We will be waiting for you at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Then, we’ll go to Moshi, capital of Kilimanjaro, where we will spend our first night. Before the welcome dinner, we will visit the forest of Colobos, where we will be able to observe its peculiar and friendly primates.
Early, after breakfast, we will leave in our vehicle to Kilimanjaro’s National Park. From the entrance gate of Londorossi (2,100 mt) we will begin our bike safari ascending and crossing the rain forest, which we’ll leave behind as we reach higher altitudes. The landscape is totally different. There can be found alpine steppes and with a breathtaking view of the snowy summit of Kilimanjaro. Once being back at the Londorossi gate, we charge our bikes in our vehicle to go to Olpopongi Maasai Village.
Before dark, we will arrive at the Massai village of Olpopongi, where we will spend the night and be warmly welcomed by our Maasais friends, enjoying a succulent and traditional Maasai barbecue with them, around a cozy bonfire.
After breakfast with the tribe, they will give us an effusive farewell to transfer us in our vehicle to the gate of Arusha National Park. We will start our game drive through the park, warming up engines. Then, we’ll perform a bike safari through the park, accompanied by an armed ranger. this route is granted exclusively by the park authorities. We will ride our bikes through a lush tropical forest, full of magic sounds and in which we will have the opportunity to cross with its autochthonous fauna.
Before leaving the national park, we will make a walking safari together with an armed ranger to the base of the most beautiful waterfall in the park, only accessible for the more adventurous, where we will be able to contemplate the fauna that lurks in its surroundings until reaching its waters, place where they quench their thirst. We will eat our lunch box right there and the bravest ones among you will be able to cool-off in its crystalline and cold waters, sourced by the volcano Meru.
Leaving the park, we will go to the village of Mto Wa Mbu, where we will stay in Twiga campsite.
On the way with our safari vehicle, we will have to cross the Ngorongoro conservation area, where we will see wildlife. The landscape will is sprinkled with many Maasais bomas. Halfway, we will stop at one of them. They will welcome us with their traditional songs and dances to which we can join and participate. They will take us to their homes and invite us to get inside so that we can see the traditional process by which they are made. We will stop at Naabi Hill (the border between the Serengeti plains and the Ngorongoro conservation area where we will enjoy the views of the savanna at the top of a Kopje transformed into a lookout point. You can also use to send a postcard to your loved ones from there.
Then we will follow the route until we reach Seronera. We will have the opportunity to make a game drive through the infinite plains of the Serengeti, where we can contemplate the peculiar rock formations known as Kopjes. In them, lions and other felines usually climb to better see their prey.
The Kisura luxury camp, a luxury camp opened to the immensity of the Serengeti, will take us back to the time of the ancient explorers, offering us the best comforts in the heart of the Serengeti (Seronera) and in a unique location, where there are the best game drives of the Serengeti. This is where all the action is. It is surrounded by two Kopjes, which you can climb to contemplate an unforgettable sunset. Get ready for an exciting night, full of sounds of purest and wildest Africa.
We will wake up soon to start the game drive in the biggest live show in nature. It will last the whole day. We will have lunch in a picnic area located near a pool of hippos, which you will be able to observe four meters away. After a magnificent and wild game drive, worthy of the best animal reports, and before returning to our luxury camp, we will stop at the Seronera visitor center. We will have the opportunity to know a little more about the secrets and history of Serengeti, to see skulls of different animals, to make an educational journey while walking among kopjes and to know more closely its funny and curious inhabitants, the rocky hyraxes.
As usual, we will get up early in our luxurious Serengeti camp to leave to the great volcano of Ngorongoro. On the way to the exit of the Serengeti national park, we will make our last game drive in this park, which never disappoints.
We will follow the path until we reach the great volcano of the Ngorongoro, where we will descend to the crater to make a game drive in the “Volcano of Eden”, named this way for the large amount of fauna concentrated in its caldera. We will stay at Rhino Lodge, located in the very crown of the crater.
