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8 Days Off-Road Motorcycle Tour and Safari in Kenya

Osoita Lodge, Nairobi, Kenya

Kilimanjaro Masai Trail to Indian Ocean Motorcycle Tour

A ride across the country, off the beaten track, on dirt roads, discovering Kenyan’s wilderness. An encounter with local people, enjoy a memorable stay in bush lodges in the middle of nowhere. From Nairobi highlands down to Mt. Kilimanjaro, through Amboseli, Tsavo and Taita game reserves to the white sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean. You do not ride inside national parks but encounter lots of wildlife outside.

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike (Honda 250 XR BAJA, Honda 400XR are also available)
  • Terrain: 80% off road
  • Mileage: 775 kilometers / 482 miles
  • Daily rides: 120 to 190 kilometers / 75 to 118 miles
  • Riding gear: Not included: helmet, boots, gloves, protections
  • Meals: all meals included

Meet the guides

Fred
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Highlights

  • Honda 250 XR BAJA rental
  • Ride through off-the-beaten tracks
  • Starts in Nairobi and ends in Diani Beach
  • Game drives by 4WD car including entrance fee
  • A cultural visit of traditional Masai huts
  • Complimentary airport transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Full board meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


5 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: French
Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
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Accommodation

During the tour, you will stay in various lodge and camp.

Program

Day 1: Welcome to Nairobi

Arrival and reception at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Nairobi). Transfer to Osoita Lodge in the outskirts of Nairobi, from which place the safari will start. Briefing and presentation of the off road motorcycles for the tour starting the next day. Dinner and overnight at Osoita.

Day 2: Nairobi - Selenkay (170 kilometers / 106 miles)

Have breakfast at 07:00, then take a track running on the edge of the spectacular Great Rift Valley to arrive at Kajiado Township for refueling. Enjoy your picnic lunch, then take a track across the savannah between acacias and anthills. Arrive through the sandy riverbed of a seasonal river at Selenkay Camp, an eco-friendly camp managed and owned by the local Masai community.

Take part in a cultural visit of traditional Masai huts, entertainment to traditional songs and dances. Dinner, cultural talk around a camp-fire, night at the tented camp. Today, the journey covers 140 kilometers / 87 miles of track and 30 kilometers / 29 miles on tarmac (6 hours).

Day 3: Selenkay - Amboseli (120 kilometers / 75 miles on sandy trail)

Depart after breakfast through an animal trail, in the savannah across Masai land towards Amboseli National Park, with Mount Kilimanjaro (19950 feet) in the backdrop, which in clear weather, sits across the southern horizon in marvelous splendor. At the boundary of the park, follow a beautiful trail rich in wildlife such as; giraffe, ostrich, wildebeest, and zebras.

Arrive at Kibo Safari Camp, a tented lodge under beautiful Acacia Tortilis, with a majestic view on Mount Kilimanjaro. Game drive in the afternoon by 4WD car in Amboseli, the habitat for big cats, herds of antelopes, buffalos, and elephants. Return at sunset, dinner and night at the lodge.

Day 4: Amboseli - Lake Jipe (150 kilometers / 93 miles)

Depart after breakfast, driving away along Tsavo park boundary on a red soil trail covered with black volcanic stones, the Kilimanjaro remains behind in a full enjoyable view. A sandy track leads to Lake Jipe (a part of Tsavo Park, stretching in front of Pare Mountains in Tanzania), It is a wild place untouched by tourism and teeming in herds of elephants and a rich birdlife.

Settle at the lake bandas (bungalows thatched with palm leaves) right on the lakeshore. Take part in a boat ride on the lake before sunset in to enjoy a close view of hippos. Spend the night in the banda beds. Today's trip involves 125 kilometers / 78 miles of gravel road and 25 kilometers / 16 miles of tarmac road (five hours).

