Tanzania Cycle Safari

13 days
$4,275 USD
Traveller ratings
4.9 / 5 from 8 reviews >
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Off-road Cyling
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An exhilerating cycling and wildlife safari

For centuries people have explored the lakes and plains of East Africa on two feet. We explore this incredible region on two wheels. Starting from Arusha we cycle out across banana and coffee plantations before entering the Great Rift Valley and the grasslands where Masai cattle graze. After spending time at a homestead we swap our bikes for 4WDs and go on safari in the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. The final days of mountain biking are hugely rewarding as we ride to Lake Natron and the awe-inspiring active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai, passing only Masai with their cattle and the wildlife they live alongside.


An exciting and challenging ride to remote and wild parts of Tanzania. Great wildlife viewing in the natural sanctuary of Ngorongoro Crater. Leave the safari groups behind, and cycle into the landscape of volcanoes and crater lakes. Explore the shores of Lake Natron, a vast soda lake at the bottom of the Rift Valley.

Key information

10 nights full-service camping and 2 nights hotel Campsites vary in services The hotel in Arusha is comfortable with en suite facilities

Day by day breakdown
Day 250.0km/31.0miles
Day 370.0km/43.0miles
Day 550.0km/31.0miles
Day 945.0km/27.0miles
Day 1070.0km/43.0miles
Cyclists and local settlement near Arusha

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  • Day 1

    Start Arusha.

    Start Arusha; morning briefing, the afternoon is free to relax after your flight, lie by the pool or explore the town.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Cycle west across the Monduli mountain range, dropping down to Meserani.

    Starting from our Arusha lodging, we cycle a route through banana and coffee plantations before heading west towards the Monduli mountain range. Open farmland leads us past the foothills of the mountains. The earth here is known as 'Black Cotton' and is very prone to erosion. We weave through various small valleys and Maasai homesteads as we traverse the foothills. We will be carrying a packed lunch to re-energise at a convenient point on the way. We camp tonight at the 'Snake Park', where there is an excellent display of local reptiles.

    Cycle approx. 40-60km
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Cycle towards the Rift Valley and Selelai.

    Cycling straight from our camp, the route follows the old tarmac road, which weaves back and forth over the new road. It is broken up and at times goes some distance away from the main road. After lunch, depending on the distance covered, we either get a lift or keep cycling straight towards the Rift Valley wall, which is seen in the distance, with Lake Manyara glistening at its foot. After Manyuki we follow the main road to the village of Selelai . This is open country, and giraffe, ostrich, gazelles and occasionally elephant are seen. We camp tonight at an attractive campsite on the edge of a Rift Valley mountain.

    Cycle approx. 60-80km
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Rift Valley Wall hike; visit Maasai homestead.

    A morning hike up the mountain behind the campsite offers some spectacular views over the Rift Valley and across to Manyara National Park. Our Masai guide takes the opportunity to introducing us to the various medicinal plants that his tribe uses. We head back to camp for lunch. In the afternoon we cycle out to a local Maasai homestead to visit some of our Maasai friends and gain some insight into their lives in the Rift Valley. We return to the camp late afternoon.

    Cycle approx. 20-30kms
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Cycle to Mto Wa Mbu.

    Departing from the campsite we cycle across the rift to the village of Mto wa Mbu. The Rift Valley wall is in sight all day as we cycle through a number of Maasai homesteads. Possible sightings of wildlife as we cross over the open plains. We have our packed lunch under an acacia tree during the heat of the day before cycling on and arriving into camp late afternoon.

    Cycle approx. 50km
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Ngorongoro Crater game drive; camp on crater rim.

    Today all the bikes are packed onto our vehicles and we drive to Ngorongoro conservation area. Ngorongoro is a special place in that it is a conservation area, not a national park; which means that the whole area is managed for both the animals and the local Maasai people who graze their cattle alongside the indigenous wildlife. After stopping at the entrance gate, where there is a chance to learn about this fascinating volcanic landscape, we drive around the rim of the crater itself, from where we can look down and see herds of wildebeeste and elephant. Then we descend into the crater. The crater walls provide a natural sanctuary for the animals, which means there is plenty to see, lions, elephants, buffalo, rhino and, if we are lucky, leopard. The only animal we won't see in here is giraffe, whose long legs are unable to cope with the steep sides of the crater. We drive up the crater wall in the afternoon and camp on the rim at Simba campsite.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Full day in the Serengeti, enjoying the wildlife.

