Kenya & Tanzania Cycle Tour
The best biking adventure in Africa!
Biking far from the tourist routes you will experience Africa at face level – you’ll view wildlife from the saddle of your bike, meet Maasai tribes-people and camp in the wilderness under a cloudless African sky.
Travel at the pace of Africa on this 16 day camping & cycling tour from Nairobi (Kenya) to Dar es Salaam (Tanzania); experience the people, culture, wildlife and landscapes of this amazing continent. Using remote back roads and visiting local families and villages along the way - our route varies from the chaos of Nairobi city to the sudden sparseness of open savannah with wildlife grazing the plains. We pass beneath the imposing Mt Kilimanjaro, visit Amboseli National Park in Kenya, the Ngorongoro Crater the cool mountain rain forested Usambara Mountains and ultimately the tropical Indian Ocean coast.
Some people choose to extend their trip and follow with a trek of Mt Kilimanjaro or experience the culture and buzz of Zanzibar Island; either of which – we can point you in the right direction.
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Also - in 2018 our first two Madagascar cycle tours will time in perfectly with our first Kenya & Tanzania cycle tours - making an awesome Two Trip Combo possible in one flight to Africa. Contact Mandy for more info.
"Has set the bar for adventures to come"
"The only way to fully understand how incredible our experience would be to try it yourself. Sixteen days that will always be remembered. An amazing trip that has set the bar high for adventures to come. In a league all it’s own."
Ernie & Anita Winch, Canada
"11 out of 10"
"Prior to meeting John, we had never considered a cycling trip for a holiday. From the moment we booked until the last day of cycling, we had the most personable and enjoyable experience. The camping, the scenery, the animals, the people and the riding all contribute to memories that will last a life time. We can not recommend Escape Adventures highly enough and we've already got our eye on at least one of their other trips. 11 out of 10!"
Chris Paola & Melissa Reekie, Australia
"Everything was brilliant"
"Hi Mandy, The trip was amazing!! Everything about it was brilliant. The Escape Leaders were all incredible and lots of fun. We had a great group..lots of interesting personalities, all managed beautifully by the team. The cooking was amazing! Thanks again for organising such an incredible experience."
Jenny & Peter Talbot, Australia
"Our cycle tour was outstanding! It was certainly a “trip of a lifetime” and I was constantly saying to myself what an utter privilege it was to experience this. I have some glimmering of understanding of how much effort has gone into finding and selecting the routes and camping places. There is no way that we would have seen the sights we did without all the great work you did. I thought the route selection was amazing. The balance of riding days with rest/game touring days was perfect. You should be very proud of what you have created.
I need to make some specific comments to your team. We were probably not an easy or compliant group but those two were not remotely concerned and simply focused upon giving us the trip that we wanted ….and giving it to the highest possible standard. I can’t praise them enough. They were amazing…incredibly hardworking, perfect and considerate hosts, totally focused on giving us the best experience possible, flexible enough to meet any of our requests, always upbeat and pleasant……I could go on forever."
Bill Day, New Zealand
"Just an amazing holiday"
"Your Tanzania & Kenya bike tour far exceeded our expectations. It was a wonderful enlightening cultural experience. Just an amazing holiday! We have been thinking of words like ethical, epic, cultural, sustainable, grassroots, amazing, surprising, healthy, relaxing, revitalising, restful, refreshing and there may be a few other to describe our holiday but have decided words alone cannot adequately describe our bike tour. You simply just have to take the tour.
We will remember this holiday for a long time and will encourage anyone who is prepared to listen to book a spot on one of your future tours. We know you now have at least 8 (but I suspect there are many more) very satisfied clients."
Mark & Sue Conlan, Australia
"Bike touring as it should be"
"I am a cynic and rarely impressed by business, and when I am it's usually small business. Escape Adventures stands at the head of my tiny class of business excellence in value-for-money, for personal service, for ethics, for walking the walk. My wife and I have done three tours with "Escape" and their high standards never changed. If you really do want something different, away from the over-groomed touring routes of the world, away from the 5-star grooming of hotels and spas....try any one of the escape adventures. You'll find unforgettable geography, some of it exotic, some of it pastoral; you'll also make very memorable contact with the local culture in their food, their families, their homes, their way of life.
