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10 Day Zebra Ride Safari and Motorcycle Tour in Tanzania

Bright Star Hotel, Arusha, Arusha Region, Tanzania

Experience off the beaten truck on two wheels

This is one of our major extensive rides offered and it’s the richest, diverse and scenically motorcycle safari you will ever take in Africa. Zebra ride starts in Arusha and takes you to encompass an impossible diversity in landscapes and people of Africa. Major experience of high mountains to the plains of Africa with wild animals, changing terrain and most welcoming people on the way. We guarantee you this tour will give you extra riding courage and improve riding ability on the forgiving terrains of Africa bumpy dirty roads. Learning and appreciating ways of life from the local people while enjoying the best wildlife views of landscapes and African wildlife on their natural environment.

Key information

  • Terrain: off-road and trail
  • Bike: personal and rental bike (Honda CRF250L)
  • Mileage: 2,600 kilometers / 1,615 miles
  • Daily rides: 260 kilometers / 161 miles
  • Meals: all meals

Meet the guides

Alpha, Daudi "Moi", & Khalifa
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Arusha
  • Ride tallest free-standing Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Ride on rift valley escarpment towards the Hadza community
  • See black-faced vervet monkeys, banded mongooses, and slender mongooses
  • Go to a world-famous breeding site for lesser flamingos, Lake Natron
  • A good chance of seeing zebra, antelope, giraffe, or elephant
  • Ride towards the wall of the Great Rift Valley
  • 8 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 riding days
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Accommodation

Your accommodations will be lodges, motel, and bush camps which are Bright Star Hotel on the first night in Arusha, Lake Chala Tented Lodge on the second night in Lake Chala, Elephant Motel on the third night in Same, MamboViewPoint Eco Lodge on the fourth night in Mambo, Rozana Lodge on the fifth night in Simanjiro District, Lilac Campsite and Tented Camp on the sixth night in Mto wa Mbu, Tindiga Tented Camp on the seventh night in Lake Eyasi, and Maasai Girrafe Camp Site on the last night in Lake Natron.

Program

Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

There will be a meet and greet from Karanga Adventure Tours and Safari's staffs. From Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), you will be taken to the lodge for a refreshing. In the evening, you will meet the bikes for personal adjustment and trial. If flying with Qatar Airways, the plan will be well-blended.

Also in the evening, you will be taken to Arusha famous street for a dinner barbecue (vegetarian meals also available). On this evening, you will be given a briefing for the next-day activities. After dinner, you will be taken around for a drink if interested but if much tired, you will be returned to the lodge for a rest of the night.

Day 2: Arusha to Lake Chala

Lake Chala is a crater lake in a caldera on the border of Tanzania and Kenya, East Africa. Lake Chala is on the eastern edge of Mount Kilimanjaro, 8 kilometers north of Taveta and 55 kilometers from the town of Moshi. Depending on the time of the year, Lake Chala ranges in color from deep blue to turquoise and green.

The lake is fed by groundwater flows which come from Mount Kilimanjaro, fed and drained underground with a rate of about ten million cubic meters per year. It is surrounded by 100-meter high crater rim. The lake is home to the endemic Lake Chala tilapia (Oreochromis hunteri) which is now considered critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

The stunning volcanic area is rapidly growing in tourism and it is now possible to stay at Lake Chala. The lake is safe for swimming; however, as everywhere in Africa, it pays to be careful.

Day 3: Lake Chala to Same (Eastern Arc Mountains trail)

The Elephant Motel is ideally situated along the Moshi-Dar es Salaam road, only half a kilometer from the town of Same. The motel offers spectacular views of the South Pare Mountains and because of its location, it is the ideal gateway to Mkomazi National Park, the South Pare Mountains, and Shengena forest.

Day 4: Same to Lushoto highlands (Mambo village)

Mambo village, on the far northwestern rim of the Usambara Mountains, is perched on a cliff overlooking the Masaai plains and Mkomazi National Park. Authentic, easy going, and a place to experience rural African life as it comes and goes. Rustic MamboViewPoint Eco Lodge is in the middle of things and is also the home base for some unique community projects. The beautiful cottages, build in an authentic style, are comfortable and with a beautiful sunset view from your own terrace.

The Usambara Mountains of northeastern Tanzania in tropical East Africa comprises the easternmost ranges of the Eastern Arc Mountains. They were formed nearly two million years ago by faulting and uplifting, and are composed of Precambrian metamorphic rocks. They are split into two sub-ranges; the West Usambara Mountains being higher than the East Usambara Mountains which are nearer the coast and receive more rainfall. With their wide vistas, cool climate, winding paths, and picturesque villages, the Usambara Mountains is one of Tanzanian's highlights.

Nobody knows which people first settled in the Usambara Mountains, only that the ancestors of the present Sambaa people came hundreds of years ago. In the middle 18th century, a Sambaa kingdom existed which had about 60.000 people. In the latter half of the 19th century, it is reported that there was a lot of war and terror with neighboring tribes which ended with the German colonization.

The Germans discovered the charm of the Usambara Mountains and they established Lushoto (during those days of Wilhelmsthal) and it was a favored holiday spot for colonial administrators. Besides the historical sites, the Usambara Mountains has a lot of interesting places and activities. It is an exquisite place for hiking, birdwatching, mountain biking, or relaxing.

Day 5: Lushoto to Maasai Steppe

Rozana Lodge is located at Simanjiro District. The meals will be based on African food experience and all drinks will be available on a way reasonable price.