    After an early breakfast we have a spectacular drive down the outside of the crater and come to Oldupai Gorge, where the Leakey family unearthed the remains of some of man's earliest ancestors (site visit is an optional extra). We then drive on to Naabi Hill, which marks the boundary between Ngorongoro and Serengeti - the Maasai's 'Endless Plains'.

    We have the rest of the day wildlife spotting in Serengeti. Where we go depends on the time of year; we can spend time at the Hippo pool watching these majestic animals laze about in the cool water happily living alongside the crocodiles, watch a big pride of lions, be in the middle of the migration, sometimes surrounded by wildebeeste and sometimes by zebras. We journey from the wide open plains to the kopjes: these volcanic rocky outcrops provide protection and shelter for a wide variety of animals and from the top we can look out across the vast grasslands of the Serengeti. This stunnining landscape will provide us with the ultimate in game viewing, and we will hopefully see all the plain games; elephants, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lions and maybe the elusive leopard and cheetah, as well as huge amounts of interesting birdlife, from the elegant Secretary birds to the flightless ostrich. We spend the night in the middle of the plains at Seronera campsite.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Full day wildlife viewing; camp at Lobo.

    Our second day in the Serengeti: again we will rise early and have a full day in the park, heading north and enjoying the animals and scenery as we go. This is a long day driving but there is plenty to see on the way. We camp tonight at Lobo camp, in a beautiful setting. Lobo camp is close to Lobo Wildlife Lodge and if time allows it is possible to stop in there for a drink at their bar.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Cycle down the eastern edge of the park through Maasai villages.

    We get back on the bikes today. It is about an hour’s drive to the national park gate and on to the point where we start cycling. The next two days will be on dirt road with some sandy, rocky and corrugated sections. The route today is rolling, with two moderate climbs, one of which is quite rocky. You will be glad to be back in the saddle again as today’s ride is on the edge of the game park we may see more wildlife en route, as well many colourfully-dressed Maasai. We set up camp late afternoon at a local campsite in the little town of Wasso. The campsite is basic but comfortable and has a bar.

    Cycle approx. 40-50km
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Spectacular ride down to Lake Natron and Ol Doinyo Lengai.

    Today is a potentially our longest day of cycling. We cycle southwards through the hills bordering the Serengeti and down through an area populated by the Songo tribe, dressed in their bright orange attire. Our route is along a rough dirt road with some sandy sections and a number of rocky and corrugated sections. We need to do as much of the riding before our lunch stop at 1pm as possible, before the heat sets in. After lunch for those who would prefer not to ride further, we’ll pack the bikes on the vehicle and transfer to Lake Natron, stopping on the way at the top of the Rift Valley escarpment to admire the spectacular view. For those who continue on the bikes, the riding is tough – very rough roads and very hot. There is more up and down before coming to the top of the Rift Valley escarpment. The descent is on a rocky, gravel road with switchbacks, so a steady handlebar is necessary! The road descends steeply to the side of Lake Natron and then follows the lakeshore to a village. The road surface changes, becoming stonier, and requires more concentration. It is a real challenge to reach camp on the bikes but we will go as far as possible. Camp at the Lake Natron campsite.

    Cycle apporx. 50-100km depending on the group
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Free day for relaxation.

    Today is a free day to relax at Lake Natron camp; we can sit and enjoy the view of the lake from the camp, which appears almost mirage-like in the distance. A short drive or walk to the lake is well worth it: the flamingos, pelicans and egrets are great. It is however VERY hot. Lake Natron is known as one of the world's largest breeding grounds for lesser flamingos. A late afternoon walk to the local waterfalls is a great way to finish the day. The water is cool and refreshing, and you can almost swim in places. Some people have taken the opportunity to climb Ol Doinyo Lengai but this is a tough, very steep climb. Anyone considering the climb must have proper hiking boots, warm all-weather gear, gloves, good headlamp and poles. Camping back at Lake Natron campsite.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Transfer to Arusha.

    Return to Arusha. It is a long drive of approximately 5-6hrs, and is also quite dusty! We follow the foothills of the Rift Valley wall over open plains on which also live the plains animals, a familiar sight by now. Once we reach the tarmac road many want to sleep whilst we drive the final 2hrs back to civilisation. We return to our comfortable starting hotel.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    Free day in Arusha to explore the city; end Arusha

    A free morning in Arusha: there is time to explore the town and pick up some last minute souvenirs or just spend the day relaxing by the pool and recalling your wonderful adventure over the last few days.