Our Lodge that night will be a closed one, due to the low temperatures that are given during the night. We will be at more than 2,300 meters of altitude.
Early in the morning, after having a great breakfast, we will travel by truck a few kilometers to start our safari in the Maasai village of Nainokanoka, in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We will go to the crater of Empakaai, where you can find grazing zebras next to the cattle of the Maasais. We have been selected by the body that protects the conservation area of Ngorongoro as an exclusive team to practice the sport we love the most, mountain biking. We will enjoy an exclusive route through one of the most beautiful places in the world.
We will ascend to the crest of the Empakaai volcano, more striking to observe than the one in Ngorongoro’s, for its perfect circular shape and its impressive lake of deep alkaline waters. We’ll leave the bikes and have lunch. Then we will prepare for a trek of 4 km, by which we will descend to the base of the volcano Empakaai, where the lake is and where we will have the opportunity to see a great amount of animal fauna. We will do this while being accompanied by an armed ranger.
We will spend the night next to a park ranger in our wild camping site, on the crest of the crater, in the tents of the the special Empakaai camp.
Given the exclusive protection of the area in which it is located, no construction is allowed, so the bathroom will be portable and there will be no shower.
Also, we will have a private chef who will prepare a delicious menu in a portable kitchen.
After the breakfast, we will enjoy a great panoramic view of the caldera, descending from the tip of the crater to Mto Wa Mbu, where, following our ideals of helping the communities that are in need, you will have the opportunity (if you wish) to visit one of the orphanages, with which Safari Africa and the NGO Moyoni (www.moyoni.org) collaborate directly.
You can personally donate clothes and/or school supplies, stuffed animals, toys, etc… in case you had brought them from your country of origin (for more information on what to donate or other humanitarian projects, you can request information directly from us). Also, whoever is interested, can visit a local craft market, in case you are interested in taking a souvenir – apart from what has already been lived – or any other thing for your friends and family.
You will spend the night at Twiga campsite lodge, located in the heart of Mto Wa Mbu. Rooms with private shower and toilet. Swimming pool and internet.
Early after breakfast, you will go on a bike safari to Lake Manyara. It is an easy and short route, crossing towns and plantations, forests of acacias and creeks, until arriving at the edge of the lake.
After lunch, we will continue our bike route along a path surrounded by dense banana plantations, until we reach a waterfall where we will be able to cool off and receive a natural aquatic massage. We will return to the place where we leave our bikes to, in a short distance, return to our lodging to rest.
In the evening we will have a wonderful buffet dinner consisting of more than 8 different traditional African dishes, prepared by a local family in the middle of a banana plantation. For the more lively, there is the option to visit a local pub and enjoy a very cool drink and Tanzanian music.
After breakfast, we will conclude the adventurous safari days to go to the airport of Arusha, bid farewell to your safari guide and you will go in to the paradise of Zanzibar, where you will be picked up at the airport and taken to the hotel.
A few deserved relaxing days in a fantastic hotel in front of the best white-sand beach of Jambiani Island, which has crystal clear waters.
You will go again on safari (Safari Blue: optional, but included in the itinerary, as a gift from Safari Bike Africa).
It is a full day excursion in which you will be picked up in the morning in the hotel and, after choosing your size of fins, snorkels and tube, you will sail in a local boat to an island in which you can snorkel through coral reefs, glimpsing the great amount of tropical marine fauna and chilling out in its virgin beaches.
After being offered a fresh-fruit snack, you will sail to another island where you will find a buffet of seafood, fish, vegetables, lobster, etc … cooked in the purest Swahili style.
After breakfast, you will be picked up and taken to Zanzibar Airport, to take your international connecting flight. Depending on flight schedules, you could visit Stone Town (not included in the itinerary). You should bear in mind that you must be at the airport 2 hours in advance, at least.
We are sure that you will have the best memories of this wonderful adventure with Safari Bike Africa and we hope to see you again on another of our exciting and adventurous routes.
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