Kenya & Tanzania Family Cycle Tour

A REAL adventure... for adventurous familes

Your kids will experience the real Africa as you can only do on a bike. Encounter wildlife from your saddle, immerse yourself in to the culture and colour of the people and landscapes, and camp in the wilderness under a cloudless African sky.

Nairobi to Dar es Salaam
16 Days
230-300km
Adventure Rating 9/10

East Africa is colourful, lively and a wonderful place to travel as a family. Our family cycle tour has been designed for adventurous families with challenging, but achievable riding distances, riding on remote back roads.

Our 16 day biking adventure takes you from Nairobi in Kenya to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Fully immerse yourself into East Africa and experience the people, culture, wildlife and landscapes of this amazing continent. We leave the fancy hotels to the less intrepid, ride on remote back roads and camp with local families and villages along the way. Ride from the chaos of Nairobi city to the sudden sparseness of open savannah with wildlife grazing the plains. We spend time in the classroom and sports field of a Tanzanian school, visit National Parks, the cool rain forested Usambara Mountains and ultimately the tropical Indian Ocean coast.
Kenya and Tanzania is where we began in 1999 and it is still our most popular cycle tour!

We have planned daily riding distances to be achievable for kids aged 10-16. Some teens/parents may enjoy more riding challenge - and on some days it will be possible to offer more riding for those who wish.

Note: We require a minimum of 8 people to confirm a family cycle tour - so get your friends and family together and lock in your trip!

I see 4-eared donkeys!

Our Keyna-Tanzania family trip was awesome!  We did and experienced things that we could not have achieved in any other way. It gave us experiences and funny stories that our family is going to recall and laugh about for years to come. We were so impressed with all aspects of the tour - right from the friendly welcome at Nairobi airport through until the tearful farewells in Dar es Salaam. So much we could say...but everyone always wants to know about the food - the meals from the truck kitchen were delicious. We were really happy with the abundance of local fruit and veges used in the cooking - and zero junk food. Emma made lots of little extras: sauces, herbs, & side dishes which made every meal special and burst with flavour. And there were always plenty of options to suit all tastes.

Diana Pedlow, 28/10/2018 10:11pm

Amazing African Adventure

Escaping to an amazing African adventure this summer was so much more than we had imagined it would be. A little apprehensive about taking two children camping and on their first big cycling trip plus in Kenya an Tanzania, we should not have worried. Escape Adventures had it all covered for us. Their experience certainly showed as the itinerary was spot on for both kids and adults. A great mix of interesting riding, on and off road, challenging at times but never too much for the assembled group. A real focus on slow travel with real local interactions most trips to the area never get to experience as they fly past in a cloud of dust to the next ‘exciting’ viewing opportunity... Meeting Kenyans and Tanzanians and not those working in tourism gave an insight not often experienced but one very visitor should endeavor to do. We were able to see and get an appreciation of the real countries and that was as fascinating for children and adults alike. We were not disappointed by the game either. Elephants, elephants and more elephants in Amboseli ranks up there as an exceptional and privileged day. Cycling along and watching giraffes watching us with equal fascination is unforgettable and the children’s faces as we watched lions nonchalantly ignoring us was out of this world. So if you are looking for a family cycling experience and Africa is on the list, in our experience this one would be difficult to beat. Thanks to Mandy, John, Mushi and Joseph you all made the trip something special.

Stephen Nattrass, 15/10/2018 3:08am

 

Brown Family

"A must do adventure"

“My wife and I went on the Escape Adventures Kenya/Tanzania cycle tour with our two kids this year. It really was the most incredible experience for all of us. The Escape Adventures crew run an amazing tour, really looking after us before and during the adventure. We went well off the beaten path and experienced aspects of the local culture and geography not many people get to, with many surprises thrown in along the way. It wasn’t a holiday, we would say it’s a must do adventure of a lifetime with the kids for the adventurous families - an incredible way to travel and a great company and crew to do it with."

Janet & Richard Brown.  Golden Bay, New Zealand

Michael Paul

"A Life Changing Experience"

"Anyone has trepidation taking a 9 year old from the comforts of a suburban US life into remote Africa on a bike, especially since neither of her parents had been there before. But Escape really made it seem carefree and she had an experience that has had a profound impact on her strength, courage, confidence, and worldview. One that she will remember forever. You can’t put a price on that. So, thank you again. For helping us give our child that very rare gift – a life changing experience."

Michael Paul, USA

Tom Withyman

"Not sure we’re going to find another holiday like this!"

"Mandy, We just wanted to repeat to you our thanks for a quite wonderful holiday. The whole family had a great time on many different fronts and it was a fabulous first introduction for our children to travel in a developing country. The combination of the biking, camping, the local people and the wildlife provided real variety.

We can’t speak highly enough of your team and the effort they put in to make our holiday special. They were always cheerful and helpful and we had a lot of fun. Having always travelled independently before, it was very relaxing to have them take all the responsibility and the balance between letting us go and identification of “hazards” was just right. Even with the lions, we felt your team was in control at all times. Joseph will remain a hero for his all night vigil keeping the fire in, armed with Tim’s spear!  We’re not sure how we’re going to find another holiday quite like this!"

Tom Withyman. UK

Linda Davies

"Delivered for us on several levels..."

