Tanzania is an undiscovered bicycle tour paradise. From the foothills of Kilimanjaro with its mountain villages and coffee farms to the plains below, and beyond through the Usambara mountains down to the Pangani Coast, there are countless miles of dirt roads, footpaths, and single-track to explore.
After arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport you are welcomed by your driver-guide. And you will be transferred to Moshi town. It will take you 45 minutes to 1-hour drive from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi town. You will spend the remaining day at your comfortable lodge in Moshi town. Dinner and overnight at Moshi Mbugani Hotel.
Today’s drive takes us through multiple lush valleys and small villages to Mombo village where you will arrive for lunch. You will spend the rest of the day relaxing at your lodge Dinner and overnight at Mombo view eco-lodge.
Today our bike ride takes us through multiple lush valleys and small villages into Shume, a former German colonial outpost where many of the early settlers’ buildings are still in use. Outside of Shume, we have long ascents across two forested mountain ridges followed by a long descent into a densely settled valley. Dinner and overnight at Mkuzi campsite. Approx. distance: 61km cycling
Start with a climb up a steep dirt track into the forest, eventually opening up to stunning views in all directions. From there we have a long descent through villages nestled on the mountain slope. We continue over ridges with gentle drops to the fertile valleys below, and one long 5.5km uphill hugging a mountainside. The day’s ride ends at Bumbuli (42 km.) or 15 kilometers farther at Punta. Load the bikes onto the trailer and drive 50 kilometers across the hot and dry Lwengera Valley. The camp is at the road’s end on the edge of the Nilo Nature Reserve. Dinner and overnight at Kizara village camp. Approx. distance: 42 km cycling
The first several kilometers are on a dirt track through the dense forest of the Nilo Nature Reserve before opening out to views of the eastern Usambaras and a series of small villages along a mountain ridge. We ride this ridge as we pass between villages, forests, and numerous tea plantations, strategically sited on steep mountain slopes. After a long downhill enters Amani Nature Reserve and the final kilometers uphill to our Emau hill camp. Dinner and overnight at Emau Hill camp. Approx distance: 38 km cycling
The final day covers the most distance but is almost all downhill. Start with a gentle descent through the dense tropical forest from Amani in the mountains to the gateway town of Muheza. Cross a tarmac road marking an abrupt change from lush mountain environment to the coastal plain. The Indian Ocean draws us along on this mostly flat section to our final destination at the beach. Dinner and overnight at Peponi Tented Lodge. Approx distance 78 km cycling
Depart mid-morning for the six-hour drive back to Kilimanjaro to catch your flight back home or continue on to your next adventure. END OF THE TOUR
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