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Tanzania Cycle Safari - Exodus Travels
Tanzania Cycle Safari - Exodus Travels
Excellent
13 reviews
Starts
Arusha
+4 Destinations
The Great African Rift Valley
Ends
Arusha
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Highlights

Start and end in Arusha! With the bicycle tour Tanzania Cycle Safari, you have a 13 day tour package taking you through Arusha, Tanzania and 4 other destinations in Tanzania. Tanzania Cycle Safari includes accommodation in a hotel and campsites as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Camping
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Bicycle

13 Reviews

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  • Tanzania Cycle Safari reviewer 1
    Written on November 5, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    More than a cycling holiday and more than a safari - the most fabulous holiday! Highly recommended.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Can't pick one moment as every day an adventure! What did you think of your group leader?Gabriel was the best! He managed the holiday so well we were just left to enjoy it! Very nice chap as well. Couldn't fault him!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Cycling is only one element so be aware it is more than a cycling experience. Four long days of cycling and one short. Two days no cycling but optional hikes and three days safari. Perfect for me!

  • Tanzania Cycle Safari reviewer 2
    Written on September 17, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A great way to get out of your comfort zone as some of the camping facilities are basic and also a fine way to lose weight and get fitter!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The game viewing in the Serengeti including seeing the early migration of a herd of 37 elephants being led out by the matriach walk right past our vehicle. We were also lucky enough to have a brief but inspirational view of a leopard leaping up over rocks and back into cover, a female cheetah and her cubs dragging away a fresh kill to safety and two lions guarding their kill of a zebra. We also saw giraffes , hippos, ostiches, crocodiles, zebras and a multitude of other animals in the wonderful setting of the "endless plains" of the national park.Seeing the Maasai in their homeland as we cycled past and being able to speak to local Maasai guides was really interesting and informative.What did you think of your group leader?Gabriel was simply superb throughout the trip with amazing levels of energy matched by his ability to connect with everyone in our group. He was helpful, reassuring, patient and understanding and able to carry out a multitude of tasks from getting a broken axle repaired for one of the trailers to sorting out all the logistics required for the smooth operation of the small army of staff quitely and efficently. He was consistently helpful, always smiling and ready to help out at all times and proved to be an excellent bike mechanic ans natural leader.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Tanzania has some very sandy, energy sapping roads so be prepared by getting the off road miles in before you travel. Some of the descents were fairly technical negotiating boulders and rocks en route and at times it was very hot (38c on one day) and it's easy to run out of water so you may want to invest in a Camel Back with a large capacity to help you keep hydrated. Bring along a stock of energy bars and gels with you as food stops are not very frequent and flip-flops for use in showers. You may want to try out the "Sports" type of sunscreen that claim to offer up to 12 hours of protection for one application.Is there anything else you would like to add?A fantastice trip shared with some great company.

  • Tanzania Cycle Safari reviewer 3
    Written on September 17, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A great way to get out of your comfort zone as some of the camping facilities are basic and also a fine way to lose weight and get fitter!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The game viewing in the Serengeti including seeing the early migration of a herd of 37 elephants being led out by the matriach walk right past our vehicle. We were also lucky enough to have a brief but inspirational view of a leopard leaping up over rocks and back into cover, a female cheetah and her cubs dragging away a fresh kill to safety and two lions guarding their kill of a zebra. We also saw giraffes , hippos, ostiches, crocodiles, zebras and a multitude of other animals in the wonderful setting of the "endless plains" of the national park.Seeing the Maasai in their homeland as we cycled past and being able to speak to local Maasai guides was really interesting and informative.What did you think of your group leader?Gabriel was simply superb throughout the trip with amazing levels of energy matched by his ability to connect with everyone in our group. He was helpful, reassuring, patient and understanding and able to carry out a multitude of tasks from getting a broken axle repaired for one of the trailers to sorting out all the logistics required for the smooth operation of the small army of staff quitely and efficently. He was consistently helpful, always smiling and ready to help out at all times and proved to be an excellent bike mechanic ans natural leader.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Tanzania has some very sandy, energy sapping roads so be prepared by getting the off road miles in before you travel. Some of the descents were fairly technical negotiating boulders and rocks en route and at times it was very hot (38c on one day) and it's easy to run out of water so you may want to invest in a Camel Back with a large capacity to help you keep hydrated. Bring along a stock of energy bars and gels with you as food stops are not very frequent and flip-flops for use in showers. You may want to try out the "Sports" type of sunscreen that claim to offer up to 12 hours of protection for one application.Is there anything else you would like to add?A fantastice trip shared with some great company.

