- Full immersion into rural and remote Africa and the stunning iconic landscapes, wildlife and people
- 560 kms of epic riding - 80% off road trails and bush tracks, from village to village, some single track, challenging hill climbs and long long downhills!
- 12 ride days in total, between 20km - 105km per day
- Rigorously maintained fleet of hardtail bikes available to hire, ideally chosen for the terrain.
- Suitable for riders of general fitness with off-road experience
- Join 6-12 like-minded bikers from around the world. Small and intimate group dynamics make this a fun 'holiday with friends'.
- Quality tents and sleeping mattresses provided.
- Self-contained all-terrain vehicle provides flexibility to go (and stop) absolutely anywhere the group requires.
- Unbelievable gourmet meals can be produced on the side of the road!
- Two exceptional Cycle Guides and local driver make this a journey to stand heads above any other.
- Three diverse Game Parks are woven into the cycle adventure
- Minimal contact with other travellers and golden opportunities with local cultures make this trip authentic, unique and unchallenged in the market.
Tour OverviewWe have been leading Baisikeli Maridadi since 1999 - an adventurous 16 day biking and camping journey from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam using remote back roads and visiting local families and villages along the way. Our route varies from the chaos of Nairobi city to the sudden sparseness of open savannah with wildlife grazing the plains. We pass beneath the imposing Mt Kilimanjaro, visit Amboseli National Park in Kenya, the Ngorongoro Crater the cool mountain rain forested Usambara Mountains and ultimately the tropical Indian Ocean coast.
Biking far from the tourist routes you will experience Africa at face level – you’ll view wildlife from the saddle of your bike, meet Maasai tribesmen and camp in the wilderness under a cloudless African sky. You will gain an insight into the pulse of Africa - as you truly immerse yourself in the remarkable places we visit.
LeadersAll our trips are led by two of our own wonderful Escape Adventures Leaders, and one local team member. We pride ourselves on the calibre and resourcefulness of these great people who you will be spending your holiday with. Our leaders are all Emergency First Aid (PHEC) trained, passionate about biking, the outdoors, and focused on making sure you have a fun and safe adventure of a life-time.
Support: Our trusty support vehicle carries all your luggage, has lunch, snacks and water at hand, and is there if you feel like a break from the saddle.
The BikingWe ride 20-105km per day; a total distance of 540km spread over 12 days of biking. The terrain is flat and sometimes undulating; and the riding surface is made up of 80% dirt roads, 15% paved roads, and about 5% non-technical single track so a mountain bike with front suspension is the ideal bike. We have a fleet of our own mountain bikes available for hire. The trip is suited to riders with a good level of biking fitness and some off-road biking experience will add to the enjoyment of your trip.
Real Adventures, Real People in Real PlacesReal adventure contains an element of the unknown. Because we travel to less travelled places, visit and stay with local families and include trips into wilderness environments the unexpected will happen! It is our aim to provide you with as many unique opportunities as possible and let you have your own unique personal encounter.
Food & AccommodationYour tour leaders will take care of your meals and snacks throughout your journey with us; this excludes one lunch and two evening meals which are at your own cost to give you the opportunity to explore local cuisine of your own choosing. We are most definitely able to cater for vegetarians and special diets. Typical meals include: Breakfasts - Fresh fruit, muesli, toast and spreads, cooked breakfast on occasions, hot drinks. Lunches - Picnic style lunches, fresh salads, cold meats, cheese & bread. Evening Meals - Good wholesome camp-cooked meals using as much local fresh produce as possible.
Accommodation includes four nights in local safari camps, lodges & guesthouses on a twin-share basis and 11 nights camping in spacious dome tents. (Upgrades to rooms are available at some campsites).
2021 Dates are currently fully subscribed- due to transfers from 2020
*cancellations may occur and a waitlist is in operation - please feel free to ask.