"Mandy – Hi, it was brilliant – a holiday of a lifetime and really inspirational – in fact it delivered for us on several levels – as individuals and as a family. An immense team you have – you are so much bigger than in number and we can’t thank Dave, Tarn and Joseph enough for their energy, support, wisdom and patience; I hope we can stay in touch.

…Thank you for the research and for coming up with such a stunning itinery. It’s been a long time since a holiday has been able to feed the soul – I might have to do another next year!!"

Linda Davies. UK

Mark Szolin-Jones"Going to take some beating"

"The whole holiday went so well. Everything that could have gone right did and nothing that could have gone wrong did. Tim, Erin and Joseph were above and beyond the call of duty and we got on well with the other family. Almost too perfect, its going to take some beating."

Mark Szolin-Jones. UK

 

The Low-Down


Start: Nairobi in Kenya
Finish: Dar es Salaam in Tanzania

The Biking

Your tour itinerary offers 10-45km biking per day; a total distance of 230-300km 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.

We have planned daily riding distances to be achievable for kids aged 10-16.  Some teens/parents may enjoy more riding challenge - and on some days it will be possible to offer more riding for those who wish. 

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: 2-3 like minded biking families.

Meals

Your tour leaders will take care of your meals and snacks throughout your adventure with us. This excludes one lunch and two evening meals which are at your own cost to give you the opportunity to explore eating options 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, hot drinks. Cooked breakfast on occasions.
  • 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.

Accommodation

All accommodation for the duration of your tour is included. Eleven nights are camping and four nights are in small guesthouses and lodges on a family basis (2-4 star).  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.

Preparing for your Cycle Tour

Your cycle tour includes rides of up to 45km per day.  Please do read about the daily riding distances and riding terrain in the itinerary below and prepare accordingly.  The more prepared you are the more you will enjoy your adventure!  You should be comfortable riding 3-4 times a week with regular rides of 10-30km in length. Preparing for your cycle tour should involve gravel, dirt and off-road riding, with some hills.

Itinerary - Nairobi to Dar es Salaam

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DAY 1:  Arrive in Nairobi, pre-departure meeting and first dinner together. Luxury tented camp
DAY 2:  Visit an Elephant Orphange, get face to face with giraffes and ride through small subsistence farms. 12km. Camping
DAY 3:  Stretch the legs biking in the real African savannah. 30-40km. Camping
DAY 4:  Bike to Amboseli National Park.  30km + game drive. Camping
DAY 5:  Morning game drive in Amboseli National Park, afternoon bike around the lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. 25km. Camping
DAY 6:  Relaxed start, visit Maasai family. Cycle past the lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro before taking a vehicle transfer across into Tanzania and to Arusha City. 25km. Guesthouse
DAY 7:  Visit to a reptile park and bike down into the Great Rift Valley. 30km. Camping/Upgrades available
DAY 8:  All day game drive in Ngorongoro Crater. Guesthouse
DAY 9:  Morning transfer the bike through the open space of the Maasai Steppe, camp next to a river with “bush babies” swinging in the trees. 20km. Camping
DAY 10:  Head into the Usambara Mountains, and bike to a viewpoint overlooking the endless plains. 25km. Camping/Upgrades available
DAY 11:  Visit a local primary school. Optional tree planting project. Camping/Upgrades available
DAY 12:  Explore the smooth trails through rainforest and village farmland. 20-40km. Camping/Upgrades available
DAY 13:  Cycle towards the Indian Ocean Coast through sleepy palm lined villages. 30-45km. Camp on our family's farm.
DAY 14:  Ride on along rolling dirt roads to meet the Indian Ocean and our campsite near a palm lined beach. 40km. Camping
DAY 15:  Our final ride on mostly quiet dirt roads, through small fishing villages and finally to Bagamoyo town. 45km. Coastal Lodge
DAY 16:  After a final breakfast together a transfer to Dar es Salaam City will be provided.  Onward travel.

Trip Price

  • Adults: US Dollars $3,490 (Plus local payment USD $300)* | Bike Hire if required USD $300
  • Children (under 16): US Dollars $3,050 (Plus local payment USD $300) | Bike Hire if required USD $300

Our Kenya & Tanzania Tour is priced in US Dollars as it accurately correspond to our off-shore expenses many of which are in USD.
Convert USD to your currency: www.xe.com

*Local payment is a part of your tour cost and is payable to your tour leader on arrival in Nairobi.

Note: We require a minimum of 8 people to confirm a family cycle tour - so get your friends and family together and lock in your trip!

Included in your Tour:

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel
  • 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.

In Kenya and Tanzania we have our own fleet of Avanti Aggressors available for hire in S, M, L and XL, and a couple of Avanti Forte's available in XS. These are a New Zealand brand hard tail mountain bike with hydraulic disc brakes and Shimano Alivio/Deore 27-speed components, 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.

If you will be hiring a bike from us please let us know prior to your trip, and please feel free to bring your favourite saddle and clip in pedals (if you normally clip in).

 

Our bike fleet in Kenya & Tanzania

We also have a couple Avanti Forte's (which are the smallest frame mountain bikes (with 26" wheels) that we can find, a couple of 24" Specialized Hotrock mountain bikes, and a tag-along trailor bike which we have available for the kids on our Kenya & Tanzania Family Biking Adventures.