This honour and respect for the culture is, we feel, a unique value-added of Escape Adventures. But not the only one. Because the owners of the company are with you, or if not, are intimately connected with your tour. They seem able, and very willing, to make impromptu changes to the touring program to take advantage of sights and situations you'll find which may not be highlighted in the brochures. Bike touring as it should be."
Brian Anderson & Barbara Robertson, Canada
"Excellent, Unforgettable & Challenging"
"Firstly I wanted to reiterate Kirsty’s sentiments: Excellent, unforgettable and challenging. We are delighted we did it. We really had a wonderful time. Your Kenya & Tanzania cycle tour promised to give us many and varied experiences of “real Africa” and to that end your trip delivered in spade loads. Our tour leaders were exceptional young people in so many ways. The meals were just divine. We have many wonderful memories from the trip and it was quite unlike any other holiday we have had - all strength to you and John and your fearless leaders. We are telling anyone and everyone of our adventure and of your company".
Kirsty & Neil Povey, Australia
"A must do trip"
"You hear many myths about Africa... the lions will get you; It's too dangerous, etc... The truth is - it’s a really safe place to visit. Our tour is well organized and so different from how most of us live. If you have any curiosity about other cultures, it’s a must do trip. I’ve done other cycle trips where we stayed in hotels and ended the day in luxury. These trips have claimed to get you beside the local people and culture - but in reality you don’t and you often feel you have missed out. This trip was the complete opposite, you do really get a sense of how these lovely people live and you certainly get to see it all unravel before your eyes."
Stephen Finch, New Zealand
"the trip of a lifetime for us"
"Hi Mandy. We have had a most amazing time here in East Africa and cant believe it is all over already. My what we have seen, smelled and experienced.....the trip of a life time for us four and we know Stephen and Roman feel the same. Thanks to yourself and John for an amazing opportunity. Thanks Baz, Gemma and Joseph - an awesome trip. Who would believe homemade gourmet meals could come out of the back of a truck in the middle of nowhere day after day? And who would have thought we would be biking right beside gazelle and zebra - oh! and giraffe? Thanks for all your knowledge you shared. We loved every minute of the trip.....even the bull dust"
Julie Hamilton, New Zealand
"Bucket List trip"
"We had an amazing trip! Gemma, Baz and Joseph make an awesome team and nothing is a problem. With Gemma's food I thought I might even come home heavier then I went away!! At times it almost felt surreal cycling across the plains, seeing giraffe and zebra grazing. This was our bucket list trip and more then exceeded our expectations. A must do for anyone."
Liz & Alan Yager, New Zealand
"So many special experiences"
"Full trip of Kiwi's and Aussie's had the time of our lives with Escape Adventures when we joined their cycle trip from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam in June/July 2014. Baz and Gemma work their butts off to provide a trip of a lifetime, with so many special experiences along the way. If you love off-road cycling, you MUST see East Africa this way."
Karen Hall, Australia
"The whole experience was amazing!"
"Hi Mandy, I have not enough superlatives to describe our trip! Baz, Gemma and Joseph were fantastic. The whole experience was amazing! Many many thanks."
Nichola Wood, Australia
"Wow - your tour was brilliant"
"WOW did we have any amazing time – so much to tell and show people but all I can say is that your tour was brilliant. The blue truck/bus is just a blast – being so self-contained for us to eat and drink from was truly perfect. We all agreed that having the drinking water available was superb – it just tasted like our own drinking water here at home. Baz, Gemma and Joseph were just superb – they work so well together and everything Gemma cooked was scrummy. Quite unbelievable really considering the restricted amenities etc – there was nothing we didn’t like about your tour … So I congratulate you both on what must be extremely difficult logistics planning to get these rides sorted and finalised in these amazing countries."
