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14 Day Bush to Beach Motorcycle Tour in Tanzania

Arusha, Arusha Region, Tanzania

Scenic Motorcycle Tour Tanzania

A Holiday on Motorcycle with two days on Indian Ocean beach relaxation. You will also go on Eastern Arc Mountains trail to Same which is offering 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 down to the Indian Ocean shoreline. So, book now!

Key information

  • Terrain: off-road and trail
  • Bike: rental bike - Honda CRF250LA
  • Mileage: 2,120 kilometers / 1,317 miles
  • Daily rides: 120 - 280 kilometers / 74 - 173 miles
  • Riding gear: not included
  • Meals: all meals

Meet the guides

Alpha, Daudi "Moi", & Khalifa
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Arusha
  • Ride along winding dirt trails to Lake Natron
  • Pass bubbling Jacuzzi-like pools and chutes at Lake Natron
  • Ride on Great Rift Valley towards the Hadza community
  • See Maasai in traditional dress tending their herds
  • Explore the Tarangire-Manyara Ecosystem
  • 13 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


12 riding days
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be accommodated in lodges / camps as mentioned in the itinerary.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Arusha

Meet and greet from Motorbike Safari staff. From Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), you will be taken to the lodge for refreshing and later, you will be introduced to your bike for personal adjustment and trial. If flying with Qatar Airways, the plain will be well-blended. In the evening, there will be a briefing for the next days' activities. After dinner, you will be taken around for a drink if you're interested. If not, you can return to the lodge for a restful night.

Day 2: Arusha to Lake Chala

After breakfast, you will leave Arusha and diverge to a goat trail to the north up to Mount Meru forest where you will have a stop for a nice view of Mount Meru and Arusha City. The ride will pass over gravels and newly tarmac roads which will take you near the Tanzanite Mining Shafts in Simanjiro District.

Refueling at the small Maasai town shift before getting to a hidden gem, Hot Oasis, for a swim and lunch break. This ride will give you a nice view of Kilimanjaro Mountain as you are rotating Mount Kilimanjaro anticlockwise. You will arrive at Lake Chala in the evening for dinner and a campfire while enjoying cold drinks.

  • Accommodation: Lake Chala Lodge
  • Distance: 220 kilometers / 136 miles
  • Travel duration: 8 hours
  • Terrain: Dirt road, gravels, rocky, sandy, and forestry trails

Day 3: Lake Chala to Same

After breakfast, you will have time for walking down the lake and have an optional morning swim. After that, you will leave the lodge heading south to the Pare Mountains, riding along a curved easy dirt road. After a lunch break stop, you will head to the transboundary Lake Jipe and then leave the lake and start heading uphill to Pare Mountain with a nice view of the small towns and villages downhill.

As you head to the motel, you will be riding downhills along dirt roads with lots of sharp corners. This day is much of trail for the next day's ride which is more intense. The motel at Same has 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.

  • Accommodation: Elephant Motel
  • Distance: 120 kilometers / 74 miles
  • Travel duration: 6 hours
  • Terrain: Dirt road, up and down hills

Day 4: Same to Lushoto Highlands (Mambo Village)

After breakfast, you will explore through the range of the eastern Pare Mountains where you will ride down to the southern ranges. There are no tarmac roads here at all. The trail goes through virgin savannah up and about to Lake Kalimawe which is surrounded by rice plantations and small villages. The ride continues adjacent to the area of Mkomazi National Park on the slopes.

After your lunch break, you will start to explore the Usambara Mountains, small villages of Mnazi and Mlalo, and palm forests. You are going to ride on the zigzag road up the Usambara Mountains at Mtae (Mambo Village) over 2,300 meters above sea level which offers unique views over the region. This is a big day of riding and you will be tired at the end of this adventure, you will surely deserve a cold beer and a rest.

  • Accommodation: Mambo View Point Lodge
  • Distance: 190 kilometers / 118 miles
  • Travel duration: 7 hours
  • Terrain: Sandy, hilly, and stony trails

Day 5-6: Lushoto Highlands to Pangani

Experience amazing views on a downhill descent from Lushoto. This ride will give you spectacular views on a zigzag trail. While heading to Pangani, you will take a ferry and later arrive at your beachside lodge for a very relaxing stay filled with massages and unwinding. Day 6 will be a full day stay at the beachside lodge.

  • Accommodation: Mikes Beach Cottages
  • Distance: 200 kilometers / 124 miles
  • Travel duration: 7 hours
  • Terrain: Downhills, zigzag roads, loose gravels, and tarmac

Day 7: Pangani to Maasai Steppe

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

  • Accommodation: Rozana Guesthouse
  • Distance: 280 kilometers / 173 miles
  • Travel duration: 8 hours
  • Terrain: Loose gravels and tarmac

Day 8-9: Maasai Steppe to Tarangire

This is a unique opportunity to experience and explore the Tarangire and Manyara ecosystem. A visit to the area is essential for anyone interested in evolution and the origins of mankind and an explanation of the Rift Valley and Africa's big picture. It is a complete semi-desert experience focusing on game drives. Day 9 will be a full day of game drives in Tarangire National Park.

