Kenya mountain biking holiday, 9 days

“Tackle tarmac and dirt tracks through savannah and highlands as you mtb, camp and watch wildlife in the Rift Valley, Hell's Gate & Masai Mara.”

Highlights

Variety of daily distances | tarmac and dirt tracks | game drives and wildlife safaris | vehicle and team support | Masai Mara tours | mtb in Rift Valley | David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust | Lake Baringo boat ride | Maji Moto village centre | mtb in Hell's Gate National Park | hippos and crocs in Lake Nakuru National Park | Optional cultural visits and extensions to Diani Beach or Zanzibar

Description of Kenya mountain biking holiday, 9 days

Mountain biking in Kenya represents the absolute thrill of a lifetime for mtb enthusiasts interested in discovering the wildlife, the culture and the mountain trails of East Africa.

Starting in Nairobi this Kenya mtb holiday covers plenty of ground at a moderate pace with dirt tracks allowing cyclists to travel anything up to 80 or 90kms in a day. On other days distances will be closer to 10 or 20kms with plenty of chances to go on game drives and wildlife safaris adding to the overall experience of mountain biking in Kenya.

From Nairobi you'll head to the stunning savannah plains of the Masai Mara via the lakes of Baringo, Bogoira and Naibasha to give you an amazing first-hand glimpse at life in East Africa's Rift Valley. This is a great opportunity to cycle against a backdrop of bird colonies, grazing animals and rural villages, such as those in the Masai, where local people and traditional tribes go about their day-to-day lives perhaps only stopping to watch you cycle by.

The overall distance covered whilst mountain biking in Kenya will be between 130kms to just under 300kms with guides from local communities sharing their knowledge and passion for the natural environment as well as plenty of stories relating to the history and wildlife of the region.

Throughout the holiday your safety and comfort is paramount with a support vehicle, expert team and a variety of overnight accommodation enabling you to pedal without the worry as you make the most of the incredible landscapes and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. Accommodation ranges from fully-functional campsites to lakeside cottages and high-end camps in the Masai Mara.

This mountain biking in Kenya holiday is best suited for anyone who's got a real thirst for adventure but who isn't anticipating a full-on and challenging mtb experience as most of the trail riding is over flat terrain so above average fitness levels are not essential.

Once this nine day holiday comes to a conclusion there are several extensions to add on after the cycling with Diani Beach in Kenya and the spice island of Zanzibar offering a couple of Indian Ocean options to aim for once you've stretched your legs on an mtb safari.

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements
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Travelling with a local operator

This holiday is operated by a company based in the holiday destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your holiday to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.

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Environment

We aim to reveal the ‘real’ Africa to our customers. Our journey tries to stay off the beaten track as we fully believe in preserving the natural African beauty. Environment conservation being the focus, we have tailored this safari as an initiative towards minimizing noise which scares away wild animals, air pollution and overcrowding at conservation areas that many a times lead to destruction of fragile plants. This safari takes routes that vehicles cannot use thus exposing our clients to more beautiful scenery.

At our Camp in Maji Moto, we don’t have running water from the taps nor electricity. Water is fetched by our local staff from a borehole in the nearby village and a filled into shower buckets whenever a guests wants to take a bathe. We use solar panel to trap solar energy which is used for charging phones, torches and cameras for the guests.

During safari at Mara and Maji Moto we camp in temporary tents that are owned and/or operated by the local Maasai people. The camps are eco – friendly as they can be demolished at anytime. The entry fees paid per visitor at Masai Mara Reserve partly goes to the conservation of the reserve while the other goes directly to the community. In this way the local communities earn from their own natural resources in which they have contributed in preserving.

Community

Africa is our passion and we want to pass on all our knowledge and experiences gained over the years to our clients. To achieve this we ensured that all our guides and their support team on this trip are local tribal Masai people with great knowledge about the area, its flora and fauna, culture and even the routes used. We are committed to take our customers closer to nature and culture without harming any of them and to provide deep and authentic experience to all our travelers.

Maji Moto Eco Camp: The camp is a joint venture between us and a local Masai community. Our key aims are to help the local community through creating job opportunities and at the same time encourage young tribesmen to preserve and nurture their culture. The camp has been designed to be part of the environment and blend in naturally.

Our Camp has embraced local architecture. It was built with the help of Masai women and only local materials were used (sticks, grass, cow dung, stones). From the dining areas to showers and toilets everything is in local style. The supplies of the camp are also local and locally bought from a near by town.

Reviews of Kenya mountain biking holiday, 9 days

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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 24 Aug 2016 by

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


Kenya is a wonderful place but our guides George and Sankle were most definitely the most memorable part of our holiday.

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


Some physical training is beneficial!!! Be flexible, stop, look and listen particularly to your guides and be open to the unexpected.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I felt every effort was made to do this, some people are much more committed than others and this is commendable.

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


A wonderful well rounded, kaleidoscope of experiences and fun. We loved it!!

Reviewed on 09 Jan 2011 by

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


My family really loved cycling with the Masai guides through remote parts of the Kenyan bush, learning about the human and natural environment, spotting animals, visiting villages and camping with the Masai at night.

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


I would recommend taking a few things to aid the cycling - for example special cycle gloves, proper water bottles, even padded cycle shorts - as it is a pretty bumpy ride in some places. One might even invest in a gel saddle!

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


Yes indeed - cycling was a wonderful way to reach remote areas - it benefited the Masai who were accompanying us and camping with us. In the final two days we stayed in a lodge in the Masai Mara. This was comfortable and enjoyable but when they laid on 'masai dancing' at night we realised how much more authentic our previous experience had been when we had long conversations round the camp fire with the Masai villagers.

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


It was a great experience and also a wonderful example of family bonding. I had done something like this before which was the reason I knew about it - but my children and husband were pretty dubious at the prospect. In the end they absolutely loved the whole thing and fell in love with the Masai guides.

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