14 Days Tour de Kilimanjaro.

This trip encompasses the most famous of Tanzania’s northern national parks including the Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, and the world famous Ngorongoro Crater. The return journey is over the enormous Maasai steppe towards Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest and most famous mountain, where the trip ends.
This adventure is perfect for those who love the thrill of off-road riding. It is a little more complicated and demanding than the Usambara route but for experienced riders it will be an amazing and slightly challenging experience.

Ngongongare Farm- Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro Hatari Lodge (FB).

Day 1. On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) you will be met by your guide and are transferred to Hatari Lodge. This lodge is set on Ngongongare Farm which was owned for 12 years by Hardy Krüger and served as the setting for the 1962 film Hatari!, in which Krüger appeared with John Wayne.
The lodge sits perfectly between Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. The day is spent at your leisure around the lodge and you can view the resident giraffe and zebra populations direct from the lodge!

Sinya at the foot of Kilimanjaro Kambi Ya Tembo (FB).

Day 2. The second day starts with a briefing on the route and the bikes themselves. We then have a short ride, getting used to the bikes, heading across the savanna to Sinya at the foot of Kilimanjaro.
On the way we will see giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and with luck elephant.
Overnight accommodation is at Kambi Ya Tembo at the foot of Kilimanjaro. (90km, 3-4 hours)

Tarakea-Kasirwa/Usseri Camp (FB)

Day3. Depart after breakfast to riding through the scenic artificial /natural forest, huge banana plantations to Tarakea - Kasirwa villageat the shadow of Mawenzi peak. Meet Mzee Karoli Lebai Silayo who will guide us to cultural trails, history and places of the Rombo-Chagga. Visit the Magi home in Usseri village and other homesteads to see their way they live,their traditional houses and way of live. Get to know how the Chagga related with the Maasai. (Exchanging cows with male or female children) and other stories. Return to Tarakea Kasirwa the home of our host Mzee Karoli. Bon fire stories as you sip the traditional beer made from bananas “ Wari Wa Mbege” Dinner and overnight. A memorable experience of riding in thick coffee and banana plantations. (90km, 3-4 hours)

Sanja Juu – Longido- Lake Natron Lake Natron Tented Camp (FB).

Day 4. Today we head towards the soda lakes of northern Tanzania. The first part of the day is spent travelling along sand tracks to Sanja Juu in Sinya district. After a break we travel to Longido, a town inhabited primarily by the semi-nomadic, warrior Maasai tribe. From Longido it is a short ride to the alkaline soda lakes and our overnight stop is at the Lake Natron Tented Camp. (300km, 6-8 hours)

Loliondo Game Reserve Serengeti Mapito Tented Camp (FB)

Day 5. After an early morning start; we travel along the banks of the soda lake to Loliondo Game Reserve, we skirt the perimeter of this reserve before heading to the world-famous Serengeti. On arrival at the Lobo gate we are collected and taken to Mapito Tented Camp, game viewing on the way, where we spend the night. (2 hours riding, rocky paved road-90km)

Ngorongoro plateau- Lake Natron Lake Natron Tented Camp (FB).

Day 6. Today we start with a break from the bikes and spend the morning game viewing in the Serengeti. In the afternoon we are back on the motorbikes and travel over the Ngorongoro plateau back to the soda lake, where we again overnight. (2 hours riding, rocky paved road-90km)

Karatu - Ngorongoro Kudu Lodge. (FB).

Day 7. A dusty start today climbing up from Lake Manyara to Mto Wa Mbu, here we meet the tar route, which takes us to Karatu, the final town before reaching the Ngorongoro crater. Overnight accommodation is at Kudu Lodge. (5 hours riding ,rocky paved road & tarmac road-150km)

Ngorongoro Crater N/P Kudu Lodge (FB).

Day 8. Today is Safari day. We have a break from the bikes and travel around Ngorongoro Crater by Landcruiser. The Ngorongoro Crater is known as the 8th wonder of the world and possesses the highest animal density of all parks of Africa.
Here we can see rhino, elephant, hyena, antelope and with luck lion, leopard and many other animals. We have a picnic lunch in the middle of the crater surrounded by the animals. Overnight accommodation in the Kudu Lodge in Karatu.

Lake Eyasi - Babati Babati Lake Lodge (FB).

Day 9. Today we travel from Karatu to Lake Eyasi, the homeland of the Hadzabe tribe, the last “hunter & gatherer tribes” of east Africa. Our route is on good crushed stone through spectacular scenery and small villages to Babati. Here we overnight at Babati Lake Lodge, a simple yet stunningly located hotel on the lake’s banks. (4 hours riding , paved road & tarmac road-170km)

Kolo Kikoti Camp (FB).

Day 10. After breakfast we travel along another relatively good road through the hills to Kolo. Kolo is famous for its ancient rock paintings in the caves near the town.The UNESCO declared those paintings as a 'World Heritage Site' Link to the UNESCO.
At Kolo we enter the Maasai Steppe and cross this huge rolling plain towards the north-east. Our route takes us past Tarangire National Park and there is a good chance of us seeing a variety of antelope, giraffe & zebra. If we are lucky we may even see elephants. Overnight accommodation is at Kikoti Camp near to Tarangire national park. (5-6 hours riding, paved road & tarmac road-170km)

Maasai plains- Lossogonoi Mountain range Lossogonoi Mountain Camp(FB).

Day 11. Today we travel further across the impressive Maasai plains. These wide open spaces and dirt tracks are perfect for off-road biking. In the afternoon, we reach the Lossogonoi Mountain range, where the support crew will have already set up a cosy camp where we will spend the night. (5-6 hours riding , paved road -200km)

Nyumba Ya Mungu-Mt.Kilimanjaro Capricorn Hotel (FB).

Day 12. We travel further north past the Nyumba Ya Mungu lake and various plantations to Moshi, the city at the foot of the legendary Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa with its snow-covered summit. Overnight accommodation is at the Marangu hotel at the foot of the Kilimanjaro. (4 hours riding , paved road -200km)

Mount Kilimanjaro Hatari Lodge (FB).

Day 13. Today we travel around Mount Kilimanjaro on a variety of good gravel roads. We pass through several small villages and if the weather is good there are fantastic views of Mawenzi and Kibo; the two peaks of Kilimanjaro. In the evening we arrive at Hatari Lodge where we overnight, completing our round trip.

Mount Meru Departure.

Day 14. The final day of your Tanzanian adventure is spent with an armed ranger walking in the forests of Mount Meru. The mountain forest is full of game and your guide will show you large herds of buffalo and giraffe from a safe distance. In the afternoon you are transferred to the airport for your flight home or a possible extension to the magical spice island of Zanzibar.

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