernest Hemingway’s quote when he said – “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them” After completing the tarmac road section, we will divert onto the dirt road that takes us to our tented camp/ campsite right on the border of the Tarangire National Park, which is home to the largest concentration of elephants in Tanzania.

Today we will be spending the night at the Roika Tented Lodge, which marks the perfect ending to a long, hot day of cycling since there is a swimming pool where you can cool off.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Today you will enjoy a downward hill ride towards the beautiful Lake Chala, a crater lake lying right on the border between Kenya and Tanzania. Lake Chala is one of Tanzania’s hidden gems. Fed entirely by underground springs from Mt Kilimanjaro, the turquoise blue and green waters are surrounded by diverse plants, trees and wildlife. The camp where you will be spending the night is situated on the edge of this mystical caldera lake, against a dramatic volcanic backdrop providing the perfect place to unwind and absorb the serenity and tranquility of the area.

Road Surface: Tarmac and dirt road

Accommodation: Camping at Lake Chala Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Today’s ride will be short but challenging as you ride up to Marangu village in the foothills of Kilimanjaro. As you cycle through Marangu village you will pass banana and coffee plantations along the way as well as the friendly Chagga people who will be waving and shouting “Jambo!” as you cycle by. Before getting to your camp you will take a detour to the iconic Kinukamori waterfalls where you can stretch your legs and walk down to the base of the waterfalls. While here, a local Chagga guide will give you a brief history of the area, the people, their traditions, and customs as well as the mystical legend about the waterfalls. After spending some time refreshing by the waterfalls you will finish the last downhill stretch of your ride towards the camp where you will be spending the night.

Road Surface: Tarmac and dirt road

Accommodation: Camping at Marangu Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

You will be wrapping up your last day of cycling by traversing the villages and plantations on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The first half of the ride will be comprised of several steep ascents and descents followed by a second half which is a gradual downhill ride towards the bustling and vibrant Moshi Town. You will cycle through the suburbs and outskirts of Moshi Town on the back roads as you head towards the Weru Weru River Lodge which marks the end of your incredible 6-day journey around Mt. Kilimanjaro, on two wheels. You will seal of the evening with a nice celebratory dinner and sparkling wine to toast to your achievement.

Road Surface: Tarmac and dirt road

Accommodation: Lodging at Weru Weru River Lodge (or alternative lodge of the same standard)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport.

*Safari and Zanzibar add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania

Meals: Breakfast Included

Tour price Includes:

  • TREK Mountain Hardtail 4300 & Merida Matts 20-D
  • Hardtail Mountain Bikes
  • English speaking cycling guide
  • Bottled mineral water for participants
  • Packed Lunch
  • Helmets
  • First aid supplies

Excludes:

  • Tips and any items of personal nature.
  • Add-on tours & activities
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Why cycle with us

For over 5 years, we have been working with some of the biggest adventure travel companies in the world in organizing amazing cycling challenges across Tanzania and Kenya. We are the leading Tanzanian outfitter of large scale charity, corporate, private group as well as small individual cycling challenges.

We operate some of the best bikes and cycling equipment. With a fleet of 80 TREK Mountain HardTail 4300 & Merida Matts 20D mountain bikes and their spare parts, we are sure of getting you the best cycling experience. 

We have a highly trained and experienced support crew who accompany the cyclists throughout the tour. The support crew is highly efficient in fixing various bike problems in record time therefore allowing for a smooth ride for the cyclists each day.

Our cycling challenges take you across some of the most amazing places in Tanzania and Kenya, covering a wide range of terrains. From lush, green forests to dry bush lands, remote villages to bustling towns and from lakeside shores to plantations. Cycle through undulating plains and traverse the beautiful country side through maize, coffee and barley fields.

Giving back to the community has always been an essential tenet to Nyange Adventures’ vision and we strive to incorporate this in all our tours. During our cycling challenges, we camp at local primary school football fields, therefore ensuring that the camping fees we pay go directly to the schools.

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