Jan & Bill Peryer, New Zealand
"Most amazing trip"
"A "big thank you" for our adventure through Kenya and Tanzania. It was the most amazing trip and one that I would highly recommend to other people. The cycling was challenging at times, awe-inspiring and life-changing. Truly amazing. John, Baz and Gemma were awesome. The food was delicious and nourishing. The bikes were great. Thanks so much for an amazing trip."
Alison Murray, New Zealand
"Most rewarding and enjoyable"
"Paul and I agreed it was an amazing holiday, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Big raps to Gemma, Baz and Joseph - they were outstanding throughout and all worked like trojans to make sure all went smoothly and that we were well looked after. The trip went like clockwork which is no mean feat in Africa and it was down to their hard work and dedication that we all had such an extraordinary time. The itinerary was great... every day offered something new and exciting and getting to places like Solomans rock, Amboseli National Park and the Usambara Mountains were definite highlights... I will definitely be recommending this trip to anyone who cares to listen and cannot really fault any part of it. Thanks again to you and all the team at Escape Adventures for making the last 3 weeks some of the most rewarding and enjoyiable of my life!!
Andrew Sullivan, New Zealand
"Absolutely loved the trip"
"I absolutely loved the trip and will be recommending it to everyone that i speak to. It is a very special experience and I believe that I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity. In particular Soloman's Camp is in my opinion an iconic spot that rivals such places as Santorini. I would also like to say that Baz, Gemma and Joseph were outstanding. They made a special trip perfect with their attitude, personalities and hard work. You are very fortunate to have the three of them working for you. Many thanks for a great trip."
Paul Gooby, New Zealand
"Best holiday we ever had"
"Best holiday we have ever had, so different, getting off the beaten track. The people along the way were amazingly friendly and welcoming. Many thanks for the wonderful experience. We will never forget it."
Kathy van Beek & Laurie Bourke, New Zealand
"A life Changing experience"
"The trip was amazing in so many ways for me. From start to finish the trip was physically challenging, visually stimulating, unique and a life changing experience. One I won't forget! The uniqueness of Escape Adventures trip gave us the opportunity to experience some of the 'off the beaten track' places which has allowed me to leave East Africa with a better understanding of the Kenyan and Tanzaian people and their cultures."
Bridget Robinson, New Zealand
"I can't imagine another way"
"My husband and I have done six cycle tours with Escape Adventures. After our first bike trip ever in Kenya in 2003 we learned that this is the way we want to travel. Not only do you come home in better shape than when you left but you will have actively engaged with the culture and people of a new land. Instead of passing by in a bus you may play an impromptu game of Simon Says with several hundred elementary students who have run out to cheer you on in Kenya, or you may try your hand at threshing rice in China, or meet an elderly widow in Laos who desperately wants to have you stay and visit. Then again an ostrich may wander through your picnic spot in Africa, followed by several giraffes. The trips are not regimented, events unfold differently every day as you have the opportunity to stop and interact with people you meet, there is no schedule that must be met. And if a day isn’t unfolding as it should there is always the option of catching a ride with the driver and enjoying the scenery for a while. Another important part of Escape Adventure’s trips is that they make sure that you stay in locally owned hotels and eat at locally owned restaurants, in this way the local people benefit from our tourism. I can’t imagine any other way to see the world than from a bike , exploring with Escape Adventures."
Janice & Jay Pritchard, Canada
"A true privilege"
"I regard my Escape Adventures trip to Africa as the trip of a lifetime. I grew up seeing images of Africa and African wildlife. Day one of our ride out of Nairobi we crested a hill and encountered hundreds of zebra and wildebeest grazing on the plain below. To ride through the herd within 50 metres of animals I had only seen on TV was a surreal experience. The opportunity to speak with the Masai people and hear stories about their land and their lives was a true privilege that few people can share."