Day 5: Lake Jipe - Taita (190 kilometers / 118 miles)

Early morning game drive in the park by 4WD, return at the bandas for breakfast and depart to Taita Hills through the main gravel road linking Tsavo to Tanzania. Exit the Masai territory through which we have been travelling for the past four days!

Last refill at Mwatate center before entering in Taita ranch, home to a large elephant population and vast land of dry shrubbery. Navigate through bushy vegetation and sandy trail, up a steep track, to arrive at Kasigau Kopje for a spectacular view of Taita land. The Kopje, formed 20 million years ago in the time of the great rift escarpment has its summit covered with a rain forest!

Wind down at night at Ndovu House Kivuli Camp, a beautiful thatched cottage in the heart of Rukinga conservancy inhabited by elephants, buffalos, antelopes, and big cats. Today's trip covers 110 kilometers / 68 miles on earth and sand road and 80 kilometers / 50 miles on tarmac road (six and half hours).

Day 6: Taita - Diani Beach

Cross Taita ranch through a sandy track in the middle of Tsavo wildlife migration corridor to Tanzania, also inhabited by shepherds and livestock. The trail ushers you into the coastal region. A remarkable change in the landscape, climate and the local community is gradually evident.

Trails of red soil navigate you through tropical vegetation leading to south coast of Mombasa, passing round Shimba hills (rain forest and home of the mighty elephant). Enter Diani Beach and arrive at a beautiful cottage, Kusini Cottages, which is set on a wild beach of white sands. Enjoy dinner and night facing the Indian Ocean. Today's stage involves 125 kilometers / 78 miles of earth and sand road and 25 kilometers / 16 miles on tarmac (six hours).

Day 7: Diani Beach

Beach day at Kusini Cottages.

Day 8: Diani Beach - Mombasa Airport

Transfer to Mombasa International Airport.

Note

  • It is recommended to have off road driving experience. However, Motorbike Safari accepts learners under supervision
  • The motorbikes used are off-road models (Honda XR250) suitable for all riders
  • The crew comprises of a mechanic and medic, aboard a support 4WD car equipped with VHF radio and satellite telephone linked to "Flying doctors" rescue service
  • It is possible to participate as accompanying passenger in 4WD car on the same itinerary
  • Motorbike Safari takes their time to guide you and the tour leader is always available to advise you
  • It is possible to have a customized itinerary e.g. lengthen the legs for the most demanding riders. Note that the average speed of moving is 30 kilometer per hour including breaks
  • Motorbike Safari ensures the itinerary is practically off the beaten track, so the participants have an authentic experience
  • Requirements: national driving licence, visa, prevention against malaria

Skill level(s) required for this tour:

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

Included excursions

During this motorcycle tour, you will have an afternoon game drive in Amboseli and a morning game drive in Lake Jipe.

Guides

Fred

Location

This tour will lead you from Nairobi to Diani Beach in Kenya. You will visit several places including Selenkay, Amboseli, Lake Jipe, Taita, and Diani Beach.

Food

Full board meals are included in the package.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

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

What's included

  • International airport transfers (Nairobi and Mombasa)
  • Full board meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Motorcycle (Honda 250 XR BAJA) with fuel and technical assistance
  • Support car with professional crew; driver, mechanic, medic and tour leader guide by motorbike
  • Medical assistance and link up Air Rescue and Evacuation to Nairobi in case of emergency
  • Radio link and satellite telephone between the support car and Flying Doctors
  • Visit of parks and reserves with entry fees and game drives by 4WD car
  • Insurance against third party liability

What's not included

  • Helmet, boots, gloves, and protections (compulsory)
  • Personal travel and medical insurance (compulsory)
  • Medical expenses in case of evacuation
  • Drinks
  • Excursions from the beach lodge
  • Money for personal expenses (drinks, souvenirs, and tips)
  • 500 USD refundable deposit for the motorcycle
  • International flight and connecting flight (Mombasa - Nairobi)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Transfer from the airport is included. Motorbike Safari will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta 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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Tour information

This tour requires a minimum of four riders.

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