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TANZANIA CYCLING SAFARI
Custom tours from 6 to 18 people can be arranged
Best months are June and November
This webpage has information from our 2014 tour for reference
To be arranged separately
Safari means "journey" in Swahili,
and our next safari to Tanzania will be more than memorable
- it'll be a trip of a lifetime. You can even customize your
African adventure; we're offering several incredible segments
from which to choose. I'm partnering with Voluntour Adventures
to Africa, a company that's doing special, wonderful work
with orphanages and villages in Africa. I love their concept
of pairing volunteering with visits to local tourist spots.
Next comes the cycling tour, an incredible opportunity to
ride to Tarangire and Laka Manyara National Parks with our
own wildlife guide and cycling crew. The last four days of
this segment will be spent on game drives in the magnificent
Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
on your bucket list? You can even work that in; this legendary
mountain will be the magnificent backdrop to our travels in
Tanzania. Finally, to cap off your incredible journey to Africa,
spend a few days relaxing on the beach and exploring the exotic
island of Zanzibar.
I hope that you can join
me on this amazing experience.
Safari njema ... safe journey!
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itinerary and more details on Tanzania tour
Last year on our inaugural tour
we were amazed at the quality of cycling in this part of Africa.
The roads were gently rolling for the most part, with a few
more challenging hills here and there. One ascent was memorable,
but you can opt out of this climb or at any time you like. The
distances vary between 25 and 40 miles (not kilometers).
We'll ride first to Tarangire
National Park and then through the Great Rift Valley to Lake
Manyara National Park. Leaving the valley you'll climb to the
highlands and Karatu town. The roads here are well paved with
very generous shoulders. There will be little traffic, which
is good because we need to get used to cycling on the left side
of the road! You'll see cattle grazing in the wide open countryside
and boys tending the cows. Luckily, on the cycling part of the
tour the only animals you'll see are domestic. But you'll observe
plenty of wild animals during the game drives in the national
Our guides are local Tanzanians
- drivers and two cycling guides. One will lead out and the
mechanic ("fundi" in Swahili) will sweep. They take
excellent care of us. The bikes are provided, and they'll be
mountain bikes so we can ride a few dirt roads or singletrack
through the grasslands.
After the cycling trip, our
bicycles will be transported back to Arusha and we'll go on
safari in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro National Parks. You'll
see amazing sights and take incredible photos. Last year we
saw four of the "Big Five" - lion, leopard, elephant
and cape buffalo. We only missed the black rhino, which is rare
now. We saw all of the "Ugly Five" - warthog, hyena,
crocodile, wildebeast and vulture.
Our overnight stops are comfortable
safari-style lodges (some are luxurious), and you'll love the
delicious cuisine - usually African but sometimes from other
$TBA includes full-board
lodging (all meals but one), rental mountain bike, vehicle tranportation/sag,
guides, mechanic, national park entrance fees, airport transfers
and medical evacuation insurance.
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Volunteer at the Malaika
Children's Home in Arusha, Tanzania, and help make a real
difference in the lives of the children. Malaika means "angel"
in kiSwahili, and it's not only the children who are angels
(and they are), but the compassionate staff, as well. My time
there touched me deeply, and few days go by without my thinking
Our group can help with various projects at Malaika. We'll help
clean, repair, paint, build ... you name it. Sometimes we'll
read to the children, help with their homework, or play games.
The kids enjoy a caring, family-like structure, but they all
love and benefit from some extra attention.
We'll stay at a comfortable lodge just a short distance away.
Breakfasts will be in the dining room each day and we'll eat
some dinners there. A couple of days we'll have lunch with the
children, and the mamas cook very tasty meals! You can also
sightsee in the town of Arusha and visit the markets and Cultural
Center. Transportation for scheduled projects and activities
will be furnished.
Check out our photo gallery
on the home page, and here are some photos taken during our
2012 trip to Malaika: Shutterfly
photos of Malaika & kids' safari
$TBA includes hotel and
3 meals/day, work visa, airport transfers, some Arusha sightseeing.
A portion of this cost is tax-deductible.
the Island Finale
Zanzibar, the exotic Spice Island, lies
just off the coast of Tanzania. Its white sandy beaches
and brilliant blue ocean make the island a perfect place
to top off your African journey. The blend of African, Indian
and Arab cultures is reflected in the island's fascinating
architecture and culture. Explore historic Stone Town, a
UNESCO city full of mysterious passageways, stone walls
and the famous carved teak Zanzibar doors. Investigate Zanzibar's
dark history of ivory, spice and slave trading.
We stay on both sides of the island, for
views of the sunrise and sunset!
Zanzibar is a small island, but there's so much to discover.
Arrange a half-day excursion to Prison Island to visit the
Giant Tortoise preserve and snorkel among coral reefs. Go
on a spice plantation tour. Above all, enjoy relaxing on
the beach or a stroll on the white sandy shore.
$TBA includes round-trip airfare from
Arusha to Zanzibar, 3 hotels with breakfasts. This is an
unstructured trip that you can easily plan yourself and
pay as you go.
Complete Itinerary &
To be arranged separately
We can put you in touch with a local guide
company and help coordinate your tour with a Kilimanjaor
climb. FYI, below is the information from a past group.
We also have
- Experience the magic of climbing Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa
- Climb the "Whiskey" route (98% summit rate)
- Travel with professional guides and porters
- Watch the sun rise from the top of Kilimanjaro!