Mark Kelley, Australia
"An incredible journey"
"Hi John and Mandy. What an incredible journey we have had! Every day had different scenery and terrain that we wouldn’t have thought possible. You managed to find every cool place and sneaky route that only locals would know about. Our tour leaders provided a wonderful atmosphere for us to explore and enjoy every day. An incredible holiday and looking to our next adventure."
Jude & Tony Anker, New Zealand
"Exceeded my Expectations"
"The range of experience and type of cycling routes exceeded my expectations and I know it must have taken a lot on planning, research and background knowledge. The routes were obviously designed to give cyclists the best experiences possible and this could only have been done by those with a deep interest and love of cycling."
Des McCarron, UK
"Fabulous adventure holiday"
"Thank you very much for hosting this fabulous adventure holiday. We had high expectations, and they were greatly exceeded. The route you have selected is particularly exciting with new surprises and experiences every day. A trip of a lifetime. An especially special trip to bond a family."
Richard, Johan & Sven Lees, Australia
"A magical experience"
"A privilege to visit the African continent with vast stretches of wilderness and a honour to be welcomed warmly into a foreign culture, truly equating to a magical experience one can only live to believe it happened. I am very grateful to yourself and John and your three exceptional staff in Africa for enabling to make this adventure a reality. One comes away with an African beat implanted in your soul. I will be in touch before to long as I have two children very keen to accompany mum next time around!"
Diane Davidson, Australia
"What an unbelievable holiday"
"What an unbelievable holiday! Exceeded all expectations and would not have been the same without the Escape Adventures team - we miss you guys already. We miss Africa too…Thanks John and Mandy who have worked out every detail to make it the hardest core, least boring holiday it is possible to have. xxx"
Alison Ambridge, UK
"We cannot thank you enough for this superb opportunity to enjoy the uniqueness of this trip, which has obviously been built up with years of contact and local knowledge. We really loved meeting the locals. Our tour leaders worked tirelessly to give us the holiday of a lifetime."
Sarah & Vic Francis, UK
"Exceeded my expectations in every way"
"The trip exceeded my expectations in every way. It really did. Your Escape Adventures team were just fabulous, the ratio of riding to rest days was great. The rides were super-challenging but manageable which gave me a great sense of achievement, and cycling was indeed a wonderful way to see the landscape and way of life and interact with locals (thanks obviously to the relationships that have been developed and maintained). Plunger coffee, fabulous food and special birthday treatment?? Who’d have thought. So thanks very much."
Alice Melland, Ireland
"Mary and I had an absolutely fantastic trip through Kenya and Tanzania with Escape Adventures. Every day was a new experience and few of them were too extreme. It was very humbling to see how happy the people were particularly the kids when they had so little. It really makes you appreciate what we have got back in NZ. It is really hard to describe to people how great the adventure was as it is hard to compare to what most people experience when they go overseas."
Bruce & Mary Thomas, New Zealand
"Every day a highlight"
"Absolutely every single day was a highlight because everything (terrain, sights and people) was so varied and interesting. I loved the huge variety, even the really hard days of sand-riding and challenging tracks. My all-time favourite camp was the River Camp, with the showers, bush babies, crocodiles, trees, lake…Beautiful in every way. And Amboseli is treasured in my memories because of the excitement of the animals all around us, the fire, the close tent circle to add excitement and plentiful water to wash clothes. Our tour leaders were AMAZING. Full of energy, caring, considerate, thoughtful, positive, cheerful, and didn’t stop working from first light til bedtime. OMG fabulous!"
Miranda Beuzenberg, New Zealand
"I can’t think of big enough words to describe how amazing this trip was. I’ve never ridden “off-road” and I’ve never tented, but If it’s all like this I’ll do it again!"
Mark Ens, Canada
"The bike trip was outstanding!"
"Mandy & John, From both Rosie and I, a special thank you!! The bike trip was outstanding – I would make no changes!! I was amazed at each days route and how John was able to find the back roads and campsites along the way. Camping is what makes this trip so special. The food was the best. Again from both of us…THANK YOU!!!!"
