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Out of Africa - Tanzanian Mountain Bike Trip

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Location Northern Tanzania
Attractions Mt Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater, wildlife, Rift Valley, National Parks, Maasai Villages
Tour Operator KE Adventure Travel
Tour Out of Africa - Tanzania Mountain Bike
Land Content Start Arusha - Former headquarters of East Africa Economic Community
Bordering Countries Kenya, Uganda, Zaire, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Mozambique
Time of Year June and September
Difficulty Demanding - Considerable challenge for the regular weekend mountain bike rider.
Total Tour 12 Days
Mountain Biking 10 Days
Total Distance 483 km
Percentage off-Road 80%
Max Altitude 2100 metres
Maximum Daily Distance 68 kilometres - Mainly undulating and flat. Mixture of single track and gravel roads in poor condition.
Maximum Daily Altitude Gain 1450 metres
Biggest Single Climb 900 metres
Average Daily Altitude Gain 400 metres
Maximum Daily Decent 1000 metres
Accommodation 1 Night hotel, 11 Nights camping
Guides Two
Support Vehicle Yes
Inclusion Open top jeep safari in Ngorongro Crater
Meals Included Yes
Route Description Starting at Momella Lodge in the foothills of Mount Meru (Tanzania's second highest mountain) just outside the Arusha NP, the route went around the edge of the park to the Kilimanjaro plain between Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro. After travelling first north and then south west the route then turned south through the Lake Natron Game Conservation Area to pass to the west of Arusha. We then headed onto the Simanjiro plain and through the Simanjiro Game Controlled Area. From there we biked around the northern end of the Tarangire NP, to the southern end of Lake Manyara. After crossing Lake Manyara by canoe, we had the big climb to the top of the Rift Valley escarpment. Continuing generally north at first we dropped down off the escarpment towards the edge of Lake Eysai. The route then heads generally east to take us near the southern entrance of Norongoro Conservation Area. After a day off the bikes on a jeep safari our last day's riding is generally south east to the town of Mto wa Mbu. From here it is a three hour drive to Arusha.
National Parks included in the route Arusha N P, Tarangire N P, Simanjiro Game Controlled  Area, Lake Manyara N P, Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Wildlife giraffe, zebra, elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, hippopotamus, ostrich, gazelle, monkeys, pelicans, stalks and huge flocks of pink flamingoes.
Group Size 5 - 15
Day Temperature 20 - 30 Celsius
Night Temprature 10 - 15 Celsius
Weather A few days were pleasantly overcast, and a few days were blazing grilling sun. Most days were a mixture of sun and cloud. We had only a small amount of drizzle, and no significant rain.
Possible side trips Zanzibar
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