A 16 day family bicycle tour. Experience the wildlife, people, culture and camp in the wilderness under a cloudless African sky.
East Africa is a wonderful place to travel as a family - it is colourful, lively and culturally interesting (even for the kids)! We have put together this 16 day biking and camping journey from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam to suit families and younger riders. We follow the same researched riding routes as our ‘standard’ trip, but have reduced the riding distances and picked the best of the riding on remote back roads. We camp alongside a local Maasai family, spend time in the classroom and sports field of a local school, visit animal orphanages and centres and stop and play a lot to keep the kids engaged. We pass beneath the imposing Mt Kilimanjaro, visit Amboseli National Park in Kenya, the Ngorongoro Crater and Saadani National Park in Tanzania before heading for mountain rain forested Usambara Mountains and ultimately out to the long white sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean.
Start: Nairobi in Kenya
Finish: Dar es Salaam in Tanzania
Group: Your group will be made up of 1-3 families from around the world. We strive to create a relaxed, fun and intimate group dynamic that feels like a group of friends on holiday.
Leaders: All of our cycle tours are led by two of our own wonderful leaders and our local interpreter. We pride ourselves on the calibre and resourcefulness of these great people who you will be spending your holiday with. Our leaders are all Emergency First Aid (PHEC) trained, passionate about biking, the outdoors, and focused on making sure you have a fun and safe adventure of a life-time.
Support: Our trusty support vehicle carries all your luggage, has lunch, snacks and water at hand, and is there if you need a break from the saddle.
We ride 10-40km per day; a total distance of 230-300km spread over 12 days of biking. The terrain is mostly undulating and flat with some short rolling climbs. The riding surface is made up of 15% paved roads, 5% non-technical single track and 80% dirt roads which can at times be rough, pot-holed and dusty so a mountain bike with front suspension is the ideal bike. We have a fleet of our own mountain bikes available for hire. The trip is suited to riders with a good level of biking fitness. Off-road biking experience is necessary for the enjoyment of your trip. (On some days distances can be extended for those wanting more challenge).
DAY 1: Arrive in Nairobi, pre-departure meeting and first dinner together. Luxury tented camp
DAY 2: Visit an Elephant Orphange, get face to face with giraffes and ride through small subsistence farms. 10km. Camping
DAY 3: Stretch the legs biking in the real African savannah. 30-40km. Camping
DAY 4: Bike to Amboseli National Park. 30km + game drive. Camping
DAY 5: Morning game drive in Amboseli National Park, afternoon bike around the lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. 25km. Camping
DAY 6: Relaxed start, visit Maasai family. Cycle past the lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro before taking a vehicle transfer across into Tanzania and to Arusha City. 25km. Guesthouse
DAY 7: Visit to a reptile park and bike down into the Great Rift Valley. 30km. Camping/Upgrades available
DAY 8: All day game drive in Ngorongoro Crater. Guesthouse
DAY 9: Morning transfer the bike through the open space of the Maasai Steppe, camp next to a river with “bush babies” swinging in the trees. 20km. Camping
DAY 10: Head into the Usambara Mountains, and bike to a viewpoint overlooking the endless plains. 25km. Camping/Upgrades available
DAY 11: Visit a local primary school. Optional tree planting project. Camping/Upgrades available
DAY 12: Explore the smooth trails through rainforest and village farmland. 30km. Camping/Upgrades available
DAY 13: Cycle towards the Indian Ocean Coast through sleepy palm lined villages. 35km. Camp on our family's farm.
DAY 14: Ride to Saadani National Park. An afternoon game drive brings us to our campsite on the beach. 47km. Camping
DAY 15: A morning game drive to the Southern end of Saadani National Park. Final coastal ride to the historical town of Bagomoyo. 25km. Coastal Lodge
DAY 16: After a final breakfast together a transfer to Dar es Salaam City will be provided. Onward travel.
Please remember that this is a guide only and due to unforeseen circumstances it may be necessary to make changes to the itinerary.
* Room upgrades are at your own cost and are subject to availability.
** School visits. The local schools in East Africa are very different to what we are used to in the western world. We have established a relationship with a school along our route which we try to visit on every tour and help in a small way with practical gifts etc. Please contact us for more information regarding these school visits and how you may be able to help them.
Departs July / August 2018
Adults: USD $3,290 (Plus local payment USD$300) | Bike Hire USD$250)
Children (under 16): USD $2,950 (Plus local payment USD$300) | Bike Hire USD$250
transport, meals, accommodation and activities for the duration of the trip as per detailed itinerary.
Prices do not include
airfares, visas, airport taxes, optional meals, optional activities and excursions, vaccinations and personal equipment.
is a part of your trip cost and is payable at the beginning of your trip to your tour leader at the pre-departure meeting on your arrival in Africa, rather than at the time of invoicing. (See Pre-departure Information)