Monk & Rosie Mann, USA
"I would go again without hesitation. A perfectly organized tour with enough space for individual changes. Well done Escape!"
Roman Holderbach, Germany
"This tour has it all!"
"This tour has it all. Stunning scenery from Mt Kilimanjaro to the Indian Ocean and everything in between. The dry bush, the lush forest of the Usambara Mountains, the colourful Maasai people, the wildlife, the game parks and the local people we met along the way – always willing to smile, to laugh and to make us feel welcome in their country. So much variety packed into one trip, the most amazing experience you can have on a bike."
Caroline Denee, New Zealand
"Dear John & Mandy, Ruth & I have had a trip of a lifetime in Tanzania with Escape Adventures.The trip provided Ruth & I a wonderful insight to the people, the land, and the wildlife of this beautiful country. Your company was extremely well represented by your team. I loved them all. We can’t begin to express how pleased we were with everything. This note gives a big hug to our team and a warm thanks to you for your excellent choice in staff and adventure sites. Sincerely, Alex."
Alex Thomson, Canada
"We had a fantastic trip with Escape Adventures – what a wonderful way to see Africa. Thank you so much. You have a fantastic company – your customer service is just amazing."
Sarah & Scott Floyd, USA
"No stone unturned"
"Hi there Mandy! Just wanted to say WOW, you folks have truly left no stone, or more correctly, no wheel unturned. From my first contact with you via pretrip e-mails, right down to when the group parted ways and rode off into the ‘sunset’; all was great!"
Wendy Benoit, Canada
"A spiritual experience"
"A spiritual experience that has left a profound impact on me. Every stage was a privilege and we kept saying at the end of every day: “it doesn’t matter what happens from now on cos we’ve had our money’s worth”. More than everything the trip offers a unique way to not only see but experience Africa and it’s wonderful people."
Clare Cook, UK
"A Wonderful Experience"
"A great trip and wonderful experience. Once again your team are so well chosen for the task - organised and professional but it is their enthusiasm and dedication to the task at hand that really makes these trips so memorable. You have a great team."
Brian & Paddy Stafford-Bush, New Zealand
"The tour was absolutely brilliant! We were very lucky with the weather and amount of wildlife we saw. My best bit was the giraffes we met on the road. I held back to enjoy a quiet moment alone - they just stand and stare back! Our group all got on very well and we had a laugh. The food was extremely good. It was nice to have nutritious meals and snacks. Our tour leaders were excellent! They were always eager to help and check bikes, find out things for us, and the evening projections for the next day's cycle were the most informative I've had on any trips."
Susanne Bramson, UK
"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!"
Jane Thurnell-Read, UK
Start: Nairobi in Kenya
Finish: Dar es Salaam in Tanzania
Your tour itinerary offers 20-105km biking per day; a total distance of up to 540km spread over 12 days of biking. The terrain is mostly undulating and flat with some short rolling hills. The riding surface (80% dirt roads, 15% paved roads and 5% non-technical single track) can be rough at times, slow going, pot-holed and sandy and the riding challenge of the tour should not be judged by mileage alone. The trip is suited to riders with a good level of biking fitness and off-road biking experience will greatly enhance handling on rough roads and add to the enjoyment of your tour. A mountain bike with front suspension is the ideal bike and we have a fleet of our own mountain bikes available for hire.
Support: Our trusty support vehicle carries all your luggage, has lunch, snacks and water at hand, and is there if you need a break from the saddle.
Group Size: 6-12 bikers. (Maximum 13 if the last spot booked is two people!)
Your tour leaders will take care of your meals and snacks throughout your journey with us. This excludes one lunch and two evening meals which are at your own cost to give you the opportunity to explore local cuisine of your own choosing. We are most definitely able to cater for vegetarians and special diets and if this includes you, it is essential to advise us of this before your tour begins, so that the support vehicle can be stocked with the necessary supplies. Typical meals include:
Breakfasts - Fresh fruit, muesli, toast and spreads, cooked breakfast on occasions, hot drinks.
