4 independent reviews for Biking holiday in Kenya & Tanzania

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review 22 Jul 2014

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

Biking itself and meeting the locals on the way was fascinating enough, but camping on Masai grounds and talk to the villagers was a bonus on top. I definitely enjoyed the variety of biking tracks and terrains and the game drives were fantastic.

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

Well, be in good condition, have a bit of biking practise beforehand and go for some uphills. Otherwise you will struggle a bit... Bring a camera with a decent zoom. If you want luxury this is not for you!

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

The thought, brought up by our tour leaders, that sponsoring/supporting one institution (e.g. a school) would certainly affect a non-sponsored institution nearby is an intriguing one and made me feel that the amount of impact and benefit was well chosen for this tour.

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

I would go again without hesitation. A perfectly organized tour with enough space for individual changes. Well done!

review 18 Nov 2010

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

The most memorable part of our holiday was the time spent in a very remote area of Tanzania with the Masai. We were privileged to visit their homes and witness their day to day living. An amazing experience!

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

Go for it! I would thoroughly recommend this trip, but be aware that the African sun is an added challenge on the bike.

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

This tour operator is a very environmentally aware company. They use local produce and employ local people at every opportunity and offer sound advice for ways to help the poorer communities in the long term.

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

A fantastic adventure with great variety of landscape and cycling terrain. Cycling is the ultimate way to visit remote parts of the amazing African continent.

review 29 Aug 2007

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

The exhaustion and triumph after achieving a difficult day’s riding. Tom ( my son) dancing with the Masai warriors. The dust that got everywhere. The strange and wonderful bathroom and toilet arrangements. Seeing the blue Indian Ocean at the end of the trip and diving into it in our cycling clothes. The friendship within our group aged from 24 to 73 and from England, New Zealand, USA, Finland and South Africa. Being warned when we camped in Ambos Eli national park that we might find a pile of elephant dung by the side of the tent in the morning, as a local elephant had taken to walking over/through the electric fence. The look on the face of one of the Masai men when I explained that I was a vegetarian. Having to get off the bike because a giraffe was crossing the road ahead. Seeing a cheetah cub with a face covered in blood from the kill it was eating – this from the safety of a vehicle. Eating a chocolate cake made in a camp fire. Experiencing earthquake tremors while lying in a tent! Looking at my face in a mirror after three days without one.

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

This is a great holiday but I'd advise you to get some off-road experience before tackling it. Many of the dirt roads we were on were in a poor state of repair, because they were off the beaten track (no pun intended!).

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

Yes, I do. Our leaders were really aware of implications of what we did and found great ways of telling us what was and wasn't OK. Most of the food we used was fresh or using local brands. All litter was cleared and often they cleared litter from previous campers too! Visiting two very different schools and talking to people was great too.

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

Brilliant! I have done supported tours in USA, Cuba, Brazil and Europe and this is the gold standard in terms of support, food, attention to detail, professionalism, friendliness etc. etc. I cannot recommend this company too highly. Go have fun!

review 28 Jan 2006

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

Lots of most memorables.....but the ones that really stick in my mind are: 1. First spotting of a zebra in the wild and not in a Wildlife Park 2. Sitting around the campfire (which we rarely had as John believed and which I entirely agree because of the extensive deforestation in Africa for wood that is used by the locals etc for fuel) and then walking out to the tent, looking up and seeing black, black sky with a zillion starts and hearing animal noises in the background. 3. Standing naked, jumping / dancing while trying to catch the shower water from the water bag hung on one side of the bus on a very windy afternoon with the tents on the other side and nothing but the African scrub and horizon on the shower side. 4. At the same location, sitting 150 feet up on the rock outcrop having a supper picnic watching the sun set sipping wine made from the monastery in Tanzania. 5. At the same location, sitting around with the Masai guards on night asking questions about the culture and just discussing life. 6. Riding "no hands" across the dry lake (approx. 16 km) of Lake Amboseli 7. The colours of the women's robes and headscarves in the hills of Tanzania; at the marketplace there was every imaginable colour! 8. A special Christmas lunch packed by Mandy after having spent the morning touring around Ngorogoro Crater seeing lions, rhinos, elephants, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, hyenas, birds, etc. 9. Finally (but sadly as the trip was finishing) riding to the first sighting and swim in the Indian Ocean.

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

Nothing that comes directly to mind.

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

Yes.

4. Any other comments?

Fabulous. I had an amazing trip and thanks very much to John, Mandy and Nash the trip organisers/owners. Also thank you, I like your website, and the "personal touch" of wanting to know how things went through the booking to the weeks after of the trip.

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