  • Accommodation: Roika Tented Lodge
  • Distance: 150 kilometers / 93 miles
  • Travel duration: 7 hours
  • Terrain: Gravel trails, rocky, dusty, and sandy

Day 10: Tarangire to Lake Eyasi

After breakfast, you will be leaving the lodge, riding on the Rift Valley escarpment towards the Hadza community. The Hadza are hunters and gatherers in East and Southern Africa.

  • Accommodation: Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge
  • Distance: 240 kilometers / 149 miles
  • Travel duration: 7 hours
  • Terrain: Good dirt trail, some sand, and dust

Day 11 to 12: Lake Eyasi to Karatu

This trip will take you back to Karatu to experience a visit to Ngorongoro Crater Park which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. There is a vast majority of wildlife in the crater and this will be an unforgettable ride. Day 12 will be a full day crater visit.

  • Accommodation: Bougainvillea Safari Lodge
  • Distance: 240 kilometers / 149 miles
  • Travel duration: 7 hours
  • Terrain: Good dirt trail, some sand, and dust

Day 13: Karatu to Lake Natron

This 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 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 will find the cones of a small extinct volcano and Lake Natron, a huge soda lake that stretches up to the Kenyan border. Flamingoes come here to breed and in the late afternoon sun, the colorful flamingo colonies make a spectacular sight, adding a dash of color against the shimmering water.

  • Accommodation: Maasai Safari Lodge
  • Distance: 240 kilometers / 149 miles
  • Travel duration: 7 hours
  • Terrain: Good dirt trail, some sand, and dust

Day 14: Lake Natron to Arusha

This ride can be taken on hardcore route of Monduli or an easier route. You will ride through rolling country with scrub and scattered thorn trees and you will see colorful Maasai herding their cows and goats. You may also see antelope and zebra, and if you are lucky, perhaps a predator. You will ride on loose gravel and a little sand which is fun and later, you'll find a well-maintained dirt road which leads to Longido village where you'll meet the tarmac road and ride to Arusha. You will arrive there in the early evening and you will be taken to your hotel.

  • Distance: 240 kilometers / 149 miles
  • Travel duration: 7 hours
  • Terrain: Good dirt trail, some sand, and dust

Notes

Motorbike Safari Tanzania and Safari provides good quality protective gear and hand guards. The tour leaders are all trained in First Aid Response and they always have a medical kit. Motorbike Safari Tanzania takes time to guide you and the tour leader is always available to advise you. You do not need to have a special level of riding skills to participate; the circuit is open for off-road learners.

The motorbikes are off-road models prepared in Motorbike Safari Tanzania's premises (Honda 250, 400cc XR). These bikes are light, maneuverable, and easy to ride, yet has enough power to ensure plenty of fun! All the bikes are kept in top condition and are serviced before every trip.

Motorbike Safari Tanzania has a dedicated crew and support car with VHF radio and satellite telephone linked in permanence to the organization AMREF Flying Doctors, where they can provide aerial assistance anywhere and anytime.

It is possible to participate as accompanying passenger in a 4WD car on the same itinerary. The size of the groups varies from 2 to 10 persons.

The age limit for the bike riders suggested is at least 15 years old to 65 years.

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

Included excursions

  • Go to Lake Chala and Same
  • Have a cultural walk tour around the Mambo village
  • Explore the Tarangire-Manyara Ecosystem

Guides

Alpha Malinda

Daudi "Moi" Sele

Khalifa Khalid

Location

This tour will take place in Tanzania including Lake Chala, Same, Lushoto, Maasai Steppe, Tarangire-Manyara Ecosystem, Lake Eyasi, and Lake Natron.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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)

  • Playing in the pools and showering in the waterfalls in Lake Natron
  • Riding around the lake shores for a closer view of the flamingos in Lake Natron
  • Riding to the hot springs in Lake Natron

What's included

  • Personal meet and greet services
  • Bike, fuel, and guide (Honda XLR 250cc)
  • Basic spares, tools, and first-aid kit
  • Professional experienced English-speaking guide and full-time mechanic
  • Support vehicle and safari Jeep (pop up roof)
  • Private transfers
  • 13 nights' accommodation
  • 3 daily meals
  • Soft drinks and bottled water during the day
  • Third-party motorbike insurance in case of accidents or property damage
  • All park fees, entry fees, and government taxes

What's not included

  • Driver / guide gratuities
  • Personal travel and medical insurance
  • Medical expenses in case of evacuation
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • International flights
  • Drinks / laundry (unless specified)
  • Riding gear
  • Motorbike damage insurance (150 USD to cover up to 300 USD worth of damage)
  • Expenses in case of emergency evacuation service

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.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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