Lunches - Picnic style lunches, fresh salads, cold meats, cheese & bread.
Evening Meals - Good wholesome camp-cooked meals using as much local fresh produce as possible.
All accommodation for the duration of your tour is included. Eleven nights are camping and four nights are in locally owned guesthouses and safari lodges on a twin share basis. Guesthouses generally have an ‘Escape fluffy towel rating’ of 2-4. The camping is ‘real camping’ and sometimes in remote locations. We supply spacious dome tents which we will show you how to erect, and foam mattresses. You will need to bring your own 2-3 season sleeping bag and a small travel pillow. Washing facilities & toilets are available every night. (Upgrades to rooms are available at some campsites).
Nairobi to Dar es Salaam
DAY 1: Arrive Nairobi, pre-departure meeting and first dinner together. Safari Camp
DAY 2: A gentle day getting used to bikes from the city out into the savannah. 25km. Camping
DAY 3: A great day's biking in the real African savannah. 82km. Camping
DAY 4: Cyclng to Amboseli National Park. 35kms + game drive. Camping
DAY 5: Morning game drive, afternoon bike around the lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. 20km. Camping
DAY 6: Visit our Maasai friends family. Cycle around lower slopes of Mt Kilimangaro. Cross the border into Tanzania and transfer by vehicle to Arusha City. 45km. Guesthouse
DAY 7: Paved road ride out to the foot of the Rift Valley Escarpment. 105km. Camping/Upgrades available
DAY 8: All day game drive Ngorongoro Crater. Guesthouse
DAY 9: Heading towards the coast, cycle through the wide open spaces of the Maasai Steppe. 20-40km. Riverside Camping
DAY 10: Explore the Usambara Mountains. 45km. Camping/Upgrades available
DAY 11: Rest day OR optional hike, visit a local school or help with a local reforestation project. Camping/Upgrades available
DAY 12: Explore the smooth trails through rain forest and highland villages. 60km. Camping/Upgrades available
DAY 13: Cycling towards the tropical coast through sleepy palm lined villages. 45km. Camping on our family's farm
DAY 14: Ride rolling dirt roads to meet the Indian Ocean and our campsite near a palm lined beach. 49km. Camping
DAY 15: Our final ride on mostly quiet dirt roads, through small fishing villages and finally to Bagamoyo town. 47km. Coastal Lodge.
DAY 16: Final breakfast together and a morning transfer to Dar es Salaam for those who are flying out. / enjoying the beach / onward travel.
US dollars $3,290 (Plus local payment* US$300)
Bike Hire if required US$250
Single Supplement if requested: US$475
Convert US$ to your currency: www.xe.com
Included in your Tour:
- Accommodation -15 nights
- Meals as per tour itinerary
- Two NZ based Escape Adventures leaders
- Local interpreter/driver
- Purpose made support vehicle
- Camping equipment - tents and mattresses.
- Entry to Amboseli National Park
- Entry to Ngorongoro Crater
- Rural Primary School Visit
Prices do NOT include: airfares, visas, airport taxes, optional activities and excursions, vaccinations, personal equipment and a couple of meals as per the detailed itinerary.
*Local payment is a part of your trip cost and is payable at the beginning of your trip to your tour leader at the pre-departure meeting on your arrival in Africa.
In Kenya & Tanzania
We have a fleet of Avanti Aggressors available for hire for your biking holiday in Kenya & Tanzania. Avanti Aggressors are a New Zealand brand hard tail mountain bike with hydraulic disc brakes and Shimano Alivio/Deore 27-speed components. We have them available in S, M, L and XL and they are perfect for the off-road touring on our Kenya & Tanzania trip. We carry all our spare parts out to Africa and maintain them ourselves to make sure they are in optimal riding condition for your ride with us. We also have a couple of Avanti Forte's available in XS.