TANZANIA - THE GREAT AFRICAN ESCAPE
TANZANIA - THE GREAT AFRICAN ESCAPE

Tanzania Motorcycle Tour

22 Nov - 3 Dec 2021

Overview

Live your childhood dream and ride in the vast African wilderness in infinite freedom. Ride around the Kilimanjaro, visit wild games with us in the Ngorongoro National Park, and then wash the dust off in the turquoise water of the Zanzibar archipelago.

DURATION

12 days / 11 nights*

DIFFICULTY

4/5

MEETING POINT

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

LOCATION

Tanzania (Round Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar)

ACCOMMODATION

3 nights in Arusha, 4 nights in the savanna and 4 nights in Zanzibar

PRICE

€ 3290

*The duration of the trip lasts from meeting at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to flying home from Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ).

Description

During this once-in-a-lifetime trip we will be crossing the Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain, coming face-to-face with spectacular wildlife in the Unesco World Heritage site of Ngorongoro crater and washing the dust off in the turquoise water of the Zanzibar archipelago. Doing this on two wheels makes the trip just as exciting for hardcore bikers as for those who are yearning for a change after riding those well-paved European roads.

Besides enjoying the view of Africa’s highest peak while riding on dirt roads and sinking into the vast wilderness, during our safari day you will encounter stunning wildlife within arm’s reach such as zebras, lions, rhinos, giraffes, elephants, even flamingos. Hakuna Matata will make sense right away!

 

Having seen the best of Tanzania, we will take a plane and fly over to Zanzibar and enjoy some time off floating in its awe-inspiring turquoise waters. If you are up for it, there is a chance to do some snorkeling and of course we will explore the island in the saddle too.

It is hard to tell which part of the trip is better, but one thing is for sure: you will not regret taking your chance and exploring this part of Africa on two wheels. In fact, this ride might be the one you will keep telling all your riding mates about for years to come!

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Details

THE GREAT AFRICAN ESCAPE
22 Nov - 3 Dec 2021

The duration of the trip lasts from meeting at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to flying home from Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ). The way there and back might take an extra day, depending on where you are travelling from.

on
€ 3290
motorbike
pillion or
€ 2990
back-up van

Included in the price

  • 11 nights accommodation (3 nights in a bauhaus-style villa in Arusha, 4 nights in the savanna in lodges and 4 nights in Zanzibar in 4* hotels)
  • 4 days in the saddle on the motorcycle around Kilimanjaro with Honda CRF 250 L
  • 3 meals a day during the motorcycle experience around Kilimanjaro
  • Bike, fuel and local guide
  • Basic spare parts, tools, first aid kit
  • Support car with mechanic
  • Local transport and taxis during the trip
  • Motorbike liability insurance
  • All inclusive catamaran tour in Zanzibar
  • Royal Enfield motorcycles during our 1 day tour in Zanzibar
  • 1-day all inclusive safari in Ngorongoro
  • GoBeyond tour guides
  • Flight to Zanzibar

Optional extras

  • Upon request, the GoBeyond team can handle & book visa, plane tickets, and insurance for 50 EUR.

Further expenses

  • International flight to Tanzania – Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), and back Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ)
  • Visa (~50 USD)
  • Mandatory yellow fever vaccination
  • Motorcycle gear
  • Personal travel & medical insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals and beverages not specified
  • Money for personal expenses (drinks, cigarettes, souvenirs, tips…)
  • Refundable deposit for the motorcycle: 500 USD or 100 USD non refundable motorcycle insurance

Accommodation

3 nights in a bauhaus-style villa in Arusha, 4 nights in the savanna in lodges and 4 nights in Zanzibar in 4* hotels

Motorcycle package

Around the Kilimanjaro we will ride Honda CRF 250 L and XL 250 motorcycles, and then we pick up the Royal Enfields in Zanzibar. Professional local motorcycle guide, a mechanic and back-up van are all included in the price, as well as petrol and daily motorcycle maintenance. Altogether we will ride around 1000 km.

Motorcycle riding ability

Advanced motorcycle skills: can ride for five to six hours, comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions. No experience required for pillions and for those who travel in the back-up car.

Weather

Daytime temperatures usually reach 32°C with high humidity, falling to 23°C at night.