The Maasai Steppe Conservancy is located between the Tarangire National Park and the Simanjiro Plains, within the Northern Safari Circuit. Safaris in the Maasai Steppe provide a wonderfully varied experience for people wanting a combination of wildlife viewing, walking, and authentic, "un-canned" cultural experiences with the Maasai.

The Maasai Steppe is a vibrant and important ecological stronghold for the wildlife and people of northern Tanzania. Nearly 92% of this critical ecosystem is designated as the Maasai village lands where livestock husbandry represents the primary livelihood. Maintaining healthy rangelands is critical to both the Maasai people and the wildlife dependent on this arid environment.

Day 6: Maasai Steppe to Mto wa Mbu via Tarangire-Manyara Ecosystem

Lilac Campsite and Tented Camp, accommodation for the night, is set in its natural environment that has its natural residents. There are a pack of black-faced vervet monkeys, a pack of banded mongooses, a pair of slender mongooses. At night, you can hear the bush baby calling out his territory and sometimes you can hear the hyena howling at a distance as Lake Manyara National Park boundary is just 1.5 kilometers away from the camp.

Mto wa Mbu village lies within the East African valley. It is among the most active villages in northern Tanzania and it is the best stopover for tourist touring to the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park, and Tarangire National Park. Mto wa Mbu borders Lake Manyara National Park to the eastsouth side and the lake itself. Mto wa Mbu exports mainly bananas. There are over thirty species of banana in the village being introduced from various part of the country mainly Kagera and Mbeya region.

Day 7: Mto wa Mbu to Lake Eyasi

After breakfast, you are going to leave an awesome lodge, riding on rift valley escarpment towards the Hadza community. Hunters and gatherers in the East and Southern Africa exist; you are going to hunt with them on their grounds.

Day 8: Lake Eyasi to Lake Natron

The trip will take you east along winding dirt trails away from the lush area surrounding the mountain and out into the savannah scenery of the Maasai plains. You will ride towards the wall of the Great Rift Valley at the base of which stands the mighty volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai. The Ol Doinyo Lengai is an active volcano which last erupted in the 1970s. It is revered by the Maasai as the home of 'Ngai', their god. It's almost perfect cone looms over an area of astonishing barren beauty.

At the foot of the mountain, there is an area of rocky desert. Here, you find the cones of a small extinct volcano and Lake Natron, a huge soda lake which stretches up to the Kenyan border. Flamingos come here to breed and in the late afternoon, the colorful flamingo colonies make a spectacular sight, adding a dash of color against the shimmering water.

Day 9: Lake Natron to Arusha

You pack up camp and follow trails. Along the way, you will see Maasai people in traditional dress tending their herds. There is a good chance of seeing game animals close to the track. Zebra and antelope are often seen in this area, perhaps you will even see a giraffe or if you are very lucky, elephant.

You stop for a break at a huge crater and then push on to Engaruka for lunch. After lunch, you will head back to Arusha where a cold drink will be waiting for you and you can tell stories from your safari.

Day 10: Departure

This day marks the end of your motorbike tour with Motorbike Safari Tanzania.

Skill levels

Beginner

  • can ride for 2-3 hours
  • minimal riding experience
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Intermediate

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Guides

Alpha Malinda

Daudi "Moi" Sele

Khalifa Khalid

Location

This tour will take you around or along the following places:

  • Tallest free-standing mountain in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro, 5,895 meters above sea level
  • Mount Meru, the fourth highest mountain in Africa
  • Active volcano mountain, Ol Doinyo Lengai
  • Montane and rainforest of African tropic regions
  • Rarest caldera lake with no inlet or outlet source, Lake Chala
  • World-famous breeding site for lesser flamingos, Lake Natron
  • The Eastern Arc Mountains, the center of endemic species
  • Great Rift Valley, the eastern arm
  • Serengeti, an endless plain with a vast number of wild animals
  • Maasai Steppe, an ideal African rangelands
  • Colorful people of the world, the Maasai
  • Living hunters and gatherers as daily norms, the Hadza
  • Wild riding grounds without wildlife-human conflict

Food

Meals will be provided during the trip, three meals a day on three to four courses every day as well as bottled drinking water which is highly recommended daily for safe and essential hydration.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and Jeep safari to national parks
  • Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and motorbike safari
  • Option of riding in a support car
  • Safari and motorbike tours

What's included

  • Bike rental (Honda CRF250L)
  • Basic spares, tools, and first aid kit
  • Fuel
  • Third-party motorbike insurance
  • Personal meet and greet services
  • Professional experienced English-speaking guide
  • Full-time mechanic
  • Private transfers
  • All park fees, entry fees, and government taxes
  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • 3 daily meals
  • Daily bottled mineral water
  • Yellow permit for international border crossing
  • Emergency Evacuation Service for the tour with supporting vehicle

What's not included

  • Visa (50 USD) and yellow fever vaccination
  • Any other items of a personal nature
  • Personal travel and medical insurance
  • Driver or guide gratuities
  • Riding gear
  • Medical expenses in case of evacuation
  • Emergency evacuation service cost
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • International flights
  • Laundry

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Karanga Adventure Tours and Safari will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
10 days / 9 nights
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Pricing information
  • Group of 6 persons: 2,788.00 USD per person
  • Group of 7 persons: 2,887.14 USD per person
  • Group of 8 persons: 3,075.63 USD per person

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