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info



Most nationalities require a tourist visa for Tanzania, including British nationals, most EC nationals, Australians, New Zealanders, Americans and Canadians. The visa is available at the border and the cost for British and most other European Nationals is USD50 cash, whilst for US citizens it is USD100 cash.



Please note that although Tanzania does not officially require proof of Yellow Fever vaccination, at most airports and other points of entry you may be required to show a certificate of vaccination or an exemption certificate. This includes coming from Europe via, or transiting through an endemic country including the airports of Nairobi (Kenya) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). If visiting Zanzibar from mainland Tanzania border officials have been known to demand proof of Yellow Fever vaccination or an exemption certificate.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Eating and Drinking

all breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners.

The food is excellent throughout the safari whilst camping; it's surprising what the cooks can produce under very simple conditions. The food in the hotel is quite simple, but if something more special is wanted, there is the option of eating out in Arusha. Please note we can cater for most special dietary requirements, but you must advise on booking. Allow USD30 (equivalent to approx. GBP20) for meals not included in the itinerary.


Tanzania lies just south of the equator and therefore is hot most of the year. Traditionally there are two wet seasons, long rains in April and May and short rains in November. However, in recent years weather patterns have been changing, and some rain can occur between December and February. During the long dry season from June to October rain is unlikely. Between December and February it can be very hot, up to 35ºC or above during the day, and nights are warm. Between June and October it will still be hot during the day, but it can be considerably cooler at night, and the night camping on the rim of the Ngorongoro crater can be close to zero in June, July and August, due to the altitude.

Is this trip for you?

Cycling Conditions This trip is classified off-road and graded B/C. Please see the introductory pages of the cycling holidays brochure for more important information on classification and grading. Av. daily distance: 50km (35m) Terrain and Route: 90% off-road. A remote cross-country trip which mostly follows dirt roads/tracks, mainly on rolling hills; some sections will be sandy and dusty. The descent down to Lake Natron is more technical with spectacular views. For off-road cycling trips of grade 3 and above, we strongly recommend that you have some off-road cycling experience: this should include some (gentle) ascents and descents over loose or rutted surfaces.


Camping & Hotel

This trip features 10 nights of fully serviced camping and 2 nights in a hotel. The campsites may vary in facilities but mess tents, toilet and shower tents are available, provided water supplies are sufficient. The tents are mostly 3-man dome style from South Africa. You will have a 2' foam mattress to sleep on.
Single supplement available from GBP350

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed December 2016
    Denise Bounous

    Tanzania Cycling

    This was an amazing trip. The Ngorongoro crater and Serengeti days in the Land Cruiser watching wildlife were even more wonderful than I had expected. I would recommend it to anyone who is not afraid to rough it sleeping in tents, riding extremely rough roads and taking cold showers.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We saw amazing wildlife and had the very fortunate opportunity to observe 2 lionesses track and kill a hartebeest. The wildlife was the highlight of the trip, and it was made possible because we had an extraordinary group leader, Gabriel. The hike we took to the Falls and swimming in the pools there are experiences I will remember because we would not be able to do anything like that in my country.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was so impressive! His knowledge of the wildlife, plants, local people and the whole environment was complete. He answered every question and was spot-on with his decisions for our activities. He had a tremendous responsibility for 16 customers and 8 crew members.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be aware that this trip involves some difficult cycling because the roads are very rough - washboard and pretty big rocks cover the roads - most all the way. It can make the 20-40 miles seem longer. But the opportunity to see the wildlife and experience true Tanzania life is amazing.
  • Reviewed February 2014


    A unique experience travelling Tanzania in bicycle in contact with wild animals and Masai people.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling in rough roads with changing landscape and in touch with the daily primitive life of the Great Masai.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Professional, knowledgable, helpfull and always a smile for everyone.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Depending to the time of the year, it might be cold in some camps due to the altitude, so be prepared for that.
  • Reviewed February 2014


    A unique experience exploring Tanzania cycling in the land of wild animals.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling in rough roads in a wonderful and changing landscape. Being so closed to wild animals and touching the daily and primitive life of the great Masai.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Professional, knowledgable, helpfull and always with a smile for everyone.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Depending the time of the year, it might be cold due to the high altitude of some camps.
  • Reviewed November 2013