  • Tanzania Cycle Safari reviewer 4
    Written on September 12, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    An amazing holiday with a great group of people.  Cycling is a fantastic way to get see the country and get off the tourist trail.  The three day safari in the middle was excellent.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Driving in the Serengeti and seeing a herd of 30+ elephants coming down the hill and crossing right in front of the truck then seeing another herd of 100+ elephants later in the day  - both with no other safari trucks around.  The start of the wildebeest migration was awesome and totally unexpected.  Camping in Lobo and hearing the lions roaring in the valley at night.What did you think of your group leader?Gabriel did a superb job of making sure everything ran smoothly whilst being relaxed and easy going.  His insights into local culture, particularly amongst the Masai, were fascinating and really enhanced the trip.  His ability to drive over deeply rutted roads whilst game spotting was amazing.  All in all an excellent group leader.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared for basic conditions in a couple of the campsites.  The cycling can be sandy/rocky in places combined with the heat so it's worth doing some training.Is there anything else you would like to add?If you want a holiday that pushes you a bit but in a relaxed African way then this is the one for you! I am still trying to work out how, on the last night's camping, the cook managed to produce a full roast dinner followed by freshly baked chocolate cake - all with no sign of an oven. 

  • Tanzania Cycle Safari reviewer 5
    Written on September 12, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    An amazing holiday with a great group of people.  Cycling is a fantastic way to get see the country and get off the tourist trail.  The three day safari in the middle was excellent.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Driving in the Serengeti and seeing a herd of 30+ elephants coming down the hill and crossing right in front of the truck then seeing another herd of 100+ elephants later in the day  - both with no other safari trucks around.  The start of the wildebeest migration was awesome and totally unexpected.  Camping in Lobo and hearing the lions roaring in the valley at night.What did you think of your group leader?Gabriel did a superb job of making sure everything ran smoothly whilst being relaxed and easy going.  His insights into local culture, particularly amongst the Masai, were fascinating and really enhanced the trip.  His ability to drive over deeply rutted roads whilst game spotting was amazing.  All in all an excellent group leader.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared for basic conditions in a couple of the campsites.  The cycling can be sandy/rocky in places combined with the heat so it's worth doing some training.Is there anything else you would like to add?If you want a holiday that pushes you a bit but in a relaxed African way then this is the one for you! I am still trying to work out how, on the last night's camping, the cook managed to produce a full roast dinner followed by freshly baked chocolate cake - all with no sign of an oven. 

  • Tanzania Cycle Safari reviewer 6
    Written on March 11, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Wonderful, surreal, I was living my dream.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?It was an amazing trip, I was anxious before I went, but had nothing to worry about.  Dave Armon the tour guide was excellent and so was the crew who looked after us.  The food was basic but good, cycling tough on some days, but there were plenty of stops to take in the scenery, and it was not a mad race to get from A to B it was a nice steady pace so you could enjoy the experience, the group was a very good mix and great company.The camping was fun, it was wonderful hearing the lions roar in the valley, and the elephants wondering near the campsite.  The crew were very efficient and setup camp before we arrived and looked after us well.I loved the game drives, it was such a wonderful experience being quite close to the wildlife.I enjoyed the culture side of the trip, the visit to a Maasi family home and learning about the way they live.What did you think of your group leader?Very good and knowledgable.  Looked after us well.  Very friendly.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Hire the bikes over there as they are very good.Is there anything else you would like to add?I loved the trip, it was a surreal experience and would recommend anyone thinking about going on it to stop thinking about it and book it. 

