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16 Day Motorcycle Tour and 4 x 4 Wildlife Safari in Tanzania

Arusha, Arusha Region, Tanzania

Spectacular Motorcycle Tour Tanzania

This tour was designed for outdoor-oriented people with a passion for nature and for motorbike enthusiasts. It will take place in the northeast of Tanzania and will cover 3000 kilometers on bike and safari vehicles. Accommodation will be in lodges, motel, and bush camps which will always be ready for you. Meals will be provided during the trip, three meals a day on three to four courses every day, also bottled drinking water which is highly recommended daily for safe and essential hydration. Trails are off-road suitable for all skilled riders, amateurs to experts, and Motorbike Safari Tanzania encourages you to bring your own riding gear, if you have it, for your own comfort, but gear can also be hired. A support car, bike trailer, and full-time English-speaking guides and mechanics will be available at all times during the tour.

Key information

  • Terrain: off-road and trail
  • Bike: rental bike (Honda XLR 250cc / KTM 250 EXC-W)
  • Meals: all meals

Meet the guides

Alpha, Daudi "Moi", & Khalifa
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Arusha
  • Go riding at high and low altitudes
  • Ride on the Great Rift Valley towards the Hadza community
  • Explore and observe wildlife in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Explore the Tarangire-Manyara Ecosystem
  • Full day of game viewing in Serengeti
  • 15 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


15 riding days
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 Tanzania staff from any airport, you will be taken to the lodge for refreshing. Later, you will meet the bikes for personal adjustment and trial. In the evening, you will be taken to Arusha's famous street for a dinner barbecue (vegetarian meals also available). On this evening, Motorbike Tanzania will give a briefing for the days' activities. After dinner, you will be taken around for a drink if you're interested. If not, you will return to the lodge for a restful night.

  • Accommodation: Mount Meru Hotel

Day 2: Arusha to Lake Chala

Crocodiles were introduced to Lake Chala in the 1930's. According to legend, they were brought in by E.S. Grogran, a British explorer who became famous for walking from Cape Town to Cairo in 1898. The terrain is totally unsuitable for crocodiles to breed, there being no beaches or sandy areas to make their nests. In the early 1990s, fishermen were angered that their nets were continually being destroyed, and therefore began a program to eradicate them. There are no longer any crocodiles left in Lake Chala and the lake is safe for swimming; however as everywhere in Africa, it pays to be careful.

  • Accommodation: Canvas tents at Lake Chala Lodge

Day 3: Lake Chala to Same (Eastern arch mountain trail)

The Elephant Motel is ideally situated along the Moshi - Dar es Salaam road, only half a kilometer from Same Town. 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.

  • Accommodation: Lake Eyasi Lodge

Day 4: Same to Lushoto Highlands

The term "Eastern Arc" was introduced in 1985 to describe the forest-capped ancient crystaline mountains of eastern Tanzania and southeast Kenya, which are under the influence of the Indian Ocean climatic regime, and therefore contain predictable local climates (Lovett 1985).

Starting in the 1970s, the "Eastern Arc Mountains" were identified as a component of the Afromontane archipelago-like regional center of endemism by White (1983). 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 Usambaras and they established Lushoto (during those days Wilhelmsthal and it was a favored holiday spot for colonial administrators). Today, you'll still find many traces of the German times. Tanganyika became a British mandate territory after Worl War I. The British administration continued to reserve and exploit forests.

  • Accommodation: Mambo View Point

Day 5: Full day at Lushoto Highlands (Mambo village)

This full-day stay Mambo View Point will give you an opportunity to rest your muscles. Having a cultural walk tour around the village will give you a unique view on daily life in a small Usambara agricultural village. You can experience the daily problems and challenges that the local community has to cope with and talk with local people. You can also choose an activity / cultural walk.

  • Accommodation: Mambo View Point

Day 6: Lushoto Highlands to Maasai Steppe

This is an accommodation which will be arranged by Motorbike Safari Tanzania's team in the bush, all basic needs will be provided and will be a typical African wilderness experience. The meals will be bashed on African food, all drinks will be available at a reasonable price and some will be complimentary to enjoy around the campfire. Campfires, Maasai dancing, and entertainment will be ready as you arrive at the camp.

  • Accommodation: Camping under the African sky

Day 7-8: Maasai Steppe to Tarangire (Manyara Ecosystems)

This is a unique opportunity to experience and explore the Tarangire and Manyara ecosystem. Maramboi Tented Camp offers permanent camp facilities and endless vistas of rolling golden grasslands and palm lined desert between Tarangire and Manyara Lake. A visit to the area is essential for anyone interested in evolution and the origins of mankind and an exploration of the Rift Valley and Africa's big picture. It is a complete semi-desert experience focusing on game drives.

Day 8 will be a full-day stay at the camp and a game drive in Tarangire National Park. You will also have a community project at Mswakini School.

  • Accommodation: Maramboi Tented Lodge

Day 9: Tarangire Manyara Ecosystem to Lake Eyasi

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

  • Accommodation: Tindiga Lodge (may change due to availability)

Day 10: Lake Eyasi 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 Ol Donyo Lengai. The Ol Donyo Lengai is an active volcano that last erupted in the 1970s. It is revered by the Maasai as the home of "Ngai", their god. Its 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.