Activities & sights

Besides the best off-road motorcycle ride in East Africa with a view of the peaks of Kilimanjaro, we will experience first hand the unique Tanzanian lifestyle, culture and cuisine. We will ride to off the beaten track destinations and see untouched natural beauty with distinct animals (wildebeest, zebras, giraffes and antelopes and many more during the safari day) on the way. Then we will go and enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery of the spice island Zanzibar by riding around, floating on a catamaran and snorkeling.

Travel insurance

You will need insurance that covers motorcycle riding and is valid in Tanzania and Zanzibar. You can contact us and we are happy to recommend the most suitable one.

Meals

3 meals a day during the motorcycle experience around Kilimanjaro is included. The other days we get breakfast and we will go to restaurants together to explore the traditional world of African taste.

Road conditions

We’ll ride on dusty dirt roads, gravels, rocky, sandy and forestry trails, up and down hills. We will only ride a bit on public roads, but there you can expect the worst traffic norms to prevail.

Motorcycle gear

Every rider must bring his own motorcycle protective gear and helmet. We do not recommend wearing leather motorbike suits as we do not go fast on the bikes and we will have mostly warm weather. We strongly recommend bringing good protective top gear, a durable high top riding boot and a helmet. Don’t forget about your rain clothes, as we will have some rain showers.

Group

Maximum of 14 riders with mixed nationalities in 1 group with GoBeyond tour guides.

Photo & Video

All the photos and videos you see are from the actual sights, taken either by our providers or group leaders from our previous trips. We produce high-quality content of all our camps, which you will receive after returning home to remember all the amazing memories.

Personal expenses

The local currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS). We recommend bringing USD in cash and to exchange at the airport. Depending on spending habits your budget for the trip should range from 300-600 USD. For reference, a meal is between 5-10 USD.

Program

Day 1 - ARRIVAL

Arrival to Arusha – Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO). Taking time for acclimatization and a nice African dinner together.

Day 2 - getting used to the bikes and the African vibes

We collect the bikes and try them out on the dirt. After a few safety lap we’ll head to a coffee plantation and we’ll visit a Masaii market.

Day 3 - OFF-ROAD RIDE UP TO LAKE CHALA

Leaving Arusha, we will ride past gravels and newly tarmac roads with a nice view of Kilimanjaro Mountain. We will stop for a swim and lunch break at a hidden gem Hot Oasis. Arriving at Lake Chala in the evening, where we’ll enjoy some cold drinks around the campfire.

Day 4 - Kilimanjaro National Park

Riding with the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo in our view. We will have a chance to interact with local Chagga people, the typical conservators of Mount Kilimanjaro. We’ll reach the entrance of the Kilimanjaro National Park, and we’ll have a chance to take shower under a 75m tall waterfall. The road will be nice and curvy by the foot of the tallest mountain in Africa.

Day 5 - THE MOUNTAIN OF GOD

Riding on a typical African road full of dust up to the small town of Longido. The road is surrounded by grazing wildebeest, zebras, giraffes and antelopes. We will catch a glimpse of the Oldoinyo Lengai (“The Mountain of God”) before reaching Lake Natron, the breeding site of flamingos.

Day 6 - THE TOUGHEST RIDE

We will ride through rolling country with scattered thorn trees and traditional Maasai people herding their cows and goats - we might also spot zebras and antelopes on the way. We’ll spend the night in Karatu village, the gateway of the Ngorongoro National Park. We’ll change our bikes to land cruiser safari jeeps.

Day 7 - EDEN OF AFRICA

We will enjoy some Safari time in Ngorongoro, home to thousands of animals, including the “big five” game: elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino. In the evening we’ll reach our homebase in Arusha again.

Day 8 - Leaving to Zanzibar

After breakfast we will catch a plane to Zanzibar, the Spice Island. Chilling on the beach and snorkeling on nearby reefs is the plan for the rest of the day.

Day 9 - A tropical day off

After the very intensive riding and safari days, you’ll enjoy the mellow pace in Zanzibar while sipping cocktails on the beach, or shop crazy tropical fruits on the market. With the most motivated people we’ll visit a spice farm and we’ll do a small jungle tour.

Day 10 - RIDE AROUND THE ISLAND WITH ROYAL ENFIELDS

A full day motorcycle tour of Zanzibar on the iconic ‘Royal Enfield’ bike to discover off-the-beaten-track wonders the archipelago has to offer.

