Mountain Biking Safari, Tanzania

Enjoy wildlife viewing and being active on this unique and adventurous safari, which combines traditional game drives with mountain biking and hiking, giving you the opportunity to explore rarely seen areas as well as the world famous destinations, such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro. You will trace the shores of ancient soda lakes and follow elephant trails up the rift valley wall on your mountain bike, following in early explorer's footsteps to the endless plains of the Serengeti. You will also hike the Gregorian scarp, have the odd, chance encounter with Maasai, Barabaig and Mbulu tribes, and go on game drives in the major parks. You stay in a mixture of lodge and classic under canvas tented camps. This safari is a set date departure trip, suitable for mixed abilities, and has full vehicle support.

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biking
elephants
biking

Day 1 - Arusha

On arrival in Arusha, you will be met and transferred a well appointed hotel. In the afternoon there is a full briefing with a senior manager and your trip leader. Dinner is included at your hotel.
Overnight The Arusha Hotel (half board)

Day 2 - Tarangire

After breakfast you will head out to Tarangire National Park for a game drive, taking a picnic lunch. Mountain bikes are transported separately to the lodge for evening testing.
Overnight Burunge Tented Lodge (full board)

Day 3 - Tarangire

Today you will head out on mountain bikes with picnic lunches carried by the support crew. You will bike initially through bush country and then through a mixture of fishing and pastoral communities in the Burungi area. Lunch is under the canopy of a shady tree and after the heat of the day passes you head on to our evening's accommodation.
Overnight Maramboi Tented Lodge (full board)

Day 4 - Lake Manyara

From the lodge you will be transferred north along the lake to the bike starting point. From here it is relatively easy riding all the way to Mto Wa Mbu village. You cross the main road before heading into Maasailand again near many Maasai 'bomas'. You will have a late lunch at the lodge and a siesta, and the option for walks in the area.
Overnight Kirurumu Tented Lodge (full board)

Day 5 - Rft Valley

There is a dawn game drive option today before heading back through Silela forest and hiking the Great Rift Valley wall. Your bikes are transported to the top where you meet them for a great ride back mostly downhill to the main road (around 30km). Guests can opt to take the cars from here, or decend the rift wall on the main road back to the lodge for an extra 30km.
Overnight Kirurumu Tented Lodge (full board)

Day 6 - Ngorongoro

Today you leave for the fabled Ngorongoro Crater. A relatively early departure is necessary to make the most of today and you descend into the crater for around four hours of great game viewing. The 'big 5' can often be spotted here in a day and all the animals are remarkably tame - this is a great photography day!
Overnight Ngorongoro Farm House (full board)

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maasai and goat
riding on the plains
support vehicle

Day 7 - Serengeti

This morning you will head off from the Ngorongoro Highlands and weave your way to the Serengeti plains. At the start of the plains is Olduvai Gorge, otherwise known as the Cradle of Mankind, a 50km long gorge which has been cut out, exposing layer upon layer of fossilised bones. After a stop at the Olduvai Museum you will have a game drive into the Serengeti. Your mobile tented camp is set up in an area where there is currently the best game.
Overnight Serengeti Mobile Camp (full board)

Day 8 - Serengeti

Today we have a full day exploring the Serengeti and looking for a variety of animals, both migratory and resident. Anything from Bohor reedbuck to leopard can be found in various parts of the Serengeti,in a range of habitats.
Overnight Serengeti Mobile Camp (full board)

Day 9 - Serengeti / Depart

After breakfast you will head on to the airstrip to catch the scheduled flight back to Arusha. From there you can connect to Kilimanjaro Airport or onto other locations, such as Zanzibar or even Rwanda to see mountain gorillas

Includes

  • Trip leader
  • Mountain bikes (front suspension - hard tails)
  • Trained Safari guides with 'safari library'
  • Specially designed safari 4x4 with cool box and soft drinks and water
  • Village fees
  • All relevant park fees
  • Emergency medical evacuation
  • All accommodation as described in the itinerary (Please note: in the event the listed accommodation is not available, alternative accommodation of a similar standard will be selected).
  • Transfers as described in the itinerary

Excludes

  • International flights
  • Entry visas
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alterations to this itinerary (i.e. if alternative accommodation and services are provided then the price will most likely vary up or down)
  • Airport departure taxes (unless stated)
  • Laundry
  • Beverages in hotels (except those in your personal safari vehicle)
  • Hospital bills and international evacuation in the event of an emergency

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