    More than a cycling holiday and more than a safari - the most fabulous holiday! Highly recommended.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Can't pick one moment as every day an adventure! 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Gabriel was the best! He managed the holiday so well we were just left to enjoy it! Very nice chap as well. Couldn't fault him!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Cycling is only one element so be aware it is more than a cycling experience. Four long days of cycling and one short. Two days no cycling but optional hikes and three days safari. Perfect for me!
  • Reviewed September 2012


    A great way to get out of your comfort zone as some of the camping facilities are basic and also a fine way to lose weight and get fitter!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The game viewing in the Serengeti including seeing the early migration of a herd of 37 elephants being led out by the matriach walk right past our vehicle. We were also lucky enough to have a brief but inspirational view of a leopard leaping up over rocks and back into cover, a female cheetah and her cubs dragging away a fresh kill to safety and two lions guarding their kill of a zebra. We also saw giraffes , hippos, ostiches, crocodiles, zebras and a multitude of other animals in the wonderful setting of the "endless plains" of the national park.Seeing the Maasai in their homeland as we cycled past and being able to speak to local Maasai guides was really interesting and informative.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Gabriel was simply superb throughout the trip with amazing levels of energy matched by his ability to connect with everyone in our group. He was helpful, reassuring, patient and understanding and able to carry out a multitude of tasks from getting a broken axle repaired for one of the trailers to sorting out all the logistics required for the smooth operation of the small army of staff quitely and efficently. He was consistently helpful, always smiling and ready to help out at all times and proved to be an excellent bike mechanic ans natural leader.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Tanzania has some very sandy, energy sapping roads so be prepared by getting the off road miles in before you travel. Some of the descents were fairly technical negotiating boulders and rocks en route and at times it was very hot (38c on one day) and it's easy to run out of water so you may want to invest in a Camel Back with a large capacity to help you keep hydrated. Bring along a stock of energy bars and gels with you as food stops are not very frequent and flip-flops for use in showers. You may want to try out the "Sports" type of sunscreen that claim to offer up to 12 hours of protection for one application.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A fantastice trip shared with some great company.
  • Reviewed September 2012


    An amazing holiday with a great group of people.  Cycling is a fantastic way to get see the country and get off the tourist trail.  The three day safari in the middle was excellent.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Driving in the Serengeti and seeing a herd of 30+ elephants coming down the hill and crossing right in front of the truck then seeing another herd of 100+ elephants later in the day  - both with no other safari trucks around.  The start of the wildebeest migration was awesome and totally unexpected.  Camping in Lobo and hearing the lions roaring in the valley at night.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Gabriel did a superb job of making sure everything ran smoothly whilst being relaxed and easy going.  His insights into local culture, particularly amongst the Masai, were fascinating and really enhanced the trip.  His ability to drive over deeply rutted roads whilst game spotting was amazing.  All in all an excellent group leader.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for basic conditions in a couple of the campsites.  The cycling can be sandy/rocky in places combined with the heat so it's worth doing some training.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you want a holiday that pushes you a bit but in a relaxed African way then this is the one for you! I am still trying to work out how, on the last night's camping, the cook managed to produce a full roast dinner followed by freshly baked chocolate cake - all with no sign of an oven. 
  • Reviewed March 2012


    Wonderful, surreal, I was living my dream.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It was an amazing trip, I was anxious before I went, but had nothing to worry about.  Dave Armon the tour guide was excellent and so was the crew who looked after us.  The food was basic but good, cycling tough on some days, but there were plenty of stops to take in the scenery, and it was not a mad race to get from A to B it was a nice steady pace so you could enjoy the experience, the group was a very good mix and great company.The camping was fun, it was wonderful hearing the lions roar in the valley, and the elephants wondering near the campsite.  The crew were very efficient and setup camp before we arrived and looked after us well.I loved the game drives, it was such a wonderful experience being quite close to the wildlife.I enjoyed the culture side of the trip, the visit to a Maasi family home and learning about the way they live.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good and knowledgable.  Looked after us well.  Very friendly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Hire the bikes over there as they are very good.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I loved the trip, it was a surreal experience and would recommend anyone thinking about going on it to stop thinking about it and book it. 
  • Reviewed February 2011


    Fantastic combination of some great off road cycling and safari.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting up early one morning and finding ourselves alone in the Serengeti surrounded by a pride of lions.  

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Julius was everything you need from a guide - knowledgable, professional, courteous and entertaining.  The whole team were great. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The cycling is great but can be tough on some days, especially if you're not used to riding off road. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Be prepared to rough it for a few days, some of the campsites were quite basic but all had at least a [cold] shower!

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


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