Explore the African wilderness around the Mt Kilimanjaro nature trail. Besides the breathtaking view of the towering mountain, the trail offers unique wildlife spotting opportunities at Tsavo and Amboseli National Parks. The Maasai Village affords us a remarkable cultural highlight. The biking tour is not only ideal for professional bikers but also for adventure lovers.
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On this day, we will be met at the airport and transferred to the Silversprings Hotel for our overnight stay.
We will be picked up from the Silversprings hotel in Nairobi at 7.30 am and transfer to the base of the Chyulu hills. Here, we finally change to your bicycles and ascend the 2500m high scenic volcanic range of hills to the Chyulu Ridge Camp. From here we can see the Kilimanjaro in the south west and the Yatta plateau to the east. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the fly camp set by your crew.
After our first bush breakfast on the ridge of the hills, we continue cycling along the ridge to a magnificent descend to Oltiasika, a small Maasai settlement in the dusty plains on the shores of the seasonal Lake Arpakai. Here, wildlife mingles with the Maasai cattle in harmony. At the lake we take a lunch break before we continue cycling through the dusty plains to a fly camp near the Kimana sanctuary for a dinner and overnight stay. At the campfire, we enjoy the magnificent view of snow- capped Kilimanjaro towering over the plains in the south.
After breakfast, we ride on our bicycles through the Maasai plains where the red soil and the savannah grass match perfectly well with the colorful outfit of the pastoral inhabitants. On clear days the snow caps of Kilimanjaro are seen in the backdrop as we approach the massive mountain. Lunch will be taken at a farm on the Kenyan Slopes of the mountain. In the afternoon, we ascend to the border town Loitokitok, where dinner and a comfortable overnight stay at Kibo Slopes Cottages await us.
Today, we rise early for breakfast. The morning sun turns the majestic Kilimanjaro into a pinkish color. After breakfast on the terrace with a scenic view of the snow-covered peaks of Kilimanjaro, our driver will take us to the Kenyan/Tanzanian border to complete the border formalities. We cover 10km by car to Kamwanga and switch again to our preferred mode of transport-our mountain bikes. We cycle to Londorrosi through savannah and farm land. After a climb to Londorossi and a lunch break there, we descend the slopes of Kilimanjaro with an excellent view of Mt.Meru, another 4000m high Volcano in East Africa. At the Simba Farm, the fly camp is already set and around the campfire we enjoy both our dinner and the marvelous view of Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro views as the sun sets
After breakfast, we continue cycling round the Kilimanjaro. The scenery changes and the grass and farmland gives way to densely populated Chagga villages surrounded by banana and coffee plantations as well as small scale farmland. The terrain is quite challenging as we have to cross some deep gorges formed by the seasonal rivers from glaciers of Kilimanjaro. On the way, we have a lunch break. We spend the night in a fly camp in the middle of Lukani, one of the numerous Chagga Villages.
Today after a leisurely breakfast, we continue cycling through banana and coffee plantations and small villages on the southern slopes of Kilimanjaro. On the way we meet colorful Village women carrying products from numerous local markets on their heads to their homes. At the Kibosho Mission Station, we pitch camp for dinner and overnight stay. Lunch will be taken on the way.
Today we wake up early and load our bicycles on to our cars and transfer a short distance to the Kidia gate. The gorges caused by the streams do not allow us to cross through the forest. We have to descend to the main road and after 20km ascend to the Kidia gate at about 2500m. From here we cycle again on the mountain slopes to Marangu. We leave behind the Banana plantations as the path gives way to mountainous grassland. In Marangu Village we have a lunch break, before we continue our tour to Lake Challa arguably the most scenic Crater Lakes in East Africa. Dinner and overnight stay will be at a fly camp on the rim of the Crater Lake.
It is time to return to Kenya via the Taveta border post on our bicycles. After finishing the border formalities, we cycle through the plains, past sisal plantations to the Ziwani tented camp, just on the edge of Tsavo West. Here we can opt for a guided game walk or just take a well deserved rest, in the comfortable Hemmingway-styled camp.
Today we leave the bicycle behind and spend the entire day on game drives in the vast Tsavo West National Park. On the full day game drive, we spot herds of elephants, buffaloes, plains game and with some luck we may spot lions. Lunch will be taken at Mzima Springs, the water source for Mombasa, where hippos and crocodiles mix with numerous species of fish which can be viewed from an underwater observatory. In the late afternoon, we leave Tsavo National Park through the Chyulu gate and drive to Jama’s Farm where we have lunch and where our crew has already set camp and prepared dinner.
We complete our Kilimanjaro circuit with a 60km ride to the Amboseli park gate. After breakfast we get on our bicycles again and ride through the Maasai plains. On clear days the Kilimanjaro is seen in backdrop as we get closer to the Amboseli basin. Lunch will be taken on the way. Close to the Park gate, we finish our tour at the Kibo Safari Camp. We pack our bicycles for onwards transport to Nairobi. We take a dive in the swimming pool and enjoy a well-deserved relaxing night and superb dinner.
Today we rise early for breakfast when the morning sun turns the majestic Kilimanjaro into a pinkish colour. Our morning game drive reveals a variety of game in the park. With some luck you may also find predators on their hunting mission while hundreds of elephants and plain game pose for photographs. Amboseli also is home to more than 400 species of birds. At 10.00 am we have a short walk to the Observation Hill the only elevation in the vast basin. After lunch at the camp, our safari ends with a transfer to Nairobi or Loitokitok depending on our program.