Day 11 - FLOATING ON the turquoise water on the board of a luxury CATAMARAN

Taking it easy and enjoying a full day on a luxury catamaran with possibilities of snorkeling and diving in the untouched reefs around Zanzibar. This will be the cherry on the top of an unforgettable adventure.

Day 12 - FLYING HOME

Transfer to the airport in Zanzibar, flight back home.

DOWNLOADABLE ITINERARY

The program is subject to change at any times. The final itinerary depends on current weather conditions and the endurance of the group.

Application

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ENQUIRY
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AVAILABILITY CONFIRMATION
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BOOKING
Secure your spot with a 40% deposit & travel contract

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PLANE TICKETS & VISA ARRANGEMENT IF NEEDED
Typically 1-2 months before departure

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SECOND INSTALMENT
30 days before departure

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GoBeyond ADVENTURE STARTS
We greet you at the meeting point

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    Q&A

    Not at all. Glamping tents are usually for 2 or 3 people, so probably you'll be paired with one of your super friendly group mates, but if you prefer to sleep alone, please request this in the application form and we'll figure out something for you.

    From most of the countries, you will need a visa for Tanzania. Please always check it on your local embassy’s website. For most nationalities the visa is available upon arrival costs 50USD.

    We will ride in Tanzania and the Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar, which is a semi-autonomous territory in political union with Tanzania.

    You need to have a motorcycle driving license valid for a 500 cc motorbike (at least).

    You can sit into the back-up van and enjoy totally the same trip while saving 200 EUR. Also you will have the chance to sit and ride on the bike behind our guides or if you come together with a rider you can also sit on the back of the bike for most part of the trip.

    Every rider must bring his own motorcycle protective gear and helmet. We do not recommend wearing leather motorbike suits as we do not go fast on the bikes and we will have mostly warm weather. We strongly recommend bringing good protective top gear, a durable high top riding boot and a helmet. Don't forget about your rain clothes, as we will have some rain showers.

    The guides provide helmets if necessary, but obviously these ones are used and not from the highest quality. We recommend you bring your own one! It is your decision what kind of a helmet you prefer, but you need to be prepared for defending yourself against very strong sunshine rain, mud and a lot of dust.

    We will ride mostly on dirt roads. There will be parts with straight, smooth concrete roads, but this is not typical, we'll mostly ride off-road. You need to be prepared for bumps, river crossings, mud, sand, grass, gravel, lots of curves and anything you can imagine.

    It is not safe to drink tap water in Tanzania. In fact, it is advisable to use tap water only for showering or washing your hands. To avoid health problems, use only bottled or filtered water for drinking and brushing your teeth. If you follow the usual health and hygiene rules the chance of getting sick is minimal. However, if anyone feels unwell, he/she can sit in the back-up car. From this point, one of the guides will ride his/her bike for a while.

    Yes, it is included in the price and the group leaders will take care of it.

    The staff contains the following people: a professional English speaking guide grown up in Tanzania (he can ride anybody's bike if anything goes wrong and he takes care of any upcoming issues), an amazingly kind mechanic, and there is also at least one group leader from the BTS team, who is experienced in motorcycle guiding, the local culture and sights.

    You need to pack into at least 2 bags. The big bag travels in or on the back-up van so don't bring your expensive suitcases (you can pack them in and out everyday in the accommodation), and a backpack with extra layers, water, camera and any personal items will be carried by you.

    Please ask your local health authority.

    Depending on spending habits your budget for the trip should range from 400-600 USD. For reference, a meal is between 5-10 USD.

    The local currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS). We recommend bringing USD in cash and to exchange at the airport. ATMs and credit card payments are not typical, so we suggest bringing cash (USD) and changing at the beginning of the trip.

    You'll need to have one that is valid for motorcycling, valid in Tanzania. If you need help, please get in touch with us!

    During the ride we’ll sleep in African-style luxury glamping camps, then we will indulge in a 4-star resort in Zanzibar.

    You shouldn't worry, the back-up van with the mechanic is always the last one on the road, just park your bike on the side of the road, wait for him and enjoy the stunning scenery while he repairs your bike. Usually he can fix anything within 15 mins. The head of the group will wait for you at the next resting stop.

    Sometimes. :) At least in the hotels in Arusha and Zanzibar, you’ll have proper connection.

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