You will also have a community project visit today in the Engaruka Women Empowerment Project.

  • Accommodation: Lake Natron River Camp

Day 11: Full day at Lake Natron

After a night under the incomparable star-filled African sky, you will wake up refreshed. First enjoy a hearty breakfast, then set off to explore the gorge that houses the campsite. A trail leads over boulders and through narrow chasms. In some places, you will cross the torrent and scramble up rocky walls. In some spots, you will find strange cactuses clinging to the hot rock, in others you will see lush ferns and palms in the damp shady gorge bottom. You will duck under waterfalls and pass bubbling Jacuzzi-like pools and chutes where the brave can ride the natural water slide.

Eventually, you will arrive at the head of the valley, a huge natural amphitheater cut into the imposing cliff. Here you will find the source of the waters where many springs gush from the cliff walls and form pools and streams. You can play in the pools, shower in the waterfalls, and enjoy your packed lunch. You will return to camp for an early barbecue and then off to bed early for the next day will be on safari jeep.

You will also have a community school project visit today.

  • Accommodation: Lake Natron River Camp

Day 12: Lake Natron to Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, depart for Serengeti National Park. Arriving at the lodge in time for dinner, you will find yourself deep in the heart of this famous migration corridor. With its wide-open spaces, bright blue skies, and creature-filled landscape, over the next two days you will discover why the fabled Serengeti typifies the dream of "Old Africa." Large prides of lions laze in the long grasses; plentiful families of elephants feed on acacia bark and trumpet to each other across the plains while giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, eland, and the whole range of African wildlife present themselves in awe-inspiring numbers.

  • Accommodation: Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge

Day 13: Full day at Serengeti National Park

Another full day of game viewing in Serengeti. After breakfast, enjoy a game drive. The great diversity of Serengeti wildlife is also evident here. Look for buffalo, hippopotamus, elephants, giraffe, antelope, Thompson's and Grant's gazelle, lions, and in-season the spectacular migration of the wildebeest.

In the late afternoon, you will venture out for another game drive. Everywhere there are animals, monkeys, and birds but look closely and you will be thrilled with the big cats - lion, leopard, and cheetah - just waiting for the world to go by, and go by it does. Rhino, gazelle, antelope, and massive elephants by the hundreds. Animals in the trees, on the wing, camouflaged in the bush, in rivers, and in streams.

  • Accommodation: Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge

Day 14: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater

A lovely drive takes you to Ngorongoro Crater where the Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge sits dramatically on the rim of the crater, revealing an awesome panorama of the world's largest, unflooded, and unbroken caldera. Be prepared for some remarkable views down into the crater. The caldera of Ngorongoro marks the ancient walls of a collapsed volcano which was probably once the size of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Today the completely enclosed circular crater is some twelve miles across, with steep walls of over 2,000 feet.

You will be at an altitude of approximately 7,500 feet above sea level, the highest point of the trip. After your time on the lower plains, the cooler air here is refreshing. En route, you will visit Olduvai Gorge and Dr. Leakey's Musuem or just go onward to stay at the lodge and admire the view.

You will drive down to the crater floor to explore this natural zoological park and observe an extraordinary variety of wildlife: elephant, rhinoceros, lion, hyena, zebra, wildebeest, Thompson's gazelle, reedbuck, and buffalo. The lovely crested crane (similar to a peacock) can be found in great profusion here and maybe you'll spot a bat-eared fox.

The balance of predator and prey in this extraordinary ecosystem is so precise that animals seldom leave. Over 30,000 animals live here: prides of lion, elephant, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, gazelle by the thousands, and multitudes of wildebeest.

Please note that only half-day tours may be allowed while in the crater.

  • Accommodation: Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge

Day 15: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha

You will leave the lodge after brunch as this morning will be relaxing and lazy. Drive to Arusha for at least five hours with a couple of stops. You will visit one of the orphanage centers that Motorbike Safari Tanzania supports for tour donations. This donation comes from some of the proceeds paid for the safari with them.

Day 16: Departure

Departure will depend on your flight time versus airport. If in Nairobi, you will leave very early with a good breakfast at the lodge or with a breakfast box. From other airports, Motorbike Safari Tanzania will link you with the timings. Transfers will be on time to catch your flights.

Notes

Motorbike Safari Tanzania 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 an accompanying passenger in a 4WD car on the same itinerary. The size of 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
  • Go to the Usambara Mountains and Maasai Steppe
  • Explore the Tarangire-Manyara Ecosystem
  • Game viewing in Serengeti
  • Explore Ngorongoro Crater and observe its extraordinary variety of wildlife

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, Lake Natron, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater.

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

What's included

  • Personal meet and greet services
  • Bike, fuel, and guide (Honda XLR 250cc / KTM 250 EXC-W)
  • Professional experienced English-speaking guide and full-time mechanic
  • Support vehicle and safari Jeep (pop up roof)
  • Private transfers
  • All park fees, entry fees, and government taxes
  • Travel / medical insurance (emergency evacuation)
  • 15 nights' accommodation
  • 3 daily meals
  • Soft drinks and bottled water during the day

What's not included

  • Driver / guide gratuities
  • Riding gear
  • Any other items of a personal nature
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • International flights
  • Drinks / laundry (unless specified)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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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