Overnight at Babylon Lodge – Marangu Moshi
Day 2: Marangu to Rongai -Total distance 60km Accumuative ascent 1134m
Our cycle challenge starts in all earnest. Althoughthe distance is not that far, it is very hilly on this side of the mountain. Lots of up and down cycling on a good tar road rising up to an altitude of just over 2000m. A big challenge
We cycle through beautiful lush green areas where small farmers grow bananas, avocado and mangoes.
We will also get stunning views on Mt Mawenzi (5149m) and Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m), the highest mountain in Africa.
Overnight at Snowcap Hotel – Rongai.
Day 3: Rongai to Simba Farm Camp – Total distance 75km Accumulative ascent 1050m
Today we cycle further around Kilimanjaro with great views over the mountain itself as well as over the plains of Kenya towards Amboseli national park.
Only the first part is on tar. The rest is on dirt roads. Although we steadily loose altitude, today will still be challenging as the road is tricky in parts.
There is also a section which is real African bush and it is not unusual to see wild animals.
Overnight at Simba Farm Campsite
Day 4: Simba Farm Camp to Arusha Town – Total distance 100km Accumulative ascent 850m
This is a day we cover a lot of distance, cycling between the 2 great mountains of the area. Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m) and Mount Meru (4561m).
We cross the very dry plains between them where the Maasai have herded their cattle and goats for generations. We will pass them along the way.
As we approach Mount Meru the ecology starts changing again and we start climbing again steadily. We skirt Arusha national park before joining the tar road towards the town of Arusha. His city has become the bustling centre for people that want to visit the world renowned parks of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater.
The last 40km is on a very good tar road, but still quite hilly in places.
Overnight at 4Js Hotel – Arusha.
Day 5: Arusha Town to MtowaMbu – Total distance 114km Accumulative ascent 600m
We leave the busy town of Arusha towards some of the most famous national parks in the world. We cycle on a very good tar road and drop steadily down away from Mount Meru.
The distance today is greater, but the terrain is much easier. We pass lots of small villages along the way.
We end our cycle in the town of MtowaMbu, adjacent to the Lake Manyara National Park. This park is well known for its tree climbing lions.
It is not unusual to see elephants on the last part of the ride.
Overnight at Twiga Lodge – Mto wa Mbu.
Day 6: MtowaMbu to Ngorongoro Gate – Total distance 58km Accumulative ascent 1156m
Our last day of cycling is a real challenge! We start climbing almost immediately with stunning views over Lake Manyara. The tar road is very good, but very steep in places.
We pass a number of villages and beautiful countryside as we steadily climb towards the gate of the world famous Ngorongoro National Park.
As we approach the gate the ecology turns greener and the trees increase in size.
Look out for monkeys and baboons along the way. We will cycle to the gate of the park and after celebrating this tough challenge, we cycle back down to the town of Karatu where we will stay the night and celebrate a tough week of cycling.
Overnight at Bougainvilea Lodge – Karatu.