Tanzania cycling tour and safari to Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake manyara
US$ 2408 including VAT
Airport pick up and drive to Arusha.
After breakfast your Tanzania cycling safari begins, The Tanzania expeditions cycling team will be there helping you get started for the day, From Arusha , cycle a route going through the plantations of bananas and coffee prior to heading west to the Monduli mountain-range. The Open farmlands lead you past the bottom of this mountains. The soil here is referred to as the ‘Black cotton’ and actually is extremely susceptible to erosion. You will go through the tiny valleys plus Masai homesteads as you cross the foothills. Carrying a packed-lunch you will have it at a convenient place along the way. Camp at ‘Snake Park’ for the night and there you will have an opportunity to see some of the local reptiles. The Total covered distance will be 40 to 60 km
Cycling from the camp, this route follows the aged tarmac road, that patterns to and fro over the brand-new road. It really is split up very much, and sometimes goes a long way from the major road. Following lunch, based on the distance already covered, you either have a lift or go on cycling towards the wall of the Great Rift Valley, which is evident in the distance, plus Lake Manyara glimmering. After Manyuki you will follow the main-road to Selelai village. This is an open region, and giraffes, ostriches, gazelles and sometimes elephants are seen. Camp at a fascinating campsite around the fringe of a Rift Valley high mountain. The Total distance covered is 60 to 80 km
In the morning climb up a mountain at the rear of the campsite which offers a number of breathtaking sights across Rift Valley and then traverse to Manyara National Park. Your maasai guide will takes this chance to introducing to you the different medicinal plants which his tribe makes use of. You will return to the camp for a scrumptious lunch. After lunch cycle out to one of the local Maasai homesteads to visit a number of our Maasai friends as well as get an insight into their interesting lives within the Rift Valley. Return to your camp later in the afternoon. Total cycle distance- 20 to 30kms
Leave the campsite and cycle through the rift valley to Mto wa Mbu village. The wall of the Rift Valley is visible all day as you cycle past several Maasai homesteads. Probable views of wildlife as you cross over the vast open plains. Enjoy packed lunch beneath an acacia tree as you cool off the heat of this day prior to cycling to later arrive at your camp in the late afternoon. Total distance is 50kms.
After breakfast today your bikes will be packed onto your vehicles and you will drive to the manyara National park for a full day game drive. Lake Manyara National Park is one of the finest and most interesting parks of Tanzania with a large number of wild animals.
When you drive further into the park, you can see groups of anubis baboons and sykes monkeys play along the side of the road. Bushbucks will appear out of the bushes and it is very possible you may bump into an elephant on the road. Elephants often use the road so that they do not have to go through the thick bush. Also remember to look up once in a while. Just like in Tarangire, the lions are sometimes in the trees and also a lot of leopards live in this area (though you have to be lucky to spot them). If the big cats can not be found in the trees, there are a lot of birds to spot in the trees. In the evening you will drive to Karatu Kudu Lodge and Campsite for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast your bikes will be packed onto your vehicles and you will drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. the Ngorongoro is a unique place because it is not a National Park but a Conservation Area, ; meaning that the entire area is controlled for both animals and local Masai persons that graze their livestock next to the local wildlife. Following a stop at the main entrance gate, you may get an opportunity to learn about the interesting volcanic landscape, later drive round the edge of the Crater, and there you can look down to its floor to see the numerous wildebeests plus elephants. Afterwards descend to the floor of the crater. This crater walls offers a natural haven for the wildlife, meaning there is a lot to view such as lions, elephants, buffaloes, and, in case you are fortunate, leopards ae well. Giraffes are actually the sole animal that you won’t see here because their long legs cannot cope with the high steep sides of the Ngororngoro Crater. in the afternoon you will drive up the crater’s wall and camp at the Simba campsite.
Following an early tasty breakfast have a breathtaking drive down the exterior of this crater and arrive at Oldupai Gorge, the place that the Leakey family unearthed the historical remains of a number of man’s very first ancestors. You will later drive on to the stunning Naabi Hill that symbolizes the boundary between the Ngorongoro and the Serengeti which are endless Masai’s Plains. Spend the remainder of the day viewing wildlife in Serengeti. Exactly where you go is dependent upon the season of year; you can spend time at the Hippo-pool viewing these stunning animals lie about within the cool water gladly living together with the crocodiles, view a huge pride of lions as well as the great migration of wildebeests and zebras. You will voyage from the open plains to the stunning kopjes – which are volcanic rocky protrusions that offer shelter to wide diversity of animals and also look down at the extensive Serengeti grasslands. This beautiful landscape will offer you with the best game viewing, and you will with luck , see all the wildlife living in the plain like; lions, elephants, wildebeests, giraffes and zebras, and perhaps the hard-to-find leopards plus cheetahs, in addition to great numbers of birds , including the exquisite Secretary birdsand the ostrich. Spend this night within the plains at the Seronera campsite.
Today you will again rise early for an entire day within the park, going north to see animals and enjoy the scenery. It is a long day’s driving though there is a lot to view along the way. camp at Lobo camp,.
Back on your bikes today. After a short drive to the gate of the national park you will begin cycling. The following 2 days will be along a dirt road with a couple of sandy parts. This route is undulating, and you’ll be happy to return in the saddle yet again. As you are on the border of the national park you may observe more animals on the way, plus many Masai people. Camp in the late afternoon at a good local campsite within the little Wasso town/Loliondo. Total distance covered 40to 50 km
After breakfast drive back to Arusha for dinner and overnight. This is a lengthy drive, roughly 8hrs, as well as being really dusty! You follow the bottom of the Great Rift Valley wall past the open plains home to plains animals, a recognizable sight at this point. As soon as you get to the tarmac road you will most likely fall asleep as you drive the last Two hours back to urbanization. You return to your comfortable hotel.