Biking holiday in Kenya & Tanzania
Price includes: Airport Transfer, Accommodation, Meals as per tour itinerary, Escape Adventures leaders, Local interpreter/driver, Support vehicle, Entry to Amboseli National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, Rural School Visit
Description of Biking holiday in Kenya & Tanzania
This biking holiday in Kenya and Tanzania is a fantastic and unusual way to experience East Africa. Forget riding around in vehicles and hop into the saddle for a really personal journey, meeting traditional tribesmen, cycling through small villages, seeing wildlife grazing on the plains and experiencing a huge range of scenery, from open savannah and desert, to mountain rainforest and tropical coastline.
This 16 day adventure begins in Nairobi and ends in Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean coast. We will be cycling far from tourist hotspots and away from busy roads, camping under the stars along the way. Bike through the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, through the Usambara Mountains and down to tropical coastal forests and villages. There will be time out of the saddle, too. Enjoy some hiking, visit a local school and see the wildlife this region is so famous for on game drives in Amboseli National Park (Kenya), Saadani National Park and Ngorongoro Crater (Tanzania).
The holiday includes 12 days of cycling, mostly on dirt and 4x4 roads, with some paved roads and a small amount of non-technical single track. You can expect to cycle for between 20km and 105km per day, covering a total distance of about 540km. This is a small group holiday with between four and 12 people taking part, plus leaders and local crew. At all times, you’ll be backed up by our support vehicle, which carries your luggage, lunch, snack and water – and you, too, if you fancy a break from pedalling. Accommodation is four nights in hotels and 11 nights camping.
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1 Reviews of Biking holiday in Kenya & Tanzania
Reviewed on 22 Jul 2014 by Roman Holderbach
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!
PlanetDuring 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.
PeopleSocial 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.