  • Tanzania Cycle Safari reviewer 7
    Written on March 11, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Wonderful, surreal, I was living my dream.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?It was an amazing trip, I was anxious before I went, but had nothing to worry about.  Dave Armon the tour guide was excellent and so was the crew who looked after us.  The food was basic but good, cycling tough on some days, but there were plenty of stops to take in the scenery, and it was not a mad race to get from A to B it was a nice steady pace so you could enjoy the experience, the group was a very good mix and great company.The camping was fun, it was wonderful hearing the lions roar in the valley, and the elephants wondering near the campsite.  The crew were very efficient and setup camp before we arrived and looked after us well.I loved the game drives, it was such a wonderful experience being quite close to the wildlife.I enjoyed the culture side of the trip, the visit to a Maasi family home and learning about the way they live.What did you think of your group leader?Very good and knowledgable.  Looked after us well.  Very friendly.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Hire the bikes over there as they are very good.Is there anything else you would like to add?I loved the trip, it was a surreal experience and would recommend anyone thinking about going on it to stop thinking about it and book it. 

  • Tanzania Cycle Safari reviewer 8
    Written on February 25, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    Fantastic combination of some great off road cycling and safari.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Getting up early one morning and finding ourselves alone in the Serengeti surrounded by a pride of lions.  What did you think of your group leader?Julius was everything you need from a guide - knowledgable, professional, courteous and entertaining.  The whole team were great. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The cycling is great but can be tough on some days, especially if you're not used to riding off road. Is there anything else you would like to add?Be prepared to rough it for a few days, some of the campsites were quite basic but all had at least a [cold] shower!

  • Tanzania Cycle Safari reviewer 9
    Written on February 25, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    Fantastic combination of some great off road cycling and safari.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Getting up early one morning and finding ourselves alone in the Serengeti surrounded by a pride of lions.  What did you think of your group leader?Julius was everything you need from a guide - knowledgable, professional, courteous and entertaining.  The whole team were great. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The cycling is great but can be tough on some days, especially if you're not used to riding off road. Is there anything else you would like to add?Be prepared to rough it for a few days, some of the campsites were quite basic but all had at least a [cold] shower!

  • Tanzania Cycle Safari reviewer 10
    Written on March 7, 2010
    4.0 - Good

    Fantastic holiday that allows you to enjoy the thrill of exploring  off the beaten track in a beautiful and awe inspiring country whilst alos allowing you to get up close and personal with the "big five". What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Turning a corner in the Ngorngorno campsite to find ourselves standing less than 20ft from a feeding elephant - huge and serene it carried on eating but with a quick glance and a flap of its ears made sure we knew exactly where we stood (stock still and with jaws agape!).The joy with which children ran from seemingly miles around to wave at the passing group of puffing, panting and exahusted western cyclists - they always had a smile, a wave and friendly greeting.  Stop for more than five minutes even in what seemed the most isolated spots and a small group of local tribepeople and excitable children would soon appear. What did you think of your group leader?Julius, the group leader, and Juma the bike mechanic who also accompanied us on all our rides, were excellent company, good cyclists and highly informative and took real care of all the group whatever there abilities.  The team that worked in the background - the camp chef, his helpers and all those who helped set up the campsite and transport tents and baggage from place to place were all pleasant and helpful and added imeasureably to the joy of the holiday.

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Start Arusha.
  2. Day 2: Cycle west across the Monduli mountain range, dropping down to Meserani.
  3. Day 3: Cycle towards the Rift Valley and Selelai.
  4. Day 4: Rift Valley Wall hike; visit Maasai homestead.
  5. Day 5: Cycle to Mto Wa Mbu.
  6. Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater game drive; camp on crater rim.
  7. Day 7: Full day in the Serengeti, enjoying the wildlife.
  8. Day 8: Full day wildlife viewing; camp at Lobo.
  9. Day 9: Cycle down the eastern edge of the park through Maasai villages.
  10. Day 10: Spectacular ride down to Lake Natron and Ol Doinyo Lengai.
  11. Day 11: Free day for relaxation.
  12. Day 12: Transfer to Arusha.
  13. Day 13: Free day in Arusha to explore the city; end Arusha

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 480 km.
    • Arusha (Tanzania)
    • 88 km
    • Mto Wa Mbu (Tanzania)
    • 75 km
    • Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Tanzania)
    • 55 km
    • Serengeti National Park (Tanzania)
    • 124 km
    • Lake Natron (Tanzania)
    • 137 km
    • Arusha (Tanzania)

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