02 June -17 June 21 June - 06 July 10 July -25 July
29 July -13 August **Limited Spaces**
17 August - 01 September
ItineraryNairobi to Dar es Salaam
DAY 1: Arrive Nairobi, pre-departure meeting and first dinner together. Safari Camp
DAY 2: A gentle day getting used to bikes from the city out into the savannah. 25km. Camping
DAY 3: A good day's biking in the real African savannah. 82km. Camping
DAY 4: Cycling to Amboseli National Park. 35kms + game drive. Camping
DAY 5: Morning game drive, afternoon bike around the lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. 20km. Camping
DAY 6: Relaxed start, visit Maasai Family. Continue cycling around lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. In the afternoon we cross the border into Tanzania and transfer by vehicle to Arusha City. 45km. Guesthouse
DAY 7: Paved road ride out to the foot of the Rift Valley Escarpment. 105km. Camping/Upgrades available
DAY 8: All day game drive Ngorongoro Crater. Guesthouse
DAY 9: Heading towards the coast, cycle through the wide open spaces of the Maasai Steppe. 20km. Riverside Camping
DAY 10: Driving for the main climb we head up and explore the Usambara Mountains. 45km. Camping/Upgrades available
DAY 11: A well earned rest day OR optional hike, visit a local school or help with a local reforestation project. Camping/Upgrades available
DAY 12: "The Ultimate Day" exploring the smooth trails through rain forest and highland villages. 60km. Camping/Upgrades available
DAY 13: Cycling to the tropical coast through sleepy palm lined villages. 72km. Beachside Camping/Upgrades available
DAY 14: Short ride into the coastal Saadani Park. A short drive brings us to our coastal campsite. 15km. Camping
DAY 15: A morning drive then back on our bikes through small fishing villages to the historical town of Bagamoyo. 37km. Coastal Lodge.
DAY 16: Final breakfast together and a morning transfer to Dar es Salaam for those who are flying out. / enjoying the beach / onward travel.
Hire BikesWe have a fleet of Avanti Aggressors available for hire for your biking holiday in Kenya & Tanzania. Avanti Aggressors are a New Zealand brand hard tail mountain bike with hydraulic disc brakes and Shimano Alivio/Deore 27-speed components. We have them available in S, M, L and XL and they are perfect for the off-road touring on our Kenya & Tanzania trip. We carry all our spare parts out to Africa and maintain them ourselves to make sure they are in optimal riding condition for your ride with us. We also have a couple of Avanti Forte's available in XS.
2019 Bookings made with Wildside Travel
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"The trip was amazing!! Everything about it was brilliant. Tom, Maddy and Joseph were all incredible and lots of fun.we had a great group..lots of interesting personalities, all managed beautifully by the team. Maddy's cooking was amazing, we are heading to her website for recipes. Thanks again for organising such an incredible experience."
Jenny & Peter Talbot, Australia
Kenya & Tanzania-2015
Prior to meeting John, we had never considered a cycling trip for a holiday. From the moment we booked until the last day of cycling, we had the most personable and enjoyable experience. The camping, the scenery, the animals, the people and the riding all contribute to memories that will last a life time. We can not recommend Escape Adventures highly enough and we've already got our eye on at least one of their other trips. 11 out of 10!"
Chris Paola & Melissa Reekie, Australia
Kenya & Tanzania-2014
I would go again without hesitation. A perfectly organized tour with enough space for individual changes. Well done Escape!"
Roman Holderbach, Germany
Kenya & Tanzania-2014
What advice would you give to anyone considering doing the trip that you did?
They will hear a lot of preconceived myths about visiting Africa. I.e. the lions will get you; Isn’t that a dangerous place to visit? etc... However the truth is it’s a pretty safe place to visit, the tour is well organized and it’s so different from how most of us live our life that if you have any curiosity about other cultures, it’s a must do trip. I’ve done other cycle trips that we stayed in hotels and ended the day in luxury when compared to the African trip. These trips have claimed to get you beside the local people and culture - but the reality is that you don’t really and you often feel you have missed out after them. This trip was the complete opposite, you do really get a sense of how these lovely people live and you certainly get to see it all unravel before your eyes."
Stephen Finch, New Zealand
Kenya & Tanzania-2014
Hi Mandy. We have had a most amazing time here in East Africa and cant believe it is all over already. My what we have seen, smelled and experienced.....the trip of a life time for us four and we know Stephen and Roman feel the same. Thanks to yourself and John for an amazing opportunity. Thanks Baz, Gemma and Joseph - an awesome trip. Who would believe homemade gourmet meals could come out of the back of a truck in the middle of now where day after day, and who would have thought we would be biking right beside gazelle and zebra - oh! and giraffe. Thanks for all your knowledge you shared. We loved every minute of the trip.....even the bull dust now that we are back in civilization" Neil and Julie
Julie Hamilton, New Zealand
Kenya & Tanzania-2014
We had an amazing trip. Gemma, Baz and Joseph make an awesome team and nothing is a problem. With Gemma's food I thought I might even come home heavier then I went away!!
At times it almost felt surreal cycling across the plains, seeing giraffe and zebra grazing. This was our bucket list trip and more then exceeded our expectations. A must do for anyone."
Liz & Alan Yager, New Zealand
Kenya & Tanzania-2014
Full trip of Kiwi's and Aussie's had the time of our lives with Escape Adventures when we joined their cycle trip from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam in June/July 2014. Baz and Gemma work their butts off to provide a trip of a lifetime, with so many special experiences along the way. If you love off-road cycling, you MUST see East Africa this way."
Karen Hall, Australia
Kenya & Tanzania-2014