Family cycling holiday in Kenya & Tanzania

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

01273 823 700

Map

Check dates, prices & availability

Date
Price
Basis
20 Jul 2017
US $ 2950
excluding flights
Departure Guaranteed
Click here to enquire about or book the 20 Jul 2017 departure
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Family cycling holiday in Kenya & Tanzania

Environment

It is important to us that when we travel to different parts of our amazing planet that our exchange is always a mutual one and that we make a positive contribution to people and places that we visit along the way.

These days ‘responsible travel' and ‘sustainability' are hot topics. Responsible travel is not about donating large sums of money to charity (at least not without thoroughly researching the long-term intentions or effects of the charity). We believe responsible travel is about taking time to think about how our actions can benefit or how they impact the people, communities, economies, environments and eco-systems we visit, and then use this to make a difference (or sometimes more appropriately - how we can NOT make a difference). We are constantly considering our actions and how we and the people who travel with us can improve our impact on the places we visit.

During this trip we visit a very small Maasai Pre-School under the shade of an acacia tree in Kenya. Our main goal of the visit is a mutual social exchange where children and bikers open their minds and learn more about the other’s way of life. Our bikers can also support the school by donating basic stationery if they like.

We camp with two different local families. As well as the fantastic social and cultural exchange experienced by visitors and locals alike, our visit also brings a regular income to the two communities (by paying for camping and other services).

In Tanzania we have a relationship with a Primary School in the Usambara Mountains. Again there is always a fantastic social and cultural exchange experienced by both the school pupils and our bikers. Over the past years money donated by our bikers has been used to employ local carpenters to build much needed school desks and more recently we have assisted with materials for the schools' new toilet block.

As a company we are committed to running our tours in a responsible manner as highlighted below:

- Small group size – Our groups really are small! With a maximum of 12 in any one group we minimize our impact on the small communities that we visit.
- Support local economies – buy locally made products, use local accommodations, restaurants, markets and support small businesses. (Buying locally made products also decreases the environmental cost of importing). We also employ local drivers and guides in the countries we visit.
- Encourage positive interaction and social exchange – again by supporting locally run businesses (and by travelling by bike!) we develop relationships with local communities and families on our trips where our clients from all over the world can meet and engage one to one with local folk; Also by learning the local languages.
- Educate our bikers – about the effects of buying products that come from endangered species, or products that are destructive to wildlife or the environment. We also like to think about – “What are the short and long term effects of aid/charity on local communities?”, “Who benefits?”
- Waste/rubbish management – when we travel we should treat our surrounding as we would treat our home (or better!). We do our best to avoid ‘single use packaging’ only using reusable or recyclable packaging. We recycle what can be, and manage any rubbish in the best possible way e.g. in Africa – all of our organic waste is feed to local domestic pigs and goats, and we always leave our campsites as we find them (or better!).
- Environmentally conscious office – To avoid paper waste we aim to use as much computer technology as possible in our office. We only produce a minimum of hard copy advertising/brochures/flyers etc… and we consider the source of materials used.

Community

Social integration with the local people is a central part of our trips. Simply travelling by bike is a great start – a great way for our bikers and local people to meet and start a conversation.

We buy locally grown and produced food as much as possible; we support local businesses by staying in locally owned guesthouses, eating in local restaurants and taking our bikers to local operations and parks.

Reviews of Family cycling holiday in Kenya & Tanzania

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the holidays.

I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Wonderful guides, incredible access to the remotest regions and real people.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do it! Bring something thoughtful to share with the school in Tanzania. It is such a special experience.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Absolutely.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Wonderful - genuinely the holiday of a lifetime and a never to be forgotten special experience.

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Every day brought new experiences. The animals just kept coming out on cue!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just go for it. You don’t need to be a mega cyclist to enjoy the family holiday.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


All food was bought locally and purchases were spread amongst the stallholders at markets. All campsites were left clean.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Brilliant - I don’t know how we will top it.

Reviewed on 09 Aug 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Waking to the sound of a lion killing a wildebeast behind our tent in Amboseli National Park campsite. Singing and dancing with 500 children from a local primary school in Tanzania.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Relax and enjoy new experiences.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes - great to have so much local food and leave campsites as we found them.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Perfect

Reviewed on 07 Sep 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Many memorable days, but the highlight has to be the day we woke early to drive into Amboseli National Park, where we came across lions & hyenas on a fresh kill. We were the only vehicle there for 45 minutes. Later that day we cycled across Amboseli lake bed to Solomon's Rock campsite where we had dinner on the hill top watching the sun set.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be aware that there is a significant local payment, which, if you are using the operator's bikes, amounts to $500 per person.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Very much so.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A wonderful opportunity to get off the beaten track and see parts of Kenya & Tanzania where mainstream tours don't go.

Popular similar holidays

Family safari in Tanzania

Family safari in Tanzania

Big game, comfortable lodges, stunning Indian Ocean beaches

From £3779 12 days including UK flights

Kenya to Tanzania family overland adventure

Kenya to Tanzania family overland adventure

Family overland adventure from Nairobi to Dar Es Salaam

From £2070 - £2300 17 days excluding flights

Tanzania family safari, Crater Capers

Tanzania family safari, Crater Capers

Incredible wildlife, stunning beaches and a rainforest walk

From £3399 - £3749 14 days including UK flights

Luxury family Kenya and Tanzania safari

Luxury family Kenya and Tanzania safari

A Safari Adventure Suitable For All Ages

From £3700 - £6000 14 days excluding flights

Convert currencies